How to Import Japanese Video Games

Ever wanted to import that one game everyone was talking about but it was in a competely different language? Here is a guide on what imported games to buy.


1. Look on import game review sites like or, they often have reviews of imports.

2. Buy a “Freeloader” for home video game consoles. It tricks the system into playing a game of another region. The Wii, PS2, and GameCube and many other systems have region locks on them so, the only way to play imported games is to use a Freeloader.

  • Portable game systems are usually always region free
  • A good game importing site is
  • Try to get the best shipping option possible, I had to wait 2 months for Ouendan due to my mistake


  • You might like, Rhythm Tengoku for the GBA and it’s upcoming sequel, Rhythm Tengoku Gold for the DS. Ouendan 1 and 2 and also Daigasso Band Brothers. You don’t need to know a single word of Japanese to play these games.


  • Check on import gaming sites if the game you want is English friendly so you can really enjoy it.
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