Well, the time has come. It has been a long wait but those of us who love the natural state of things will soon be rewarded. On September 21st, Sony Computer Entertainment America will release the first games on a new service called Imports on the PlayStation(R)Store. For the first time, North American users will be able to purchase games imported directly from Japan. These games will be in their pure, unadulterated form.

MonkeyPaw Games will be there to serve up a selection of gaming gemstones, starting with Cho Aniki and GaiaSeed.

You may wonder why some of the great Japanese titles you hear about in the press never make it to Western markets. There are numerous reasons but the biggest is translation. A lot of cost goes into translation thus profitability becomes tenuous for many titles. Remove that barrier and a world of Japanese wonder comes rushing to your screen. Buyer beware: you’ll need to use your gaming instinct and intuition to maneuver your way around the Japanese text. But we’ve focused on titles that are easy to navigate.

Classics like Cho Aniki and GaiaSeed will be followed by a steady stream of untouchable titles you dreamed of playing but were relegated to reading about.

Cho Aniki was a title considered just too weird for publishers to gamble on. It is also a damn funny game that borders on sensory overload. The game is a challenging shooter that will “shock and awe” you into laughter. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder WTF were the designers thinking of when they came up with some of the scenes you’ll take on. No doubt, you’ll have something to talk about with your shooter buddies. Take the plunge!

GaiaSeed is for the pure shooter enthusiast. Remember the days when shooters ruled the skies? When you get your hands on this one, you’ll be taken back to that era and she’ll fit like an old glove. Supremely smooth with a silky techo backbeat, GaiaSeed is one of those lost gems that would and should have become a classic. The game is guaranteed to satisfy again and again.

We reckon there’s a pretty good appetite for these classics and we’ve priced them at a reduced rate to keep your impulsive curiosity piqued. Our website has instruction on how to get playing and we encourage our fans to participate on our forum to help each other out. We also encourage your suggestions on titles you’d like to see.

So join us in getting down to the roots of the Japanese game market and playing some of these Imports that should have made it over but never did…until now.

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    Any plans of releasing these games on the European Playstation Store?

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    These are some really awesome games. But I hope that Import Service will be available in europe too.

    Another Playstation gem, that I really want do see to hit the western shores would be “Fire Pro Wrestling G”, which ATM is only available at the Japanese PSN.

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    Hey Abe, Thanks for your interest in MPG. We’ll try to go after LSD. We know it well and also know the rights holder. Good idea! Let’s see if we can get it up. Thanks again.

    Hey Benni, Thanks for your interest in MPG. We would like to get the games up in Europe. Please help and petition Sony Europe with your request. They weren’t interested at first but perhaps when they see the fan reaction, they will allow us to distribute in Europe. We have a long list of games coming that will make it worthwhile. Thanks again for your interest.

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    I’m all for the release of games previously unavailable in America, but I’m AGAINST the lack of translation and would be willing to pay more for a translated game if necessary. Heck, if I didn’t care if the game was translated, I’d just make a Japanese PSN account and download them on there. As it stands, however, you can expect none of my money with the currently announced business model, as I consider it a slap in the face to release a game to me that’s not in my language and try to sell it as a GOOD thing.

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    I’m curious, why does there have to be a ‘middleman’ to get these imports on the US Playstation Store? Why can’t the original publishers/developers just give their game directly to SCEA?

    I’ve always wondered why it seems so easy for PS1 games to get on the Japanese Playstation Store, they have so many more. Is it a cost issue? (such as the ESRB fee) Are they afraid they won’t be able to make a good profit on the US store?

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    OMG, please do bring LSD to America. Beautiful art direction at its time!

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    sure hope they come 2 europe i’d buy em right away.
    but i was wondering out off all the games why you guys picked Cho Aniki the gayest franchise in japan.

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    Hello I was wondering if there is any chance of these 5 games coming to the US PSN: Xenogears, Kings Field, Kings Field 2, Kings Field 3 and Shadow Tower of those games came to the PSN I would buy them in a heartbeat, any info is appreciated thank you.

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    I too would vote for a release of “Fire Pro Wrestling G” in the west, since this game is still actively supported by the Fire Pro Community with new edits. Hell, I think even a partial translation of this game was considered by some of the members.

    With the last iteration of that series on the PS2 (Fire Pro Wrestling Returns… and I don’t count the recently announced abysmal looking XBL Fire Pro Avatar Wrestling game as a true successor) the translators from AgeTec even asked for help among the FPC Community.

    Thank you

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    I don’t mind the lack of translation. Many of us who would be most interested in downloading import games read and speak some Japanese. If you begin translating the games in the future, please leave the unedited version as an option.

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    if it was a rpg or a tactical game it would need translation if it was just a simple arcade game or fighting game it won’t need translating i have played a lot off japanese fighting games that weren’t translated easy enough 2 figure out how it works

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    This is a great idea to be bringing these titles to the Western audience. It’s a shame that there aren’t too many people who have an interest in these types of games due to the corporate interests that have pretty much ruined video games IMO. I ordered these two games on day one and I will hopefully continue to support this project as long as you keep bringing us Western friendly titles! Crossing my fingers on a release of Night Raid on the JP PS Store but I have no word or confirmation of such a release. Maybe you could persuade the powers that be over in Japan to release it in their store! Hopefully you can bring us more arcade shooter games! Shienryu is a good one that I wouldn’t mind seeing over here. Thanks for the work and keep us updated.

