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How to Make a Japanese PSN account (IE: You need to play Catherine right now)

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Since the Catherine demo is finally out, I know a lot of you will probably be scratching your heads in regards to how to make a Japanese PSN account. Well, scratch no more!

Note: each break is used for a new menu, so the guide is easy to follow.

Step 1 - Create a gmail account in anticipation of the PSN account

You should have a valid email to register for the PSN Store, because it makes things a lot easier. Make something related to Japanese culture (for easy reference) on Gmail.

Step 2 - Create a username

This is your PS3's unofficial username. Go to the far left side of the XMB, and hit "create new user". My suggestion is to name it something simple, like "Japanese PSN". You can always change this later, if you aren't happy with your name. Additionally, I suggest slapping a Japanese themed wallpaper on the account so you don't get confused, if you decide to make an EU/Taiwan account down the road.

Step 3- Get onto the JP PSN

Once you're ready to start accessing the Japanese storefront, simply go to the Playstation Network part of the XMB, and hit "Playstation Store". You'll immediately be required to register.

Set your Country/Region of Residence to "Japan", and put your real birthday, as it may help recovering your account if you forget your information. The language has to be Japanese. Hit ok.

Now you're able to "look, but not touch" the PSN. Browse around and feel free to find some interesting icons. When you're ready to download anything (which is done the same way as the US store, by clicking an item, and selecting the second option), click the shopping cart on the top of the screen (or download a demo), and you'll be required to register.

Step 4 - Officially sign up for the PSN

You'll see some advertisements for Playstation Home and the like. Ignore these and hit "Create New Account (New Users)". Hit ok.

The next screen is the same Birthday and language screen as before, except it's in Japanese. Do not change the first two boxes. Keep your birthday the same, and click the bottom right menu option (OK).

Next, you'll have to agree to the Terms of Service. Scroll all the way to the bottom and hit the bottom right menu option (OK).

After that, you have to plug in your gmail account first. Then, you have to plug in a password, and CONFIRM your password again (like most internet forms) - note that the password has to be at least eight characters, and you should probably put a few numbers in there to make sure you aren't denied. The last two boxes are your secret question and the answer. Put gibberish, as you have to use kanji. Click OK on the bottom right.

Now you have to make a username. I tend to make my JP accounts have something to do with Japan - for instance - "shibuyadrifter82". It's easy to remember, and it associates myself with that particular national account. For EU, "teabeatscrumpets82" would be spot on. If you get a friendly message, and the OK bottom on the bottom lights up, you're good to go. If not, the name is taken or blocked, and you need to try again.

This next part can be tricky. As the Home symbol denotes, this is your address. For the first part, fill in random numbers all the way up until you've exhausted them, and hit X. Select anything from the next drop down menu. Then, fill in random letters for the next box, and the "address 1" box. You can skip "address 2", and make sure you fill in the bottom. It may take you a few tries to do it, but I used "7809652144", and it worked, for the top entry, and the second drop down choice for the next box.

After this, you'll recieve a confirmation page. Make sure you check the box, and then select OK at the bottom right.

This next page is a summary of everything. Make sure you write down your username (ie shibuyadrifter82) AND your email associated with this account. If your account is lost, it's the only way to get it back. Go to the bottom right and hit ok. Congratulations! You've just made an account.

Step 5 - Peruse

Feel free to peruse the store. Your information is saved. Make sure save password is on so you can always easily connect.

When you're in the store, these are what the tabs are, on the left.

Tab 1 - Popular Categories.

Tab 2 - New Releases.

Tab 3 - Alphabetical list of games.

Tab 4 - Developer catalogs (really useful, as most of these are in English, and allow you to find some unexpected releases from your favorite team).

Tab 5 - Categories. Here you'll find new full PSN games, addons (controller with a plus), demos (this is the meat of your experience - it doesn't require any payment - it's denoted by the controller icon that's fourth from the left) and more.

Tab 6 - As advertised, the PSP has it's own section of the PSN. Pretty sweet!

Tab 7 - PSN Classics

Tab 8 - PS Plus

Don't worry - you can switch back to your regular US account and still download your files in the background. Enjoy your new account!

