Most gamers love Japan, but not every gamer can speak or read Japanese. Whether you’re living in Tokyo, or just a fan looking for imports, this series will give you the lowdown on the latest releases in Japan and the English options available to them.
We’ll also try to cover whether the Japanese release has been censored.
: Full English support (by default, optional, region setting, etc.)
: Some English (voices, menus, subtitles, etc.)
: No English available (Japanese release only, no English support, etc.)
Super Mario Party
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
English Level: (Japanese version ships with full English support)
People in Japan have no doubt spotted the giant Super Mario Party ads popped up around the subway. Switch owners interested in picking up the title and ruining all their relationships with friends and family will be happy to know that the game supports English (and others) depending on your console’s region setting.
The game returns with its fan-favorite board game mode, and over 80 new minigames. Moreover, Nintendo has boasted that the game utilizes the console’s features in some of most creative ways. Our palms are bruised just thinking about them.
Soul Calibur 6
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
English Level: (Japanese text menus and text, English voices)
Japanese Censorship: Unconfirmed, but unlikely
One of the best booby physics fighting games returns for its sixth entry in the series. Unlike other 3D fighting games that rely on martial arts and fisticuffs, Soul Calibur gameplay involves combatants wielding weapons against one another. Like prior installments, Soul Calibur 6 introduces new guest characters- Geralt, the grizzled and cranky protagonist from the renowned Witcher series, and 2B from Nier Automata, who is most famous for her butt.
Unfortunately for expats, the Japanese release does not support English options. While character voices are in English, you’ll be missing out on a good chunk of the game’s story mode since much of it is missing voiceover.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
English Level: (Japanese menus and subtitles, English voices)
Japanese Censorship: Confirmed (Nudity, blood, and more are censored in the Japanese release.)
The most anticipated game of the year has dropped to critical and commercial acclaim. If you were on the fence about picking up the greatest rootin’ tootin’ cowboy simulator of all time over English concerns then we are happy to report that the Japanese release of Red Dead Redemption 2 has full English support.
It’s important to note that you’ll need to select “English” when prompted after booting the game up for the first time in order to switch the X and O buttons respectively. There is also confirmation that the Japanese version includes some censorship. Seeing as you can Tarantino entire limbs off with a shotgun in this game, it was to be expected.