Should I Import That Damn Persona 4 Dancing Game? 

Should I Import That Damn Persona 4 Dancing Game? 
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I’ve been driving myself crazy over this game for months. In five days it’s released in Japan for the Vita, a format without region locking. I’ve been starting at Play Asia for an hour. Send help.

I used to import a lot of games from Japan back in the day. Most of the games I owned for the Sega Saturn were Japanese, thanks to a 4MB memory cartridge that disabled region locking and I’d often scroll through the primitive import websites, buying games based solely on the art on their disc sleeves and what little information the internet would offer.

But those were the days when a lot of games from Japan would never see the light of day in the States. These days we’re enjoying something of a renaissance of Japanese fare, with games once destined to remain in those shiny islands ocean hopping as it it weren’t no thing.

That’s OK if you’re a patient person. In the case of Persona 4: Dancing All Night for the Vita, I’m not sure my patience can hold. I am a rhythm game fanatic. I am a massive Persona 4 fan. Together… well together these two things are making me insane. The game will be mine. It’s just a matter of when.

The game releases in Japan on 25 June. It comes to the US this spring. I don’t care about the extras or special editions — I just want to play the game.

If I import I will get the game faster, of course. The song list likely isn’t going to change between the two releases and while my Japanese is pretty horrible, I should be able to navigate well enough to get to the bits I want to play. The downside is it will run me $US50-$US60 plus shipping for a game I’ll be able to purchase in a few months for $US40.

If I wait I won’t have to worry about understanding dialogue or puzzle through menus. I won’t have to connect to Japanese PSN to purchase downloadable content. But it comes out in at some point during the spring, and that’s the busiest time for folks in my profession — time to play will be incredibly sparse.

I am completely stuck between two choices and can;t seem to wriggle in either direction. So I turn to the people whose judgement I trust the most — a whole bunch of you folks rolled together into a massive opinion-giving machine.

Well, that’s a massive weight off my shoulders already. I should do this for every major decision I need to make. Might have saved myself a lot on toddler clothes.


  • Seeing as there’s actually a story to it i think i can wait for the english translation.

    That means i’m getting the North American Version, Fuck Atlus and their Shitty European publishing…

  • Yeahh I had this pre-ordered as well as IA/VT COLORFUL but the English release is apparently set for September, it’s not that long to wait.. and after buying both Project Diva’s in Japanese and having the English release later, I’m gonna be waiting this time so I can enjoy ALL of it.

  • Just wait. You’ll enjoy the game more if you can understand what’s going on. I’m sure you can spend the time waiting by playing all the other great games on Vita.

  • I’ve preordered the U.S. LE, only because I have a feeling the EU/AU release will get relegated to digital only. That said, it might even push me over the edge to pick up another Vita to use as my US console, since changing memory cards/accounts is a pain in the ass and I’ll want that DLC.

    That said, I’ll be in Japan in a weeks time and might end up impulse buying a copy.

  • Unless you’ve got two Vitas, one with an account for each region, I’d wait. The PSP was a bit of a pain with DLC from another region (I had Dreamy Theatre connectivity for the original Project Diva) but with the Vita it just seems un-bear-able. I’d just wait rather than buying twice, I mean… Think of the Kanjis just waiting to be born, damnit!

  • The game will offer additional playable tracks as paid DLC in the near future and the Vita is not user friendly in terms of multi user accounts. However, if you are using an Asian/JPN PSN account for your vita and you are planning to access the DLC, you are in luck.

  • I’ve got the actual Vita bundle on preorder. I’m so excited, hopefully it’ll arrive here by next Monday.

    • I was tempted but glorious OLED of my original Vita stopped me. The US CE has turned out reasonable though 😉

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