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Welcome to the Japanese niche games deals and discussion thread!  Feel free to talk about local and import Japanese games here.  Our goal is to maintain a thread dedicated to active deals on niche games including RPGs, Visual Novels (VN), Shoot'em ups (Shmups), Musou, etc.  Also maintained are pre-orders for standard, limited and collector's edition games with key release dates provided.

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Not instant buy prices in that IFI sale for standard editions ($30/ea)... though tempting to pick back up buying Neptunia games. It's a shame they don't have screen shots and gameplay video in their store for each of the games. Death End re;Quest sounds interesting on paper but I'd have to research it to see if those two games are something I might like. Same for the Fairy Fencer F games. Probably staying on the sidelines on this sale... though Megadimension Neptunia VII is tempting.
Fairy fencer f gameplay is similar to cold steel, arc the lad twilight of the spirit, Neptune series of course among other things. The games are made to be pretty easy.

As you get more swords to put in the ground outside of the dungeons you enter you get bonuses.
 
I am interested in the Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord Limited Edition PS5 but it's not enough for free shipping. Not really interested in tactical games, I just want to try it because I like the first game. Anyone find it weird how easy they made it to max level 999 late game in Advent Dark Force? It only took me less than an hour to do it.
I'd assume it was over compensating for the Neptunia games being grindy as hell.
 
Finished FFVII Rebirth last night and holy shit, fuck that final boss. How many phases is enough? Seven? Eight? Nine? TEN?! Shit's putting MegaTen to shame. And that final phase, good god. Took me four or five tries to get it. All told, the final boss battle was about two hours long for me. And all for a really unsatisfying ending. This game had a serious inability to just let scenes breathe. You'd have an emotional (and iconic) moment and before anyone could mourn or meditate on what happened, BOOM big loud battle! Action sequence! Goofy shit! And the constant word salads from Sephiroth and even Aerith were getting more and more grating, until I just didn't care anymore during the finale. I don't know where in the hell this story is going to go because it's clear the dev team is just uninterested in making any sense. The implications of what's to come in part 3 are unappealing to me, with the exception of Zack because he was the best part of this game's finale and if we have to do this horrific, multiverse nightmare, at least we have Zack to possibly save the day. God, I'm so sick of multiverses and mystery boxes.

7/10. I wanted to go down to a 6 but I know it's better than that. I'm just exhausted after the slog, man.
 
Touhou Luna Nights '5-Year Anniversary' physical editions announced for PS5, Switch

The standard edition will include a printed color manual and special sleeve. The limited edition includes a printed manual, an original soundtrack double CD, three alternative inlays, a serialized certificate of authenticity, and a SteelBook case, all housed in an oversized collector’s box.

Depending on the price, I might be in for the LE thanks to the steelbook:
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Figured some here would want to know...

Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak II coming to the west​



EDIT: some decent deals in that PA sale. This might be the one that gets me.
 
Figured some here would want to know...

Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak II coming to the west​

Good, as expected. They've been saying there would be a significant reveal on 7/5 at the expo event with Falcom's president. I've assumed it would be news that's less expected than the localization of Kuro II.
 
They've been saying there would be a significant reveal on 7/5 at the expo event with Falcom's president. I've assumed it would be news that's less expected than the localization of Kuro II.
I was already thinking a Sky / Sora release on nsw was coming. And today I read from Kondo: "the early titles are difficult to play due to hardware issues, and it's not easy for new users to get into the series... I think there are many people who want to play from the start of the series. We are currently preparing something to respond to such voices, and we would like to announce it somewhere around the 20th anniversary. So, please wait a little longer."
So I'll go ahead and say "a little longer" is to the announcement on 7/5.
 

So Play-Asia is having this Japanese games with English language sale. Stellar Blade is among them. I guess I'll take this chance to finally grab it, along with 2 other preorders for free shipping ($100 min). Japanese region games are cheaper to import that straight-up buying the western version.

I don't buy from them often, but where does one enter coupon code? Is the coupon box disabled because there's a game that's on sale in my cart?
 

So Play-Asia is having this Japanese games with English language sale. Stellar Blade is among them. I guess I'll take this chance to finally grab it, along with 2 other preorders for free shipping ($100 min). Japanese region games are cheaper to import that straight-up buying the western version.

I don't buy from them often, but where does one enter coupon code? Is the coupon box disabled because there's a game that's on sale in my cart?
This is probably the case--sometimes Play-Asia's promos don't allow coupon codes to also apply, so they hide the coupon-code box.
 

So Play-Asia is having this Japanese games with English language sale. Stellar Blade is among them. I guess I'll take this chance to finally grab it, along with 2 other preorders for free shipping ($100 min). Japanese region games are cheaper to import that straight-up buying the western version.

