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Grab 6 GungHo PSone Imports on PSN Today

Antonio Cara's Avatar + Posted by Antonio Cara on Dec 04, 2012 // Community Coordinator, GungHo Online Entertainment America

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While GungHo Online Entertainment America may be a relatively new company, its parent company has some incredibly extensive backlogs filled with cult classics and esoteric hits! Today, for the first time ever, GOEA has brought six of these old-school Japanese PlayStation games to America. This post will discuss what these games are all about, how they play, and how accessible they are to the non-Japanese speaking crowd!

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ZANAC × ZANAC

Zanac is a classic shoot ‘em up that was originally released on the MSX and later ported to the NES. It was later tweaked, revamped, and made ever-more-awesome in its sequel, Zanac Neo. ZANAC x ZANAC contains three different versions of the original Zanac, as well as Zanac Neo in one neat little package.

While rail-shooters and bullet hell games are nothing new, Zanac represents a level of polish and style worthy of being considered a true classic. Its appeal lies in its use of eight different sub weapons and a main shot that can be charged up for some serious damage! Enemies will assault you from all angles, and you will have to keep your wits about you as you strategically dodge and blast your way to victory.

In terms of accessibility, ZANAC x ZANAC is easily the most playable game on today’s list. With virtually no Japanese reading skill required, you can get a very fulfilling (and incredibly challenging) shoot’em up experience!

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MAKERUNA MAKENDO2

Originally released on the Super Famicom, this 2D fighter was given new life and revamped graphics in its PlayStation iteration. This quirky fighter is filled to the brim with wacky, charming fun.

With character archetypes ranging from magical schoolgirls to zombie comedians, it’s hard to ignore this game’s unique style. Each character has his/her own set of super moves (utilized in the familiar down forward punch [DFP] style) and crazy backstory. Unlike most fighting games, you can also make use of magic through your MP (Makenki Power). These spells can make you stronger, weaken opponents, or even heal you in a pinch!

Not much Japanese is required to play, but you will miss out on the event text and may need some assistance navigating menus. Once you’re all set up though, beastly punches and kicks are NEVER lost in translation!

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VEHICLE CAVALIER

This crazy vehicular combat game takes place in a dystopian future where conflict is decided in the only logical way possible: MECHA COMBAT.

Customize your giant robot fighting suit and go toe to toe against the toughest foes in the land while you complete a series of missions. All eight characters have a unique story to explore, but that’s only if you can survive! Earn some cash as you crush your enemies, then head back to the garage to transform your mech into the mightiest machine in town.

There is a ton of customization involved in loading out your mech, and with 300 weapons to choose from, your options are virtually unlimited. The combat is accessible, but for non-Japanese speakers, Google Translate will definitely come in handy while navigating the menus.

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LUP★SALAD

This adorable match-3 puzzle game is loaded with brain-busting puzzle goodness. To clear a stage, you must move your disturbingly cute hero, Salad, as she attempts to remove all colored cubes by matching up three in a row.

The game’s challenge stems from the hero’s very limited movement capabilities. Players are able to push blocks and fall from any height, but climbing back up is a different story. Salad can climb up a single block and jump the space of a single block. If two blocks are stacked on top of each other, she can push the lower one, but the block on top will ultimately fall – resulting in crushing defeat.

No Japanese is needed to push the blocks around, but there is a great deal of event text between chapters. You might not be able to fully experience the story, but you will certainly be able to enjoy two hundred levels of challenging puzzles without having to master Japanese.

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ART CAMION SUGOROKUDEN

If you are unfamiliar with the Japanese subculture of Dekotora (or Art Trucks), you are certainly in for a treat. While America was rockin’ out to the one-hit wonder trucker song “Convoy,” over in Japan trucks were being overhauled with garish and awesome accessories and designs. The more ridiculous your truck looks, the cooler you are! It’s kind of like the custom car scene here in the States!

Art Camion Sugorokuden captures the decorated truck phenomenon with classic board game style. With a roll of the dice, you cruise all over Japan to pick up and deliver packages. Each delivery will earn you points, which you can spend to trick out your gigantic ride. When you aren’t hard at work, you can take your special lady out for a little ride, but watch out for your rivals because they will stop at nothing to see you fail!

