Want Japanese Import Games? 5 Ways to get them Cheaper & Easier!

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Chris Kohler of Kotaku shares his tips & tricks for getting Japanese import games quickly, safely & on the cheap!
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Rosiechris Valdez
hey guys i got a question for you or reggie.... i recently purchased marvel vs capcom 2 new age of heroes for the ps2. well it wont work on my slim. what can i do?
GamingSoul 9 days ago
Oh thank God. I saw Kotaku and thought Metal Jesus was about to get woke.
Rory Taylor
Rory Taylor 16 days ago
Love Chris Kohler! Shout out to Retronauts
Kotaku, the 'games' website that cannot help itself from injecting politics into gaming.
shoked 909
shoked 909 Month ago
another great video, and something I had not seen before this. thanks.
Grawman67 2 months ago
This was a seriously great resource. Chris did an awesome job and it was a cool idea to being him on. I've wanted to import for a long time but now I have ideas on what to do! For those games on systems that aren't region free, do you all recommend just getting a Retron 5 for them? Then a person can get English patches easily.
lewelly2 3 months ago
This guy knows his stuff, very informative. Great video
brianv3ntura 3 months ago
Ordered some things from japan. It's true how they package their things. I was truly impressed when when I got my first package from japan.
Khari Taylor
Khari Taylor 3 months ago
@kobunheat I might also pass through Nipponbashi Den Den town (in Osaka). Thanks again in advance!
Khari Taylor
Khari Taylor 3 months ago
THANKS for this awesomely helpful video! Turns out though I'm going to Tokyo next month and I was hoping to pick up a (preferably used) 64GB Vita Memory Card directly while there! Would @kobunheat have any suggestions on where to look in Akihabara?
Remko Spruyt
Remko Spruyt 3 months ago
very nice item, and a lot of info i did not know, very nice!!!
What about falling love with a woman that speaks Japanese and marry her.
saishowaguu2 3 months ago
The best way to get Japanese imports is to ask me. I'll go to the stores and get you the best price. I'll even do a live video chat while purchasing. No extra costs. (Zenmarket 7 really good too though) If you just want translations, that's also fine. :-)
Geoffrey Freeman
Geoffrey Freeman 3 months ago
Well this kinda goes along with my tweet, however I deal with much auto parts and stuff from there and asia which is as the same quality or (believe it or not) actuall oem! And packaged and shipped very timely even from the UK. However not something that might be region locked that might be a waste of money if it will not work. And I'm told tha Ps4 games are still region locked. When you go to JP find out about the ((Very good anime games that's not talked about!!)) and if we can just hook up and bypass the watered down games coming to the US a year later!! You know be our ambassador so we can get the goo stuff!! We'll find a way to translate that which we can't understand!!
Retro Druid
Retro Druid 3 months ago
554 usd for super metroid????
SufamiDan 3 months ago
Remember when import games were not mainstream and could be found for dirt cheap? I miss those days ...
Kojima Yoshiyuki
Kojima Yoshiyuki 3 months ago
I love beep. That's where I got the famicom basic. I always find great deals there.
Kristopher Mann
Kristopher Mann 3 months ago
Search J4U on eBay - you’re welcome.
Boxer Blake
Boxer Blake 3 months ago
Go to Japan. That's the best way haha
yelsew82 3 months ago
People still go to Kotaku? >_O Its still a thing?
Jason Arigoni
Jason Arigoni 3 months ago
eBay is my favorite. I cannot tell you how much I’ve saved getting gently used Japanese media through eBay auctions. My friends think I’m crazy but it’s the real deal. Just make sure to search everyday!
Second Lease Gamer
Second Lease Gamer 3 months ago
Fuck Kotaku. That site constantly frames gamers as alt-right slime.
Isaias Cabron
Isaias Cabron 3 months ago
Testing the basement waters
James Callahan
James Callahan 3 months ago
These two talk exactly the same hahahaha, i'ts kind of hilarious how similar they speak
Nepu-Tech USA
Nepu-Tech USA 3 months ago
The only way I can get them is pirating them mostly on consoles. Japanese developers purposely remove the Japanese language Interface in most Steam games and Importing modern games costs hundreds of dollars. They can keep removing the language to censor PC, I'll continue to pirate them :(
TwoTailedCaperer 3 months ago
The only time I used a Proxy service was to get my copy of Bayonetta Climax Edition on the Switch. I used CD Japan (my go-to website for importing) and the entire process was smooth. CD Japan always packages their items really well too; when I bought something heavy from them they securely taped it down to the inside of the box so it wouldn't slip around during shipping. If you're in the market for newer releases, or figures, anime Blu-rays, etc, I can't recommend them enough.
