This Week In Imports: The Gameindustri Needs You

By Spencer . August 15, 2011 . 5:28pm


Japan’s game industry is back in business with Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2 and Growlanser IV: Over Reloaded. Importers may want to look at Europe’s release list too. Xenoblade Chronicles and for those that prefer packaged versions Arcana Heart 3 are due in PAL territories on Friday. Zavvi is a good place to get those.


PlayStation 3
Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2


Bunmei Haruka: Aoiza Ibunroku
Growlanser IV: Over Reloaded


Key European Releases
Arcana Heart 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)


Key Domestic Releases
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (PS3, Xbox 360)
No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise (PS3)

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  • Shinji Kazuya

    Oh yeah baby! So close!
    Took a break from RPGs this last month to get ready for this!
    Been playing mostly Uncharted 1 and 2.
    Now I’m more than ready for Xenoblade Chronicles!

    • Alex

      some already have xenoblade since the 13rd, as for myself, i’ll wait for amazon to send mine

      • Shinji Kazuya

        Really? Lucky them :<
        I ordered from GAME and they packed it today so I guess it will probably be out tomorrow to arrive by the 19th.

        • Alex

          i will check the game in my area for the steelbook offered, and i must get the game as soon as possible for the artbook, but i suppose it’s only in France

    • Well since I am not in the EU area but I am taking my time away from it too to get ready for the NA release of Disgaea 4 and White Knight Chronicles 2 next month. Also getting Sony 7.1 wireless headset.
      Well BoF4 on PSN is tomorrow can’t wait for it.

      • Shinji Kazuya

        I love RPGs and all but sometimes it’s really nice to play something else.
        I got the Uncharted twin platinum pack last month for €20 and damn!
        They are such awsome games that I had to pre-order Uncharted 3 after finishing both 1 and 2!

        • DanteJones

          Did you check out the multiplayer for Uncharted 3? It looks insane man, especially the level with the truck convoy and the airplane? I’m so stoked. :D

          • Shinji Kazuya

            I didn’t ’cause the less spoilers for me the better but I know it will be awsome!
            I only saw the three videos at amazon uk.
            Uncharted 2 multiplayer is already great! 3 gotta be even better with Carpet Bomb Kickback you can throw three grenades at the same time! Gonna be crazy fun!

          • DanteJones

            Oh crap, shouldn’t have said anything, haha my bad. xD But wait, you can throw three grenades at the same time?! Holy crap, it keeps sounding better and better!

        • I so hope that there is a collectors listing for you on the Uncharted 3 at the very least since the NA one looks pretty sweet and if it is the same more power.

    • PrinceHeir

      man we need to get together in Uncharted 2!!!!!!

      been playing that along with Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Persona 3 FES(The Answer) just finished Lost Planet 2. it was ok compared to the first Lost Planet.

      PSN: PrinceofXIII

      please please :D

  • MizuMikomi

    Can’t wait for Mk2!

    Eagerly awaiting AmiAmi’s email giving me the final total, just hoping I have enough to take care of the total because bill me later is not an option for me.

  • DanteJones

    According to Reggie, NoA is going to be keeping a “close eye” on sales of the EU versions of Xenoblade to see whether or not it’ll be worth bringing to NA. 

    With that said: go forth our EU brethren! LET PURCHASING BE JOINED!

    Honestly though, even if NA doesn’t get it, I won’t be too bummed. There are a bunch of really good titles coming out this year and well into next year to play. :)

    (source for the reggie comment:

    • Alex

      to be honest, i think its better for the us to not getting it now, since americans can import and will for the ones that really want it.
      But if it get release and does bad sales,NOA will use it as an excuse for last story and pandora tower , so it’s may be better to make high sales in ue, and they will bring the other to to usa.

      • DanteJones

        That’s true, though I hope both sides will get the chance to play what looks to be a seriously fantastic game, no matter what NoA decides to do. :) I was really contemplating pre-ordering the EU version for the slick looking red classic control, and the voice acting. I love how the accents sound!

      • irzbos

        im importing it and i don’t even have a wii…I already set up borrowing my friends wii and I will mod it.

    • When has any game from Ninty that released in Europe came to North America later? I do not have much faith.

      • DanteJones

        Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got the bar set pretty low so even the World’s Greatest Limbo’er(tm) would say “Not even gonna try”, so if it -does- make it’s way over here I’ll be pleasantly surprised. :)

      • True. I’m still waiting for that Another Code R (Trace Memory) Wii game.