I don't buy from them often, but where does one enter coupon code? Is the coupon box disabled because there's a game that's on sale in my cart?
Look for an option to apply code during checkout. I think it's the 3rd or 4th step in checkout among several screens.
 
The Neptunia motorcycle game Neptunia vs Titan Dogoo (which shows a logo of 'Neptunia Riders vs Dogoo' when the system language is English) is a short game made up of 5 worlds with 3 levels each. The $21.99 is pretty much the right price point. Each level can be beaten in under 2 minutes and consists of driving around a motorcycle building a ball of Dogoo (Neptunia's slime equivalent.) There's only a time trial challenge and a "Finish level without an AI Partner" challenge on each level as far as replay value goes. Digital Deluxe gives three more costumes for 5 of the 6 playable characters (Big Neptune only gets her default outfit, and it's a spoiler to explain why.)
 

So Play-Asia is having this Japanese games with English language sale. Stellar Blade is among them. I guess I'll take this chance to finally grab it, along with 2 other preorders for free shipping ($100 min). Japanese region games are cheaper to import that straight-up buying the western version.

I don't buy from them often, but where does one enter coupon code? Is the coupon box disabled because there's a game that's on sale in my cart?
You can't use a coupon if you're buying any items associated with a featured sale.

The box where you enter the coupon won't even show.
 
East Asia Soft is doing a Tokyo Clanpool physical release:

"Physical editions for Switch will be available to pre-order in standard and Limited editions via Play-Asia starting July 4 at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. ET "

Been getting back into retro more, myself, lately. I was out of the loop on NES homebrew, but there is some interesting stuff.
Most of these are from the past 1-4 years, so not new, just new to me.
Littlesoundsoft from Japan has made Over Obj, a cool looking NES shmup:

They also made F-θ (F-theta). Which is a very short, simplistic looking top down racing game. The animations of the track girl before/between races are probably the major accomplishment and reason to play it lol:

Littlesoundsoft also made a short Visual Novel NES game:
that follows the same story as a YouTube animation they made, but neither is in English:

Also pretty simplistic: Amazon's Running Diet (very bottom of page, free English download provided by Gotta Protector's dev Ancient)
An endless runner about avoiding cake and drinking water to lose weight.
LimitedRunGames also produced an NES cart under Amazon's Training Road that was jokingly localized "as if it were 1989". Box art dramatically changed, Amazon isn't in a bikini anymore, she collects hearts and avoids bombs instead of water/cake now. And when you lose it doesn't say:
"GAME OVER
-FALLING ASS BOMB-"
anymore.
 
They keep porting the earlier Ys remakes, when are they finally gonna get around to remaking V?

Isn't that the one that's two parts or am I thinking of some other game in the series? Maybe they just don't think they could recoup the costs of porting/remaking that one...
 
Isn't that the one that's two parts or am I thinking of some other game in the series? Maybe they just don't think they could recoup the costs of porting/remaking that one...

No, it’s just a single SNES game. Is there one in two parts? 4 had two completely different versions, but both of those were rendered non-canon by the remake, Memories of Celceta.
 
No, it’s just a single SNES game. Is there one in two parts? 4 had two completely different versions, but both of those were rendered non-canon by the remake, Memories of Celceta.

Had to look it up, yeah you're right- there is none. I always thought one of the games had 2 parts but I was just thinking of IV and it's two releases.
 
Bamco sent out an email and tos chosen edition is 24.99 on their store for all platforms. I'm tempted to get it even though it's a trash port.

I grabbed a standard copy when it hit $15 for a new one on gamefly (ended up $21.52 after tax and shipping). They updated the switch version to fix the more serious issues (not that I've played this version of it yet to confirm).
 
Cross posting from Humble Forum

The Many Worlds of Muv-Luv Bundle

$26 Tier

Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered

$21 Tier

Muv-Luv Alternative
The Imperial Capital Burns - Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse

$15 Tier

Muv-Luv photonmelodies♮
Muv-Luv Unlimited: THE DAY AFTER - Episode 01 REMASTERED
Muv-Luv Unlimited: THE DAY AFTER - Episode 02 REMASTERED
Muv-Luv Unlimited: THE DAY AFTER - Episode 03 REMASTERED

$12 Tier

Muv-Luv
Muv-Luv photonflowers*
Muv-Luv Unlimited: THE DAY AFTER - Episode 00 REMASTERED

One of the few good visual novel bundles from Hunble that isn't Sakura whatever okay visual novels. I own most of these other than the day after, which I may get, but I'll see. These are very highly regarded and I've only gone through Muv-Luv the first part myself.
 
