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12:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Celebrate the Vita's birthday with some great Japanese games

It's been three years since the Playstation Vita came out and the little handheld has survived with a great stable of Japanese games. Those who own the Vita or want to get a Vita are now in for a treat with a great sale featu...

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PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale photo
PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale
by Josh Tolentino

Of all the geeky trends people took note of in 2014, one of the least appreciated is the Japanese gaming industry's growing embrace of indie development and global digital distribution. Sure, it's been happening for the last couple of years, slowly, but 2014 was a real kick in the pants when it came to seeing the fruits of Japan's "doujin" development scene outside the shadowy confines of Comiket. 

The most notable phenomenon has been the veritable Cambrian explosion of visual novels and other "anime" games on Steam, which is the de facto face of PC gaming, which to most folks is dominated by western-style titles. However, thanks to Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter, and perhaps the decline of the home console market in Japan, more "Japanese-style" games than ever are on the platform.

And if you needed even more evidence of the obvious, here it is: The latest Steam weekend sale is themed all around "anime". More than 40 games in the anime vein, developed both within Glorious Nippon and without, are getting crazy discounts from now until January 12th.

Notable among the offerings are Christine Love's Korean-themed visual novels, Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus, the animal romance sensation Hatoful Boyfriend, Nyu Media's Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, World End Economica from the author of Spice and Wolf, no less than two Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games, XSEED's ports of Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys Origins, and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and the dating-sim/travel primer Go Go Nippon! 

All those and more are going for cents on the dollar (or whatever currency Steam makes you pay in), so pick your favorites and possibly spend less than you normally would!

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Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer! photo
Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!
by Josh Tolentino

October 10th is a special day for fans of moe and puns, because today is Moe Day! Why, you ask? Well, the Kanji characters for "October 10th" (十月十日) just so happen to line up just right to spell the Kanji character for "Moe" (萌). That makes it a perfect day to celebrate all things moe.

MangaGamer gets the idea, and is holding a "Moe Day" 24-hour sale, starting right now and ending at 11:59PM EST. They've got a raftload of their most popular visual novels and dating sims, including the Shuffle! series, Da Capo!, Kira Kira, Edelweiss, and others, all at half off. 

Check out the full list of sale titles below, or visit their site to pick up that VN you've had your eye on! 

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PSA: Dragon's Crown free, more discounts on PSN Sale photo
PSA: Dragon's Crown free, more discounts on PSN Sale
by Josh Tolentino

It's not every day that you can get a bunch of good deals on a cool games, and that day has come if you're the type to buy things on PlayStation platforms. Both versions of Atlus' excellent Dragon's Crown are free to members of PS Plus, and you can get them right now.

In addition, a raftload of sweet Japanese games has also hit the budget bins, starting with a price drop for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and discounts on the Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered bundle and the Final Fantasy XIII sequels. PSP and PS1 Classics are also rife with sales, including Chrono Cross and Chrono Trigger, Front Mission 3, Growlanser, Knights in the Nightmare, and the PSP Persona games.

Considering how many JRPGs and tactical games are in the array this month, that's at least several hundred hours of play for relatively little pay. Might be time to consider a purchase if your wallet's tight this summer. Check out the full list (non-Japanese games included) over at the PlayStation blog.

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Atlus outs Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, discounts classics photo
Atlus outs Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, discounts classics
by Josh Tolentino

I know a lot of folks loved Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. I know a fair few who think it's the best MegaTen game of all time, and it was Nocturne's unique look and balls-hard difficulty that helped pave the way for Atlus' eventual rise to power.

But me? I hated it. Just out of high school, my body wasn't ready to recognize its greatness. Now I'll have a chance to try again, since Atlus put it out on PS2 classics, like, 2 days ago for a mere $9.99.

If some balls-hard demifiend action isn't your speed, they've also placed Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, and Persona 3 FES on sale. I'd recommend Dragon's Crown if you've got a Vita or PS3, and Odin Sphere is still my favorite Vanillaware game of all time. And if you haven't played Persona 3 FES, shame on you! Correct that mistake now!

[Header image courtesy Shirow Miwa]

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Sony unleashes JRPG sale on PSN for Golden Week photo
Sony unleashes JRPG sale on PSN for Golden Week
by Pedro Cortes

April 29 is the beginning of Golden Week, a series of holiday over the course of several days that's been converted into a sort of national spring break. In order to celebrate it this year, Sony is discounting a ton of Japanese games on PSN through May 5. Ranging from action games to role-playing games, the sale significantly drops the price of these games, some of them going for less than half of their original prices.

Here are some of the highlights from the list of games on sale:

  • Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross (PS3/PS4/Vita/PSP) for $4.99, or $3.49 with PS+
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3) for $14.99, or $8.99 with PS+
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3) for $19.99, or $11.99 with PS+
  • Muramasa Rebirth (Vita) for $12.49, or $7.49 with PS+
  • Persona 4 Golden (Vita) for $19.49, or $14.62 with PS+
  • Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3) for $19.99, or $10.00 with PS+
  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection (PS3) for $17.49, or $10.49 with PS+

.You can bet that'll be snapping up a couple of these games come pay-day. Anybody else going to splurge on any of these titles?

