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#Import Spotlight

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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

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Ten things I didn't love about Final Fantasy XIII

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 even ten to ma...

 
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Is Valve building a digital distribution monopoly?

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 landscape. Brad W...

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

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 in English.I can...

 
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Taiko no Tatsujin Wii gets a sequel next month

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 just saying th...

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

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 cooperation wit...

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

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: Final Fantasy, and ...

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

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 and dandy with...

 
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Ignition is nixing gaijin voice-overs for Muramasa

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 voice-acting and o...

 
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Xseed: Losing Muramasa opened the door for Fragile

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 among Western hopef...

 
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Xbox 360 version of Ghostbusters not region locked

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 in the United S...

 
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Get PSP imports through Hong Kong's PlayStation Store

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 PlayStation Store and s...

 
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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

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New releases this week: Nothing good

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 nothing good (exc...

 
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Onee Chanbara finally makes it onto US Wii consoles in 2009

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 to the Xbox 360...

 
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Nintendo hinders Daigasso! Band Bros DX piracy attempts

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 Daigasso! Band Bros DX...

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

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 you download so...

 
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Nintendo 'explains' Smash Bros. Brawl European delay

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 has finally set...

 
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HAPPY! Taiko no Tatsujin DS sequel's menu translated

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 English instea...

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

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 latest farce ov...

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

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 Japanese music...

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

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 this device will n...

 
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Tekken 6 hits US arcade in Houston

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 pumping 100 yen...

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

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 like a dirty mol...

 
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Atlus brings Arcana Heart to US for $29.99

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 that the title ...

 
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New Taiko No Tatsujin DS screenshots reveal RPG elements

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 popping up from sa...

 
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Final Fantasy IV DS lite accessory set

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 preorders for t...

 
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Japanese version of Lost Odyssey features an English voice track

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 Japanese. Siliconera s...

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

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 Japanese Club Ninten...

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

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 the footsteps ...

 

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Chronos"I keep getting older, but they stay the same age"

 

The Climb"You rock, rock"

 

Hitman: Sapienza"Molto buono"

 

Ray Gigant"Challenge not included"

 

Soda Drinker Pro"Like explaining an inside joke to someone else"

 

King's Quest: Once Upon a Climb"A tale of two princesses"

 
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Barry Kelly

Im still having a problem seeing embedded youtube videos when using SSL on It looks like the browser (Chrome) wont load them because the embedded URL is a plain

 
Dwavenhobble

So a group of Scientists have been given permission to see what happens when they inject stem cells into the brains of brain dead patients to try and bring them back to Ill get my zombie plan material ready just in case I think lol

 
Parismio

I was looking up some guides for dark souls on youtube for some lols and came across this Shes so adorable and her guides are hilarious! I was going to share the Dark Souls video but the comments reminded me how cancerous the community

 
King Kaiser

Current (finals) mood:

 
Occams

Beat Dark Souls 3, the Nioh demo, Ratchet and Clank and I dunno why but I dont really feel a sense of accomplishment at Been reading Cats Eye by Margaret Thats really good at

 
Luca Blight

To celebrate my 100th post I will use my own homemade Let see OH

 
TheLimoMaker

There are few FPS games I Battlefield 4 captured my time and attention despite its modern If rumours of a past-setting turn out to be true I will fall in love all over again in Or itll be in the future and Ill cry a

 
Dr Mel

I will, occasionally, find the need to just say Jonathan Holmes out loud or substitute it in lyrics of songs that are stuck in my Its a good

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Lately Ive noticed my Nyko Power Pak+ 3DS battery loses power much faster than it used And this is with the brightness set to 3 and power saver on Im thinking of getting a new one to see if that Or is it the games Im playing?

 
ShadeOfLight

Welp, Alucard is dead (*shakes fist at Rival The good news is I still hadnt caught anything on Route 33, and the first encounter was a female Welcome to the team, Seras the Zubat!

 
Trueghostbody

Fear Effect Sedna gameplay trailer

 
Luca Blight

Im curious did Capcoms studios ever told a good video game story?

 
Jed Whitaker

What if a person were to comment on something and actually talk about that thing instead of being upset that someone has a different opinion than them? THAT WOULD BE THE DAY!

 
Ein on Shrooms

If you havent seen food wars yet, you need ;) GIF in the comments

 
Torchman

Welp, game gave me Maxinger Z in the 4th Youre getting back in my good books for taking away Roger, but you still have much to

 
Nathan D

I offered an observation and rebuttal for our history debate today that blew the classs and professors mind in its thoughtfulness and

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

The other games in the Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle have been revealed: Swords & Soldiers II for WiiU, Nano Assault EX for 3DS, and Runbow for Not sure how to feel about

 
Dreggsao

And later the same review states Fans of console first-person shooters or the Alien film series will probably be better off waiting for Foxs recently announced Aliens: Colonial Marines for the PlayStation

 
ZombZ

Finally off work and the kids *Booting up PC* now my overwatch

 
Malthor

I have an extra EU region key for early access to the Overwatch beta on PS 4, any takers? Leave a comment and Ill PN you the

 
Mike Wallace

Three Devastating Forces in Dawn of War YOU FAIL YOU CAN FUCK RIGHT END OF

 
Gundy

Let me be clear, I never actually killed those Nep It was negligent nepslaughter at best!

 
Shinta

Summoned 4 people for Nue in Nioh, and they all dropped in the first 2 Ahhh!

 
Sharukurusu

Its time to start that Syphon Filter marathon Ive been dreaming about

 
RadicalYoseph

The epic tale of weslikestacos

 
Torchman

Support this! Please! Even if its just to help preserve them in North America, support them! Help get these released physically!

 
Dangus Taargus

OMG Shadows of The Empire is on Im fucking dying! Now I just need Episode 1 Racer and Battle for Naboo to complete my N64 nostalgia

 
ShadeOfLight

Started a Nuzlocke challenge for Heart Gold: almost lost both Saiyan the Mareep and Alucard the Zubat to the first Gym I only now realize how intense this is going to

 

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