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.