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The Legend of Legacy

Beard View: The Legend of Legacy

Grind it frog prince
Feb 27
// Jed Whitaker
The credits for The Legend of Legacy read like a who's who of JRPGs, from the composer of Final Fantasy XIII to the writer of Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. While the game is eye and ear candy, it is brutally unforgiving i...
PoPoLoCrois Farm Story photo
PoPoLoCrois Farm Story

Look at this bushel of happiness on the PoPoLoCrois Farm Story Japanese cover

Wouldja look at it?
Feb 24
// Brittany Vincent
Okay, I know no one cares that much about farm sims or things like that these days unless they're teeming with in-app purchases. Or PoPoLoCrois, for that matter. But for some reason, I really like both. I also really like the...
Hatsune Miku: PM2 photo
Hatsune Miku: PM2

Beard View: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2

I know too much about Hatsune Miku and I don't even know that much
Feb 20
// Jed Whitaker
Oh hello Destructoid! Its your old beard buddy Jed here, and I guess I'm officially part of the Dtoid team now. Are you proud yet dad!? This time on Beard View we're taking a look at Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, the Vocalo...
Bayonetta earrings photo
Bayonetta earrings

Bring all the boys to the yard with Bayonetta's earrings

You don't even have to go to The Gates of Hell to get them
Jan 30
// Jason Faulkner
Koubutsuya is helping Bayonetta lovers make a fashion statement with these hot new earrings which are an exact replica of Cereza's. The company is known for its quality reproductions of anime items aimed at adults who desire ...

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New 3DS

New 3DS is region locked because of course it is

Those colored buttons had better be the same in the West
Sep 03
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo announced the New 3DS and New 3DS XL last week during a Direct presentation. These are coming first to Japan this October with a new C-Stick, additional shoulder buttons, better 3D, near-field communication for amiib...
Taiko no Tatsujin photo
Taiko no Tatsujin

New pics surface of the Taiko no Tatsujin drum controller

And it was never ever localized, the end!
Aug 21
// Brittany Vincent
More pics have surfaced of the sweet Taiko no Tatsujin controller compatible with the Wii and Wii U. Unfortunately there hasn't been a Taiko no Tatsujin game available in the West since the PlayStation 2's heyday, but rhythm ...
Japanese 3DS photo
Japanese 3DS

That gold Xerneas Pokemon 3DS is $200 right now

Limited edition Japanese 3DS cheaper than usual
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
Nabbing a Japanese Pokemon X 3DS has come with a hefty price tag, but right now Play Asia has them (bundled with either Pokemon X or Pokemon Y) for $200. Not bad for you wacky collectors out there. Everyone else should n...

GungHo releases 5 new Japanese PlayStation imports on PSN

Pinball, sims, and battlesuits
May 23
// Dale North
GungHo Online has been quietly bringing over classic Japanese PS1 games for some time now. A new batch of five has just come down the line. These come in their original form, unaltered, so be sure you want them before you plu...
Tokyo 23-Ku Seifuku Wars photo
Tokyo 23-Ku Seifuku Wars

GungHo bringing six more Japanese PS1 classics to PSN

Tokyo 23-Ku Seifuku Wars!!!
May 12
// Steven Hansen
Better brush up on your Japanese. GungHo is bringing six more Japanese PS1 games -- still in Japanese -- to the PSN, at $6 a pop. You may be able to get by with minimal language knowledge with some of them, but you might find...
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Yakuza Restoration

Yakuza Ishin came to PS3 & PS4 to do right by fans, just not western ones

Please understand
Apr 25
// Steven Hansen
Yakuza Ishin, released in concert with the PS4 in Japan as the best selling (not-bundled) software, is probably never releasing outside of Japan. SEGA sidestepped localizing Yakuza 5 to put all its efforts towards developing ...
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Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week

Gosh, I miss Data East
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
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...
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MonkeyPaw is bringing Tomba! 2 and five others to PSN

Six PSOne games in six weeks
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Wii U region locks

Gamers campaign to end Wii U region locking

Tear down the wall!
Jun 24
// Jim Sterling
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...
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PS4 also region free

Oh ... PS4 is region free, too!

The hits keep hittin'
Jun 11
// Jim Sterling
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...

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

Microsoft confirms another finely sprinkled layer of corporate jizz
May 27
// Jim Sterling
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.&...
PSone Imports photo
PSone Imports

GungHo importing six more PSone Classics from Japan

Grasshopper's new parent company delivers the eastern goods
Apr 09
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
PSone Imports photo
PSone Imports

GungHo releasing a half dozen PSone Imports on PSN today

JRPGs and dating-sims and bears. Oh my!
Mar 12
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Darkstalkers Resurrection physical release has dual subs

Let's get physical!
Mar 06
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Vita price drop

Sony announces a price drop for PS Vita in Japan

About $200 for both WiFi and 3G
Feb 18
// Dale North
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...

