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Important Importables: 2013 import games to watch

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Hey everyone, welcome to 2013! The new year is upon us and happens to be filled with opportunities. After all, we aren’t even one week in yet. Who knows what fantastic games will come.

Actually, scratch that. We do have some idea of what 2013 import games to expect. We’ve been hearing rumors and talk about them since late 2012. Quite a few were revealed or hinted at least year, so at the very least we know what to expect from the beginning of 2013 and I have to say, it looks like a good year.

I’ve been going through the lists of games GamerTell has reported on and I’ve heard about from various sources and figured today would be a good time to offer up a list of 2013 import games to look forward to in the coming months. We’re all still recovering from the holidays, so a nice, refreshing list of upcoming titles seems like a good way to ease back into this whole “reading” thing. That way, we’ll be all prepared for the next Important Importables where I preview Fire Emblem: Awakening.

So here we go with the brief list of 2013 import games to watch. It’s Sony heavy, I know, but that’s because Sony’s the only company still promoting the whole region-free lifestyle.

  • Digimon Adventure (PSP) – Remember the surprisingly awesome Digimon anime? This is an RPG based on it. It follows all of your favorite characters from the original series and their Digimon as they try to save the digital world. It looks quite nice and will be released January 17, 2013 in Japan. Don’t expect a localization.
  • Disgaea Dimension 2 (PS3) – This is the official sequel to the original Disgaea and brings Laharl, Etna, Flonne and Sicily, a girl from heaven who “claims” to be Laharl’s little sister. The group gets into a whole new strategic RPG adventure that will surely deal damage into the millions, require much grinding and have multiple endings. It will be released in Japan on March 20, 2013 and will most assuredly come to North America in either 2013 or 2014.
  • Dragon Quest VII Eden no Senshitachi (3DS) – This is the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VII. I’ve never played the original game, but heard it was lovely. Since this is being handled by Arte Piazza, the developers who did the Dragon Quest DS remakes, it should be well done. The 3DS version will have enhanced visuals and naturally StreetPass elements to allow you to share items when walking past other players. It will be released in Japan on February 7, 2013. Square Enix will probably bring it to North America in 2013 as well.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (PS3, PSV) – Not much is known about yet other than it will be multiplatform, have 3D characters and be the longest Legend of Heroes game. Still, any Legend of Heroes game is awesome. It will be released in Japan in 2013.
  • Oboro Muramasa (PSV) – This is the Vita port of the VanillaWare kind-of classic Wii game <Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Players will still be playing as Kisuke or Momohime with the titular blade as a goal, but this will be the ultimate edition of the game. The graphics will be fixed, content cut from the Wii version involving extra characters will supposedly be reinstated and it just seems quite lovely overall. It will be released in Japan on March 28, 2013. Let’s hope some company picks it up for a worldwide release.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSV) – This is the portable incarnation of Phantasy Star Online 2. You know, the non-iOS edition. It allows you to play the free-to-play MMO anywhere. There’s a cash shop, naturally, but even free players should be able to enjoy quite a bit of content if the PC experience is any indication. It will be released in Japan on February 28, 2013. The PC version is coming to North America this year, so the Vita should as well.
  • Project Versus J (PS3, PSV) – This is the spiritual successor to the Jump Stars DS fighting mashup series. Players pick characters from established Shonen Jump manga and have them fight one another. It’s still early days, so we don’t have many details on how it will work or look yet. It will be released in Japan in 2013.
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS) – We really don’t know much of anything about Shin Megami Tensei IV, other than it will be released in 2013 in Japan.
  • Shining Ark (PSP) – This is the latest entry in the Shining series. While the story seems like a typical boy-meets-otherworldly-innocent-girl-with-one-wing, it still sounds interesting. Especially since it’s part RPG and part life-sim along the lines of Harvest Moon. It will be released in Japan on February 28, 2013 and we will likely never, ever see it in English.
  • Tales of Hearts R (PSV) – Remember the Tales of Hearts DS game we never got? This is the enhanced Vita remake. It has 3D graphics to replace the 2D sprites, new quests and extra characters. The story is still the same though, as Shing and Hisui are attempting to recover the pieces of Hisui’s sister Kohak’s spiria (heart/spirit) after a monster attack and failed Spir-Maze recovery made it shatter into pieces. It will be released in Japan on March 7, 2013 and will hopefully get a North American release as well.

Yes, those are all the 2013 import games I can’t wait to play. How about you? Which games do you want? Let us know in the comments.

COMING NEXT TIME: Important Importables previews Fire Emblem: Awakening.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Important Importables previewed Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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  • FireDragon_1321

    Digimon!
    Yes, I’m not expecting a localization. But I’m definitely importing that one.
    *checks date after sudden realization* Two weeks left! …But then I gotta wait for it to turn up on eBay. Crap.

  • Kalkano

    Shining Ark – Oh hell no. Avoid that game, and all other Sega games, at all cost.

    The Shining series is no longer the Shining series. Golden Sun is now the Shining series.

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  • Ljink

    DRAGON QUEST VII! YEEEESSSS!

    No longer is the battle system first person and it looks fantastic! This will be an epic game. Can’t wait for Fire Emblem and Legend of Heroes as well. I just know that Dragon Quest is sounding mighty fine right about now.