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6:15 PM on 02.10.2014

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week

One more week until Tomba! 2 releases on PlayStation Network. Until then, we're getting the fifth title in MonkeyPaw Games' Retro Rush event, Wolf Fang, a sidescrolling shooter sequel to the 1989 shoot-'em-up Vapor Trail: Hyp...

Jordan Devore


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4:45 PM on 01.13.2014

MonkeyPaw is bringing Tomba! 2 and five others to PSN

MonkeyPaw Games has more Japanese import games lined up for release on PlayStation Network this year. The company's six-week Retro Rush event kicks off tomorrow with Double Dragon (the fighting game spinoff), and there will b...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 06.24.2013

Gamers campaign to end Wii U region locking

With Microsoft reversing all its content control policies on Xbox One, and Sony already planning a region-free PlayStation 4, Nintendo is insisting on keeping all the territories separated on Wii U. Fans are now taking the pl...

Jim Sterling

7:03 AM on 06.11.2013

Oh ... PS4 is region free, too!

While gamers were punching the air jubilantly at the almighty burn delivered directly to Microsoft's face by Sony last night, it was easy to miss a little bit of extra triumphant information -- the PlayStation 4 is region fre...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 05.27.2013

Xbox One will be region locked, because of course it will

Because the Xbox One wasn't pissing off potential early adopters enough, here's a bit of an obvious one for you -- Microsoft has confirmed the system will be region locked. At this point, such news was a foregone conclusion.&...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 04.09.2013

GungHo importing six more PSone Classics from Japan

Half a dozen PSone imports are making their way across the Pacific this spring courtesy of GungHo Online. A trio of titles have already arrived on PlayStation Network, with the rest completing their voyage come May 7. First o...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 PM on 03.12.2013

GungHo releasing a half dozen PSone Imports on PSN today

GungHo Online has returned with another set of PlayStation Classics that never made it out of Japan. The Grasshopper Manufacture parent company has announced six titles for release via PlayStation Network as a part of th...

Kyle MacGregor

2:00 AM on 03.06.2013

Darkstalkers Resurrection physical release has dual subs

Darkstalkers Resurrection is slated for a global release on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live next week. Unlike other territories, however, Japan will be receiving a physical edition of the enhanced fighting compila...

Kyle MacGregor

2:02 AM on 02.18.2013

Sony announces a price drop for PS Vita in Japan

Opening this early morning's PlayStation Vita Japanese streaming event, Sony announced a price drop for Vita. The new price of 19,980 yen comes out to about $200 USD for both the WiFi and 3G models. Again, this is for Japan r...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 12.25.2012

Uh, what? Wii U GamePads are also region locked [Update]

[Update: The Japanese message above reads, "The update cannot be completed with an overseas Wii U GamePad." In other words, it seems that you can use an imported GamePad to play games, you simply can't apply firmware updates ...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 12.13.2012

E.X. Troopers will probably never come to the West

Capcom has done just about everything possible to waste any consumer goodwill they've built up over the years. Even recent attempts to reconcile with fans have been met with scorn by some. The other day, I surmised that even ...

Kyle MacGregor





12:00 PM on 12.04.2012

GungHo Online releases six PS One Classics on PSN

I want all the Japanese PS One games as downloads on the PlayStation Network. Monkey Paw Games is doing a fine job of supplying us with titles, but now GungHo Online gets in on the act with six new digital imports. The best p...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 11.24.2012

E.X. Troopers is now available from Japanese importers

E.X. Troopers has yet to be announced for a release on Western shores. And if Capcom Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson's words are anything to go by that's not likely to happen. So unless you're still holding out ...

Kyle MacGregor



It Came from Japan! King of Demons photo
It Came from Japan! King of Demons
by Allistair Pinsof

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun. For the month of October, the series will focus on games that may make you spook a poop.]

Games with dark, satanic overtones weren't exactly Nintendo’s bag. So, there should be no surprise in reading that a Super Famicom game, which roughly translates to King of Demons, never came West.

The surprise lies in discovering the quality of the game. King of Demons' sinister world brings to mind the apt-for-Halloween classics Super Castlevania IV and Splatterhouse 2, but it’s the great-feeling controls and action that make King of Demons a stand-out title on the Super Famicom. And, as a result, one of the rarest and expensive titles in the system’s history.

Thank God Satan for emulation, right?

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7:55 PM on 07.06.2012

Persona 4 Arena: Atlus statement clarifies region-lock

We heard yesterday that Persona 4 Arena could be region-locked on the PS3, and a statement from Atlus USA today confirms that. Bad news for importers, for sure. Atlus USA feels your frustration, though. Beyond this, Atlus wan...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 07.05.2012

Persona 4 Arena will be region-locked on PS3

Thinking about importing Persona 4 Arena for the PS3? Already have? Wait. Or maybe cancel your pre-order.  An Atlus representative dropped some bad news for importers on their official forums: The PS3 version of Persona ...

Dale North