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Games Purchased in Tokyo Summer 2009

This is the list of games I acquired in my trip to Tokyo during the summer of 2009. The majority of them are probably from Super Potato in Akihabara, but there are probably other sources, too.

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  • When you have a Famicom, you can't neglect having a copy of Tetris for it when you love the puzzler as much as I do. Beings as it was only 105 yen, it's a very easily justifiable purchase.

  • Dude, the Japanese version of Fighting Vipers has a playable version of Pepsiman in it. HOW COULD I NOT GET A COPY!?

  • What with the purchase of Persona 3's, FES', and 4's soundtracks, it looks as though this trip to Tokyo, when it comes to personal souvenirs, is a heavily Atlus-influenced one. Soul Hackers may not be a Shin Megami Tensei title in name, but its implied connections to the larger franchise is enough to justify my getting a copy of it, especially at only 180 yen for a mint one.

  • This game has always intrigued me somewhat. The gameplay is a bit blase, but as the only non-Mario Paint title in the Mario series that uses the SNES mouse, it still holds a special place in my heart because of its oddball nature. Finding a copy for 50 yen made it an easy purchase to go for.

  • If used game stores in the US also had the equivalent of 105-yen bins lying around in spades, I guarantee you that those would be the death of me. Such is the origin story of how a Japanese copy of Um Jammer Lammy came to be in my possession.

  • I got a copy of Vib Ribbon a few years ago. After finding a copy of this, its quasi sequel, for really cheap, I suppose I'm now on a quest to complete the series and track down a copy of Mojib Ribbon. I suppose once I own all three, a hole to the center of the earth will open up or something, given that all three games are dramatically different in gameplay.

  • I saw a copy at Super Potato for 200 yen. Recalling that people generally liked it, I thought it probably wasn't a bad investment at all.

  • Fragile always looked like a potentially neat game that I was somewhat hesitant to pay full price for just in case the execution wasn't as good as the trailers wanted it to be. That said, since I managed to find a copy for 950 yen at a local Book Off, I figured it was a much safer gamble than before, so I bought it. Here's hoping it's a neat game when I get back and can finally give it a whirl.

  • True story: I got this game because I needed change to do laundry. Now while I like to think I can do alright at conducting business in Japanese, asking for change from one incremental amount to another is something I never learned. So, long story short, I bought a copy of the Japanese version of Virtua Copy for 150 yen just so I could get a bunch more 100 yen coins in exchange. Yayz.

  • First game I got with my Famicom. It really deserves more love as a puzzle game. It's not as deep as Tetris, but that's fine with me.

  • It was 200 yen in Super Potato. When considering the NTSC cartridge tends to be a bit more pricey, I thought it couldn't hurt. I liked it back in the day anyway and already have an adapter for the system.

  • I've played the translated version before and found it to be pretty entertaining, even if the difficulty curve is indeed high. Because I love the recent Persona games so much, I thought I'd pay a bit of respect and get one of its predecessors, especially since it was really cheap for a boxed copy.

  • I like Ghost in the Shell quite a bit, although that's almost entirely with regards to the TV series and not the movies. Usually I'd prefer getting an English version of the game since I actually like that voice acting, but hey, at 105 yen, I'm not gonna be picky.

  • Apparently this was called "Rebus" in Japan for some reason. Pretty much only got it because it was an Atlus game I had never heard of and, you guessed it, the game was 105 yen. Not too shabby, I'd say.

  • It was 50 yen used at a local Sofmap. I have no high expectations about the game's quality at all, but simply got it because I wondered what the hell you could do with a Seven Samurai adaptation that has "20xx" in the titles. Yayz.