These are very highly regarded and I've only gone through Muv-Luv the first part myself.
Yeah I also own half of this bundle and haven't gotten to the series yet. What is the difference between the Alternative and Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered? Is one recommended over another for new players to read after playing the first game?
 
Total Eclipse is a side story I believe that I think takes place in the same universe as Alternative and I'm not sure of the timeline (I believe it's the same time as Alternative but I may be wrong). It stars different characters and such.
 
One of the few good visual novel bundles from Hunble that isn't Sakura whatever okay visual novels. I own most of these other than the day after, which I may get, but I'll see. These are very highly regarded and I've only gone through Muv-Luv the first part myself.
Oh man, you're in for a treat. Muv-Luv is great, but the first game is a bit of a slog to get through. It really picks up with Unlimited and especially Alternative.

Yeah I also own half of this bundle and haven't gotten to the series yet. What is the difference between the Alternative and Alternative Total Eclipse Remastered? Is one recommended over another for new players to read after playing the first game?
The main series is Muv-Luv Extra (sometimes just called Muv-Luv), Muv Love Unlimited, and Muv-Luv Alternative. Everything else (including Total Eclipse) is a spin-off or alternate viewpoint that can be played in any order after Alternative.
 
So I'll go ahead and say "a little longer" is to the announcement on 7/5.
Apparently today's announcement is that Daybreak II's localization will be released "early 2025." Which is stunningly quick by past kiseki standards.
The LE is already available to preorder on nisa's store.

I'm very happy the games are coming. But I also have mixed feelings about the localization products themselves. A lot of the same that worked on Reverie are in the Daybreak I credits. And there are many, many issues and errors presently in Reverie that have not been addressed or corrected. They're just moving on to the new releases.
 
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Just as Trails Daybreak II gets announced, the first one arrived at my door today :)
Didn't even get an email and the order still shows unfulfilled lol. Maybe it's due to the holiday weekend?
I placed an order for the new one and it said I could still add another 6,950 (something around there) to my cart... So I guess that's how many are left if you thinking of ordering lol
 

Hopefully the physical is cheap, the Japanese version only costs about $15-$20. The game doesn't look like much.


New trailer doesn't show anything.
 
Man, if Target could just add Ys X to this sale, I'll be golden. I have the NISA Store limited editions for both VIII and IX but the one for X seems way overpriced for what you get. $100 for VIII got you a steelbook, an art book, Adol's journal for the first few hours, a cloth poster, BOOKENDS...now, for $5 more, we get a flimsy-looking artbook, a pin, some art cards, a mini soundtrack, and bag. Plus, you gotta pay up front. NISA's limited editions are getting to be rip-offs now...

XSEED's Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana, however, isn't bad for $60. I'm going to be all over that once the PS5 pre-order links activate. I heard it had bad framerate dips on Switch, even though I'd prefer it on there. But, it's a tough game, so I need a stable 60.
 
Looks like GS has Infinite Wealth as part of the Sega sale for $30 and Amazon PM'd. I think that's good enough for me to finally get the game...

But man, just daunting to see how many Yakuza games I got to play... haven't played anything in the series (chronologically) since 6.
 
Looks like GS has Infinite Wealth as part of the Sega sale for $30 and Amazon PM'd. I think that's good enough for me to finally get the game...

But man, just daunting to see how many Yakuza games I got to play... haven't played anything in the series (chronologically) since 6.

It is $25 at woot if yo don't mind the PS4 version.
 
It is $25 at woot if yo don't mind the PS4 version.

I generally go for PS5 copies when it comes to these situations. I know most people are on the "PS4 w/ PS5 upgrade is better" since you get compatibility on two systems but I'd rather PS5 since there's no concern for downloading updates. That's prob a dumb reason since I don't think any digital store pulled game updates (only closed for purchases) so it's conjecture but I'm assuming at some point, all online services for consoles will be shut down.
 
I generally go for PS5 copies when it comes to these situations. I know most people are on the "PS4 w/ PS5 upgrade is better" since you get compatibility on two systems but I'd rather PS5 since there's no concern for downloading updates. That's prob a dumb reason since I don't think any digital store pulled game updates (only closed for purchases) so it's conjecture but I'm assuming at some point, all online services for consoles will be shut down.

That's something I often wrestle with when buying new games too. Don't really see an obvious answer. Generally, I prefer buying the newest and updated PS5 versions of games. But sometimes when you have a series of games (or steelbooks) on the PS4, like Resident Evil or Farcry or Tales games, then you want to have the matching, congruent sequels as a PS4 copy too.

It's become more difficult choosing which platform to buy with cross-platform, multi-gen series like Disgaea and Trails games on the Switch tho.

Luckily Xbox isn't doing a single thing worth mentioning in regards to physical games.
 
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