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Disgaea 3 gets an optional online ranking mode

By Spencer . August 29, 2008 . 4:09pm

Singapore has first access to an Item World Command Attack upgrade which inserts a Scorekeeper in the hub world and an online ranking mode into Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice. Players can compete in the Item World Command Attack challenge, which isn’t a direct battle of might. This event counts every move you make and […]

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Afrika aka Hakuna Matata in other regions

By Spencer . July 31, 2008 . 10:06am

Sony will release their safari photo hunt game, Afrika, in Japan next month. Afrika wasn’t around at E3 and there aren’t any announcements about Sony publishing it in North America. The game will see get a release in Asia, but not under the same name. Outside of Japan Afrika has been renamed Hakuna Matata. Yes, […]

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A way to experience Siren: Blood Curse on Blu-ray

By Spencer . June 26, 2008 . 3:23pm

Sony is only releasing the PlayStation 3 remake of Siren as an episodic PlayStation Network game in North America. A cautious move, but somewhat reasonable since Siren didn’t reach top the charts when it was a PlayStation 2 game. Sony Computer Entertainment America even passed on Siren 2 regardless of an existing English translation completed […]

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Namco Bandai releases English Tales of Vesperia demo first (update: Get it now!)

By Spencer . June 20, 2008 . 10:55am

Usually, Xbox 360 demos originate in Japan and North America. Tales of Vesperia is taking the road less traveled by preparing a demo for Asia and India before anywhere else in the world. The good news is the demo is in English. The bad news is you can’t play it this weekend unless you have […]

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Korean developed PSP game puzzles PlayStation Store

By Spencer . April 15, 2008 . 12:14pm

I mentioned Nanogram finished work on a downloadable PSP game weeks ago, but I didn’t have details about WarNiChi Land. We have more information than the actual name since it’s heading to other regions in Asia (Hong Kong/Singapore/Taiwan) care of the PlayStation Store.   After a festival is ruined in WarNiChi land, Preffy a pragmatic […]

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Xbox Asia gives Grand Theft IV owners free Microsoft points

By Spencer . April 7, 2008 . 7:24am

We get it. Microsoft values the Grand Theft Auto franchise as a cornerstone property for the West. While Grand Theft Auto is available in Japan thanks to Capcom, the franchise has never made an “official” dent in Asia. Imported versions are easy to purchase, but this will be the first time a game in the […]

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Arriving in Asia, English Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

By Spencer . February 26, 2008 . 11:28am

While we’re on the subject of languages, did you know the “Asian” versions of PSP/PlayStation 2/PS3 RPGs are typically in Japanese? This fact is probably commonly known within the savvy Siliconera audience, but it’s still a nuisance if you live in an English speaking region like Hong Kong of Singapore. The only “handy” guide gamers […]

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Ninja Gaiden 2 dated around the world

By Spencer . February 25, 2008 . 10:06am

While we’re on the subject of release dates Ninja Gaiden 2 will be arriving in Japan on June 5, two days after the North American release. Considering how that’s a Thursday and typically games are released there on Thursdays it’s shouldn’t be thought of as a delay. Asia regions (i.e. Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore) […]

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Lost Odyssey is “better than loving a real person”

By Spencer . February 13, 2008 . 11:24am

Lonely on Valentine’s Day? Singapore’s Xbox division understands and takes this opportunity to suggest games with strong single player elements for “you to become lost in for the duration of Valentine's Day.” This is a marketing list, but the tongue-in-cheek humor makes it notable. For instance, “Lost Odyssey should provide more than enough material for […]

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Microsoft celebrates Lunar New Year in Singapore with a Halo 3 bundle

By Spencer . February 6, 2008 . 7:26pm

While we’re on the subject of Microsoft and Asia they have a “double the action” Lunar New Year package in Singapore that could be a hit in the USA. The Halo 3 Limited Edition Action Pack isn’t a Singaporean version of the Limited Edition Halo console. This bundle contains a standard Xbox 360 with a […]

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Motion controlled golf 3D.0

By Spencer . January 9, 2008 . 10:07am

A Singaporean company called Affineon aims to pick up where Wii Sports Golf left off. At CES they have a demo of a three axis motion tracking system used for a golf game. Their technology measures the position of the club through a camera and it adds depth, something that Wii Sports doesn’t have.   […]

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Sony considering a subscription service for the PlayStation store?

By Spencer . January 2, 2008 . 12:36pm

Sony is running a survey over in Asia where a question on the list asks “Which of the following offer from PLAYSTATION®Store (PC) that you find it appealing?”. One of the selectable answers is “Monthly subscription plan (1 price for unlimited download).”   While this is far from concrete information, I welcome the idea of […]

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Downloadable PSP RPGs fill up the PlayStation Store in Singapore

By Spencer . December 18, 2007 . 12:39pm

Asia has a treasure trove of UMD RPGs on the PlayStation Store for a very reasonable SGD 23.66 ($16). You can download Tenchi no Mon (Kingdom of Paradise), Blade Dancer, Rezel Cross (!) and Tenchi no Mon 2. The only issue is all the games are in Chinese, which probably makes them inaccessible for many […]

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Roll out! Toy Home is localized and ready to race

By Spencer . December 17, 2007 . 9:05pm

Game Republic’s toy car racing game appeared in Japan a few weeks ago. In a few minutes it should be on Singapore/Hong Kong’s PlayStation Store… in English. Toy Home has all of the necessary parts to be this week’s downloadable PlayStation 3 game. If it isn't and you just can't wait the Asian store is […]

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Pokemon in the sky, no Game Boy required

By Spencer . September 28, 2007 . 1:14pm

  Singapore Airlines has a consolation prize if you forgot to charge your DS or PSP. The handy dandy personal movie player doubles as a game console. The generic and slow multiplayer chess games don’t make it anything to write about. But the KrisWorld console has Nintendo’s blessing. Nintendo officially put Game Boy Color games […]