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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: Hyper Offense Form...   read

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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 be a new title e...   read

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Wii U region locks

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 platform holder t...   read

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PS4 also region free

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 free. Add that to ...   read


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.  "Similar ...   read

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PSone Imports

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 on the docket is...   read

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PSone Imports

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 this week's store...   read

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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 compilation astride th...   read

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Vita price drop

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 right now. This ...   read


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 without the ori...   read


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 if Capcom were ...   read


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 part of this all...   read


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 hope to the con...   read

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It Came from Japan! King of Demons

[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 poo...   read


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 wanted to clear th...   read


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 4 Arena will be...   read


Anarchy Reigns release expected in 2013 now

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 2011, the game...   read


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

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 waiting for. There'...   read


Mushihime-sama HD buzzing onto the Xbox 360

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, Mushihime-sama Futar...   read


Kingdom Hearts 3D shows off three enticing flavors

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 title to hit s...   read


How to use PS Vita with more than one PSN account

It is possible to use one PlayStation Vita with more than one PlayStation Network account. And despite what others are saying, it's not that difficult to switch between two or more accounts. Really! Importers have been on the fence after ea...   read


Importing Vita? Uncharted: Golden Abyss has English

Are you importing a PlayStation Vita? If so, we've got good news. While every other launch title you import will likely be in Japanese, at least one version of Uncharted: Golden Abyss will have an English option. It's not clear whether...   read


MonkeyPaw announces Magical Drop, Dezaemon Kids!

The PlayStation Network gets two more imports this week from MonkeyPaw. While we already have Magical Drop F on PSN the original is now on its way. Arcade Hits: Magical Drop is the first game, and it has the super-fun versus mode that I've ...   read


MonkeyPaw to launch PS Import section in Europe

Yay for our Euro friends. MonkeyPaw Games will launch a PlayStation Import section on the PlayStation Store for Europe today. Like us here in the US, you'll now have access to direct-from-Japan PS One imports and classics. It all kicks off ...   read


Deus Ex boxed PC copies are only kind of region locked

If you're thinking about importing a boxed retail copy Deus Ex: Human Revolution from the UK, you may want to reconsider. It came out on Thursday that the title would be region locked to both the UK and Russia. Initially, there was a good d...   read

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