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    LSD would be a day one purchase from me. I was very close to buying a jp psn card for way too much money just for LSD and einhander. I’ll hold off if there is a glimmer of hope. I totally appreciate what MPG is doing and translating is not only completely unrealistic, it’s also pretty pointless. The pricing on these games is great unlike nintendo’s gougy import vc games.

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    Fire Thief

    Thanks guys… I really appreciate ya’ll bringing over these awesome imports. Please continue to bring over many many many more! 😀

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    Thanks for taking a chance and bringing us these interesting Japanese imports. I hope you guys will bring over a variety of different genres. I’d love to see some RPGs and adventure games that didn’t make it over to the US.

    P.S. The screen shot you have posted on the Cho Aniki section of your website it not from the game you released (Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō Otoko for Playstation), but from Ai Cho Aniki for the Turbo CD/PC Engine.

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    Gotta’ echo what Fire Thief said over there. Much love for ya’ll. Peace.

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    Thank you for releasing these! I haven’t been checking back on this site recently, so I was excited to read the description for Cho Aniki and see a link to this website. I really hope you’re successful in getting LSD on the PSN; it looks really interesting.

    A question; are these imports able to transfer to the PSP as well or only playable on the PS3? Will you be able to do anything like that in the future if it is only for the PS3?

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    This is the 2nd occasion I have come across your blog post in the last couple weeks. Seems like I ought to take note of it.

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    If you make DoDonPachi available I will pay any price to play it

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    Thanks for all your interest in our Import service. Judging by the fan reaction, this service is going to be a hit. And that’s good because if the audience is there, we’ll keep bringing you Japanese imports that will hopefully rock your world. Cho Aniki is always a fan favorite but we have lots of good games to keep your interest level high. In fact, GaiaSeed is a perfect example of the hidden gem that just needs to be played.

    I’ll try to answer your questions with some insight into what games are possible.

    First Rolen’s question on why can’t publishers do this themselves: Well, they could but they need to have a US office and US marketing. They need to file for ESRB ratings and they need to put paperwork and the game through the labyrinth that Sony publishing requires. They need to have support staff to man the phones and answer questions. On top of that, the revenue for these games is too small for them to justify the staff and overhead. This service is not a big money spinner. MonkeyPaw does it because we love these game just as much as you do…call it a labor of love.

    Dgnfly: We’re working on getting the games to Europe. Again, success breeds success so we hope we’ll be able to show Sony Europe that this is a real market. As to why we chose Cho Aniki to lead off, well, I couldn’t think of a better title that really showed why Japanese gaming is so unique. While it may be homoriffic, its also a damn funny game.

    Daniel: Sorry to say, Square games are not going to happen. They are a very tough company to license from. Think about the last time Square ever license one of their games. Never happens.

    FPC Member: We’re looking into Fire Pro Wrestling G. Good suggestion, thanks!

    E and others: Thanks for understanding the reasons why we don’t translate. Quite frankly, translations for most of our catalog would render them drastically unprofitable and therefore we couldn’t get them out at all. But most importantly, we’re interested in giving you the real deal. People who know and love Japanese culture know that to translate often makes the games a Western surrogate. Something intrinsic is lost in the process. Its like American sushi. You have to come to Japan to get the real taste.

    Dan: Thanks for your comments. We’ll try to get Night Raid but its a long shot. ShienRyu definitely has a better chance and is a great shooter, one of my favorites. Nuff said!

    Taichi: You can play our games on both the PSP and PS3. Play at home or on the go. All for $5.99.

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    At which pace can we expect future releases? Any clues to what would be the next one?
    Can we also expect to see imported games from Europe (they would be already translated)?

    No Square games eh? So no Tobal No.2 I suppose (I was looking forward to this one)… Well, here are a few of my suggestions to name a few: Panzer Bandit, Gunner Heaven (Rapid Reload), Harmful Park, Tenchi o Kurau 2: Battle of Red Cliffs​, Hokuto no Ken – SeikiMatsu Kyûeishu Densetsu, Choro Q3, Vib Ribbon

    Can’t wait to see what you got in store for us!

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    I cannot thank you enough for using “shooter” throughout this post, instead of less desirable terms. I’ll probably have to get both of these now, and I had never even heard of GaiaSeed.


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    To what I see Cho Aniki is not for me…. (I really don’t want to look at men wearing only speedos in my games..) But this is the 1st I heard of Gaia Seed and by looking at one video of Gaia Seed makes me want to buy it now! I wonder what are they thinking of not releasing Gaia Seed in the states? (Never heard such powerful music in a shooter game before. Wow!! It has English voices to figure out the plot of Gaia Seed..) This is a perfect choice to put on PSN!

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