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Recommend [Japanese PSN ONLY] Game Archive Titles

#1SieKensouPosted 8/28/2011 10:19:15 AM
Seifer_us
I thought this might be useful to people who are interested in Japanese titles from the store, but don't know where to start. Let's try to keep it limited to games that were never localized. Here's a few of my recommendations:

Panzer Bandit (PS1):

- A side-scrolling beat-em-up with an anime art style. What makes it so unique is that it uses a control scheme similar to SNK fighters, with a front and a back row that you can switch between and it uses the standard "Up" to jump and "Away" to block. The sprites are large and detailed and for a game released in 1997, it still looks pretty good. There's also a two-player mode so you can lay the hurt down with a friend using any of the four characters. Just ignore the insipid story and you'll be fine. No Japanese required and good fun.

Ys IV: Dawn of Ys (PC Engine):

- A classic for adventure fans that was never released in the US, but is considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best, in the series. There's a plethora of information on the series all over the net so I won't go into too much detail here, but I'd say take a look at this site:

http://hardcoregaming101.net/ys/ys.htm

Average Japanese ability is recommended. Probably JLPT level 3 or even 4 would suffice. Lots of Hiragana, so it's pretty simple.

Zoku Gussun Oyoyo (PS1):

- A really fun puzzle game that involves leading the titular Gussun or his pal Oyoyo from one part of a screen to the exit. The catch is that they never stop moving and a water level is constantly rising as you build (or destroy) a path to the exit with Tetris-style blocks. It's highly addictive and the graphics are bright and colorful. For a sample, you could always look up Super Gussun Oyoyo on the Super Famicom as well. No Japanese required unless you care about the story.

Tengai Makyou (PC Engine):

- Also known as Far East of Eden, this is another game that I have a really difficult time describing. Think of it as Earthbound, only set in feudal Japan. It's super wacky, but requires strong Japanese literacy. If you're pretty proficient with Kanji, you should definitely give this a look. There are several sequels as well. Again, here's a link for Hardcore Gaming 101:

http://hardcoregaming101.net/tengai/tengai.htm

Mugen Senshi Valis (PC Engine):

- I really only recommend this remake of the first game out of the whole series. The other games aren't bad, but you can decide on the others yourself after playing this one. This is the best of the bunch and it gives you a good idea of what the series is about. It's pretty much a straightforward side-scrolling action game where you play as, essentially, a magical girl with a sword. There are big demon's, predictable patterns, and some nice animations. Good for side-scrolling fans. No Japanese knowledge required if you don't care about the story.

Rakugaki Showtime (PS1):

- From the team that brought you Mischief Makers. If you like your fighting games of a slightly different flavor, like Power Stone, for example; you may find Rakugaki Showtime right up your alley. This has been one of the most desirable collectors items in Japan for years, going for upwards of $300 or more due to it's limited printing. Now you can have it for a measly 600 yen. I won't even try to sum this one up and will instead refer you to Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91SPUK_kfVk

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I own all of these personally if anyone's curious as to how thoroughly I've played them.

Please feel free to add more! Be sure to post links for others so we can make this a really useful resource! I'll be adding more as they come to me as well.

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#2SieKensou(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2011 10:19:58 AM
Seifer_us

Sunsoft Memorial Collection Vol. 6 (PS1):

- This contains two amazing Famicom (Nintendo) games, one of which was never released in the U.S. The first of these is Battle Formula (Super Spy Hunter), which is a really intense driver / shooter. Think Twinbee, but at high speed with lots of corners. It's amazingly fun, but very punishing. The same could also be said of the other game on the collection, Gimmick, which is the entire reason I bought it. This game is AMAZING. It will take a lot of adjustment to get into it, but man is it a rewarding experience. I've perfected it to the point that I can beat the game in about a little under an hour AND get the best ending. Anyone that likes difficult NES games should pick up this collection.

The other collections have some old "classics" that really don't hold up that well besides maybe Hebereke, but are interesting for gaming historian types. Skip the Sunsoft Collection with Blaster Master (Chou Wakusei Senki Metafight) on it, though. The audio is completely screwed up.

