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GungHo Bringing Six More PSone Imports to North America

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GungHo Bringing Six More PSone Imports to North America
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As promised, GungHo is bringing over a new batch of PSone Imports for your enjoyment today! Just like last time, I’d like to chat about these lovely games and what you can expect out of them.

Sentimental Graffiti

Sentimental Graffiti

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This classic dating simulation was first released in the late nineties. It was popular enough to spawn various sequels, an anime series, and even a radio drama! The story revolves around a protagonist who was constantly moving about during his childhood, so he never had time to form deeper relationships with those around him. He receives a much unexpected letter from a mysterious paramour which simply states, “I want to see you.” He’s got it narrowed down to one of the 12 special women he met in his younger days, and it’s up to the player to decide how this tale ends…

Players control our hero by making use of his incredibly tight schedule. You’ve only got so much time to spend with these ladies, so you have to make it count! Carefully plan out each day by studying your calendar and preparing potentially romantic encounters with the 12 candidates. If you get it right, you might just figure out where that mysterious letter came from…

The game is very text heavy, but there’s a lot of great art and charming event scenes to enjoy. If you are a fan of visual novels, this is one you won’t want to pass up.

First Queen IV

First Queen IV

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First Queen is a classic RTS/RPG franchise that first introduced the “Gocha-kyara” (tons of characters) battle system. Players control several units by issuing turn based orders then watching the attacks unfold in real time. While the game starts with just a handful of units, your army will grow as your foes bend the knee or you seek out additional recruits via side missions. The ultimate goal is of course to unite (conquer) the entire area and ultimately bring peace to the land. Remember, when you play the game First Queen IV, you win or you die.

While the story contains a lot of Japanese text, the battle controls are pretty straightforward, and you should have little trouble conquering the world with your merry band!

Trump Shiyouyo! Fukkoku-ban

Trump Shiyouyo! Fukkoku-ban

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This classic card game pits players against a cast of cute, colorful animals in a bevy of classic card games including: Shichi-narabe (a variation of Sevens), Daifugou (Grand Millionaire), Page One, Dobon, Seven Bridge, Speed, Baba-nuki (Old Maid), Poker, Blackjack, and Shinkei-suijyaku (Concentration).

The game is light on text, and the only time you really need to be able to read Japanese is when you want to tweak the rules of the individual games. With a few quick Google searches, a player can easily find the rules to these classic card games as well as how they would be written in Japanese. Once in game, everything is fairly simple to understand.

Oz no Mahoutsukai ~Another World~ RungRung

Oz no Mahoutsukai ~Another World~ RungRung

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This whimsical take on The Wizard of Oz features some incredibly nostalgic-looking, fully voiced CG cutscenes, lovely music, and about the cutest portrayal of the Tin Man I have ever seen! The classic tale of the little girl from Kansas who rode a tornado to infamy has been adapted to an almost absurd degree – with various musicals, movies, and video games. This particular adaptation is oozing with a quirky charm that’s sure to warm your heart.

Players take on the role of Dorothy as she (and her little dog too!) travels about the Land of Oz performing various tasks and collecting magical items. Her goal is to help out her new friends, and of course get back home (after all, there’s no place like home).

This game is fairly text-heavy, but its cuteness is universal!

Mahjong Uranai Fortuna ~Tsuki no Megami Tachi~

Mahjong Uranai Fortuna ~Tsuki no Megami Tachi~

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Affect’s Mahjong Uranai Fortuna ~Tsuki no Megami Tachi~ provides a rather delightful twist to the time-honored classic Chinese game, Mahjong. Players choose 3 of the 6 fortune-telling beauties to compete against in this ancient poker-like, tile-based game of luck and strategy. As you defeat opponents, you can unlock special event photos that can later be viewed at the image gallery.

Luckily for you, these ladies don’t just play a mean game of Mahjong. Whenever you wish, you can enter “Fortune-telling Mode” and have a nice little horoscope prepared. Be warned, once you see your future, it can’t be unseen!

The fortune-telling will of course require significant Japanese knowledge to understand, but the classic game of Mahjong can easily be learned over the internet. Finally, the image gallery needs no translation.

Favorite Dear ~Enkan no Monogatari~

Favorite Dear ~Enkan no Monogatari~

Favorite Dear ~Enkan no Monogatari~Favorite Dear ~Enkan no Monogatari~

Japanese RPGs are common enough, and the dating simulation/virtual novel genre is no stranger to the west. It is, however, quite rare to see the two genres so delightfully melded into a beautiful, character-driven gaming experience. For the first time (officially), the Favorite Dear series hits the US with its third installment – don’t worry, the stories aren’t exactly sequential, so you won’t have missed anything important.

