10 great Japan-only PSN games and how to download them

Shiki-Tei has the guts to tackle an issue that most games shy away from: gardening. Shiki-Tei, which translates as “Four Seasons Garden” in English, is a PS3 gardening simulator that allows you to pick and choose plants and decorations to create the ultimate Japanese garden. As your garden grows, you’ll be able to unlock additional plants and options.

Although Shiki-Tei is certainly playable with a limited knowledge of Japanese, learning all the intricacies of the game’s features requires some patience and experimenting. Still, if you want to try your hand at hardcore Japanese gardening, the Japanese PSN is the only place to get this game.

Nintendo isn’t the only one with TurboGrafx-16 titles anymore. Previously, these games were only available on Wii’s Virtual Console. But earlier this year, several memorable TurboGrafx-16 titles were released on Japan’s PSN, including Adventure Island and Devil’s Crush. The titles will all play on both your PS3 and PSP. To sweeten the deal, the PSN versions of these games also allow for players to save and load states anywhere in the game, making them an excellent choice for PSP gaming on the go.

Above: Devil’s Crush (known as Devil’s Crash in Japan) was the most badass pinball game ever

Above: Warning - Words like ‘radical’ may creep into your daily lexicon if you download Adventure Island

Square may be best known for its role-playing games, but it also released one of the most memorable side-scrolling shooters of all time. Set in a fictional future during a war between Earth’s government and a renegade Moon colony, Einhänder featured stunning 3D graphics, a fantastic soundtrack, and silky smooth controls. The game’s oldschool difficulty and gameplay combined with its amazing visuals helped make it a cult hit.

Due to its popularity, used retail copies of Einhänder are rare. But with access to Japan’s PSN, there’s no need to hunt down copies as it is available to download for ¥600 ($6), a fraction of what it usually goes for on eBay.

Better known as Resident Evil 2 in the states, Biohazard 2 continues to be one of the most downloaded games on Japan’s PlayStation Network. That’s because the definitive survival horror game still kicks ass over a decade after it originally released in 1998.

Certain menus and the storytelling memos discovered throughout the game are in Japanese, but the game is completely voiced in English. So don’t let a lack of fluency discourage you from downloading this PlayStation classic.

Above: Even if you’re not fluent in Japanese, Biohazard 2 is very playable

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  • james-tillett - November 5, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Its not as hard as it looks apart from the Japanese zip you can fake the rest make sure you leave yourself signed in had quite a few download since opening it even the ps2 titles are region free wouold strongly recomend watching the you-tube tutorial on how to do it. Best place to buy Japanese network cards is Play-asai available as a digital download so many compliments !! as they say in Japan and happy gaming to you all
  • Darkhawk - January 13, 2011 4:30 a.m.

    OMFG when is Einhander getting a NA release? Cho-Aniki has made it over, but not the greatest PS1 shooter ever?
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  • HMXsean - September 16, 2009 2:36 p.m.

    Wouldn't mined playing some Lammy.
  • katoy toy - September 16, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    I love this site, but the best reason to get an JPSN is Adhoc Party, a free download that allows adhoc PSP connections to occur over the web through the PS3. With a lot of fiddling that is basic, visual, forgiving and easy. Seriously, go!
  • key0blade - September 15, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    Lottsa Japanese stuff goin on these past few days, huh.
  • marty20000 - September 15, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    you can put settings to be in english once your in the username creating thing.... why dont you just put it in english instead? i know because i have a japan account in english
  • Cyberninja - September 15, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    can this work on a psp? i dont have a ps3 yet
  • rockstarsean - September 17, 2009 11:37 a.m.

    Its so much easier if you put your place of residence as Hong Kong, all of the text will now be in english!! Yay!!
  • newton - September 16, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    I played through biohazard 2 in japanese when i was ten :D
  • Ninja-KiLLR - September 16, 2009 12:14 a.m.

    i will have to dig around and try to change it to english then so i can get more use out of my japenesse account
  • Terro - September 15, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    I just use the American PSN store, due to my lack of Japanese language. *Is English and uses the sucky Euro PSN"
  • saltyceadog - September 15, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    Dang, wish I could read Japanese... I want FF:T really bad.
  • Amnesiac - September 15, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    @lovinmyps3: RE2 is coming to the US store. You can hold out for that and not have to go through the hassle of making a JPN account.
  • lovinmyps3 - September 15, 2009 9:07 p.m.

    I'm definately doing this! I've always wanted to play Resident Evil 2 but couldn't find a hard copy. Yakuza 3 would be pretty cool too!

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