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Found In Translation: The State of Import Gaming

A long, long time ago, on an archipelago far, far away, console gaming was revived from the brink of obsolescence. The time was the early 1980s, and the place was Japan. After Atari crashed the console market via over-saturation in the US, Nintendo managed to reinvigorate it in its home country of Japan, in the US, and around the world. With this gaming renaissance coming from a foreign country, a new issue arose; an issue that is still relevant to this day to a small, but growing, number of gamers: game importing. Games are imported for a variety of reasons: wider selection of titles (as many games simply do not make the trip overseas for economic reasons), special freebies or collectibles included in copies of foreign releases, original language tracks, and early releases of titles (many games release in the market they are developed in first, with other regions following later). Even cost can sometimes be a factor, with some games selling cheaply in certain regions and more expensive in other regions around the world. Read More


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Japan's Top 30 Games of '09

As another year comes to a close, it's always fascinating to take a look at how the games of the past year stacked up in terms of sales. While I don't have North American or European stats for you, sales figures from Japan have hit the web and clearly favor Nintendo's Wii and DS platforms. Big shocker there. Hit the cut to see Japan's top 30 games of 2009. Read More


Tales of Vesperia NOT Coming to Wii

A Tales of Vesperia voice actor squashed today rumors of a Wii port of the game. This clears up some confusion that came from an earlier misunderstanding of titles. Voice actor Rikiya Koyama on his blog last week accidentally got Tales fans buzzing of a Wii port of Vesperia. "Tales of Vesperia is out on the Xbox and PS3, and will next appear on the Wii," he said mistakenly. Namco Bandai hadn't yet confirmed any more versions of Vesperia. As many suspected, Koyama was really talking about the upcoming Wii-exclusive Tales of Graces. He confirmed this today on his blog. Tales of Graces is set to release in Japan this December but has not been given a North American date, neither has the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia. Read More


Tales of Vesperia Coming to Wii?

While Nintendo has received a lot of love from Namco's Tales Studio in recent years, Tales of Vesperia - perhaps its best RPG of the generation, has been left off of the Wii Wagon. While the game was extremely popular on 360, it has recently been ported to the PS3 in Japan...and now, it could be heading for the Wii too. The rumor comes from voice actor Rikiya Koyama, who plays Duke in the game. In a post on his blog, he states that the game is coming to the Wii in some form - but whether it's a port or a spin-off is unknown. Based upon the meh-ness of last time, let's hope for the former. Read More


Final Fantasy VII Meets Tales of the Abyss in This Battle of JRPG Cliches

Have you ever wondered what Final Fantasy VII would look like with an anime-style intro video and jrock theme song? Of course you have. Don't deny it. Well, apparently it would look a lot like Tales of the Abyss. One Nico Nico Douga user has animated the cast of Final Fantasy VII over the Tales of the Abyss intro, and it looks pretty cool. A bit more rough-around-the-edges than the Final Fantasy VI/Full Metal Alchemist video, but still pretty impressive. Highlights include Anise and her giant doll thing being replaced by Cait Sith and HIS giant doll thing, and the realization that Cloud is sometimes animated over Tear. Don't ask me why it mentions Tales of Vesperia at the end, because I have no idea. Read More


Tales of Vesperia PS3 Site Launched!

Namco Bandai Japan launched a site today for the recently announced PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia. It isn't a fully featured site yet like you were all hoping, but the note at the bottom of the page reassures you that they are expecting to launch the full thing "soon". So in developer speak, soon could be quite a long time from now or actually be soon. It's quite a lovely placeholder though. Read More


The Games That Don't Install Well on NXE, and How Much Room It Takes for Those That Do

