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PlayStation’s massive Golden Week sale – Get your Japanese games cheap!

by Ron Duwell | May 3, 2017

Golden Week is a series of national holidays in Japan that “coincidentally” fall together to give the population a nice spring break just as the weather becomes warmer. We’re currently smack in the middle of this joyous week, and that means two things:

  1. I have the week off… from teaching at least, meaning I have more time to write for you, dear reader.
  2. PlayStation is knocking the prices down on excellent Japanese video games.

PlayStation has held a sale every year for the past three or four years, and I never fail to buy something. Let’s see what’s available today!

Games

Platform Title Sale Price PS Plus Price Original Price
PS4 ADK TAMASHII (PS2) $10.49 $8.99 $14.99
PS4 ASSAULT SUIT LEYNOS $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
PS4 ASTEBREED $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
PS4 ATELIER SOPHIE ~THE ALCHEMIST OF THE MYSTERIOUS BOOK~ $35.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 BLADESTORM: NIGHTMARE $35.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 BLAZBLUE: CENTRAL FICTION $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 BLAZBLUE: CHRONO PHANTASMA EXTEND $24.99 $14.99 $49.99
PS4 BLUE RIDER $5.99 $3.99 $9.99
PS4 CHAMBARA $5.99 $3.99 $9.99
PS4 CHRONICLES OF TEDDY: HARMONY OF EXIDUS $5.99 $4.49 $14.99
PS4 CROIXLEUR SIGMA (CROSS-BUY) $10.49 $8.99 $14.99
PS4 CRYPT OF THE NECRODANCER (CROSS-BUY) $5.24 $3.74 $14.99
PS4 DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND $23.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS4 DECEPTION IV: THE NIGHTMARE PRINCESS $29.99 $19.99 $49.99
PS4 DIGIMON WORLD CYBER SLEUTH $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 DIGIMON WORLD NEXT ORDER $41.99 $38.99 $59.99
PS4 DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE $15.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS4 DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE + SEASON PASS BUNDLE $25.99 $19.49 $64.99
PS4 DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 $41.99 $35.99 $59.99
PS4 DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2: DELUXE EDITION $62.99 $53.99 $89.99
PS4 DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE SUPER BUNDLE $59.49 $50.99 $84.99
PS4 DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS $41.99 $35.99 $59.99
PS4 DRAGON QUEST HEROES DIGITAL SLIME EDITION $25.79 $21.49 $42.99
PS4 DRAGON QUEST HEROES: THE WORLD TREE’S WOE AND THE BLIGHT BELOW $23.99 $19.99 $39.99
PS4 DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 EMPIRES $29.99 $19.99 $49.99
PS4 DYNASTY WARRIORS 8:XTREME LEGENDS COMPLETE EDITION $35.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 EARTH’S DAWN $20.99 $17.99 $29.99
PS4 EXIST ARCHIVE: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY $29.99 $17.99 $59.99
PS4 FAIRY FENCER F: ADVENT DARK FORCE $14.99 $9.99 $49.99
PS4 FATE EXTELLA: THE UMBRAL STAR $34.99 $29.99 $49.99
PS4 FINAL FANTASY XV $41.99 $35.99 $59.99
PS4 FINAL FANTASY XV DIGITAL PREMIUM EDITION $59.49 $50.99 $84.99
PS4 FURI $12.99 $10.99 $19.99
PS4 FUUUN SUPER COMBO (PS2) $8.99 $7.49 $14.99
PS4 GAL*GUN: DOUBLE PEACE PEACE $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 GALAK-Z $7.99 $4.99 $19.99
PS4 GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES $5.49 $4.39 $0.00
PS4 GOD EATER 2: RAGE BURST $26.99 $20.99 $59.99
PS4 GRAVITY RUSH 2 $41.99 $35.99 $59.99
PS4 GRAVITY RUSH REMASTERED $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
PS4 I AM SETSUNA $27.99 $23.99 $39.99
PS4 LEGEND OF KAY ANNIVERSARY $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
PS4 MEGADIMENSION NEPTUNIA VII $15.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS4 MITSURUGI KAMUI HIKAE $8.39 $7.19 $11.99
PS4 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 $23.99 $17.99 $59.99
PS4 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: UNS4 ROAD TO BORUTO $42.49 $37.49 $49.99
PS4 NIER: AUTOMATA DAY ONE EDITION $44.99 $41.99 $59.99
PS4 NIGHTS OF AZURE $35.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 NINJA SENKI DX (CROSS-BUY) $1.99 $0.99 $4.99
