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Important Importables Review: Pokemon Best Wishes plush

September 17, 2013 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Pokemon Best Wishes plush

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Product: Pokemon: Best Wishes Plushies
Price: $8-$20
Pros: Very detailed, soft, good size for the money and wide assortment of Pokemon species available.
Cons: Ball chain keychain is flimsy and some are a bit “too” big to be keychains. Hard to find certain pokemon

I have discovered the cutest Pokemon plushes ever. Really, they’re the cutest critters ever. Most importantly, the line I’ve found has a number of very important, special features. They’re
detailed, soft and keychains. They’re the Pokemon: Best Wishes toys!

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Pokemon: Best Wishes?

Pokemon: Best Wishes is season four of the Pokemon anime series, and is inspired by Pokemon Black and White. Which means it’s all about Ash having adventures with the
pokemon from that generation and meeting the good and bad guys from that series. For example, Iris is his traveling companion.

The Pokemon: Best Wishes plush keychains are the tie-ins to this series. Imported from Japan, they are replicas of practically every pokemon found in Pokemon Black and White.
Each one is a highly detailed, mock up of an existing pokemon, with a ball chain keychain on its head or back. They’re probably the most intricate of…

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Important Importables Review: Last Window: Secret of Cape West

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Hot Japanese Imports Review: Last Window: Secret of Cape West

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Title: Last Window: The Secret of Cape West
Price: $18-$30
System(s): DS
Release Date: September 17, 2010
Publisher (Developer): Nintendo (Cing)
ESRB Rating: N/A. PEGI 12

Whew! It’s been a while since an Hot Japanese Imports update, hasn’t it? It was a conglomeration of unfortunate and fortunate circumstances delaying this review. In short, some family issues with
E3 seasoning lead to the delay. But, we’re here now and it’s finally time to review Last Window: The Secret of Cape West, sequel to Hotel Dusk 215. Rest assured that if you enjoyed
the first game, you’ll love the second.

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A soon-to-be demolished building holds secrets.

Though Hotel Dusk 215 had a satisfying resolution for players, protagonist Kyle Hyde’s life has taken a downturn a year after the events. Last Window: The Secret of Cape West begins
with Kyle learning he is no longer a Red Crown employee. His boss fires him, saying he wasn’t doing his job properly. That’s bad enough on its town, but when he returns to his Cape West Apartments
home, he learns it is being demolished. His job and home are both being stolen away at once.

However, there’s a chance at happiness still. In his room is a…

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Important Importables: All about Hyperdimension Neptunia

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Hot Japanese Imports: All about Hyperdimension Neptunia

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Hey everyone. Sorry for the massive Important Importable delays, as some tragic Lada family happenings this month meant I had to prioritize real life over virtual ones. Even so, today’s
informational organization of Hyperdimension Neptunia will be more trunicated than usual. I’m still going to go over every Hyperdimension Neptunia game, both immediately available and
forthcoming, but I won’t be able to get as in-depth as probably you or I would like.

Still, rest assured that the next few columns will be as robust and lovely as usual. Next time, there will be a full review of Last Window: Secret of Cape West for the DS, and after that I
think a preview of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy would do nicely. Don’t you agree.

But enough chatter. Let’s get into the Hyperdimension Neptunia games so you can keep the series straight!

Hyperdimension Neptunia (PS3)

Hyperdimension Neptunia is where it all starts. The game begins with Neptune, goddess Purple Heart of Planeptune and anthropomorphic goddess of the never-released Sega Neptune, getting
beaten up by Black Heart (PS3), Green Heart (Xbox 360) and White Heart (Wii). The game follows her journey as she attempts to regain her memory, make Planeptune successful, save Histoire, who will
eventually become Planeptune’s Oracle, and banish Arfoire (R4 – piracy) from her lands. Of course, she can’t carry out such a feat alone, which means joining up with friends like Compa (Compile
Heart) IF (Idea Factory) and ending the war with the other console goddesses for…

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Important Importables: 10 import DS games that should be in the eShop

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Hot Japanese Imports: 10 import DS games that should be in the eShop

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freshly picked tingles rosy rupee land import ds gamesA sad truth about the DS generation is that a lot of fantastic, import DS games never made it outside of Japan. There were just too many good games, some of them too weird or obscure,
and not enough companies to take a chance on them. Which meant people had to resort to importing if they wanted them. It worked out well, as the DS was region-free and we’re in an age where it’s
easy to find whatever you want and order it from online.

