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Persona 5 is exactly what the Persona series needed

Back when Persona 4 Golden released, I considered its advent as the sign that we as a society had hit the point of "Peak Persona." That game took the already-polished structure of Persona 4 - itself a refinement of&...   read

 
 
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Hands-on: Pokemon White

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. First, ten hours o...   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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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 ...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 


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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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Destructoid review: Tatsunoko Vs Capcom

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 Capcom Vs SNK and......   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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 


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