PS4 OCEANHORN – MONSTER OF UNCHARTED SEAS $8.99 $7.49 $14.99
PS4 ODIN SPHERE LEIFTHRASIR $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
PS4 OMEGA QUINTET $8.99 $5.99 $29.99
PS4 PRISMATIC SOLID $5.99 $4.99 $9.99
PS4 RAINBOW MOON $5.99 $4.49 $14.99
PS4 RIVE $8.99 $7.49 $14.99
PS4 ROOT LETTER $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 SAINT SEIYA SOLDIERS’ SOUL $20.99 $14.99 $59.99
PS4 SAMURAI SHODOWN VI (PS2) $8.99 $7.49 $14.99
PS4 SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 EMPIRES $29.99 $19.99 $49.99
PS4 SENRAN KAGURA ESTIVAL VERSUS $21.99 $17.99 $39.99
PS4 STAR OCEAN: INTEGRITY AND FAITHLESSNESS $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
PS4 STEINSGATE 0 $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
PS4 SWORD ART ONLINE: HOLLOW REALIZATION $41.99 $35.99 $59.99
PS4 SWORD ART ONLINE: HOLLOW REALIZATION DELUXE EDITION $59.49 $50.99 $84.99
PS4 SWORD ART ONLINE: LOST SONG $17.99 $11.99 $59.99
PS4 TALES OF BERSERIA $41.99 $38.99 $59.99
PS4 TALES OF ZESTIRIA $20.99 $14.99 $59.99
PS4 THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV $41.99 $35.99 $59.99
PS4 THE LAST BLADE 2 (CROSS-BUNDLE) $7.49 $5.99 $14.99
PS4 THE LEGEND OF KORRA $7.49 $4.94 $14.99
PS4 TORQUEL (CROSS-BUY) $4.99 $3.99 $9.99
PS4 TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATION $17.99 $13.99 $39.99
PS4 VALKYRIA CHRONICLES REMASTERED $20.99 $17.99 $29.99
PS4 VOLUME $6.99 $4.99 $19.99
PS4 WILD GUNS: RELOADED $19.49 $16.49 $29.99
PS3 AQUAPAZZA $14.99 $11.99 $29.99
PS3 ARCANA HEART 3: LOVEMAX!!!!! $7.49 $4.99 $24.99
PS3 ARMORED CORE (PSONE CLASSIC) $1.79 $1.19 $5.99
PS3 BATTLE FANTASIA $4.99 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 BLAZBLUE: CENTRAL FICTION $24.99 $19.99 $49.99
PS3 CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET: 1985-I PACK $4.99 $3.99 $9.99
PS3 CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET : 1985-II PACK $4.99 $3.99 $9.99
PS3 CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET $10.49 $7.49 $29.99
PS3 CAPCOM VS. SNK 2: MARK OF THE MILLENNIUM 2001 (PS2 CLASSIC) $3.49 $2.49 $9.99
PS3 CATHERINE $6.99 $4.99 $19.99
PS3 DRAGON’S CROWN $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
PS3 FINAL FIGHT/DOUBLE IMPACT $3.49 $2.49 $9.99
PS3 GRADIUS V (PS2 CLASSIC) $2.99 $1.99 $9.99
PS3 HAKUOKI: STORIES OF THE SHINSENGUMI $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
PS3 LOST DIMENSION $14.99 $11.99 $29.99
PS3 MAMOROKUN CURSE! $1.99 $1.49 $4.99
PS3 MEGA MAN LEGENDS (PSONE CLASSIC) $2.99 $1.99 $9.99
PS3 MEGA MAN 8 (PSONE CLASSIC) $1.79 $1.19 $5.99
PS3 ODIN SPHERE LEIFTHRASIR $32.49 $27.49 $49.99
PS3 RAIDEN IV: OVERKILL $5.99 $4.49 $14.99
PS3 RAINBOW MOON $5.99 $4.49 $14.99
PS3 RECORD OF AGAREST SERIES WAR BUNDLE $19.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS3 RECORD OF AGAREST WAR $4.99 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 RECORD OF AGAREST WAR 2 $9.99 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 RECORD OF AGAREST WAR ZERO $7.49 $4.49 $14.99
PS3 RUNE FACTORY: TIDES OF DESTINY $14.99 $8.99 $29.99
PS3 SOLDNER-X 2: FINAL PROTOTYPE COMPLETE BUNDLE $3.89 $2.59 $12.99
PS3 SOLDNER-X: HIMMELSSTURMER $1.59 $0.79 $7.99
PS3 STEINSGATE $4.99 $2.99 $19.99
PS3 SUIKODEN 3 (PS2 CLASSIC) $3.49 $2.49 $9.99
PS3 SUIKODENII (PSONE CLASSIC) $2.99 $1.99 $9.99
PS3 SUPER PUZZLE FIGHTER II TURBO HD REMIX $3.49 $2.49 $9.99
PS3 SUPER STREET FIGHTER II TURBO HD REMIX $3.49 $2.49 $9.99
PS3 TECMO’S DECEPTION: INVITATION TO DARKNESS (PSONE CLASSIC) $2.99 $2.39 $5.99
PS3 THE LEGEND OF HEROES: TRAILS OF COLD STEEL $21.99 $17.99 $39.99
PS3 THE LEGEND OF KORRA $7.49 $4.94 $14.99
PS3 THE MISADVENTURES OF TRON BONNE (PSONE CLASSIC) $2.39 $1.79 $5.99
PS3 TOKYO TWILIGHT GHOST HUNTERS DAYBREAK: SPECIAL GIGS $19.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS3 TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATION $19.99 $9.99 $39.99
PS VITA AEGIS OF EARTH: PROTONOVUS ASSAULT $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
PS VITA AMNESIA: MEMORIES $5.99 $2.99 $29.99
PS VITA ARCANA HEART 3: LOVEMAX!!!!! $7.49 $4.99 $24.99
