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I planned on having this post up last week. I figured that playing through ten hours or so of the new Pokémon game would be enough to give you some impressions of how the game turned out. I was wrong on two counts. Fir... read feature

Ten things I didn't love about Final Fantasy XIII

Feb 05
It's only fair, right? While my list of ten things I loved about the import version of Final Fantasy XIII was quite easy to make, this counterpoint was a bit more difficult. I didn't want to nitpick, but I did want to have an... read

Is Valve building a digital distribution monopoly?

Nov 28
Steam is pretty much the de facto standard for PC gaming these days. Even the most retail-loyal PC gamers likely have used it in some way, shape or form. Valve's Steam-powered empire also dominates the digital distribution la... read

Importing FTW: Bayonetta PS3 is region-free, in English

Oct 28
If you're anything like Jim, you can't wait for Bayonetta to come out. Well, guess what? You don't have to. Siliconera has confirmed that the Japanese PS3 version, at least, is not only region-free, but presented completely i... read

Taiko no Tatsujin Wii gets a sequel next month

Oct 15
I'm sad that the Taiko no Tatsujin games were not a success in America, but I know why -- the American version, Taiko Drum Master, simply lacked the musical oomph that the original Japanese games pull off so well (and I'm not... read

Play-Asia sale: 20 percent off items paid with Visa card

Aug 31
Importer Play-Asia is running a pretty good sale right now. Pay for your purchases with a Visa card, and you'll see that 20 percent has been taken off your total.  This is, of course, a promotion that they're running in ... read

Eyes crossed: Japanese vid for NIS, Gust's Trinity Universe

Aug 04
I'm not sure exactly when the crossover craze got started -- perhaps in 1996 with Capcom's X-Men vs. Street Figther -- but it seems like they're popping up everywhere; Super Smash Brothers, Capcom's Vs. series, Dissidia: Fina... read

Otakon 09 shmup report: Hands-on with 3 hot Japanese STGs

Jul 22
There are plenty of reasons for a nerd to attend Baltimore's annual Otakon. Some go for the cosplay, some for the concerts, some to see the debut of the latest in anime, manga and related merchandise. Any of the above is fine... read

Ignition is nixing gaijin voice-overs for Muramasa

Jun 12
Little tidbits about Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade keep popping up lately, the latest being that Ignition Entertainment (who are publishing the title in North America) have decided to keep the original moonspeak voi... read

Xseed: Losing Muramasa opened the door for Fragile

Jun 09
Like many games developed by small Japanese studios, Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade has something of a shaky history. Questions about whether or not it would be imported, and by whom, created quite the kerfuffle amon... read

Xbox 360 version of Ghostbusters not region locked

Jun 09
Ghostbusters fans and Xbox 360 owners across Europe were more than a bit peeved when they first learned that Sony had locked down Terminal Reality's game for a timed PlayStation 3 release in that region. Destructoid is based ... read

Get PSP imports through Hong Kong's PlayStation Store

Apr 01
Siliconera drops some knowledge about the Hong Kong PlayStation Store: Apparently you don't need anything but your credit card (from any country) to purchase games from there. In other words, connect to the Hong Kong PlayStat... read

It's been about eight years since Capcom has released a new game in their patented "Superhero Rave" sub-genre of fighters. Though they've been involved with other "Vs" fighting games since then, like Capco... read feature

New releases this week: Nothing good

Dec 22
OK, so technically, there are a few games coming out this week. A few shovelware DS and Wii titles are out that were delayed from last weeks releases and there are this weeks Virtual Console releases too. The point is that no... read

Onee Chanbara finally makes it onto US Wii consoles in 2009

Jul 09
Onee Chanbara games are a lot like school in the summertime- no class. Yet, the "cowboy ninja girl vs zombie horde" centered game series, birthed on the PS2 in 2004, has seen releases on everything from cell phones ... read

Nintendo hinders Daigasso! Band Bros DX piracy attempts

Jun 27
Regular readers know and have heard me say often that my favorite DS game is the Japanese music/rhythm game Daigasso! Band Bros. And it will continue to hold that title for another... few days, until my import copy of Daigass... read

New info on Daigasso Band Brothers DX: Instruments and songs galore

Jun 05
Dale has already mentioned the sequel to Daigasso: Band Brothers the other month, but now we've got a few screens and some info regarding the game courtesy of Famitsu.The game boasts having over 200 songs to choose from when ... read

