Important Importables: 2009 PSP import game gift guide

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have passed, but there’s a good chance you haven’t found all of the perfect gifts yet. If there’s a PSP owner on your list, perhaps a 2009 Japanese PSP release would make the perfect stocking stuffer. Important Importables is here to help out, with a 10 game gift guide filled with titles that could make someone very happy.

As with the DS gift guide, I’ve visited all of the import game sites I’ve discussed in the column in the past and trust to check for a price range. So when you check a game, you’ll also be able to see the highest and lowest prices out there. This also reaffirms the valuable, “Don’t buy JBox import games without checking other sites first” advice. ($80 for Persona 3 Portable and $88 for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva? That’s about $20 more than any other import site!)

428 ~封鎖された渋谷で~ PSP Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de
Price Range: $54.90 (Play-Asia) – $56 (
Genre: Visual Novel
Release Date: September 17, 2009
Publisher: Sega
Cero Rating: Cero C (Ages 15 and up)
Description: Shibuya has been locked down, and there’s been a kidnapping. What’s happened could effect the whole world, with disasterous effects, unless five people solve what happened in 10 hours.
Special Note: Not recommended for someone who isn’t fluent in Japanese.

Antiphona no Seikahime: Tenshi no Gakufu Op.A
Price Range: $64.90 (Play-Asia) – $66 (
Genre: RPG
Release Date: October 22, 2009
Publisher: NIS
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: Songstresses are an important part of what makes Antiphona successful, which is why it is so distressing when the songstress Lily’s voice is stolen by a demon king. Her sisters Miabell, Clara and their friends head off to retrieve and restore Lily’s voice.
Special Note: A US release could happen, but if you don’t want to wait, import it.

Bleach: Heat the Soul 6
Price Range: $55 (
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: May 14, 2009
Publisher: Sony
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: The latest entry in the Heat the Soul series. It has over 70 characters, covers the entire Bleach story saga and lets you compete with a single fighter or a team of fighters. It’s quite possibly the biggest and best Bleach fighting game to date.
Special Note: Very import friendly. While there is a lot of Japanese, you don’t need to be able to read it to play and enjoy the game.

遥かなる時空の中で3 運命の迷宮(ラビリンス) 愛蔵版 Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Unmei no Meikyuu AizoubanHarukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Unmei no Meikyuu Aizouban
Price Range: $56 ( – $59.90 (Play-Asia)
Genre: RPG / Dating Sim
Release Date: October 22, 2009
Publisher: Koei
Cero Rating: Cero B (Ages 12 and up)
Description: The latest entry in Koei’s Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Neo Romance series. Instead of the heroine being sent back in time in this entry, the guardians from the past are sent to the present time. So you must help return them to the proper time period, fighting monsters and perhaps falling in love along the way.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva
Price Range: $59.90 (Play-Asia) – $88 (JBox)
Genre: Music
Release Date: July 2, 2009
Publisher: Sega
Cero Rating: Cero B (Ages 12 and up)
Description: A music and rhythm game starring the Vocaloid Miku Hatsune and many of her hits. You can also import your own mp3s to create custom tracks and music videos.

Idolm@ster SP: Perfect Sun, Missing Moon or Wandering Star
Price Range: $48.90 (Play-Asia)
Genre: Simulation / Pet-Raising
Release Date: February 19, 2009
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Cero Rating: Cero B (Ages 12 and up)
Description: You pick one of three girls (the ones available vary by each version) and attempt to raise her up to be a top idol.
Special Note: If you can wait until January 2010, the Best Versions of all three games will be released and cost $34.90 each.

ペルソナ3ポータブル Persona 3 PortablePersona 3 Portable
Price Range: $62.90 (Play-Asia) – $80 (
Genre: RPG / Simulation
Release Date: November 1, 2009
Publisher: Atlus
Cero Rating: Cero B (Ages 12 and up)
Description: A remastered and enhanced version of Persona 3 that allows you to choose between a male and female lead character. The game also has had numerous fixes and alterations, like you can control party members in battle and there are more difficulty settings.
Special Note: Theres a good chance it may one day come to North America, so if you’re not fluent, maybe wait a while before splurging.

Ranshima Monogatari Rare Land Story: Shoujo no Yakujou
Price Range: $48.90 (Play-Asia) – $56 (
Genre: Simulation
Release Date: July 22, 2009
Publisher: Arc System Works
Cero Rating: Cero B (Ages 12 and up)
Description: Part Princess Maker and part dating sim. You’re a warrior who’s found a mysterious girl. Your goal is to raise her up to be a fine young lady and realize her dreams. At the same time, you can help the warrior find love with one of the women from the village.

Tales of VS.
Price Range: $52.90 (Play-Asia) – $68 (
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: August 6, 2009
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Cero Rating: Cero A (All Ages)
Description: A fighting game featuring a wide selection of characters from the Tales of series to choose from. Presentation looks a bit like the battles in standard Tales of games, so you shouldn’t have too difficult a time playing if you import it.

Tokimeki Memorial 4
Price Range: $49.90 (Play-Asia) – $58 (
Genre: Dating Simulation
Release Date: December 3, 2009
Publisher: Konami
Cero Rating: Cero B (Ages 12 and up)
Description: The first new entry in the actual Tokimeki Memorial series in ages. Once again, you’re a high school looking and hoping to find love with one of his classmates by the time he graduates school.

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