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Rock Band Getting Japanese Groups?

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According to website JRock Revolution, the site has apparently partnered with Rock Band developer Harmonix to poll its readers about which J-Rock acts it would like to see in Rock Band.

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In 2008, Harmonix and MTV joined forces with Tokyo-based developer Q Entertainment, the studio behind Lumines, to make a Japanese version of Rock Band. It's 2010, and it is believed that the Q Entertainment localization of Rock Band is on ice. The music of Japanese group X Japan, however, did appear in the second Rock Band game.

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This April, Harmonix seemed to hint that a standalone version of Rock Band Japan was not going to happen, but appeared "optimistic about the possibility of having some non-Kanji J-Rock and J-Pop as DLC at some point".

Could this latest poll be connected with some sort of J-Rock DLC? Here are the top acts as voted by JRock Revolution readers:

1. the GazettE

2. Dir en grey

3. X JAPAN

4. MIYAVI

5. GACKT

6. An Café

7. D'espairsRay

8. Nightmare

9. L'Arc~en~Ciel

10. Versailles ~Philharmonic Quintet~

Many of these groups are visual kei bands — though, L'Arc~en~Ciel isn't visual kei, but rather, rock. Sad panda not to see Hyde here as his first single, Evergreen, is a fine, fine tune. Guess they got him covered with his band L'Arc~en~Ciel. Never mind! Carry on!

Fun fact: Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's favorite group is X Japan.

Rock Band Poll Final Results [J-Rock Revolution via Joystiq via Dtoid] [Pic]

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PositivelyGreg

The Blue Hearts! BLUE HEARTS! I demand Linda, Linda, Linda!

Urrgh. Can't get video to add to it, but here: [www.youtube.com]

I'm biased, of course (see avatar) but instead of going to some JRock web site, they should've contacted iNiS for tips.