Important Importables: 2010 PSP import gift guide

November 13, 2010 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: 2010 PSP import gift guide

Section: Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Gift Guide, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, PSP & PSPgo, Genres, 3D, Action, Adventure, Fighting, Music, Role-Playing, Sim, Strategy

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Just like the DS, the PSP is region-free and can play games from any country. Well, PSPs with UMD drives anyway. (It’s a pain to keep switching accounts on a PSPgo). This means that import video games can make wonderful and unique gifts for gamers.

In fact, an imported PSP game may be one of the only options in some cases. While there were very few PSP game released in North America and Europe in 2010, there were lots released in Japan. Which means there’s a greater variety to choose from as gifts. So here are ten that might be perfect options.

Just a quick note before we get to the list though. In many cases, I’ve also listed prices for the Asian versions of game, along with the Japanese versions. That’s because Asian and Japanese versions of PSP games are practically identical. The instruction manual may be in a different language, but other than that it’s the exact same game. The only difference is the Asian version is usually cheaper.

Bleach Heat the Soul 7 ~ヒート・ザ・ソウル

Bleach: Heat the Soul 7
Price? Around $55 if you get the Japanese version, around $45 if you get the Asian version. (They’re pretty much identical)
System? PSP
Genre? Fighting
Import-Friendly? Very
Summary? It’s the biggest and latest entry in the Bleach: Heat the Soul fighting series, with 80 characters from the series, a storyline that covers some of the most recent story arcs. It also has an original character named Muramasa and an original Zanpakuto Ibunroku storyline.

Blue Roses: Yousei to Aoi Hitomi no Senshitachi aka Blue Roses: The Fairy and the Blue-Eyed Warriors
Price? Around $65
System? PSP
Genre? Strategy RPG
Import-Friendly? Nope. It’s an RPG, which means lots of text.
Summary? There are fairies, which are good. But they’re being attacked and destroyed by phantoms, which are bad. But there’s a team of good guys called the Blue Roses who step in and help the fairies, which is good. You get to choose your main character (male or female) and help save the fairies. Depending on who you fight with and what you do, you’ll make friends with certain characters and earn special endings.

Dream C Club Portable ドリームクラブ

Dream C Club Portable
Price? Around $60
System? PSP
Genre? Dating Sim
Import-Friendly? Meh. You could probably stumble your way through it if you can’t read Japanese, but you won’t enjoy it.
Summary? This is a hostess club dating simulation. Players have one year to get close to one of the 13 hostesses working at the Dream C Club. You have to earn money each day so you can attend the club, buy presents and drinks. You then have to talk to your favorite hostess and play mini-games with her to make her happy.

Price? Around $65
System? PSP
Genre? RPG
Import-Friendly? You could probably manage with basic Japanese language skills, but it’s better if you’re fluent.
Summary? Instead of being a visual novel or fighting game like the other Fate/ entries, Fate/Extra is an RPG. You chose a hero or heroine and then pick a Saber, Archer or Caster servant. After that, you train and battle so you can be the one who wins the holy grail.

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd
Price? Around $67
System? PSP
Genre? Music
Import-Friendly? Very
Summary? It’s a music game filled with lots of the best Vocaloid music. You play along as Miku Hatsune and the other Vocaloids (Rin and Len Kagamine, Luka Megurine, Kaito, Meiko, Neru Akita, Haku Yowane and Meiko Sakine). This game also features duets and rooms for each character to decorate. Also, like the original, you can import MP3s and create custom videos and tracks. You can also import custom tracks from the original Project Diva.

Kenka Bancho 4: Ichinen Sensou
Price? Around $55 for the Japanese version, around $45 for the Asian version. Again, they’re pretty much identical.
System? PSP
Genre? Action (Beat ‘em Up)
Import-Friendly? Pretty much.
Summary? You’re a brand new student at Konan High School, which is filled with banchos. You’re a first year, out to prove you’re the number one tough guy. So you have to go and beat down all the other students, until you reach the current number one, Akutsu Eichi. You can also fully customize your character and try and get one of three girls to be your character’s girlfriend.

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K-ON! Houkago Live!
Price? Around $68
System? PSP
Genre? Music
Import-Friendly? Yes, even though the “events” are all in Japanese.
Summary? It’s a music game inspired by the K-ON! anime. Songs from the first season of the show are used throughout the game, and it has a Rock Band style presentation. You can unlock outfits for the main characters and little scripted events. 

Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou aka Yakuza: Black Panther
Price? Around $70 for the Japanese version, around $45 for the Asian version. Again, almost identical. Instruction manuals are different. That’s it.
System? PSP
Genre? Action / Adventure
Import-Friendly? Nope. Lots of voice acting and text, even though it’s primarily a fighting (beat’em up) game.
Summary? Tatsuya Ukyo is a violent young man who’ll fight anyone in Kamuro-chou. Which leads to him accidentally killing a yakuza boss and being trapped in the Dragon Heat underground boxing group. Help Tetsuya find his way through, possibly to freedom and redemption.

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MonHun Nikki Poka Poka Ailu Mura aka Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Ailu Village
Price? Around $45 for the Japanese version, around $38 for the Asian version.
System? PSP
Genre? Action RPG
Import-Friendly? Pretty much, yes. The quests and goals for missions are written in Japanese, but you may be able to find a guide online.
Summary? Be a Felyne monster hunter! Join with other Felynes to hunt down monsters, visit Ailu village and become the most awesome cat out there.

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X
Price? Around $55 for the Japanese version, around $42 for the Asian version.
System? PSP
Genre? RPG
Import-Friendly? Nope. Very text heavy.
Summary? A PSP game that includes a remake of Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon. So you get two games for the price of one.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports suggests some import console games you may want to give as gifts.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week provided a 2010 import DS game gift guide.

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