Japan-Centric Vita Sale Starts Tomorrow

Japan-Centric Vita Sale Starts Tomorrow

Got a Vita? Love Japanese games? You should check out the PlayStation Store over the next two weeks.

Both of Sony's handhelds are great devices to own if you're fans of Japanese games. Sony, it seems, has finally picked up on this, and for the next two weeks will be holding a special sale event for Vita owners with prices up to 50% off -- or 75% off if you're a Plus subscriber.

The sale starts tomorrow and will be split into two discrete blocks, the first of which runs from August 13-19 and the second of which runs from August 20-26. Here's a breakdown of what's available each week:

August 13-19

Soul Sacrifice.
  • Soul Sacrifice
    • Normal price: $35.99, sale price: $24.99, Plus price: $17.49
    • Soul Sacrifice is an action-adventure-RPG-type-thing that Brendan really liked. The game involves sacrificing parts of your body and/or your enemies to earn powerful new abilities, and is the brainchild of Keiji "Mega Man" Inafune.
  • Gravity Rush
    • Normal price: $35.99, sale price: $24.99, Plus price: FREE
    • Gravity Rush is an open-world action adventure game with a strange gravity-flipping mechanic. It has a gorgeous comic book-style aesthetic that particularly calls to mind French works, and a whole ton of content to keep you busy for a long time.
Gravity Rush.
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
    • Normal price: $39.99, sale price: $27.99, Plus price: $19.59
    • The name says it all, really -- it's a fighting game featuring both Street Fighter and Tekken characters. The Vita version wasn't quite as well-received as its console counterparts, but it's still a solid fighter.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
    • Normal price: $39.99, sale price: $27.99, Plus price: $19.59
    • A Vita port of the popular super-tough action game. Again, not quite as well-regarded as its console counterpart, but a solid port worth checking out if you want to ninj on the go.
Guilty Gear Accent XX Core + R.
  • Guilty Gear Accent XX Core + R
    • Normal price: $14.99, sale price: $10.49, Plus price: $7.34
    • Guilty Gear is one of the best 2D fighting franchises out there, despite its consistently silly suffixes on its various incarnations' titles. The Vita version is a solid fighting game let down somewhat by its lack of online play -- though if you're as bad at fighting games as me you might not miss what I like to call "Get Defeated in 5 Seconds Mode."
  • Atelier Totori Plus
    • Normal price: $39.99, sale price: $27.99, Plus price: $19.59
    • The Vita port of Gust's excellent strategy/management/RPG game is an excellent, if challenging game -- though it's worth noting it's actually the second installment in a series, with the first currently only available for PS3 and shortly to get a portable-friendly remake.
  • Silent Hill Book of Memories
    • Normal price: $29.99, sale price: $14.99, Plus price: $7.50
    • While long-time Silent Hill fans were bewildered at the change in gameplay from psychological survival horror/adventure to cooperative dungeon crawling, Book of Memories is actually a very competent game when taken on its own merits.
Atelier Totori Plus.
  • Touch My Katamari
    • Normal price: $14.99, sale price: $7.49, Plus price: $3.75
    • While it didn't sell all that well on its original release, the Vita incarnation of the Katamari series is good fun for newcomers, though veterans may find the recycled stages a bit stale. Jeremy quite liked it back in his 1up days, but felt it missed the point somewhat and didn't do enough new.
  • Ridge Racer
    • Normal price: $24.99, sale price: $12.49, Plus price: $6.25
    • Ridge Racer's Vita incarnation was criticized on its original launch for a severe lack of content and reliance on DLC -- our sister site Eurogamer really wasn't a fan. The drift-heavy handling is still present and correct, however, so it may be worth checking out if you're hungry for some portable racing -- though bear in mind Ridge Racer Type 4, indisputably the series' finest hour, is also available for download as a PSone Classic.

August 20-26

Muramasa Rebirth
  • Muramasa Rebirth
    • Normal price: $34.99, sale price: $27.99, Plus price: $20.99
    • Vanillaware's action RPG is worth a look if you find the artwork of its more recent Dragon's Crown too offputting. The Vita version includes additional content over the Wii original.
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
    • Normal price: $29.99, sale price: $20.99, Plus price: $14.69
    • Worth noting: the Vita version of the HD collection does not include Peace Walker -- you'll have to buy the PSP version separately.
  • New Little Kings Story
    • Normal price: $19.99, sale price: $13.99, Plus price: $9.79
    • A real-time strategy life simulation role-playing game -- complicated enough for you? The Vita version is a reimagining of the Wii original rather than a straight port, and is a solid game in its own right -- particularly if you never played the first version.
Dead or Alive 5 Plus
  • Dead or Alive 5 Plus
    • Normal price: $39.99, sale price: $19.99, Plus price: $10
    • One of the most impressive-looking games on Vita, and a surprisingly competent version of a great fighting game to boot. Also incorporates a new first-person touchscreen fighting mode that you will probably tire of quickly.
  • Ragnarok Odyssey
    • Normal price: $29.99, sale price: $20.99, Plus price: $14.69
    • A rather strange but solid action RPG that is essentially Monster Hunter in the Norse mythology-inspired world of the popular free-to-play MMO Ragnarok Online.
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
    • Normal price: $34.99, sale price: $17.49, Plus price: $8.75
    • It's Dynasty Warriors, love it or hate it (love it, personally) only with the added annoyance of occasional touchscreen minigames that seem to have been included more for the sake of using the Vita's touchscreen than anything else.
Ragnarok Odyssey
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
    • Normal price: $39.99, sale price: $19.99, Plus price: $10
    • Two worlds collide, or something. A great port of a great fighting game.
  • Super Monkey Ball
    • Normal price: $29.99, sale price: $20.99, Plus price: $14.69
    • A mediocre version of Monkey Ball -- the single-player component is solid enough, but the additional minigames and other content isn't really worth your time. Still, at least it's better than the iOS version.

Some great deals, there. Planning on picking up any treats for yourself? I'm sorely tempted by... well, most of these, if I'm honest.

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