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Important Importables: Top 5 import PSP games of 2009

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Hope 2010 is going well for all of you so far! This week we’re looking back at 2009 again. Last week, we went through the top five DS games released in 2009 and this week we’re doing the same thing, only with PSP games.

So sit down, relax, and check out Important Importables’ top five PSP games released in 2009. You may even discover a game that you missed, and wished you hadn’t. Of course, that may not be such a bad thing. By now, a game you missed when it first came out could be rereleased as a Best title at a better price!

Idolmaster SP Missing Moon

Idolm@ster SP: Perfect Sun, Wandering Star and Missing Moon

The first Idolm@ster game to not be released on a Microsoft console! There were three games released, but all feature the same gameplay. The difference is, each game has different idols to raise and a different rival character. For example, Perfect Sun has Haruka, Makoto and Yayoi as idols and Hibiki as a rival.

Its best to think of the game as a pet simulator. Except, instead of an animal, you’re raising an idol. You must play mini-games to keep her strong in three different areas, vocals, visual appeal and dance, pick her song and outfits and then take her to auditions to try and earn her more fans and tv time.

Best versions of all three games are being released in January, 2010, so it could be a great time to pick up one of the entries and give it a try. They’re not terribly import friendly, so only get it if you have some experience reading hirigana and katakana.

Hatsune Miku Project Diva

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva was probably one of the most unexpected successes of 2009 in Japan. It is a rhythm game starring the Vocaloid Miku Hatsune. The tracklist features some of her greatest “hits,” and players press the circle, square, triangle and X buttons in time with the music. Doing well earns you new songs, costumes (some can even make her look like other Vocaloids) and items for her room.

But it doesn’t end there. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva also allows you to create custom tracks and music videos. You can import mp3 files into the game, then create button presses and a music video starring Miku to run in the background while you play it. It’s the kind of game that never gets old.

It was so surprisingly successful that not only is a sequel planned and in the works, but Sega is also going to release a downloadable additional track pack on the PlayStation Store with extra songs.

Persona 3 Portable

Persona 3 Portable

This is a remake/port of the incredibly popular PlayStation 2 game Persona 3. (Not the Persona 3 FES edition, unfortunately.) It’s essentially the same game, a group of high school kids with the mysterious power of personas explore a dungeon called Tartarus at night to stop shadows and everyone from developing the Apathy Syndrome.

Persona 3 Portable is different, because it offers a whole new play option – for the first time in a Persona game you can choose a female lead! Also, a number of issues from Persona 3 have been fixed, like you can now control your party members in battle.

This is probably the one Japanese game everyone is hoping and praying will receive a worldwide release in 2010. Make it so Atlus!

Tales of VS

Tales of VS.

The first Tales of fighting game. It gathers together characters from multiple Tales of entries, like Luke from Tales of the Abyss or Philia from Tales of Destiny.

It’s fairly import friendly as well. There’s a lot of English text, like characters names and some other miscellaneous information. Plus, fighting games don’t really rely all that heavily on story and dialogue. It’s more about getting to see all of your favorite characters fighting in the same game.

Invizimals

Invizimals

Think of Invizimals as a PSP version of Pokemon. The gimmick is that little Invizimals creatures roam throughout our world, but you can only see them through the PSP camera. Your goal is to find them with the PSP camera, capture them, train them and battle against other Invizimals players.

Plus, if you don’t already have a PSP camera peripheral, Invizimals comes with one! Not too bad, considering you’re paying about $54.90 for the Asian version import, the same price you’d probably pay for a regular import PSP game. The European version will cost you £34.99/$55.99.

Even better, Play-Asia lists Chinese, English and Korean as the languages for the Asian version. So it could even be in your own language! Or, you could find an online site that carries the European version of the game and import that, and then know it’ll be in English.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Important Importables lists some of the most anticipated DS and PSP imports arriving in 2010.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Important Importables listed 10 of the top DS imports from 2009.

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