You know, my most popular post just happened to be about region. There are a number of reasons why many gamers choose to get imports, the most popular reason is “It wasn’t released in our country”.
As a resident in the UK, we got most games but the majority that are really good just never arrive, so we have to resort to importing. This isn’t a problem with new games anymore but there was a time where Super Nintendo games were surprisingly few and far between, we got Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, but no Super Mario RPG, Earthbound, or any of the Final Fantasy games, it must have been a weird time.
So one day I was getting my gaming collecting fix on eBay (for goodness sake if you want to find affordable games if they’re there, it’s the web equivalent to crack), I searched for a PAL version of Donkey Kong Country, it was very expensive, people were selling them at high prices, so I changed to the Super Famicom version and…IT WAS MUCH CHEAPER! But why? This could be that these were much common in Japan, RPGs were very cheap, mostly because if you don’t understand Japanese, then this game is worthless (unless you found a way to change the languages via modding the chips inside the cartridges).
For some reason Super Metroid which is usually £40 is now £11-15 for the Japanese version and you can change it to English, Mega Man 7 which is usually hundreds of pounds is now £11-15 for the Japanese version, this is beyond ridiculous, so I thought “You know what, I’m going to invest in a Super Famicom, that way, I don’t have to wait to find all the expensive PAL games and just get the Japanese versions, as long as I can play the game from start to finish, it’s perfectly fine”.
Eventually I got one for about £20 with just the console, you can use a model 1 Sega Mega Drive plug and the Nintendo AV cable and you’re good to go, in good working condition and the first game I got was Super Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong Country) and Yu Yu Hakusho. The console is the same as the SNES but has more hardware because the PAL version is somehow weaker. Now to get an adapter to play US SNES games.
Here is a list of Super Famicom games I want but already have an international release:
Akumajō Dracula (Super Castlevania IV)
Akumajō Dracula X (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood)
Chō Makaimura (Super Ghouls’n Ghosts)
Contra Spirits (Contra III: The Alien Wars)
Final Fight 1, 2 & 3
Hoshi no Kirby 3 (Kirby’s Dream Land 3)
Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star)
Return of Double Dragon (Super Double Dragon)
Rockman 7: Shukumei no Taiketsu! (Mega Man 7)
Rockman X, X2 & X3 (Mega Man X, X2 & X3)
Rockman’s Soccer (Mega Man Soccer)
Shien: The Blade Chaser (Shien’s Revenge)
Sonic Blast Man 1 & 2
Sonic Wings (Aero Fighters)
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Street Fighter Zero 2
Super Back to the Future II
Super Bomberman 1-5
Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest)
Super Donkey Kong 3: Nazo no Krems Shima (Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!)
Super Mario: Yoshi Island (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island)
Super Mario Kart
Super Star Wars
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
That sure was a long list, here’s the 10 Japan-exclusive Super Famicom games:
1. The Amazing Spider-Man : Lethal Foes – This looks like a decent beat ’em up, playing as Spider-Man, good Spider-Man games are far and few between, and see a Japanese game we never got but could have easily got. The game from the looks of eBay is pricey, even without the cart so it’s going to be a while or find it very cheap.
2. DoReMi Fantasy: Milon no DokiDoki Daibouken – I’ve actually played a bit of this via emualtor and so far it’s a fantastic game to play but I’m ready to play a physical copy of it. this one is also pricey…uuuuh!
3. Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension – I recently brought all three Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden games for super cheap, I know there’s too many of them but I love Dragon Ball Z, from it’s characters to the story, even the unnecessary filler. This is affordable but a bit steeper than the Butouden games, but I can get it if I wanted it. Once again thanks Akira Toriyama for the Dragon Ball franchise.
4. Go Go Ackman 1, 2 & 3 – Speaking of Akira Toriyama, he also created this, Go Go Ackman, about a demon child who is tasked with harvesting souls for the devil…don’t worry, it’s humourous. It got three games and all affordable, but I got to read the manga, it has 11 chapters so it shouldn’t take that long.
5. Gokujō Parodius! ～Kako no Eikō o Motomete～ (Fantastic Parodius – Pursue the Glory of the Past) – A Parodius game, the series to symbolise ‘Only in Japan’, I haven’t properly played any of these games but when I get the chance, it’s going to get crazy. Or maybe a long time since this is pricey.
6. Mario & Wario – This is one that is in complete English yet was never released, many western gamers found this weird, it’s a puzzle game about Mario getting a bucket stuck on his head, unable to see anything, he needs the help of a fairy to make paths for him to go to exits. This is very affordable, a little lower and we got a deal. Mario, you know you can use your hands to pull the bucket off your head.
7. Rockman & Forte (Mega Man & Bass) – It’s Mega Man, but harder, it’s something to try, I’ve only beaten Mega Man 1, I was meant to beat all 6 as part of a challenge, I stopped at 2 and my friend stopped at 3; it was a fail on both sides. It’s has an ok price at over £20, but it’s still pricey in my book.
8. Godzilla: Kaijuu Daikessen – If you watched The Angry Video Game Nerd’s Godzilla game review, you see that this was a fighting game that he dreamed about, a one-on-one fighting game featuring Japan’s all-time greats in the kaiju series, he never got it, it wasn’t released outside Japan. I like to try it out, but I really need to watch the movie series, I never got anything out of the 1998 movie, then again, nobody did. Another ok price at £18 (as of 12/01/2015), but it has to be lower than that.
9. UFO Kamen Yakisoban: Kettler no Kuroi Inbou – An advergame (a game promoting a product) about a superhero with noodles on his head beating up bad guys and saving Princess ‘insert typical video game story here’. It has a good price so I can get this if I wanted to.
10. Umihara Kawase – Now for one of the weirdest games on this list, this is a platformer about a girl who is stuck in a world of fish and weird platforms and you have to use your fishing rod to cross platforms and then you battle enemy fish by catching them with your rod and putting them in your bag. And now you’ve lost your mind for a bit. Only in Japan, Only in Japan. And it’s £40 so it’s expensive as HECK.