PS VITA ATELIER ESCHA & LOGY PLUS ~ALCHEMISTS OF THE DUSK SKY~ $23.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS VITA ATELIER SOPHIE ~THE ALCHEMIST OF THE MYSTERIOUS BOOK~ $23.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS VITA BLAZBLUE: CHRONO PHANTASMA EXTEND $19.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS VITA CODE: REALIZE ~GUARDIAN OF REBIRTH~ $19.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS VITA CROIXLEUR SIGMA (CROSS-BUY) $10.49 $8.99 $14.99
PS VITA CRYPT OF THE NECRODANCER (CROSS-BUY) $5.24 $3.74 $14.99
PS VITA DECEPTION IV: THE NIGHTMARE PRINCESS $23.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS VITA DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS $27.99 $23.99 $39.99
PS VITA DRAGON’S CROWN $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
PS VITA DUNGEON TRAVELERS 2: THE ROYAL LIBRARY & THE MONSTER SEAL $14.99 $11.99 $29.99
PS VITA EXIST ARCHIVE: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY $19.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS VITA FATE EXTELLA: THE UMBRAL STAR $27.99 $23.99 $39.99
PS VITA GAL*GUN: DOUBLE PEACE $19.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS VITA HYPERDIMENSION NEPTUNIA U: ACTION UNLEASHED $8.99 $5.99 $29.99
PS VITA LET’S FISH! HOOKED ON $3.19 $1.59 $7.99
PS VITA LOST DIMENSION $14.99 $11.99 $29.99
PS VITA MEGATAGMENSION BLANC + NEPTUNE VS ZOMBIES $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
PS VITA MEIQ: LABYRINTH OF DEATH $5.99 $2.99 $29.99
PS VITA MIND ZERO $12.49 $7.49 $24.99
PS VITA MURAMASA REBIRTH COMPLETE COLLECTION $17.49 $10.49 $34.99
PS VITA NINJA SENKI DX (CROSS-BUY) $1.99 $0.99 $4.99
PS VITA NORN9: VAR COMMONS $19.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS VITA ODIN SPHERE LEIFTHRASIR $25.99 $21.99 $39.99
PS VITA ORESHIKA: TAINTED BLOODLINES $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
PS VITA PERSONA 4: DANCING ALL NIGHT $27.99 $23.99 $39.99
PS VITA PERSONA 4: GOLDEN $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
PS VITA RAINBOW MOON $5.99 $4.49 $14.99
PS VITA SENRAN KAGURA: ESTIVAL VERSUS $16.49 $13.49 $29.99
PS VITA SHIREN THE WANDERER: THE TOWER OF FORTUNE AND THE DICE OF FATE $19.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS VITA SOLDNER-X 2: FINAL PROTOTYPE (CROSS-BUY) $2.99 $1.99 $9.99
PS VITA SOLDNER-X 2: FINAL PROTOTYPE COMPLETE BUNDLE (CROSS-BUY) $3.89 $2.59 $12.99
PS VITA SORCERY SAGA: CURSE OF THE GREAT CURRY GOD $7.49 $4.49 $14.99
PS VITA STEINSGATE $4.99 $2.99 $19.99
PS VITA STEINSGATE 0 $19.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS VITA SUPERDIMENSION NEPTUNE VS SEGA HARD GIRLS $19.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS VITA THE LEGEND OF HEROES: TRAILS OF COLD STEEL $21.99 $17.99 $39.99
PS VITA TORQUEL (CROSS-BUY) $4.99 $3.99 $9.99
PS VITA VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- $25.99 $21.99 $39.99
PS VITA XBLAZE CODE:EMBRYO $9.99 $5.99 $19.99
PS VITA XBLAZE LOST: MEMORIES $19.99 $11.99 $39.99
PS VITA YS: MEMORIES OF CELCETA $10.99 $8.99 $19.99
PS VITA Z-RUN $3.59 $2.69 $8.99
PS VITA ZERO ESCAPE: VIRTUE’S LAST REWARD $11.24 $8.74 $24.99
PS VITA ZERO ESCAPE: ZERO TIME DILEMMA $23.99 $19.99 $39.99
PSP BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT II $2.99 $1.99 $9.99
PSP BLAZING SOULS ACCELATE $2.39 $1.59 $7.99
PSP CAPCOM CLASSICS COLLECTION RELOADED $2.99 $1.99 $9.99
PSP CAPCOM CLASSICS COLLECTION REMIXED $4.49 $3.49 $9.99
PSP CAPCOM PUZZLE WORLD $5.49 $4.49 $9.99
PSP CHAMELEON $1.59 $1.19 $3.99
PSP CHO ANIKI ZERO $2.39 $1.79 $5.99
PSP ELMINAGE ORIGINAL $5.99 $4.49 $14.99
PSP GLADIATOR BEGINS $3.19 $2.39 $7.99
PSP GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE PLUS $3.99 $2.99 $9.99
PSP HAKUOKI: DEMON OF THE FLEETING BLOSSOM $3.99 $2.99 $9.99
PSP HAKUOKI: WARRIORS OF THE SHINSENGUMI $3.19 $2.39 $7.99
PSP JIKANDIA: THE TIMELESS LAND $4.99 $2.99 $9.99
PSP MIMANA IYAR CHRONICLE $3.99 $2.99 $9.99
PSP MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE $5.99 $3.99 $19.99
PSP POWER STONE COLLECTION $4.99 $3.99 $9.99
PSP RAGNAROK TACTICS $3.19 $2.39 $7.99
PSP WARRIORS OF THE LOST EMPIRE $2.39 $1.79 $5.99

