This Is What Microsoft Has Planned For Japanese Retailers For Now

By Spencer . April 21, 2009 . 12:35am


Xbox Live Arcade games are good and all, but what about meaty retail games? Microsoft has a list of them. Before you scroll down searching for Lost Odyssey 2 read this note: Magna Carta 2, which after three years of development comes out on August 6, and End of Eternity are the main RPGs.


The Xbox 360 will be a home for many arcade ports in 2009 including Blazblue, Mamonoro, Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny, and Mushihime-sama Futari Ver. 1.5. Key first party game N3: Ninety-Nine Nights 2 which is scheduled to come out this year isn’t on the spring list ensuring Microsoft has other announcements in the future.

Retail Games

April 23
X Blades


May 21
Mass Effect


May 28
Battlestations: Pacific
Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires
Top Spin 3


June 25
Bionic Commando
Time Loop
Wanted: Weapons of Fate


July 9
WWE Legends of Wrestlemania


July 30
Tayutama: Kiss of My Deity


Dream C Club


August 6
Magna Carta 2


Summer 2009
Gears of War 2
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising


Fall 2009
Halo 3: ODST
Tekken 6


Winter 2009
End of Eternity


Mushihime-sama Futari Ver. 1.5
Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny
The King of Fighters XII


Dead Rising 2
Lost Planet 2
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

  • TurkeyPotPie

    So the 360 gets all the RPGs, shoot-em-ups, and gal games. I was quite happy when Sony made the PS3 region free thinking I would finally be able to import without jumping through hoops or buying a second console, but then most of the games I’d be interested in importing ended up on a region locked console anyway.

    • Same here. I don’t have either a PS3 or 360, but as of now it makes more sense to get a Japanese 360 for myself seeing how some key games are exclusive to that system that I badly want to play.
      I KNOW I’m going to spend hours on it more than the other consoles.

      • TurkeyPotPie

        Yeah, so far the only game I’ve been tempted to import for my PS3 is Demon’s Souls, although I am definitely importing FFXIII. Otherwise, there is nothing on the system exclusive to Japan that I care about.

        The 360 OTOH does have quite a few Japan-exclusive games I’d like to play, but I have a hard time shelling out the money for another system (already have a US 360). The number of games keeps piling up though, and at some point I think I will break down and buy a Japanese 360, probably just an Arcade to keep the costs down (can buy a hard drive cheaper locally).

        • Aoshi00

          I actually bought a Jpn 360 for the Mistwalker RPGs. So I was lucky to be able to play all Jpn and 95% of the US games. But I kind of regretted it after I found out the US version of BD, Lost Odyssey, and Eternal Sonata all sport dual audio tracks.

          Later I also got the US arcade console just to play the several region-locked RPGs like Infinite Undiscovery, Operation Darkness, and of course Star Ocean 4. I upgraded my HDD to 120 Gb before, so my arcade uses the leftover 20Gb. Except for the imports, now I mostly play w/ the new system since the Jasper chip uses less power and runs more quietly even when I watch tons of Netflix movies.

          BTW, if you get both systems, every time you switch system you need to retrieve the gamertag. It bugged the heck out of me at first because the process always takes 10 mins or so (entering e-mail, password, load, etc), before I figure out the gamertag could be saved on the memory card and moved around that way! You probably know that alrdy though.

    • CleruTesh

      I am more disappointed that the Wii is not region-free. (I recall it was announced that it would be at one time, Nintendo changed their mind shortly before release I think).
      The Haruhi dancing game and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom are both games I would consider importing.
      I never even bought SF IV. I dunno, I love HD and all, but every screen I’ve seen TvC looked WAY prettier than SF IV to my eyes.

      • Aoshi00

        The Wii region lock definitely irks me the most, I have two imports sitting in my drawer (Hajime no Ippo Revolution and Disaster Day of Crisis) that can’t even boot w/ the freeloader. I really want to play those games but I don’t feel like getting a Jpn system just for that.. plus there’s no alternative color choice, having two white Wiis would just look stupid, although the only distinction btwn my two 360s are one’s placed vertically and the other horizontally, didn’t feel like paying $200 more even I wanted the Elite black.

  • Jself

    Samurai Showdown: Edge of Destiny is coming to Xbox? This some announcement I previously missed? Or is this new?

    • gar3

      I don’t know but it’s news to me too!

    • This is new. It’s just on the long list of games under the Japanese title “Samurai Spirits Sen” which is maybe why it hasn’t been discussed as much.

  • WWE games haven’t been fun in years. Too many LONG load screens and it’s not really worth sitting through them to play.
    I heard the U.S. release of BlazBlue is going to arrive shortly after the Japanese release. I really need to get a current console system already…

  • Hitosura22

    ummmm does blazblue and end of eternity even count? they are coming out on the ps3 as well….well maybe i read wrong or something…im just saying that plenty of games here are multiplatform…oh well

    • CleruTesh

      I am almost certain Blazblue was originally announced as a PS3 exclusive. Can’t blame the publishers though, we’re far enough along at this point that it’s probably safe to say Sony has secured 3rd place for this console generation.
      It’s their own fault really, when I spend an extra $100 to get a backwards-compatible model, and Ar Tonelico 2 won’t run, I’m feeling very Grrrr! at Sony right now.

    • Sure, why not? They are Xbox 360 games too.

  • Aoshi00

    I would get End of Eternity, but if FF XIII does come out on time.. Very interested in Dream Club too after seeing the trailer, lol.

  • ohmyashlee

    End of Eternity…I want it! :O

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