Sunday, February 26, 2012

You Should Buy These Games on the Japanese PSN Store

I recently bought a PS3 that is fully backwards compatible. The unfortunate part is that while I can play my collection of US games just fine, my import PSX library will remain neglected since the games are not region-free. While researching for alternative methods of playing imports I found that anyone can access the Japanese Playstation Network on the PS3. After setting up a foreign account via a Youtube tutorial, I found myself in the shopping wonderland that is the Japan's PSN Store. I browsed hundreds of Japanese imports but I lacked the ability to add funds to my account since American credit cards cannot be used.

In order to make purchases, foreigners need to purchase Japanese PSN point cards or simply the codes from an online retailer. While the usual spots sell them (NCSX, Play-Asia) the cheapest seller I found was After purchasing some points, I browsed the game lists and found many awesome games that I encourage you to download. Remember, any games downloaded are region-free.

Highly Recommended Games:
LSD the Dream Simulator (600 yen)
Dodonpachi (600 yen)
Harmful Park (600 yen)
Cotton 100% (300 yen)
Rival Schools (600 yen)

Other Great Values:
Gouketsuji Ichizoku 2: Chotto Dake Saikyou Densetsu (600 yen)
Gunner's Heaven (600 yen)
Tenchi wo Kurau 2 (600 yen)
Panzer Bandit (600 yen)
Wolf Fang: Kuuga (600 yen)
Zanac X Zanac (600 yen)

There are many more great games waiting to be discovered on the Japanese PSN Store, but remember with current exchange rates, 600 yen will cost you about $10. I hope Monkey Paw gets access to some of these classics to allow American gamers to buy them at better prices. Speaking of Monkey Paw, if you haven't checked out the Japanese exclusives on the American PSN Store, then go browse it now! Awesome games like Gaia Seed and Money Exchanger Idol only cost $5.99. This price is quite a steal considering that Gaia Seed costs about $250+ on the used market.

Awesome Box Art of the Week: Majyuuou

Bad Box Art of the Week: Jim Power in Mutant Planet

Bad box art Mega Man the later years versus Andross.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bad Box Art of the Week: Fish Dude

The dolphin looks pretty happy for someone that is about to be eaten. Also where did the giant cat come from?

Awesome Box Art of the Week: Batsugun

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Elder Scrolls V and the Giant Mud Crab

Bethesda gave their developers one week to do whatever the hell they wanted to are the insanely awesome results. I want all of this in the form of free DLC.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Akai Katana is Coming to the USA

Rising Star Games is opening an office in America and their first game being published is Akai Katana. This beautiful looking shooter came out last year in Japan, but sadly it was region-locked. Luckily Americans and Europeans will be able to enjoy this Cave bullet hell Q2 2012, and avoid crazy import fees from places NCSX. If you are interested in Akai Katana, a demo is available on the Japanese Xbox Live marketplace. I suggest trying it, reminded me of a mix of Deathsmiles and Progear.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Awesome Box Art of the Week: Valis 2 (MSX)

Bad Box Art of the Week: Pure Pinball

This cover is for a pinball game?!

You Should Buy The Simpsons Arcade Game

Plenty of arcade games remain exclusive to the digital archives of MAME due to the problems surrounding the loss of specific licenses given to publishers in the 1990s. This is why you will you probably never play any of the Dungeons and Dragons games from Capcom or Jojo's Bizarre Adventures on XBLA or PSN. However, after a twenty year wait, we finally have a real home port of The Simpsons Arcade Game ready for legal download. The game is the same classic beat'em up from Konami with new additions such as the Japanese rom,  a graphics filter and online co-op.
The Simpsons Arcade Game features ton of cameos from the show and a completely insane story about Smithers kidnapping Maggie because she mistook a diamond for her pacifier. Characters can team up for pair attacks (pictured above) to take out enemies quickly and compete for score points. One small gripe is the lack of Smithers and Mr. Burns' real voice actor. I know Harry Shearer is a stubborn old coot, but why couldn't they find a sound-alike for the port? Another complaint is the crappy black border surrounding the screen, I would have liked the classic coin-op's art to decorate the sides with rather than boring darkness. Everything else is great: huge sprites, catchy music/sound effects, and the charming nostalgia of the 90s beat'em up genre. Grab the game now for 800MSP or 9.99 on PSN.