Players must control their team of warriors in battle against various monsters as they bring peace to the land, but off the battlefield, the main objective is to promote and maintain harmony in the group by visiting with allies. Once you select your date and location, you are treated to an event scene where you need to make the right choices to keep everyone happy. People who like you tend to fight harder, right?! Before you head back to the battlefield, make sure you outfit your soldiers with the best equipment possible so you can smash your foes to bits!

Favorite Dear ~Enkan no Monogatari~ has a combination of anime event graphics and isometric, sprite-based battle sequences. Like any RPG, it’s very text heavy, so make sure to bring your Berlitz Japanese/English dictionary with you when you want to take Tia out for a walk about town!

These PSone Classics are just $5.99 apiece, so head on down to your local PlayStation Store and pick them up later today! We here at GungHo Online Entertainment America hope you enjoy the chance to finally get your hands on these classic imports, because we may have a few more up our sleeves – WINK!

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  • gerneric123

    Any news on when we can expect Picotto Knights to be released?

    Also, aren’t you guys a bit concerned about releasing text-heavy Japanese-only PS1 Imports?

    • Antonio Cara

      We don’t have any updates regarding Picotto Knights just yet.

      I understand your concern regarding text-heavy Japanese games, but we figured we would give players a chance at these classics that would have otherwise never seen American shores.

  • smoothboarder540

    I don’t care about these. I just want to play some actual classics like Crash Bandicoot And Spyro.

    • Antonio Cara

      I believe those classics are already available. Right now, we are only focusing on titles in GungHo Japan’s backlog.

  • smoothboarder540

    On my Vita

    • Antonio Cara

      Classics being playable on the Vita is a huge concern of mine as well – they look pretty amazing on that OLED screen!

  • Taylor_With_Hat

    I was really excited to see so many PS1 Imports coming out this week, but after looking these over, I don’t think I’ll be buying any of them.

    I want to support you guys and I’d be happy to buy more imports, but all of these games appear to be RPGs or other text-heavy games that I wouldn’t be able to understand.

    I appreciate your efforts, but please choose import games that require little (preferably no) comprehension of the Japanese language.

    • Antonio Cara

      Indeed that is always the risk when releasing Japanese imports.

      GungHo Japan had all of these titles available in their backlog, so making them available in the states was really just a matter of paperwork. We figured we’d give them a shot for all the fans out there who may have been interested.

  • It’s cool that you guys are making these titles available, but are the majority of these even playable without knowledge of Japanese? Your post doesn’t mention if any translations have been done or what

    • Antonio Cara

      These games are available in their original Japanese versions with no translation. We understand this makes RPGs and visual novels difficult to navigate, but we still felt it was worth it to make these titles available for any fans interested in obtaining them.

  • Taylor_With_Hat

    @5: The screenshots and descriptions show and mention a lot of Japanese text, so I’m guessing no translating has happened.

    • Antonio Cara

      These games are all Japanese. There used to be a dedicated imports section in the PSN, but they have now all been folded into the Classics category.

  • I think I’ll pick up a majority of these. Don’t have enough money right now for all the ones I want, but I’ll pick up at least 2 this week.

    It’s times like these that learning enough Japanese to play games pays off.

    • Antonio Cara

      It’s always nice to have the chance to put your schooling to good use!

      Remember, for every $50 you spend this month on the PSN you get $10 back… just sayin’ ;)

  • KazeEternal

    @5 DRMOGUERA
    No mention of translations as necessary the title says it all in one simple word “imports”.

    By definition these are not localized, they are brought in raw as they are with no modification. The whole point of this was to provide otherwise in accessible and rare titles to individuals willing to take the time to learn Japanese to play them. For instance I picked a bit in the 90’s to play games like Tobal 2 which was never released here in the US. Oddly enough I learned more japanese trying to play one of these games over the course of a month than I did in single semester class. I just don’t learn the same way as most people. So these games are good on a variety of levels and I would really like to see Sony make these games available since many are likely already on the Japanese PSN.