The game is relatively text heavy, and without some handy translation (or a bilingual friend with whom you can enjoy the game’s multiplayer mode) you are in for a bumpy ride. If you can muscle your way through menus and event text, you will be truckin’ it up with the best of them. Just remember – the crazier your truck looks, the better you are doing!

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FINGER★FLASHING

If you have never heard of “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” “Janken,” or “Roshambo,” then I’ve got no idea how to introduce this next game. That being said, Finger Flashing is a challenging and addictive take on a centuries-old classic.

You play as the hero Poi (or her friend Cikke) who is on her way to an important wizardly exam. Her plans to graduate on time seem thwarted when a herd of monsters invade the town and block her path to success. The only way to fix this mess is to destroy all invaders with the almighty power of the Rock-Paper-Scissors School of Magic.

Players march down an ever-moving path as monsters approach from the top of the screen. Each monster will be decked out in the regalia of rock, paper, or scissors, and to defeat them, you have to blast them with their opposing hand. As easy as this sounds, it gets pretty tricky and complicated as monsters begin attacking in groups.

Luckily, you can take them out by matching up chains of the classic Rock-Paper-Scissors formula. If you see monsters of the scissor and rock variety walking down the road side by side, you can combo them by shooting paper at the rock. This will set off a chain that makes the rock monster destroy his scissors-wielding friend. If you had just shot a rock at the scissors monster, it would have been destroyed, but it would have left the rock monster barreling down on you. Combos are the key to your survival once you face up against bigger and bigger monster groups.

While you may get a little tripped up in the bare-bones menus, the only thing you will miss out on in this game is the brief story event text that pops up when you aren’t puzzle-fighting.

So there you have it. Six classic Japanese delights available now for American consumption, at just $5.99 a pop! Hopefully after reading this post you’ve got all the info you need. With a little patience and some free translation software, you’ll be all set to enjoy some imported goodness.

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+ Antonio Cara on December 4th, 2012 at 5:20 pm said:

We are proud to bring them to you all!

Hopefully we will have some more in the future ;)


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    + Antonio Cara on December 4th, 2012 at 5:22 pm said:

    As they are now officially live – we hope you are all enjoying our first PlayStation Classics.

    (hopefully now I can stop accidentally creating new topics instead of replying to everyone else’s)


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+ sydra on December 4th, 2012 at 7:49 pm said:

It’s wonderful to see more imports added! Maybe now there’s still hope for great titles like Umihara Kawase Shun, Rakugaki Showtime, UFO: A Day in the LIfe and all sorts of other strange and wonderful things. And with the release of Art Camion Sugorokuden can the art truck “racing” game Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu be far behind?! Loved the odd soundtrack, disliked the game :)


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    + Antonio Cara on December 4th, 2012 at 7:58 pm said:

    Only time will tell ;)

    And is it just me, or do all “Art Truck” games have very… interesting soundtracks :P


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+ BlaqMagiq24 on December 4th, 2012 at 8:01 pm said:

I second DBZ Legends. That was the best DBZ game ever before the Budokai games. I would love to see that game in the Store.

But anyway good job on getting some imports onto the Store. We need more of those.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 4th, 2012 at 8:04 pm said:

    A toast – to import games – Kanpai!!!!


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+ FlyingV74 on December 4th, 2012 at 9:20 pm said:

I’m very interested in Zanac vs. Zanac, as I love shoot-em-ups dating back to my 16-bit (and before) roots. All I have is a PSP and I do not see any of these new releases available via download purchase on Media Go. Are they to be made available in that capacity or is having a PS3 the only method to purchase them. If it is the latter then that would be a first in regards to PS one classics not being available to buy using a PC and unfortunate for those who do not have (Or want) a PS3. Don Pachi and Dodonpachi would also be good candidates for release, as would PSP Salamander Deluxe Pack and Darius Burst.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 4th, 2012 at 9:34 pm said:

    ZANAC X ZANAC definitely seems to be the star of the show!

    Unfortunately it seems that if you have a PSP or PS Vita, you need to download the games on a PS3 first and transfer them. Perhaps a compatibility update in the future may change this.

    It’s also great seeing everyone’s top import game choices because I’m learning about cool titles I’ve never even heard of before!


