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Matters of Import: Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Genso Suikoden Card Stories - Konami's Other Trading Card Game

Suikoden 2 on GBA? Sort of

Konami is certainly comfortable with the popular and profitable Trading Card Game genre, their Yu-Gi-Oh series reportedly selling in excess of twenty-two billion cards all over the world since it was first launched. The digital equivalents have always been warmly welcomed on Nintendo hardware too, stretching all the way...

Matters of Import: Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Collection

The best of friends?

Tomodachi Collection is more a toy than a game in that very special Nintendo way: your own mad little island full of Miis that you never knew you wanted but you suddenly find yourself unable to live without, and while it may be the five-year-old prequel to the upcoming English language Tomodachi Life, that doesn't mean the...

Matters of Import: Sega 3D Classics Races Ahead With 3D OutRun

Sega 3D Classics Races Ahead With 3D OutRun

Is it a Magical Sound Shower or just a Passing Breeze?

Sega’s 3D Classics range just keeps on going — in Japan, at least — with this latest offering being OutRun, one of the biggest hits of them all. Like Super Hang-On and Space Harrier before it, OutRun used Sega’s impressive Super Scaler arcade tech to wow arcade gamers and deliver some...

Matters of Import: Ucchannanchan no Honō no Challenger: Denryū Iraira Bō

Ucchannanchan no Honō no Challenger: Denryū Iraira Bō

Down to the wire

The Nintendo 64 is fondly remembered for delivering groundbreaking titles such as Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. However, in amongst the system's relatively small library of games are a few wacky, obscure and out-of-the-ordinary experiences to be had. Sadly, many of us in the West never got to play a...

Matters Of Import: Steel Empire Is Flying High On Nintendo 3DS

Steel Empire Is Flying High On Nintendo 3DS

Chocks away!

First released on the Mega Drive over twenty years ago and then remade for the GBA in 2004, Steel Empire is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up with a distinctive visual twist. Looking like a cross between Jules Verne’s imagination, a Hayao Miyazaki anime and World War I archive footage; Steel Empire’s biplanes, zeppelins and steam...

Matters of Import: 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Powers Up A Sega Classic

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Powers Up A Sega Classic

This colourful classic is tougher than it looks

Sega’s enthusiasm for the 3DS continues unabated, which means that gamers have another excellent port-with-extras from the technical wizards at M2 available on the Japanese eShop: the twenty eight year-old Fantasy Zone. As we've now come to expect, this 3D remake is a port of the arcade version of...

Matters Of Import: Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Wonder Project J2 Brings Masterful 2D To The N64

Making cute robots girls cry

The N64 never did get much 2D love when it was around, but games like Wonder Project J2 — as well as Treasure’s Bangai-O — show that other developers were missing a trick by ignoring the untapped potential of this side of Nintendo’s hardware. First published by Enix in 1996, Josette’s adventures on Blueland...

Matters of Import: Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

Dragon Quest Monsters 2 Shows Us How Remakes Should Be Done

A monster masterpiece

Iru and Luca’s (or Tara and Cobi’s, if you prefer) adventure first graced the world with its presence thirteen years ago on the Game Boy Color, had a very brief fling with the PlayStation (Japan only, of course) in 2002, and then lay dormant for over a decade before Square Enix dusted it off and gave it an excellent...

Matters of Import: Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Here be dragons

Due for re-release on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console service today, Bahamut Lagoon is (another) one of Squaresoft’s lost RPG treasures, a game that eighteen years after its original release still doesn’t officially exist to those of us living outside Japan. The game most closely resembles a strategy RPG, similar to Shining...

Matters of Import: E.X. Troopers Brings The Heat To 3DS

E.X. Troopers Brings The Heat To 3DS

Capcom however, remains frosty

Capcom’s E.X. Troopers may not be the latest or biggest Japanese 3DS game around, but it’s certainly no less worthy of inclusion here than any other game we’ve previously covered on Matters of Import and — as this and its high-resolution PS3 port are the only E.X. Troopers games so far — it is sadly still...

Matters of Import: Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Joins The 3DS Library

Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Joins The 3DS Library

Like a light Shining in the Darkness

Thanks to Sega’s continuing support of the 3DS Virtual Console service we now have all three Game Gear Shining Force games available to buy on Nintendo’s much loved handheld — in Japan, at least. The emulation is so consistently brilliant on the 3DS it’s hardly worth mentioning these days: we’ll...

Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

Taking the quest online

In an utterly baffling move, Dragon Quest X — the most recent game in the iconic RPG series — is not only import-only but also IP blocked, meaning the game will refuse to work for all legitimate users trying to play from outside Japan. Luckily, there are ways to get your foreign internet connection to disguise itself...

Matters of Import: Grappling With Attack On Titan: The Last Wings Of Mankind

Grappling With Attack On Titan: The Last Wings Of Mankind

Or Shingeki no Kyojin: Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa, to Japanese players

Considering the intense critical and commercial acclaim Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan has been receiving, the emergence of a game based on the events portrayed in the anime and manga series was more of a question of “when”, rather than “if”. The more surprising news is...

Matters of Import: Drop Matching And Dragon Evolving In Puzzle & Dragons Z

Drop Matching And Dragon Evolving In Puzzle & Dragons Z

This 3DS smash proves there is life after microtransactions

Puzzle & Dragons is popular wherever it’s available, but perhaps in its native Japan most of all. GungHo’s cash cow not only has regular tie-ins with big franchises like Monster Hunter, Taiko no Tatsujin and Hunter X Hunter, but has also generated an extensive range of merchandise...

Matters of Import: Welcome To The Terrifying Yet Accessible World Of Monster Hunter 4

Welcome To The Terrifying Yet Accessible World Of Monster Hunter 4

Something to get your teeth stuck into

Monster Hunter 4 is the latest and greatest in Capcom’s endlessly popular series of wildlife-bothering games, bringing even more areas to explore and new monsters to turn into breastplates and boots. Thankfully hunters come prepared for these new challenges with two new weapon types and the all-new ability...

Matters of Import: Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

That Zelda-ish game with the frog guy

Twenty one years ago, Game Boy fans were graced with the wonderful Link’s Awakening, an action-adventure classic that has quite rightfully taken its place in gaming history as one of the greatest games in both the Game Boy’s library and The Legend of Zelda series. But a year before that, Japanese gamers...