There’s A New PsOne Import Publisher In Town

By Spencer . December 3, 2012 . 5:43pm

All of the PsOne imports coming tomorrow like Art Camion Sugorokuen and Zanac X Zanac are straight from Gung Ho Online Entertainment America. We confirmed with the US division today and it’s interesting because Gung Ho Online Entertainment Japan has a bunch of quirky games that were never released outside of Japan.


Here are some games Gung Ho Online America *could* release on PlayStation Network:


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Killer Bass is a wacky fishing game where you catch a fish that eats children. It’s kind of like Jaws with a bass that’s set in Japan. A lot of the text is in English, so it looks pretty import friendly.


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Dragon Money is a board game meets RPG mashup.


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Le Concert Fortissimo & Le Concert Pianissimo are rhythm games where you lead an orchestra. These games have classical music like "Eine Klein Nachtmusik" and  "The Marriage of Figaro."


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Fireworks Fantast has players set of fireworks at theme park. Believe it or not, this came out before Fantavision.


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Gung Ho Online Entertainment also has the rights to Black/Matrix series which comes from Summon Night developer Flight Plan and Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return. I’d say Black/Matrix is unlikely since it’s so text heavy just like a bunch of Gung Ho’s other games like First Queen IV. However, the Lunar games from Game Arts have been translated. Perhaps, we’ll see those one day.

  • Godmars

    Confused gamer is confused.

    I mean nice this is happening, the titles are all over the place.

  • Spectacularity

    “Dragon Money” and “Black/Matrix” look interesting. :o

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      I played one of the Black/Matrix games on the DC. I didn’t understand a thing, but it looked pretty cool for a SRPG~.

  • So who’s publishing Lup Salad? oh duh, I see. Proper reading helps! You should probably link to the previous article with the game list too.

  • Rollersnake

    Oh man, Zanac X Zanac? That’s long been one of the most expensive
    import PS1 games. So glad it’s finally getting released here.

  • Zal_Yagun

    I’m pretty sure Tomba 2 had an english release…

    • KyoyaHibari

      Nope, Tomba 1 did but not 2.

      • Crok425

        … Dude… I swear I played it in English.

        • Ben L

          Tomba 2 did have an English release. I get the idea it didn’t release in all regions though.

          • Triplicity

            This is correct; I played Tomba 2 in English with an English dub, as a kid.

        • Zal_Yagun

          I remember playing it way back in the day as a kid while at Fry’s, But I remember it being overshadowed by the fact the Dreamcast just came out in america

    • KyoyaHibari

      If you mean on PSN that is. The first Tomba was considered somewhat of an import or something on PSN. Both were domesticated on PS1 originally, That Monkey company made a different sort of emulation for Tomba as I vaguely recall, and perhaps Gung Ho will do the same with 2.

  • KyoyaHibari

    Tomba 2…take all my moneys.

  • Xerain

    Gung Ho Online America’s existence confuses me, and this is why.

    You have the Korean company, Gravity, which makes the Korean game Ragnarok Online. The Japanese version of said game was licensed from them by Gung Ho, which would also modify some of the content to better suit Japanese audiences. Gravity opens an LLC call Gravity Interactive in the US to run the “international” version of Ragnarok Online, which is the “catch all” edition for all countries that don’t have some other company like Gung Ho licensing it for their region. This LLC goes on to to bring other Asian MMOs into English, and eventuality incorporates. Around this time the Japanese version of RO does very well. So well in fact that that Gung Ho becomes the majority stock holder in Gravity to protect their own interests.

    So now Gung Ho is opening a branch in the US, which on some level could compete with a company that is owned by a company they own. I guess if Gung Ho America sticks to consoles it would be make sense, as from what I’ve seen Gravity Interactive has never published a console game. But given the broad umbrella of content Gung Ho normally publishes, this seems unlikely.

    • Robert Leonardi

      personally i think that they will do a merger somewhere along the line so that the two companies don’t duke it out even though they’re pretty much the same company

  • Zonic505

    Oh man, Tomba 2? PLEASE let that hit PSN. I waited so long for the first game to be re-released, & it would be amazing if the sequel was added as well.

  • Just Tim

    As long as these games are gonna be PSN-bound, I can see the whole “better late than never” schtick play out.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Gung Ho really is going gung gung here lol. All the game looks interesting.^_^ Going to get as much as i can.^_^

  • ragingmerifes

    Other companies should follow this trend and localize their old games for PSN.

  • solbalmung

    Played Black Matrix 2 on the PS2, I really enjoyed the dark atmopshere where you controlled a bunch of devil fighting against angels (in a war opposing both of them), the thing is the angels looked like the bad guys invading the devils, and then the human were gonna join the war.
    Hope Black Matrix get localized!

  • Triplicity

    Didn’t Monkey Paw Games do Tomba 1 on PSN? How the heck did they not also pick up Tomba 2 as well? Well, if it gets here one way or another, that’s cool.

    Still no US PSN Einhander, after all…

  • Göran Isacson

    … A storydriven rhythm game about leading a whole orchestra? I could get behind that, I truly could.

  • spyke180

    I want my favorite ps1 game to be psn…PEPSIMAN!

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