Nintendo 'explains' Smash Bros. Brawl European delay

May 19
Regular readers of Destructoid will know my long-standing complaints concerning the farcical period between Super Smash Bros. Brawl's North American and European/Australian release dates. Despite a range of excuses, Nintendo ... read

HAPPY! Taiko no Tatsujin DS sequel's menu translated

Apr 25
Today is a beautiful day, folks. No only did a new Taiko no Tatsujin game (Taiko no Tatsujin DS 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken) come out for the DS a few days ago, but thanks to the glory of the internet, I can read the menus in... read

Australia strikes back: GTA IV pre-orders canceled, imports inevitable

Apr 16
As we have stated many times by now, life sucks when you're an Australian gamer. Overcharged, underappreciated and barred from legally purchasing a variety of titles, the Australians don't have it easy, and it seems that the ... read

Daigasso Band Bros gets a sequel... wait, we never saw the first one!

Apr 09
Ah, Daigasso Band Bros. When I bring it up (or play it), people either ask "what the hell is that?" or say "oh, I love that game!" But it's something you'll never find on North American store shelves. This... read

Import Alert: Mario Kart Wii won't work with Freeloader

Apr 08
We thought that Datel's Wii Freeloader saved the day for importers. Up until now, it allowed you to play any Wii or Gamecube game, regardless of region, without modification. Importer Play-Asia is informing customers that thi... read

Tekken 6 hits US arcade in Houston

Mar 04
Capcom isn't the only one with a shiny new arcade mega-hit on the way. Tekken fans have been waiting patiently to get their hands on a US arcade release of Tekken 6, weird-ass characters and all. While the Japanese have been ... read

Europe rejoice: You can get Lost Odyssey early, in English, for super cheap!

Feb 04
While lazily perusing NeoGAF this morning, my jaw almost fell off its bloody hinges when I read that Play Asia was selling Lost Odyssey, right now, in English, on a region-free disc. Quickly burrowing my way into the thread l... read

Atlus brings Arcana Heart to US for $29.99

Feb 01
I love Atlus. They just seem to know what I want to play, and that's probably why my gaming shelf is packed with their titles. Somehow they knew I wanted to play Japanese brawler Arcana Heart, too, and now they've announced ... read

New Taiko No Tatsujin DS screenshots reveal RPG elements

Jan 22
Taiko No Tatsujin DS was by far my favorite import I played last year, and I have been too busy beating at my DS with sticks to even daydream about a sequel. Luckily Japan is way ahead of me, and recently pictures started pop... read

Final Fantasy IV DS lite accessory set

Dec 13
While we have a bit of a wait to play an English version of Square Enix's DS remake of Final Fantasy IV, nothing is stopping you from decking out your DS lite with this licensed accessory set from Hori.Play-Asia is accepting ... read

Japanese version of Lost Odyssey features an English voice track

Dec 07
Nihongo ga wakarimasu ka? Actually, you don't need to understand Japanese when listening to the dialog in an import copy of Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey.Xbox 360 RPG Lost Odyssey features two language tracks: English and Japanes... read

Wii Super Famicom controller and Super Mario Galaxy OST available for import

Nov 21
Topher recently broke our hearts and told us that we'd have to hit eBay to nab the Super Famicom-lookin' Wii controller or the Super Mario Galaxy Platinum soundtrack, as both items were exclusive items available only to Japan... read

Sega to bring more import hotness to Wii-owning wide-eyed devils

Nov 07
In a move that we could only hope brings more cries of "best week EVER" from Retroforce GO's very own Chad Concelmo, Sega has promised to deliver more import Genesis titles to the Wii's Virtual Console. Following in... read

Valve speaks on recent software territory violations

Oct 28
It seems that Valve's territorial control for The Orange Box and other software has caused a bit of trouble for gamers who opted to import to save a few dollars. Some gamers found out about this territorial control the hard w... read

Play-Asia pre-order customers receive a Mandarin-speaking Master Chief

Sep 28
Reader Reggie Santiago sends us news of an unfortunate importer mix-up that had thousands of  pre-order customers watching Halo 3 cutscenes that star a Mandarin-speaking Master Chief. The mental image is funny, but you h... read

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