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Important Importables: Monolith Soft

February 23, 2013 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Monolith Soft

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Good morning everyone and welcome to Hot Japanese Imports! It’s been a while since we talked about import games together, but stuff happened and you know how it is. I’m making it up to you today.
We’re learning about Monolith Soft, an up-and-coming developer that’s been making a name for itself with its quality RPGs. I mean, with its X mystery project coming out for the Wii U
eventually, you should want to know more about the company making it.

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Who is Monolith Soft?

I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t know Monolith Soft. Until now, most of the developer’s games have been trapped in Japan and even people with a PS2, GameCube or Wii may be unfamiliar with the
name. Monolith Soft was made by two former Square employees, Hirohide Sugiura and Tetsuya Takahashi, of Xenosaga, Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV fame. They set up shop in
1999 with help from Namco Bandai and started working with the publisher to put out Xenosaga Episodes I-III (PS2), Baten Kaitos (GameCube) and Namco x Capcom (PS2). Nintendo
then took an interest in Monolith Soft in 2007, and eventually went on to completely buy out Namco Bandai’s stake to make the developer a full fledged member of the Nintendo family.

It’s a move that has done well for…

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Shin Megami Tensei IV 3DS XL would make Rorschach proud

February 21, 2013 - 3:00 am No Comments

Shin Megami Tensei IV 3DS XL would make Rorschach proud

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Okay, when I look at the Shin Megami Tensei IV 3DS XL, I see a monster’s face. He has a beard, manibles and bunny ears. He’s surrounded by his buddies on either side. I think his dad, or
maybe his mom, is on the right standing up. The matching ears are a dead giveaway. Also, I think the creatures immediately to his right is a happy…

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Important Importables: Toro

February 2, 2013 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: Toro

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Who’s Toro Inoue? It’s a good question. Especially since Sony hasn’t made a big deal about its white spokescat Toro outside of Japan. He first appeared in Doko Demo Issho on the PlayStation
in 1999, and has since gone on to appear in a PSP port of that game, Mainichi Issho, Weekly Toro Station, Toro! Let’s Party! and most recently Minna to Issho: Friend
Network
for the Vita. His success with his assorted, cutesy games has resulted in him becoming the official Sony mascot for the PlayStation brand in Japan.

However, for all his fame in Japan, Toro is still relatively unknown in other regions. So in today’s Hot Japanese Imports, we’re giving him some love. We’re talking all about Toro.

What’s up with Toro?

Toro is a cat that wants to be human. Toro! Let’s Party probably does the best job of showcasing his trek, as it introduces him, Koro and all of their other friends. His efforts failed in
that game, despite participating in all the events/mini-games that would have allowed his wish for humanity…

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