However, we’re reaching a point where some of these import DS games are getting harder to find. Which means it’s time to look to a new alternative. Sony’s PlayStation Store has a PSOne Imports
section, where digital downloads of untranslated, Japanese games are released. I believe the 3DS eShop needs an import DS game section and have put together a list of 10 games that should be among
the first to grace this non-existent, but truly essential section.

  • Soma Bringer: The lack of Soma Bringer outside of Japan is a grave injustice. This Monolith Soft game is one of the best DS RPGs, especially since an unlockable character
    adds replay value. It’s a beautiful, well designed, 3D RPG and while it is text heavy, it wouldn’t have been too difficult to localize. The best part about a potential import DS eShop release is
    that there are already multiple guides and FAQs for the game online, so people could still navigate and enjoy the game without knowing the language.
  • Duel Love: Duel Love is hilarious. It’s a dating sim for girl’s that’s a visual novel with mini-games tossed into the mix. The heroine becomes the…

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Let’s hope Pokemon Tretta Lab stays in Japan

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Let’s hope Pokemon Tretta Lab stays in Japan

pokemon tretta lab 3dsUsually, when you hear about a new Pokemon game, the first question is,
“When will North America get it?” With the 3DS version of Pokemon Tretta Lab, you’re probably thinking, “Please tell me Nintendo isn’t considering selling this everywhere.” In Japan, there’s
an arcade game called Pokemon Tretta, and Nintendo is hoping it’ll translate well to the 3DS. I look at this and see something we really don’t need.

Pokemon Tretta Lab is slightly related to the arcade game of the same name, but sounds a lot…

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Important Importables: Conception: Please Have My Children

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Hot Japanese Imports: Conception: Please Have My Children

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Japan is known for crazy games and one of the most recent releases that made people double take is Conception: Please Have My Children. So naturally, I had to find a way to play it and
report back to all of you about the experience.

Now, at first I was going to review Conception: Please Have My Babies when I borrowed it. Alas, my Japanese language skills are a bit lacking. Since I can’t understand absolutely everything
and didn’t get to borrow it for as long as I would have liked, I decided to make this an informative overview.

Conception: Please Have My Children

So why is this high schooler trying to have all these kids?

To save the world, naturally!

Well, not this world. Itsuki and his cousin Mahiru, who’s revealed she’s pregnant the day they graduate high school, have been teleported to Granvania. The Stars are out of alignment due to chaos,
which means Granvania will fall unless a fabled man who is capable of creating Star Children, magic kids with the Star Maidens, women who represent the 12 signs of the zodiac. The hero will then
take these Star Children into 12 dungeons…

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Important Importables: 5 Dragon Quest misconceptions debunked

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Hot Japanese Imports: 5 Dragon Quest misconceptions debunked

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Dragon Quest is an amazing series, but it never seemed to get the kind of respect and love it deserved outside of Japan. In Japan, it’s a legend and there are stories of people lining up to
buy copies of the game or skipping work or school to play it. Here, not so much. It’s a shame, considering how entertaining every adventure can be.

However, the series also suffers from a few misconceptions. People may have ideas about it that aren’t true. I know I didn’t start playing any installments until college. In my case, it was because
I wasn’t a fan of Akira Toriyama’s character designs and that made me miss out on a number of great SNES, PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games. I matured and looked past that though, and am glad I
did. In the hopes of helping others, I’ve lumped together five Dragon Quest concerns that aren’t true in the hopes other people will do as I did and give it a chance.

Is that series even available outside Japan? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

Why yes, Dragon Quest has been released outside of Japan. Quite often. Most recently, Nintendo helped Square Enix release Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in North
America. We don’t hear as much about the series as other RPGs, but more often than not, installments do get released outside…

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