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+ businesstron on December 4th, 2012 at 9:49 pm said:

What’s the point of putting out these games if you can’t even download them from the Vita store or through Media Go? People try to support Sony but they go and do stuff like this. That’s beyond stupid, at least put that key FACT in your article that you need a PS3 to get these so people don’t have to find out for themselves how incompetent Sony is.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 4th, 2012 at 9:59 pm said:

    I do regret the inconvenience, and only discovered the issue myself recently.

    I’m not sure why, but there is quite a handful of classics that cannot be downloaded directly to the PS Vita. Again, I hope this will change in future updates.


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+ PrinceofXIII on December 4th, 2012 at 10:32 pm said:

yay more JPN PSN classic imports FTW!


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    + Antonio Cara on December 4th, 2012 at 10:34 pm said:

    JPN PSN FTW

    Only now does it occur to me that we have all learned to speak the beautiful language of the Internets!

    Now I feel I must show you the dance of my people…


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+ IcedDice777 on December 5th, 2012 at 2:09 am said:

Dudes at GungHo… You guys NEED to bring/make available the Super Robot Wars series for us! We’ll gobble games up. The series is what got me into importing titles back in the ps1 days. Please consider it. Thank you


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    + Antonio Cara on December 5th, 2012 at 12:40 pm said:

    That’s a really popular series! I’d love to see this over here too!


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+ IcedDice777 on December 5th, 2012 at 2:14 am said:

Forgot to add…i’ll support you for making japanese titles available to us by buying Zanac X Zanac today from the store.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 5th, 2012 at 12:41 pm said:

    Thanks for the support ^_^


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+ bryan12112 on December 5th, 2012 at 2:40 am said:

“Unfortunately it seems that if you have a PSP or PS Vita, you need to download the games on a PS3 first and transfer them. Perhaps a compatibility update in the future may change this.”

Better than nothing, right? I don’t mind transferring from PS3 to Vita.

Thanks for the info.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 5th, 2012 at 12:41 pm said:

    No problem! Hope you enjoy!


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+ Nick930930 on December 5th, 2012 at 8:29 am said:

And this is a big pass for me. Not interested sorry.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 5th, 2012 at 12:42 pm said:

    No problem – hopefully our next release will catch your attention!


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+ FlyingV74 on December 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am said:

To follow up on my previous post and to further echo the following post (#55) there is only a minor conversion process to complete in order to get PS One classics to operate with Vita and no compatibility issues whatsoever with PSP and Media Go. It’s very transparent that this is an effort to phase out PSP and its’ remaining customer base and to cultivate these customers towards purchase of a PS3 in addition to their PSP or Vita. A very bad business practice and dismissive towards people who have supported Sony platforms of the past; absolutely no reason to restrict sole PSP owners from acquisition of these imports, other then to make them feel deprived into buying additional Sony platforms. Every other PsOne classic has been released in NA for PS3 and Media Go simultaneously and never before “PS3 Only”.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 5th, 2012 at 12:45 pm said:

    As mentioned, we didn’t really have control of this on our end, but your comments are definitely heard and respected.


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+ FlyingV74 on December 5th, 2012 at 11:51 am said:

Continued due to character limitations:

I do not know who made this decision but I am holding Sony accountable for it as they have final say in these policies, so therefore if these imports are not available via Media Go within a month I for one will not be purchasing any present or future Sony products/devices of any kind, since they are not willing to give full support to their customers where clearly warranted and instead choose to be manipulative with their business practices. The immediate impact of course is that you are losing sales of these releases to anyone with a PSP or Vita who was ready to make a purchase.


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    + Antonio Cara on December 5th, 2012 at 12:46 pm said:

    Your stance is definitely understandable! Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy our next batch of releases!


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+ megamixer on December 6th, 2012 at 12:21 pm said:

LUP★SALAD kept me up so late last night trying to clear more puzzles and the bgm is still running in my head :o

Good stuff! The first setting with the penguins and snow felt real fitting for this time of the year. Oh and thanks for the assurance that these are portable friendly after all!


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    + Antonio Cara on December 6th, 2012 at 4:01 pm said:

    It’s the adorable sound effects that stick in my head!

    **yush,yush PYON PYON!!!!!!!!!**


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+ boourns1984 on December 6th, 2012 at 6:49 pm said:

I bought zanac…awesome game! never heard of it before! Glad I read the blog. Every other game looked pretty goofy to me


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