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#3SieKensou(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2011 5:38:39 AM
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#4ICO_KIDPosted 8/30/2011 8:15:14 AM(edited)
here are some I would like to mention. Several were localised but none of them are available outside of Japan on PSN at the moment.
I should mention that I have not played the PSN versions of these games as I own all of them in their original form, so I canít vouch for the quality of the digital versions myself. Though I havenít really heard of any problems with any of these games so they should all be good to go.

DonPachi & DoDonPachi (PS1):

- The beginnings of Cave and some of the first bullet hell shooters made. Both games revolve around Ďchainingí for scoring but is more prevalent in the sequel DoDonPachi. DonPachi looks a little rougher around the edges but still plays as good as anything released today, DoDonPachi is offcourse still amazing in every way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoZq2ff_e4Y&feature=related

Einhander (PS1):

- SquareSofts first and only take on the shmup genre (besides the rail shooter Internal Section). Similar to R-Type in structure but with a better weapon and multiplier based scoring system. Wonderful atmosphere and gorgeous fully rendered 3D graphics with some truly impressive bosses. Further proof Square was once awesome. Was localised in the US but only available on Japanese PSN right now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj8b0ROOI9A

Winds of Thunder (PC Engine):

- pseudo-sequel to Gate of Thunder (also on PSN). This time you control the god knight Randy in a fantastical setting and can choose between four elemental armors each with their own abilities and shot type. You can purchase extra life, bombs, power ups & armour in between stages with the gems you pick up. Not enough? How about cutting up enemies with a sword melee attack huh!
Contains one of the finest and most fitting soundtracks ever witnessed in a game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWK9Sqs-Jxo&feature=related

Gunhed (PC Engine):

- Also known as ĎBlazing Lazersí. Considered part of the Soldier series but was actually made by legendary shmup developer Compile. Features four weapons, multiple sub-weapons such as options, homing missiles and shields plus controllable ship speed. Like most Compile shooters itís a tad on the easy side but it does have one of the best lasers ever seen in a shmup.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Cg3w4FhrI

Soldier Blade (PC Engine):

- Last true Soldier game release for the PC Engine and the best one at that. Takes some cues from Compiles Gunhed but itís a better game for it. Interestingly bombs are tied to your power-ups so using a bomb makes your shots less powerful, itís a nice system and one that calls for a bit of strategy in later levels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSjoB7OD794

Gunners Heaven (PS1):

- Released in Europe under the name Rapid Reload. An early run and gun PS1 title by the creators of Wild Arms. A spiritual successor of sorts to Gunstar Heroes , but lacks a co-op option. Still a great 1-player experience with awesome boss battles. Complements the other Sega Saturn Treasure game rip-off Panzer Bandit very well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIudaAs5aUU

Zanac x Zanac

- Contains both the classic Zanac and an update of sorts in Zanac Neo. Great weapons that can be powered up multiple levels and a combo system that lets you rack up the points if you kill all the enemies before they leave the screen. Also supports 2-players, a rarity in a Compile shmup.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo03V1dE52A
#5SieKensou(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2011 3:55:51 PM
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#6SieKensou(Topic Creator)Posted 8/31/2011 8:22:08 AM
so with the PSN Coupon campaign, perfect time to get some archive games (though you can use it for other dlc...)

500-1499yen => 100yen coupon
1500-2499yen => 300yen coupon
2500-4999yen => 500yen coupon
5000+ => 1000yen
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#7SieKensou(Topic Creator)Posted 9/1/2011 9:38:47 PM
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#8SieKensou(Topic Creator)Posted 9/4/2011 4:52:48 PM
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#9SayoriaPosted 9/4/2011 4:58:31 PM
Are we talking JP Only games that never got a US release, or games only available on JPSN at this time? If the latter, I recommend Deception 3: Dark Illusion, and Kagero: Deception 2. Unique as hell series, and amazing at that. Gives a whole new meaning to "IT'S A TRAP!!!"
#10HorizontalZeusPosted 9/4/2011 5:02:29 PM
Linda Cubed.