How To Import Japanese Games

Across the ocean there is a magical land where some games debut months or even years before they do in the West—or sometimes never at all. But how do you get your hands on one of these mythical games from the Land of the Rising Sun? Kotaku East is here to help. » 10/14/14 7:00am 10/14/14 7:00am

In China, Online Games Just Keep Getting Better

2013 seems to be a great year for China's online video game market with the release of some pretty cool online games. Deviating more and more from the standard click and grind RPG format, Chinese game companies have been pumping out interesting and visually appealing games, foreign and domestically-developed alike. » 12/09/13 7:40am 12/09/13 7:40am

Why You Haven't Seen Any New Macross in the West for Nearly 15 Years

The last six years have been a real renaissance for the Macross franchise in Japan. There has been an incredibly popular anime series, three movies, and seven games. The latest in the series is the incredibly ambitious Macross 30, a game that combines 30 years of Macross characters and lore into a new and original… » 3/15/13 6:00am 3/15/13 6:00am

Sega Wants to Know If We Want This Virtual Idol Rhythm Game in the…

We've covered Sega's Hatsune Miku-powered rhythm game Project Diva - F for the PlayStation Vita and PS3 quite a lot here at Kotaku, but all of that coverage has been from afar, courtesy of the kindly Kotaku East crew. Now Sega's wondering if North America and Europe wouldn't mind a closer look. » 3/07/13 1:15pm 3/07/13 1:15pm

How to Play Games From the Japanese PSN on Your Non-Japanese Vita…

Do you have a PlayStation Vita and a love of Japanese games, but feel the games you want to play take too long to get localized or—worse yet—will never leave Japan? Well, there is good news for you: The Vita is region free and can play any game from any region. » 2/12/13 8:00am 2/12/13 8:00am

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15 Flavors of Japanese Kit Kats: The Snacktaku Review

This weekend I went on a magical flavor journey across the Pacific, to a land where what Americans deem worthy of snackhood is laughably tame. This weekend I tasted 15 different varieties of Japanese Kit Kats, and I am forever changed by the experience. » 2/11/13 4:00pm 2/11/13 4:00pm

Evangelion 64: An Ancient Tale of Importing During the Dawn of the…

Neon Genesis Evangelion » 11/16/12 7:00am 11/16/12 7:00am is one of my favorite anime and the first that ever really forced me to work for understanding. Back in high school, it was the anime I always recommended to others, and I have watched it countless times in the years since. Needless to say, I was (and perhaps am still) a little obsessed. Over…

Some of Japan’s Best Anime-Based Games Have Never Come West

My recent forays into Japan-only anime tie-in games have been a little less than fruitful. Regardless of the quality of the source material, they have either been interesting in concept (but failed in the execution) or have just been mediocre at what they were trying to do. » 10/05/12 7:00am 10/05/12 7:00am

How to Play Your Xenoblade Import on a North American Wii

Xenoblade Chronicles is out in English right now, but Nintendo of America doesn't seem keen to let North American's play it, so they can't. Not unless they import a copy from Europe and follow Joystiq's guide for soft modding Nintendo's Wii to play imports. » 8/22/11 10:40am 8/22/11 10:40am

PlayStation Store Lets You Import PSP Shooters At Half The Price

The recent release of Rei Cho Aniki—a remake of the original homoerotic side-scrolling shooter for the PSP—wasn't cheap. But thanks to the PlayStation Store, cash-strapped importers can have it for a song. » 4/01/09 8:00pm 4/01/09 8:00pm

Taito Readies LittleBigPlanet SackBoy Plushies!

You know you want one. In-game models aren't enough » 9/03/08 11:40am 9/03/08 11:40am, no matter how adorable they may be. Now video game importer National Console Support sends word that Taito is getting ready to give a little SackBoy loving to the world in the form of official LittleBigPlanet plush toys! Shipping later this year, the dolls come in…