[via Destructoid]

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PSA: PlayStation 99-cent weekend is on, get Tokyo Jungle now photo
PSA: PlayStation 99-cent weekend is on, get Tokyo Jungle now
by Josh Tolentino

Doing something this Easter weekend? Well delay that, because you may want to check out the PlayStation Network store's new 99-cent flash sale, which puts a buttload of games on sale of just short of a dollar.

The list is a mix of PS3 and PS Vita games, with a few PS1 and PS2 classics thrown in like the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro series. Also notable are all four of Telltale Games' pre-The Walking Dead adventure series, including Sam and Max, Back to the Future, Tales of Monkey Island, and Jurassic Park. Check out the full list of games and their discount prices below.

But if you're gonna get one thing for under a dollar, make it Tokyo Jungle. Sony's post-humanity saga of animals large and small just trying to make it in Tokyo is unlike almost everything else out there, and also has a Pomeranian you can put in sneakers.

The sale lasts from now until Monday, April 21st at 1900 Pacific, so you have until then to get Tokyo Jungle - if you don't have it already.

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Save big with the latest sale at Right Stuf photo
Save big with the latest sale at Right Stuf
by Pedro Cortes

Hark, what is that sound? That's the sound of money not flooding out of your wallet. It's a sound that comes with sales, like the one currently going on at the RightStuf. The retailer's current big sale features titles from Maiden Japan, Section 23 Films, Sentai Filmworks, basically anything that used have something to do with ADV. Titles are being sold at 40 percent off MSRP. Highlights include Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection on Blu-ray for $59.99, The Familiar of Zero Season One on Blu-ray for $35.99, Another Complete on Blu-ray for $41.99 and a ton more. The sale ends March 7, 2014.

Man, these are some pretty solid prices. A bunch of the pre-orders are significantly less than Amazon, which usually has the best prices for BDs. Even if you have Amazon Prime, the prices for a lot of these titles will be cheaper. If you've been holding off on getting stuff from any of the included companies, I say dive in now!

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Perfect Square launches limited time digital manga sale photo
Perfect Square launches limited time digital manga sale
by Kristina Pino

Take advantage of a sale on digital manga being offered by VIZ Media's all-ages imprint Perfect Square, running now until February 28th. Titles such as Hello Kitty: Delicious! (reviewed), Uglydoll: Eat Dat!, and all of their Pokémon books are discounted. Some volumes are brought down by just US$1 from the already reduced digital price, while others are marked all the way down to US$1.99.

If you've been meaning to try any of the awesome books that Perfect Square offer, now's a great time to grab a few. Don't let the "all-ages" rating fool you into thinking you're above enjoying them: VIZ Media have some truly fantastic, talented, and experienced artists, writers, and others working on their PS titles.

For a look at their full catalog, check out Perfect Square's main site. Digital releases for Perfect Square titles are available through their iPad app.

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Yaoi imprint SuBLime celebrates its anniversary photo
Yaoi imprint SuBLime celebrates its anniversary
by Tim Sheehy

If you're big on boys love, or just feel the occasional urge to stock up on some yaoi, Viz Media has got you covered. Their specialized Yaoi-centric manga imprint, SuBLime -- oh, the BL is capitalized... I see what they did there -- is celebrating their second anniversary and have partnered with the popular online retailer Right Stuf to offer everyone 50% off select bundles for a limited time. The list only extends to certain print editions, and includes titles such as Awkward Silence, His Favorite, Punch Up!, select works from Yaya Sakuragi, and more. Click here for a full list.

The 50% off extends only to the bundled packages, however individual print editions of each of these series are available for just $6.76, each. That's actually 48% off the MSRP, so you're still getting a pretty good deal if you'd rather pick and choose. Just keep in mind that all these titles are rated 'M' for mature, and probably for good reason. To call some of the content questionable would be putting it mildly.

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VIZ Media announce a big sale and some new additions photo
VIZ Media announce a big sale and some new additions
by Kristina Pino

Viz Media have announced that from now through January 15th, all of the manga titles purchasable at Viz Manga (or on the VIZ Manga app) are 20% off. This includes such titles as Naruto and One Piece, Hana Kimi, Magi, Honey and Clover, Ouran High School Host Club, Boys Over Flowers, Nana, Ruroni Kenshin, and Toriko.

For those who are a few volumes behind, or in other cases, well-stocked except for a few missing teeth on your shelf, this is a nice sale to get all caught up. The store boasts over 2,000 volumes of manga in total, and there's sure to be something for everyone. If nothing else, maybe this is a great opportunity to get that one friend or family member to try starting a new series.

Now, on to the new stuff!

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Grab Fire Emblem: Awakening for only $15 photo
Grab Fire Emblem: Awakening for only $15
by Ben Huber

Briefly: here's a great Nintendo 3DS deal you should jump on ASAP! Best Buy has the excellent Fire Emblem: Awakening for only $14.99 on their online shop. As of this writing, their online stock has sold out, but you can still nab it via in-store pickup! Even Best Buy's pre-owned price isn't this good ($24.99). Of course, you can get it digitally too, but the sale price doesn't apply there.

Fire Emblem: Awakening is definitely one of the best strategy games on the 3DS (although I never had the time to finish it), plus I love the art for it -- especially that cover. It's such a cool, striking design. If you want to own that design, you should act quick!

Any Fire Emblem fans out there? Prior to trying Awakening, the most I could say about my relation to the series was that I liked to play as Marth in Smash Bros. Oops.

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