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« on: January 06, 2011, 01:21:10 PM »

I'm going to Asia for two weeks and will spend a few days in Tokyo.  Are there any JRPGs or other Japanese games that never came out in the West) that are import friendly? I don't speak a word of Japanese. I guess it would be hard to find an import friendly JRPG given the amount of text they have, but maybe something that already has english language option? I believe Demon's Souls was like that. Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 01:52:39 PM »

It was the mainland asian version of Demon's Souls that had English text - there are quite a few games like this, like Risen or other games that originally came from the west.  In regards to actual Japanese titles, there are just about 0 RPGs that are import friendly for someone with 0 Japanese skill.  That being said, however, there are lots of games that are import-friendly outside of those genres.

Like scrolling shooters?  Just about any of them are great, since there's usually only one or two menus.  Same goes for fighting games.

What you do want to make sure about, however, is your console's ability to play import titles.

The following consoles are Region Free:

PSP
PS3
Nintendo DS

The Xbox 360 is PARTIALLY region free (depends on the piece of software) and the Wii is completely region-coded.  Check Play-Asia.com for any Xbox 360 game you're interested in, as they have a pretty comprehensive list of what works on what region.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011, 02:15:46 PM »

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Superheroes.  I have less than zero Japanese skill and I got just about everything in the game no problem.  And it IS worth getting in addition to the US version, since the game was completely rebalanced, had one character cut, and all the character endings are different between the US and JPN versions.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2011, 02:27:33 PM »

It's also worth noting that Japanese publishers almost always region lock their games on the 360. Pretty asinine given they have a natural barrier of a hard to learn language, but there are a few Cave shooters that experimented with leaving it off.
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011, 02:35:10 PM »

Fist of the North Star International

http://www.play-asia.com/Hokuto_Musou_International/paOS-13-71-bp-49-en-70-3zy3.html
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2011, 02:39:52 PM »

RPGs, I can only think of a few obvious ones (from Squeenix) like SO international although we got that one, FF international, and KH final mix.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2011, 03:41:42 PM »

RPGs, I can only think of a few obvious ones (from Squeenix) like SO international although we got that one, FF international, and KH final mix.

...or racers and fighters. =/
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011, 04:37:23 PM »

My first game for psp was Jp. copy of Ridge Racers. You don't need to know Japanese to play games like that. As for rpg I can recommend Breath of Fire III for psp. I have European version for psp, but I was able to beat Japanese version on PSone, so doubt you'll have any troubles with psp version, since it's exactly the same.

It was also re-released as CapKore in Japan so you can get it for $24 (I'm sure even cheaper in Japan).
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-9f-49-en-70-1pfv.html
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2011, 04:47:24 PM »

I just can't see the point in playing an RPG in a language you don't understand.  Sure there are examples out there that are simple enough you can probably stumble your way through, but for me the story is a major part of most RPGs and you're just not going to be able to appreciate it that way.  I import RPGs sometimes but I actually understand some Japanese.  And I feel I just don't know how to answer this question.

And as other's have said, there are plenty of non-RPGs that don't really have much in the way of story that should be a lot more accessible.  But that category is almost too big if I don't know what kind of genres you are interested in.
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011, 05:05:09 PM »

Actually, some games DO have indepth translation guides, so something like the first two Sakura Wars on PSP are about as import friendly as you can get without English text actually being present.
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 05:05:18 PM »

My first game for psp was Jp. copy of Ridge Racers. You don't need to know Japanese to play games like that. As for rpg I can recommend Breath of Fire III for psp. I have European version for psp, but I was able to beat Japanese version on PSone, so doubt you'll have any troubles with psp version, since it's exactly the same.

It was also re-released as CapKore in Japan so you can get it for $24 (I'm sure even cheaper in Japan).
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-9f-49-en-70-1pfv.html

The Euro version can be found on Amazon.com for $30, for those looking for this in English.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2011, 06:32:42 PM »

Speaking as someone who does import JP RPGs, if you don't speak a word of Japanese then they're all going to be inaccessible to you. The RPGs are probably the hardest genre to understand without knowledge of the language.

I would recommend to you a game called Jump Ultimate Stars. It's a 2D fighting game similar to Super Smash Bros. It is tons of fun, one of the best games I've played on DS, and is pretty import friendly.
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 07:16:17 PM »

You can get by in JRPGs if you know the Chinese characters well enough. Helps me when I don't understand some of the words.
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2011, 08:17:05 PM »

You can get by in JRPGs if you know the Chinese characters well enough. Helps me when I don't understand some of the words.

Except that for those of use who didn't grow up with Chinese characters that's the hardest part of the whole language...
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2011, 10:07:43 AM »

If you've ever played an SRW game then you already know everything you need to know about Queen's Blade PSP as it's basically SRW but with giant tits in place of giant robots.

Add Queen's Gate to that once it comes out.
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