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2020 Imports – Buyer’s Guide

With 2020 around the corner, there are a lot of good games to look forward to. There are the games that the whole world will get to enjoy, and then there are those that require a bit of importing. James, Jordan, and Juan are treating us to the 2020 imports they recommend! Check out the video below, or continue downward for the script.

Juan asked, and you said yes. You guys love hearing about all the upcoming potential imports for the Switch and with 2019 coming to a close, what a perfect time to look into 2020 imports. We have already put together a roundup of all the essential Switch imports that have released this year, but how about next? Join me, as we take a look to the East.

Before we delve straight in, it’s worth pointing out that all the games mentioned in this list have no official western release – yet. Yet being the key word. At any point, any of these games could be announced for a western release. It’s impossible to know. And of course, because we’re doing this well in advance, don’t worry, there’s going to be plenty more unbelievably tasty reveals over the coming months.


Super Robot Wars X

Super Robot Wars X is a game I’m very much looking forward to. If you’ve been following the channel for the past year, the Super Robot Wars games are something that I like to mention to every chance I get. Earlier in the year, I got my first taste of the series with the brand new title Super Robot Wars T. A game that blew my mind with it’s simple enough strategy RPG gameplay, enhanced by unbelievable attack animations that really make you feel you’re playing an anime. A few months ago the Switch got an older port in the form of Super Robot Wars V which was very much the same kind of awesome, and this January we’re getting a slightly newer, but still an old port in the form of Super Robot Wars X.

Yes, there’s no doubt this is going to be pretty much more of the same, but if you were enamored by the series like I was, then that’s what I want to here. Different story, different anime series, different animations, god I can’t wait for those animations.

I also recently played SD Gundam G Generation which I did enjoy very much, but I was always wishing that I was playing Super Robot Wars.


Atelier Dusk Trilogy

2020 imports

Moving on to yet another tasty prospect, in January the Asian release of the Atelier Dusk Trilogy is a must have for RPG fans since it will be the only physical release that has English on the cartridge. The Japanese physical only has Japanese, the western version is digitally only, so the Asian regions is a must-have if you want 3 great RPGs on one cartridge. I really do have an affinity for the Atelier series, so I’m picking this one up as soon as possible.

On the cartridge you get Atelier Ayesha DX, Atelier Escha & Logy DX and Atelier Shallie DX. That’s 100 hours worth of story content alone. So while the price is a little higher than for a normal release, this is going above and beyond. Atelier Dusk Trilogy is a fine, fine release.

Atelier Dusk Trilogy: PLAY ASIA

Next up, we have a slightly confusing duo of compilations from the same company, but in different regions with different games. In fact I initially brushed them off as the same thing, regional variants as such. But no, they are in fact two separate releases from Kemco.

The company well known for their budget title JRPGs have two releases and I’ll deal with the separately.

Kemco RPG Selection Vol. 1

2020 imports

Let’s start with their release for the Japanese region title Kemco RPG Selection Vol. 1.

This package of four JRPGs includes Antiquia Lost, Asdive Hearts, Dragon Sinker and Revenant Saga. Three of those are perhaps the company’s most well known and well received games to boot. They are budget RPGs that strive for a simpler time of the Super Nintendo and PlayStation 1 era, and I make be wrong, but I believe most are made using RPG Maker with mobile as the target platform.

They are underdog RPGs and I respect that. A lot of people out there enjoy them, although personally I haven’t put enough time in to most of them to say for sure. I had a couple on my 3DS that I never got too far into, but I’ve always respected Kemco for their sheer determination to pump as many RPGs on different consoles as possible.

This Japanese release is scheduled for January 30th, so not too long. And although there is no official announcement of English, I really don’t think you need to worry considering that all these games releases on the Japanese eShop have English anyways, it’s pretty much guaranteed.

Kemco RPG Selection Vol. 1: PLAY ASIA

Kemco RPG Omnibus

Right, let’s move on to another collection of there’s, this time for Asian regions. This one is titled Kemco RPG Omnibus, with no Volume nomenclature in sight. Now this one is 100% confirmed to have English for all four games. These include Revenant Dogma, Illusion of L’Phacia, Chronus Arc and Legend of the the Tetrarchs. Perhaps four of their lesser known titles.

Now you can say what you want about both of these collections. Even Kemco will fully admit they come across more like amateur creations made in people’s spare time, but I love a good underdog, I love a good compilation, JRPGs, obscure. These two releases are right up my alley if I can get ahold of them. Links to both are below if you fancy it.

