12 games not available in the US that should be!


For one reason or another some foreign games make it to the United States and others do not. Maybe companies just don't think these games would resonate with American audiences or maybe they did and the money just wasn't there to do it.

Anyhow, there are hundreds of games constantly in development worldwide so its not surprise we could be missing out. With that said, USgamer is here with a list of 12 Great Recent Japanese and European Games Worth Importing:

Ginga Ojousama Densetsu Collection
Hudson PSP Japanese
Region-locked? No
Language barrier: Low

I mentioned Sapphire as one of the rarest and most expensive PC Engine CD-ROM2 games in our recent TurboGrafx-16 retrospective, but there's good news - you don't have to pay $700 for a copy. You can snag it for closer to $30 if you pick up the Japanese import of the PSP rerelease. It's a shooter, so you don't need to know the language to enjoy it; just blow things up. In space!

Ose! Tatakae! Ouendan 2
iNiS/Nintendo DS Japanese
Region-locked? No
Language barrier: High

You know Elite Beat Agents, you love Elite Beat Agents. And you can play more Elite Beat Agents if you don't mind dealing with a little Japanese text - and who would? Music is the universal language, and the little mini-dramas that play out as your cheer squad performs its maneuvers of encouragement come across. So basically you have an entire new game of songs and patterns to deal with, and it's hard to complain about that.

SaGa 2: Goddess of Destiny
Square Enix DS Japanese
Region-locked? No (DS) Yes (DSi/3DS)
Language barrier: High

If you loved Game Boy classic Final Fantasy Legend II, well, good news! There's a remake for DS, and it looks and sounds glorious, and it has some significant gameplay improvements as well. Bad news: It only ever came out in Japan. Still, it's worth playing for any fan of the FF Legend/SaGa games, and it works similarly enough to the original that your familiarity with the Game Boy version will get you through the game. And if you track down a legitimate copy of the software, you can feel good about playing the excellent fan translation....

Slime Morimori Dragon Quest 3
TOSE/Square Enix 3DS Japanese
Region-locked? Yes
Language barrier: Moderate to high

Square Enix seems to have given up on Dragon Quest in the U.S., which is a shame given that the games we're missing out on are so great. Like this, the sequel to the wonderful DS adventure Rocket Slime. Vaguely Zelda-like in its design, Slime Morimori 3 feels more like classic Dragon Quest than ever before by replacing the previous game's tank battles with a pirate ship you can sail freely around the world. While there's a fair amount of talking in foreign languages to contend with here, ultimately the snappy action speaks for itself.

Super Robot Wars O.G. Infinite Battle
Banpresto PlayStation 3 Japanese
Region-locked? No
Language barrier: High

Actually, I have no opinion about this game one way or the other, but it's here for senior editor Kat Bailey's sake. She gets angry if we go more than a couple of weeks without mentioning the Super Robot Wars series. Thankfully, this franchise tends to be fairly consistent from one sequel to the next, so if you've played something like Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier for DS (one of the few chapters of the franchise to have been localized into English) you can find your way through this one easily enough. Big robots, tactical combat, ridiculous combat attacks...

Trip World
Sunsoft 3DS Virtual Console European/Japanese
Region-locked? Yes
Language barrier: None

If you're planning to pick up an import 3DS to play games like Slime Morimori 3, well, I can think of a whole lot of other games worth hunting down. But you definitely don't want to miss one of the most unique - not to mention most expensive - Game Boy games ever released, Sunsoft's Trip World. A whimsical, expressive adventure, Trip World doesn't have much story, nor does it offer much challenge. But for $3, it's a journey worth taking on your import handheld.

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