        • DanteJones

          Oh man, I completely forgot about that one.

        • alundra311

          Don’t forget The Last Window: The Secret of Cape West. :)

  • elsalvadorps

    Europe have fun with Xenoblade and getting a physical copy of AH3

    MK2…only if I knew some japanese

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      You know NISA will bring it here, eventually.

  • Nothing for me this week except throwing down the preorder for the Disgaea 4. The metacritic average is quite low for No More Heroes Paradise so I decided to skip out on it. After Heavy Rain and finishing it with Move, I need a break from that motion control device for a bit, so immersive and such a workout, whew. El Shaddai, I may get if it gets a high enough average, I was concerned that the game is kind of barren although stylish. 

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      You actually listen to metacritic?!? You are disappoint me. What a way to miss out on some great games. Metacritic is probably THE worst thing to happen to popular entertainment since American Idol.

      • Its a helpful site to determine whether or not a game Im on the fence about is worth buying. Ive never seen a game that was reviewed highly turn out to be a bad game, and Ive never seen a badly ranked game turn out not badly. I try to only get in the 85+ rated range, spare Naruto and other shonen animu games. 

    • Barrit

      I’m skipping out on El Shaddai, but only because I’m buying too many games this month. It was a hard call too considering Fry’s is selling it for $39.99.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    You better make Xenoblade a hit, Europe. I don’t want my hopes crushed again like when Disaster bombed.

    • malek86

      Keep hoping then. It seems JRPGs are very under-appreciated here. And Wii games that don’t have “Zumba” or “Wii” in the title too. If this game manages to somewhat enter the Chart-Track Top 20 for the week, color me surprised.

      NOA really shouldn’t be basing their localization choices on european sales. As shown times and times again, european have different tastes.

      I think that was just an excuse anyway. If they want to localize it, they’ll do it regardless. If they don’t want to localize it, european sales won’t make a difference.

      • Ryos

        I think you’re right, unfortunately.  I’ll give half a year or so to verify they aren’t going to bother with Xenoblade and evaluate my options after that point because I’m pretty irritated with Nintendo at the moment.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Something tells me that will not be the final US artwork for NepNep2.

    • MizuMikomi

      That’s not even the boxart for Mk2 in Japan, that’s just the art on the Limited edition box. The actual boxart is just Nepgear, but even that might have trouble over here. *shrug*

  • AzureNova

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2 for the win!

  • Setsu Oh

    i still wonder why xenoblade’s chars have such a toonish animation for running….doesnt go well with the rest of the game….also, do you think meantendo killed or close japanese rpg dev by providing a mean to continue dev ps2 quality games until 6 years in the next gen?

  • HistorysGreatestMonster

    Very excited for No More Heroes tomorrow! As for Neptunia MK2, it looks like a big improvement over the original, so I can’t wait for NISA to localize it. They’ve done all but announce it, really.

  • Tales of Xillia and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD for me.



  • Gooooooooo Neptunia mk2!

    Oh, I mean Neptune mk2. I do like how Spencer has it as Neptunia, however! :D

    • Don’t tell me you’re going to call it Neptune *if* it gets localized. :P

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Just make it Nep Squared and call it even.

      • You know, I was thinking about it and if I no longer wanted to work as an editor I’d offer up “Nep2nia” as a suggestion, assuming localization.

        • HistorysGreatestMonster

          We need to get you a job with the people who made F.3.A.R.

          • Not to mention…what was it…Driv3r?

          • HistorysGreatestMonster

            Totally forgot about that one.

            Hmmmm…just realized that F.E.4.R. works as well…which just makes me very, very sad.

  • Growlanser IV Over Reloaded *neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds* :3

    • Kunio_kun

      I choo-choo-choose you, Aksys! Make mine domestic!!!

  • Darkrise

    Neptunia Mk-II, Growlanser IV: Over-Reloaded and Xenoblade! <3

    • Kunio_kun

      Perfect taste!!!

  • SerendipityX

    Man, wanted El Shaddai so bad but I gotta skip to save up for other games. T_T

  • for once. I want every single game that comes out today. All I’m getting is no more heroes. I was shocked to see in the calender in game informer this month that they say nothing about nmh or el shaddai being released today. more like shame informer.

  • NEPTUNE!!!!!

  • I think Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2 is the only thing that people care about as things stand now.

  • PrinceHeir

    yay No More Heroes Heroes Paradise :)

    gotta get that somehow :

    • NMH dropped to 30 on amazon. Pretty good deal :]

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