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson 3 months ago
Like the new intro MetalJesusRocks
CoffeeMan 3 months ago
Just a word of caution when using one of these "proxy" sites. Buying stuff directly from Japan is already very expensive as it is (with shipping and import taxes), so make sure that what you're buying is only stuff you REALLY want and can't find anywhere else, and make sure you're getting a fantastic deal on the actual item. Be patient and conservative with your bids. Remember that you are going to get hit with fees on top of fees on top of fees...
Sal X
Sal X 3 months ago
I love actraiser. I recently found out about msu-1 enhanced games and I'm playing it with an orchestra soundtrack.
Mission Failed
Mission Failed 3 months ago
Metal jesus blowing up yahoo japan. go f yourself.
Nicolas Gamio
Nicolas Gamio 3 months ago
love your videos jesus haha I really enjoy your style :)
ThatOneSceneDude 3 months ago
And now the prices go up....
Nicolas Rolke
Nicolas Rolke 3 months ago
Lol ebay 😂 literally the worst place to get Japanese Video Games. Still 3x the price in a lot of cases.
TheLostBoy1974 3 months ago
Having lived in Japan for 19 years, I now want import games from America. The grass is always greener...
James Roviezzo
James Roviezzo 4 months ago
i get my japanese games from amazon because they sell a lot of it
Maggie Mae
Maggie Mae 4 months ago
its not even the game cover, some of my favorite games had the actual in-game style changed for the English version.
Fellipe Anselmo Gemio
Kotaku is the enemy
Andrew Poe
Andrew Poe 4 months ago
Take a shower you gross old man!
dbntrailsrider 4 months ago
I recently bought a ps4 exclusive that was released digital only in the US but has an english released physical copy in South Korea, Japan and china. I ordered from south korea and was surprised how quick it came and packaged very nicely, arrived mint condition.
Caleb J. Ross
Caleb J. Ross 4 months ago
Chris Kohler! Your Boss Fight Books book is next on my to-read. What a pleasant surprise to see you here!
Aelinnis 4 months ago
I go to nin-nin games for my imports. Decent prices and selections of games. Of course tho if you take the cheapest shipping option you will be waiting a long time to get it but its worth the wait since i buy my games in bulk. And on the side note of how lovingly they package your order i have to say the games and boxes are all complete and in really fantastic conditions for being used games. Definitely a hige difference when it comes to used games in the US.
Tim Walden
Tim Walden 4 months ago
I’ve had great luck with Japanese eBay sellers. Always well packed, and often with little cute “thank you” notes. One even packed in a few Japanese Black Panther movie posters that were 8.5”x11”!
David 4 months ago
Haha, he said duty.
Kimimaru98 4 months ago
x68000 is an amazing machine, i'm lucky to own one of that beast
Jeremy Hopkins
Jeremy Hopkins 3 months ago
Yeah, I totally agree. I own a Redzone and XVI with mercury unit and Xellent30. Makes such a huge difference to have the compatibility of a 68000 in the XVI with the speed and added sound options of the 68030 at boot up. Yahoo Japan is way cheaper than ebay for grabbing X68k games and parts too though recently, XVI and above units are going for insane prices.
Aunchient Pistol
Aunchient Pistol 4 months ago
Most of the stuff I've gotten from Japan used Newspaper, not bubble wrap.
dave baker
dave baker 4 months ago
I bought the Japanese versions of N64 games after I modded my console to play them and they were way cheaper than the same US version game.
John Simon
John Simon 4 months ago
I wish I had someone like Chris Kohler in my back pocket while I was wandering around Super Potato a few months back.
Patrick Rummler
Patrick Rummler 4 months ago
Great video, but you need to add mercari, since this is the number one site to buy on nowadays www.mercari.com/jp/. Not sure if you can buy with a proxy yet, but you should be soon if not yet.
Tobi Esto
Tobi Esto 4 months ago
VERY nice video wow thats so helpful. thank you so much man !!!
TI123 4 months ago
I went to Tokyo last week. The prices of software have increased to the point it's almost not worth it. At least not if you are looking for PC Engine and Saturn stuff. I did found a cheap white Saturn and 2 pads at Hard Off in Ueno and a handful of games in Shinjuku (Surugaya at 0101) and various shops in Akiba, mainly Trader 1 and another store.
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