Sony Opens Western Game Section On PlayStation Network

By Spencer . November 24, 2010 . 2:03am

imageYou know how there’s a section for Japanese PsOne imports on North America’s PlayStation Store? Sony sort of made a Japanese equivalent.


A folder on Japan’s PlayStation Store titled Western Game Buyer Selection is a digital home for games digitally distributed Western games. The first three games in the space are: Young Thor, Comet Crash, and Castle Crashers.


Why are we mentioning this? Because Sony’s international push is interesting to note. In Japan, they’re trying to promote Western developed games. In North America, there’s a hub for Japanese imports.

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  • That’s interesting.
    I would recommend them Earthworm Jim HD. I like the sequel more, but I think that’s a good game for this category.
    Alternatively: Dead Nation, Zombie Apocalypse and Burn Zombie Burn – just see the reaction, heh.
    Or we could that for Wizardry: Dungeon of Imprisoned Souls.

    • Guest

      I’m disappointed in that PSN Wizardry game; considering the Nintendo DS one has better animation & graphics which is a downright crime

      • Exkaiser

        Graphics? Wizardry?


      • Chow

        I remember playing The Bard’s Tale on my Atari ST in the ’80s. When I downloaded the Wizardry demo off the Japanese PSN, I immediately thought of that game.

        You just need a good imagination. ;)

  • Shuryou

    Europe says ‘hi’, Sony.

    • Chow

      Europe’s a sort of “West” to Japan. :)

  • Aoshi00

    That’s nice and all, I just wish Jpn PSN wouldn’t lock us out of the Video section.. Zune just opened up on Jpn’s Xbox Live w/ the new update and people could rent, buy, or stream many movies and anime (like the Vesperia movie) as long as they have Jpn MS points.. To think that the PS3 is region free.. otherwise I wouldn’t mind buying/renting some videos w/ my yen card.

  • zweii

    Whats the difference? Are these games only available in English? Or are they already localized and just given its own category?

    • PurpleDoom

      A quick glance at the picture in the article makes me think they’re not localized – and you don’t need much knowledge of English for Castle Crashers anyway – but I’m not totally sure.

      • Comet Crash is localized for the Japanese market.

  • nyobzoo

    so basically, it’s like the import in the US PSN but for Japan, and not PS1 only games

  • NeoTechni

    Alright this is just getting redundant. How about unifying all the stores into one region?

  • mikedo2007

    Why not? There are Japanese that love to play Western game as much as we like to play Japanese game. So I guess fair is fair. I wish Japanese could try some of our game like Savage Moon, Alien Breed: Impact, and other game that we have that they don’t. I hope Sony Japan can give them what US give us from Japan.

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