Click Tab 2, and find the Catherine demo as one of the first choices. Or, if you're checking this out late, go to Tab 4 and click Atlus. You'll find it.
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About Chris Carterone of us since 3:56 PM on 01.05.2009



Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!

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Twitter - @DtoidChris

I'm in my 20s, I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!

There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.

Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.

Currently backed upcoming crowdfunding projects:

Mighty No. 9

Hover

Yooka-Laylee

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Heart & Slash

Shenmue III

I also backed the Tiny Cartridge Patreon in 2014 but no longer back any Patreon campaigns currently

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Are you not satisfied?

Here is my story, from my humble beginnings as a c-blogger.

I was also interviewed.

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Carter's Quests (previously Magnalon's Quest):

2011 - Zelda
2012 - Resident Evil
2012 - Tony Hawk
2012 - Kingdom Hearts
2012 - Wario
2013 - Mega Man Classic
2013 - Devil May Cry
2013 - Mega Man X
2013 - God of War
2013 - Metroid
2014 - Diablo
2015 - Batman: Arkham

Future - Pokemon
Future - Splinter Cell
Future - Mega Man Spinoffs
Future - Elder Scrolls
Future - Mario
Future - Platinum Games
Future - Kirby
Future - Clover
Future - Castlevania
Future - Metal Gear
Future - Tenchu
Future - Ninja Gaiden
Future - Onimusha
Future - Ape Escape
Future - Disgaea
Future - Twisted Metal
Future - Deception

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Ranked

Fire Emblem

Clover Studios and Platinum Games

Castlevania

Mega Man

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Guides:

Street Fighter X Mega Man

Anarchy Reigns

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

God of War: Ascension

Soul Sacrifice

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Dragon's Dogma

Star Command

A guide to playing more games

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Mutant Mudds Deluxe

Shin Megami Tensei IV

Pikmin 3

Dragon's Crown

Saints Row IV

Killer is Dead

Pokemon Rumble U

Disney Infinity

The Wonderful 101

Grand Theft Auto V

Volgarr the Viking

Shadow Warrior

GTA V

GTA Online

Pokemon X & Y trades

Pokemon X & Y tips

Regular Show 3DS

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

Crimson Dragon

LocoCycle

Super Mario 3D World

Pokemon X & Y post-game

Super Mario 3D World video

Dr. Luigi

Broken Age

OlliOlli

Fable Anniversary

Titanfall Beta

Strider

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Deception IV

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Promoted (before I was staff):

Playing with Others: Phantasy Star Offline

Magnalon's quest to beat every Zelda in 2011

Tips for Securing Your Xbox Live Account

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My top 20 games (in no particular order):

Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Dark Souls
Demon's Souls
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tenchu 2
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman and Forte (Megaman and Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy Tactics

Bonus:

Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Bravely Default
NES Remix
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Guacamelee
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Dragon's Crown
Gravity Rush
Dragon's Dogma
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Pandora's Tower
Persona 4 Golden
Pokemon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Ikaruga
Asura's Wrath
Halo 4
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Assassin's Creed III
Retro City Rampage
Guild Wars 2
Bayonetta
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Fez
Zone of the Enders 2
Xenoblade Chronicles
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Batman: Arkham City
Skylanders Giants
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Diablo
Diablo II
Diablo III
Amplitude
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Bastion
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Spelunky
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Assassin's Creed II
Onimusha 3
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Ultima Online
Aladdin SNES
Super Punch-Out!!
Demon's Crest
Disgaea
Secret of Mana
Sparkster
Borderlands 2
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
Okami
The Lost Vikings
Actraiser
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Jeanne d'Arc
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
L.A. Noire
VVVVVV
Outland (XBLA/PSN)
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Rayman: Origins

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The following are a few of my favorite fictional characters, compliments of SuitcoatAvenger

-My favorite video game character of all time: Magic Emperor Ghaleon.

-Legato Bluesummers from Trigun: classic villain.

-Although obscure, Zero Beat is among my favorites.

-My original avatar.
 



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