One of the most hyped features (somewhere after Netflix and Avatars) of the New Xbox Experience is the ability to install games to the Xbox 360's hard drive. However, as Halo 3 has taught us, it's not quite a perfect procedure. In fact, it would seem that there is a small number of titles which don't really see any improvement when installed, thanks to the way the developers designed them. According to Destructoid, these titles are Big Bumpin', College Hoops 2k7, Pocket Bike Racers, Sneak King, Crackdown, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, and Quake II from the Quake IV Bonus Disc (according to NeoGAF). Or, to put it in a different perspective, it's the three Burger King promo games, an out-of-date basketball game, a game most people bought just to get into the Halo 3 beta, and a game most people probably don't want anyone else knowing they own, anyway. Takes a bit of the sting out of it, I figure. So now we know which ones don't work. But of those that do work, how much space will they take up? This is a question that's no doubt on the minds of many... or at least, however many bought a 360 with a 20GB hard drive. Fortunately, Sean has compiled a list over at NeoGAF which answers that very question, along with a few notes here and there about the reduction in load times. However, he notes "I can't possibly verify all of these sizes/notes, just going off of what people tell me. If there's an error please correct it and be nice about it." For your Kombo Konvenience, the list is posted right after the kut... er, cut. Whew, that was close. Read More


Microsoft to Release Last Remnant Bundle in Japan

Microsoft has been on a roll in Japan since the release of Tales of Vesperia back in August and it looks like they don't plan on letting up anytime soon. Announced earlier today, The Last Remnant bundle includes a 60 GB Xbox 360, the game, a wireless controller, a Last Remnant faceplate (do want!), dvd remote, and a premium soundtrack for the cool price of 34,800 Yen ($331). Is it just me or would living in Japan be awesome? Microsoft must be pleased the Last Remnant will be released on the Xbox 360 first. If you can't wait for the PlayStation 3 version and have a hankering for a Japan region coded Xbox 360 there is a hardware bundle for you. The Last Remnant Premium Pack comes with a 60GB Xbox 360, wireless controller, DVD remote, the Last Remnant game, an original Last Remnant faceplate, and a premium sound track CD for 34,800 yen ($331). Square Enix usually charges 8,190 yen ($78) for the game alone so you save about $30 bucks with the bundle. -- Siliconera I don't think this would fly off the shelves if it was released in North America but it would be nice to have a limited print run of it. I'm sure there is enough RPG fans out there that are just waiting to grab a new system and something like this would be a pretty good incentive for them. Would you buy something like this? Read More


New 'Tales of...' Game Announced for Wii

Nintendo just announced a new "Tales of..." game at their Japanese press conference. It is somehow related to the word "mothership." We're pretty sure it isn't called "Tales of Mothership" because mothership isn't a made up word like Phantasia or Ratatosk or Vesperia. We'll keep you posted when more details become available. Read More


Xbox 360 Outsells PS3 for Second Week Running; Sony Blames Software

Did we say a week? Make that two weeks, as Japan is on its way to fast becoming a place where miracles can happen:According to the latest Famitsu tracking data, Microsoft's often frowned upon Xbox 360 console (in the land of the rising sun), has managed to outsell Sony's flagship PlayStation 3 (Xbox 360 14k, PS3 8200k), for the second time in consecutive weeks. Can Microsoft strike whilst the iron's hot and make it three strikes in a row? Who knows, but Microsoft's decision to invest heavily in the JRPG sector has definately helped the consoles image somewhat with Japanese gamers. The recent release of RPG titles, Tales of Vesperia and Infinite Undiscovery are testamnet to this with impressive software sales, and have enabled Microsoft some new bragging rights that the majority of the gaming industry never expected. -- XboxkingsIndeed, it seems that Microsoft is winding up with more of the games that Japanese gamers want to play. As Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said at Games Convention '08:It's mostly a software thing. Price is important, but relative to the the value consumers perceive. There are lots of consumers, game fans in Japan, that are waiting to spend their money. What's happening is that lack of support from the Japanese publishers - not necessarily from intentions but from development capabilities. -- videogaming247Thinking about it, what are PS3's biggest titles? We have Metal Gear Solid 4, admittedly developed in Japan but seemingly with as much or more of an American gamer in mind; Grand Theft Auto IV from Rockstar, LittleBigPlanet by the British Media Molecule, Ratchet & Clank Future by Insomniac... most of these titles don't exactly scream "Japan" to me. Read More