This Week In Imports: Love For Arcana Heart 3 And Sword Art Online

By Spencer . May 26, 2014 . 4:00pm

imageBandai Namco’s remastered Gundam Side Story video games come out for PlayStation 3 along with Missing Link. Also from Bandai Namco Games is an English and Chinese version of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment scheduled for release throughout Asia. The PlayStation Vita game will reach the West as a digital release later this year.


Mario Kart 8 will race on to Japan’s sales charts with a worldwide release this week too along with Noire’s Neptunia spinoff.


PlayStation Vita
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!
Motto Ane Chanto Shiyouyo +Plus
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Souzou
Planet Destroyer Black Heart
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Chinese & English version)


PlayStation 3
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories


PlayStation 4
Trials Fusion


Heart no Kuni no Alice Wonderful Twin World


Wii U
Mario Kart 8


Xbox 360
Bullet Soul: Infinite Burst


Key European Releases
Borderlands 2 (Vita)
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)


Key Domestic Releases
Ace Combat Infinity (PS3)
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
Mind Zero (Vita)
Monster Monpiece (Vita Digital Release)
The Sly Cooper Collection (Vita)
Watch_Dogs (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC)

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  • JohnNiles

    Nobunaga’s Ambition on Vita? Intriguing.

    • God

      Too bad they never localize those games…

      • 하세요

        Slap Pikachu on that bitch and we got ourselves an overseas game, amirite?

      • JohnNiles

        We did okay with the PS2 games, even if we didn’t get the patched versions. A man can dream… though a man’s 50 years are nothing compared to the age of this world.

        • God

          This world? Try this plane of existence. But yeah, a man can dream, i made you that way so it would be easier to troll you, seems like it’s backfiring now that developers have found the joy of trolling…

  • nonscpo

    I am so tempted to import the Asia version of Sword Art Online seeing as how we won’t get a physical release in the west.

    • Erde

      You and me both. I just as well might. I don’t like digital-only releases even though I understand why they exist.

      • nonscpo

        I don’t mind digital only when they’re introducing a new IP (i.e. Senran Kagura Burst), however it bothers me when they do it to established franchises (I.e. Ace Attorney Duel Destinies). Even though this is technically the first SAO game in the west, id argue that given existing merchandise sales; There’s no excuse or justification except for corporate greed to release it as digital only.

        • darke

          If you make physical copies, you need to sell more units to make the translation and publishing process profitable.

          If they publisher has calculated that they don’t expect they’re going to sell enough physical units to break even, then they have two options: don’t bring it over, or do it digital.

          Since you’re clearly privy to the publisher’s figures, considering that you know they’re suffering from corporate greed; could you tell us mere mortals what their expected sales figures are like, and what they had projected they’d sell physical vs digital and the expected profits of both, that caused them to be so greedy to go digital only?

          I’m sure we’ll all be enlightened.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Point is made. Please leave it at that.

    • JMaster3000

      If you want more SAO then do get the western edition.
      I know that it sucks that its not physical but if we don’t support the game then we won’t see any other SAO games if the game sells bad.

      Same with others games too that Bandai ignored aka Digimon.

      • Sav

        no physical no buy, they could easily make a small print run if they wanted too, it wouldn’t break the bank.

        they could care less though.

        i’d buy the asia version if anything.

        • JMaster3000

          I know how you feel but see this.
          Project Diva f (vita version) was digital only and people supported the game here.
          And now we are getting F2nd both PS3 and Vita in both USA and Europe in physical form.

          I, who don’t have yet a Vita but will soon, will buy both. I don’t care about the game that i love being digital or physical, i will get it.
          If you do love SAO then do get the western version if you want more SAO in west.
          Its not that the Chinese people will translate all the SAO games into english which then ur be out of luck.

          • God

            I think imports still go to the overall foreign sales %, i might be wrong though.

          • 하세요

            Do they actually record where it’s imported from, though? Plus, it could be someone in America that is from Japan just visiting yet still want to play their Japanese games, so they would import.

        • carlospsp

          Have you ever got to know deeply a logistic and sales section of a warehouse? Contracting a 3rd company to stock your products costs a lot, and it is not the only cost involved.

          • darke

            Not to mention cost per unit is inversely proportional to volume. When the “just make a small print run” is made, then people will then complain about the fact the price-per-cart is $100 or something and not buy the game because they’re being charged “rip-off prices”. >.< (Or they'll complain because they can only buy it online through the publisher's store, since there's no point stocking it in stores due to low volume, or that the publisher's store only takes credit cards and they don't have one, or…)

      • Hector Velar

        why should we feel bad about not supporting it? when did we became guilt pansies? that’s not the right attitude, Capcom used it to milk money out of their fans and didn’t have anything back in return. No we are not going to have that guilt mentality, instead have this, i have the money if you give me what I WANT then you can have my money. guilt is not a good motivator for this companies but money is. we as educated gamers need to stand up. we are not responsible to support your crap, we are not responsible to keep your company alive, we are not responsible for your crappy game bad sales and we are definitely not responsible for your non met profits. you want my money, then you better give me what i want, i don’t care if your company goes bankrupt. Too many great indi games giving me what i want to spend my money on their crap. People don’t let them inject guilt on you as you are the ones responsible, you got the money, you got the power. You can say NO, you won’t die from it.

        • nonscpo

          Amen to that, at the end of the day we are the consumers and our money keeps them in business. They work for us not the other way around, if they sell you a broken game don’t buy it, if they don’t sell you the game in your format then skip it (as long as the request is resonable)

    • subsamuel01

      Same, I’m really considering importing it. Not a fan of digital only games, rather have a physical copy to add to my collection. It makes sense for a digital only release in the west since the fan base is smaller so the manufacturing costs might not be worth it.

      • nonscpo

        I can’t say I agree on the fan base not being large enough to merit the physical release, cause you have to remember that the fan base supported three of their media products in the west (light novel, manga, anime). The most damaging thing that comes from a digital only release, affects the vita more than anything else. SAO is a major franchise with the potential to push gamers to buy vitas or move units. So the lack of a physical release hurts retail precense which means potential SAO fans that didn’t follow the news will skip this game; that and all the importers too.

    • tubers

      I think it’s better to get the NA/EU if you’re in those region hoping like it becomes something like Project Diva f 2nd VITA getting a physical release most probably after SEGA seeing the support of PJD f VITA w/c was digital only.

      Still up to you guys since it isn’t a sure fire thing.

  • Sav

    can’t wait for bullet soul and gundam.

  • God

    Sword Art Online: The Waifu Wars.

  • sunK1D

    So tempted to import but I will hold off for the NA version.

  • KingGunblader

    Time to finally see if Watch Dogs lives up to the hype.

  • s07195

    Black Heart is coming out already. 0_0

  • Ratutz

    Wow psp is still alive and kicking in japan.

  • Kornelious

    While I REALLY wanted to get the Chinese version and have it as a physical game, a few things held me back…

    1.) I don’t have enough money
    2.) The Collectors Edition sold out
    3.) There is going to be DLC and updates for the game that I won’t be able to get unless I have a Chinese account
    4.) I don’t know yet if the game is fully translated
    5.) I feel that buy buiying the game in English I will be supporting it for future releases

    So I’ll just wait for the Digital Version, I’m just glad we’re getting the game in English….And who knows, maybe Bamco will decide to release a limited-print physical run!…..Probally not though :(

  • Ritsuioko23

    Im really surprised as to how many people like shit art online.

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