Wow, that’s a really big sale!

I can’t even… whoa! How am I supposed to blast through this one?

Obviously, the two biggest heavy hitters of the sale are Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV and NieR: Automata. If you haven’t snagged them up yet, be sure to do so while they are cheap. Other great PlayStation 4 buys are Dragon Quest Builders and I Am Setsuna, both of which made our shortlist for Game of the Year in 2016, Valkyria Chronicles Remasteredand one of the best side-scrolling action RPGs, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir.

If you’re more in the mood for action than an RPG nut like myself, the Dragon Ball Xenoverse and Gravity Rush games should fill that craving, and a dash of Mitsuguri Hikae Kamui goes nicely to fill in the gaps. Wild Guns Reloaded is also available at a really reasonable price if you’re in the mood for an action classic.

Jumping to the PlayStation 3, the console is best used as a retro machine for PSOne Classics and PlayStation 2 Classics these days, and there are plenty of those. The best of the bunch are:

Dragon’s Crown and Catherine also make up a pair of Atlus games that withstand the test of time.

As for handheld games, Ys: Memories of Celceta and Persona 4: Golden are two two biggest reasons I bought a Vita in the first place, and they are up for grabs and still the best that the platform has to offer. Dragon Quest BuildersDragon’s Crown and Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir are just as enjoyable from the palm of your hands as they are on a big television. Be careful! None of these games are cross buy.

Muramasa Rebirth is a solid action game comparable to Odin’s Sphere, and the happiest recommendation I’ll make until the end of my days is, of course, Power Stone Collection. Oh, what a wonderful game.


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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...


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