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

Dec 25
// Chris Carter
[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 ...

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

Guess it's time to import the damn thing
Dec 13
// Kyle MacGregor
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 ...

GungHo Online releases six PS One Classics on PSN

Another importer!
Dec 04
// Dale North
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...

E.X. Troopers is now available from Japanese importers

Lost Planet spin-off out now for PS3 and 3DS
Nov 24
// Kyle MacGregor
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 ...

It Came from Japan! King of Demons

Oct 04 // Allistair Pinsof
King of Demons (Super Famicom)Developer: KSSReleased: August 25, 1995Current value: $175Fan translation: YesFor fans of: Super Castlevania IV, Splatterhouse 2, Contra For a seemingly cut-and-dried 2D action-platformer, King of Demons doesn’t feel like any other game. Opening with an ambitious, interactive cinematic on a bridge, the title immediately evokes a unique atmosphere. Like Splatterhouse’s antihero, Abel isn’t shy about embracing demonic powers in order to save his loved ones. The game opens with Abel’s friend Bayer betraying him by sacrificing Abel’s family in order to become ... THE KING OF DEMONS! Oh no! After some brief dialogue and fugly anime portraits, the game becomes a steadfast side-scrolling shooter that never lets up on its pace and generous -- or grueling, depending on how you look at it -- amount of boss fights. Abel is constantly running through gateways leading further into the hellish world, falling down pits, and even hopping a demon train full of demon turrets and other crazy demon shit. Abel becomes increasingly more devilish as the game continues, adopting three demonic forms. However, you’ll have to play the first stage as a fairly normal resurrected human. Abel feels like the way I imagine John McClane would feel if there was ever an awesome 2D Die Hard game. You dump on demons with a glock, have an awesome roll maneuver, and can perform a ridiculous double-jump. I’d disapprove on this break from reality if it weren’t for double-jumping being the greatest mechanic that God Satan ever gave developers. After you defeat a boss, you are bestowed a jewel that will change Abel into one of the game’s demon forms. Depending on the gem’s color, you will become a dragon, harpy, or whatever the heck the third form is supposed to be. Each character has its own pros and cons, since their attack, special, jump, and dash is different. Play the game enough times and you’ll know what form is best for which stage. There are even tricks to the system, such as using the same form to gain a more powerful version. Using all three forms will also grant a new more powerful form during the endgame. I’ve read others say the game is easy, but I have to disagree. The many bosses of King of Demons gave me grief for the longest time. It didn’t help that I had no understanding of specials or the demon transformation system, of course. The game is full of bosses with tricky movement patterns. The scale and detail of the later bosses is really impressive for the system. Even though you are meeting hell’s spawn on their own level through your transformations, I never felt that winning came so easy. King of Demons’ visuals and audio can be pretty underwhelming at times, especially for a ‘95 release. If you can look past these things and not compare it too much to Super Castlevania and Splatterhouse, you may find one of the better horror-themed 16-bit games. I can’t think of another SNES/SFC game with bosses this creepy, gross, and huge. The controls, action, and grim visuals make this an easy game to recommend to horror and action fans. What 16-bit games scared you? Is double-jumping the greatest? Y/N? Are you a fan of games with tons of bosses? Why?
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[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 ...


Persona 4 Arena: Atlus statement clarifies region-lock

Jul 06
// Dale North
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...

Persona 4 Arena will be region-locked on PS3

Jul 05
// Dale North
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 ...

Anarchy Reigns release expected in 2013 now

Jun 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Once again, we have a vague idea of when Platinum Games' brawling action title Anarchy Reigns will be arriving in North America and Europe. It's going to be another lengthy wait. Originally planned for release in Fall of...

Importers: US Vita PlayStation Store is now up...kinda

Feb 08
// Dale North
Conrad told you earlier that a few Vita games were up on the PlayStation Store tonight, but now the full Vita PS Store has launched. This is the day that importers with Japanese Vita systems and US PSN accounts have been wait...

Mushihime-sama HD buzzing onto the Xbox 360

Jan 31
// Chris Carter
Cave shooter Mushihime-sama, or "Bug/Insect Princess" in the West, is gearing up for an HD conversion on the Xbox 360. You may recognize the name from "the hardest video game boss ever" video, which featured the sequel, Mushi...

Kingdom Hearts 3D shows off three enticing flavors

Jan 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
Square Enix announced details regarding the Japanese release of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and now my 3DS isn't looking so appealing anymore. You can expect the highly anticipated...

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