    • Antonio Cara

      That’s exactly right, and we are glad you appreciate the chance to get these games ^_^

      As mentioned previously, there was no reason NOT to make these games available. I hope your studies go well and that your Japanese doesn’t slowly leak out of your brains like mine is >_<

      Now I'd better get back to playing more PSone classics – I mean studying…

  • @5 Did you not make it to the last paragraph of every game’s description? It’s pretty clear if you read it.

    • Antonio Cara

      Statistics have proven that first sentences are infinitely more fun the the last.

      I really like to answer every comment, so that sometimes results in me having nothing constructive to add to a statement.

  • As a student of Japanese, I’m quite happy to see some more text heavy titles available that I don’t have to throw tons of money at to import. I certainly hope this isn’t consistently what we get from the Playstation imports section, but as long as it’s a sporadic thing, I’m excited.

    • Antonio Cara

      Glad to hear it!

      I can’t speak for other import publishers, but right now we are working on the classic titles in GungHo Japan’s backlog. Without providing any juicy details, I can hint we’ve got a couple more text-heavy ones on the way and some more text-light ones.

  • Plus, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on Sentimental Graffiti for a while now.

    • Antonio Cara

      The series certainly had a big following in Japan. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had spread over here as well!

  • Not to be a killjoy but…why is this positive? Those games look awesome, I’d love to play them but given they are in Japanese they are accessible to virtually less than 10% of Sony’s userbase~.

    • Antonio Cara

      We definitely understand that text-heavy imports might not be for everyone, but this was a case where we had the perfect opportunity to release these games and figured there was no reason not to please any import-loving fans who may wish to try them.

  • If one of the “few tricks up your sleeves” means “text translated to english”, consider me sold on most, if not all of these games.

  • I don’t know maybe Oz no Mahoutsukai ~Another World~ RungRung.

    • Antonio Cara

      It really is an adorable game.

      Toto looks like some kind of mop head, and the Tin Man is shorter than his own axe – what’s not to love?

  • Are any of these playable on the Vita? That will determine if I get all of them or just Sentimental Graffiti.

    • Antonio Cara

      We have been assured that they will, but I will confirm this as soon as they go live.

  • Please bring Firepro Wrestling and Rock & Roll Racing 2 to NA!!

    • Antonio Cara

      Those are definitely great classics. We are always open to suggestions, but as previously mentioned we are focusing on GungHo Japan’s titles right now. For us, GungHo games are a matter of simple paperwork, but games from other publishers can get pretty tricky with licensing issues.

  • I’m with Superstone bring Fire Pro Wrestling G over. It’s PS3/Vita wrestling fans that would LOVE that.

    • Antonio Cara

      Thanks for the recommendations. That is definitely a cool series :)

  • I…I’m sorry, but just…Why the hell are we getting THESE? I mean, I love games like these, but I can’t understand them if it saved my life.

    • Antonio Cara

      As mentioned, these were GungHo Japan classics that we had the chance to bring over the America with little to no trouble. We understand they may appear an oddly eclectic lot of games, but we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to make these games available for everyone who may be interested!

  • Imports…..? I guess Crash Bandicoot is not an important game to Playstation Vita owners. Please someone do something about this. If someone is not willing to give up the rights to the game, they better be making a Crash Bandicoot for PS4.

    I just don’t get it. Didn’t Europe get it on Vita. I guess they are getting the imports and we can’t even get our own games. What!

    • Antonio Cara

      While we are not the publishers for this particular series, I currently see 4 Crash Bandicoot games available on the PSN. Sometimes there is a delay in Vita compatibility that is fixed by firmware updates. Also, for some games, users are able to download the game on the PS3 and sideload it to the Vita.

  • >Sentimental Graffiti on PS VITA

    IM SOLD, take all my money

    also

    WHERE IS PICOTTO KNIGHTS FOR USA D:!!!!!!

    i want to spend $50 monthly on items D:

    • Antonio Cara

      I will gladly take your moneys ~ nyahahahaaa…..

      As for Picotto Knights – no word yet, but we will keep everyone updated!

  • Picotto Knights release date?

    • Antonio Cara

      Unfortunately I don’t have any updates for that one – I’ll make sure to keep everyone posted though!

  • I can’t read ANY Japanese but I might pick up that Wizard of Oz game. I’m pretty sure I can figure out what to do… Eventually,

    • Antonio Cara

      There are some pretty helpful guide videos for that one on Nico Nico (even if you can’t understand what they are saying). Just search this: オズの魔法使い ~Another World~ ルングルング

  • Shadowbhiemes

    I won’t be able to understand any of these myself, but it’s greatly appreci