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Why the Nintendo Wii U is region-locked? Iwata answers

28 Nov

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Being a gamer and a Japan-lover is very common, but let’s talk straight, it’s always been a bit of a pain in the ass, especially if you own a Nintendo console.

And now that we’re basically in a new generation of gaming systems, the Wii U is the only home console keeping the region-lock for its games. We’re not here to state how cool are Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for allowing you play import games, but to try to understand the reasons behind Nintendo region policy on both Wii U and 3DS (that unlike its predecessor is NOT region-free either).

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DoDonPachi Saidaioujou for Xbox 360 will be region free

13 May

DoDonPachi Saidaioujou

Hey shmup nerds, we got a really good news for you all!

After Rising Star Games‘ announcement about their decision to not release any other Cave’s shooter in the west due to poor sales, we all lost hope to play all the upcoming bullet hells from the well-known Japanese software house.

But thing are getting better as Cave itself tweeted this last week:

As usual, we know Japanese language could be a bit tricky, so everything you need to know is that DoDonPachi Saidaioujou for Xbox 360 will be region-free! This is an amazing news, and we’re all glad to Cave to allow us western players to enjoy their upcoming arcade port for the Xbox 360.

Obviously it will be a bit more expensive than a theoretical PAL/NTSC-U version, due to the import status and all the shipping costs, but still at least we got the chance to play it.

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DoDonPachi Saidaioujou will be released on May 30 and for now you can pre-order it from Play-Asia or Ami-Ami.

The woman who bought NES’ Stadium Event for $7.99 is selling it

22 Apr

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Do you remember the woman that last week found and bought an ultra-rare copy of Stadium Events for just $7.99? Well, obviously she’s selling it, for a $12k!

The list, hosted on GameGravel, says:

 “This is it! This is the one you have been waiting for. NES Stadium Events CIB in excellent condition. This item is complete with box, cartridge, black case, manual, and even the original styrofoam in the bottom of the box. Any condition questions should be resolved with the photos provided. We have tried to take as many photos as possible to give an accurate description of the game and all aspects of the packaging.”

Unfortunately, the auction is open for US residents only, so fuck you if you live elsewhere! But at least you can check it out if you’re curious about the final price.

Project X Zone will be released in USA and Europe

5 Feb

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Great news folks! We all love crazy, weird and fast-paced Japanese games, but the problem is that usually they just don’t cross over the ocean, staying in Japan and leaving us in tears. Usually because Japanese companies think that some kind of nippon-oriented genres couldn’t be appreciate in Europe and North America (sometimes also for copyright issues about characters or brand not yet released outside Japan), leading to poor sells.

But this is not the case of Project X Zone! A crossover tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS co-developed by Banpresto and Monolith Soft, and published by Namco Bandai. The cool thing about the game is that it features more than 200 (!!) characters from Namco Bandai Games, Capcom, and SEGA. The game was released in Japan last October and everybody just thought “this is too fucking cool to be released outside Japan”. Plus the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked (why Nintendo? WHY?!), so no hope at all…until a couple of days ago, when Namco Bandai Games publish this press relese:

“NAMCO BANDAI Games’ new tactical RPG brings together the fiercest characters from three major Japanese publishers to create one frenetic gaming experience

 NAMCO BANDAI Games today announced that Project X Zone (working title) will be coming to challenge gamers in North America, Europe, Latin America and Australasia in the summer of 2013, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS™.  This epic crossover title brings together the fiercest and most popular legacy characters from NAMCO BANDAI, SEGA, and Capcom’s most beloved franchises to create a Strategy-RPG experience that can only be described as the ultimate cross-over title.”

So, yes! We will be able to play this awesome game in some kind of understandable language, but not until summer 2013. So, for now, just enjoy this 16-minutes video about the game that (possibly) is the best crossover ever made (yup, we didn’t forget Jump Ultimate Stars!)

We should also probably thank Katsuhiro Harada for the little help trying to convince Namco Bandai to localizate the game outside Japan!