Kemco RPG Omnibus: PLAY ASIA

Devil May Cry Triple Pack

Okay, now perhaps not exactly the most enticing of imports is this Devil May Cry Triple Pack. Not in regards to the quality of their games, but because Capcom have gone and pulled another Capcom by only having the first game on the cartridge with the other two being download codes. A sad state of affairs since I’m sure they could have all fitted if Capcom really wanted them to. The only thing they could have done to have made this worse is if they’d made the cartridge only have the second game. So, it’s not ideal, but I think big fans of the series may want to pick this one up.

Devil May Cry Triple Pack: PLAY ASIA

Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix

Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix is worth keeping an eye on. It’s confirmed for a western release already, but no mention of a physical yet. So, while I’m not going to tell you to jump out and pre-order immediately, it’s worth taking note that this may be one you’ll have to import if you’re all about physical. If you’re unawares of the Hatsune Miku games, they are rhythm games staring the vocaloid superstar Hatsune Miku. I don’t quite get how it works, but it’s a rhythm game and that’s all that matters to me. There’s a standard edition in Japan as well as a lovely collectors edition which includes a massive 5-disc CD collection!

I wouldn’t normally recommend something so uncertain in terms of if it’s needing importing, but the series has very, very rarely seen a western physical release. They’ve pretty much always been digital only titles.

Standard: PLAY ASIA

Collector’s Edition: PLAY ASIA

Romancing Saga 3

Romancing Saga 3 is one I’m very glad I held off from buying the digital release since in Japan and Asian regions, it is getting a physical release with English on the cartridge! Who’d have thought that! One of Square Enix’s most niche franchise is getting the physical treatment and I’m very happy about it.

They are an acquired taste for sure, due to their idiosyncratic features that try and separate it from the standard JRPG tropes, but I’m looking forward to giving it a try. It’s a remake of a Super Nintendo classic, and it’s the first time it’s ever been translated to English. I am curious. Will this remake sell more copies than the original did back in 1995?

There’s a big possibility and hopefully will allow Square to keep on pumping out their back catalogue to a modern audience. I’m certainly going to support this release to show them it’s what we want!


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Japanese: PLAY ASIA

Space Invaders Invincible Collection

Taito are having a bit of a renaissance. The once thought dormant company was legendary back in the early days of gaming, leading the pack with their arcade games. Just recently we’ve seen a release of The Ninja Warriors, Bubble and Bobble 4, Darius Collection and so on, but the granddaddy of them all is coming soon with them releasing a Space Invaders Compilation called the Invincible Collection.

With 10 games announced for the collection so far, this is truly dipping back into gaming history. It’s something I have my eyes on for sure. There’s even a ridiculously expensive collector’s edition which comes with a board game as well as loads of other things. This is due in March.

I would not be surprised to see this one get a low print run in the west as Taitō have a history of working with strictly limited and dispatch games. Although personally I’d rather import.

Standard: PLAY ASIA

Collector’s Edition: PLAY ASIA

The Distraint Collection

The Distraint Collection is one of those releases that’s both an import and a low print release. Sold exclusively by PlayAsia, this is a small collection of some eerie, atmospheric platforming games. I personally don’t know anything about them, but they are certainly unique and not something you would expect to get a physical release. Hence why I’m interested! These games come on one cartridge and, like all of PlayAsia exclusives, come in both a standard release and a Collectors Edition.

Standard: PLAY ASIA

Collector’s: PLAY ASIA


Mistover is a turn-based RPG that’s releasing physically in Asian regions and Japan. It’s available digitally already in the west and was met with positive to mixed reception. Lots of 6 and 7’s out of tens. It appears to be a very dynamic game that changes all the time, lots of customization, plus there’s a demo on the eShop to try out for yourself to see if this is something you’d fancy importing or not. In terms of imports, there’s a standard edition as well as a Limited edition which includes an art book, sound track and some extra DLC.

2020 Imports – The Leftovers

Let’s finish off with a few less interesting title for me personally, some visual novels that have English for those who are fans of the genre.

The Fox Awaits Me is a Bishoujo which means it stars a beautiful Young Girl, take that whatever way you want, but anyways, it has English on the cartridge which isn’t very common for Japanese Visual Novels.

Then there’s Maitetsu: Pure Station. This is from Circle Entertainment which makes me think there’s a possible western releasing coming in the future.

And finally Coffee Talk is the most interesting of this small bunch. It’s from Chorus and gives me vibes of something like Vallhalla which I really like.

So which of these potential imports has taken your fancy? I have to admit, it’s not even 2020 yet, and I’m already skint from some of these imports. Super Robot Wars, Atelier Trilogy, Kemco, and Romancing Saga. If that’s any indication of the year to come, oh boy. Let us know your picks in the comments below!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this transcript about 2020 imports. Hope you enjoyed it! Happy gaming, everyone.

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