Japanese Region Mobile/Cell Phone Games (e.g. Square-Enix)

Discussion in 'Rare and Obscure Gaming' started by layzee, Dec 29, 2010.

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Japanese mobile phone games like the ones listed in the first post:

  1. is a somewhat interesting endeavour worth looking into.

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  2. is, based on my cost/benefit analysis, a waste of precious time and effort.

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  3. is a subject in which I view with a fair amount of indifference.

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  1. layzee

    layzee Active Member

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    How does one acquire them?

    A little information about me first: For various reasons, I like to collect Japanese-region games. So while I realise that some Japanese mobile phone games were translated and localised for non-Japanese audiences (e.g. Final Fantasy IV: The After), I am still only interested in the original Japanese versions (i.e. with Japanese text). Mobile games that are exclusive to Japan (e.g. Final Fantasy Legends: Warriors of Light and Darkness) of course, need not be mentioned as a counter-point (I also want them). Basically, "buy/download the local English versions" is not a valid option for me.

    In order to acquire these games, it would appear that I would need a Japanese mobile phone. If I was to import a Japanese phone, which would be the best in general for my purposes? That's assuming of course that I can access the Japanese networks in order to download the games. Since I don't actually reside in Japan, I assume I can't. Note that I don't know anything about Japanese mobile phones, their networks nor anything else related to that subject.

    A quick browse of the Square-Enix website reveals Apple iPhone compatibility which may be a better alternative due to it being more "in use" widely and thus, hopefully more standardised. However. the problem of accessing Japanese networks remains and not all games (especially older ones) are compatible. Looking at the Square-Enix webpage above, I assume that's multiple networks, based on those icons to the right. Of course, other issues exist like me not actually needing a new phone and the fact that iPhones are pretty expensive but that's irrelevant (to this thread). Having said that, I would like a new phone...

    Another possible method that may eliminate the regional obstacles is "dumping". or the process of transferring data from one medium (e.g. cartridge, mobile phone) to another (usually PC). Technical and legal implications may apply to this method however.

    Anyway, if you have anything to add to this topic, please throw out what you have.

    To get an idea of the sort of things I'm after, here is my undoubtedly incomplete "Want" list so far. Everything listed below, I would like to collect and own. If you know of any more Japanese mobile phone games that you think I might be interested in, please make some suggestions or direct me to a website that has a convenient list. Since I'm interested in multiple game franchises from multiple companies, the information available is a bit fragmented. I am even interested in re-releases, just to see what changes they have made. For example, Seiken Densetsu on the iPhone has its gameplay interface changed a bit (since it's a touch pad) and cosmetic changes were also made on the "Ring System" menu with character portraits, etc...

    Anyway, it's about time I get to the list:

    Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII ビフォアクライシス -ファイナルファンタジーVII -
    Breath of Fire: Ryuu no Tsuri-shi ブレス オブ ファイア 竜の釣り師
    Capcom Girl no Mind Puzzle カプコンギャルのマインドパズル
    Chaos Rings ケイオスリングス
    Chocobo de Mobile チョコボ de モバイル
    Chocobo Panic チョコボパニック
    Chocobo to Crystal no Tou チョコボとクリスタルの塔
    Chokkan! Rockman 直感! ロックマン
    Choube! Rockman 跳べ! ロックマン
    Chrono Trigger クロノ・トリガー
    Code Age Brawls コードエイジブロウルズ
    Crystal Defenders: Vanguard Storm クリスタル・ディフェンダーズ ヴァンガード・ストーム
    Crystal Guardians クリスタルガーディアンズ
    Densetsu no Ogre Battle 伝説のオウガバトル
    Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode -Final Fantasy VII- ダージュ オブ ケルベロス - ファイナルファンタジー VII- ロスト エピソード
    Dragon Quest - Mobile ドラゴンクエスト モバイル
    Dragon Quest Battle Road - Mobile ドラゴンクエストバトルロードMOBILE
    Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e… ドラゴンクエストIII そして伝説へ…
    Dragon Quest Monsters ドラゴンクエストモンスターズ
    Dragon Quest Monsters - Mobile ドラゴンクエストモンスターズMOBILE
    Dragon Quest Monsters Wanted! ドラゴンクエスト モンスターズ WANTED!
    Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory Special Movie ドラゴンクエスト モンスターバトルロードビクトリー スペシャルムービー
    Dragon Quest: Fushigi no Dungeon - Mobile ドラゴンクエスト 不思議のダンジョンMOBILE
    Dragon Quest: Motto Fushigi no Dungeon - Mobile ドラゴンクエスト もっと不思議のダンジョンMOBILE
    Estpolis Denki DX: Inishie no Denki Doukutsu エストポリス伝記 DX いにしえの洞窟
    Final Fantasy - Mobile ファイナルファンタジー モバイル
    Final Fantasy II - Mobile ファイナルファンタジーII
    Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street - Mobile ファイナルファンタジー in いただきストリート MOBILE
    Final Fantasy IV ファイナルファンタジーIV
    Final Fantasy IV: The After - Tsuki no Kikan ファイナルファンタジーIV THE AFTER -月の帰還-
    Final Fantasy Legends: Hikari to Yami no Senshi ファイナルファンタジー レジェンズ 光と闇の戦士
    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Larger-than-Life Gallery ファイナルファンタジーVII Advent Children - Larger-than-Life Gallery
    Final Fantasy XIII - Larger-than-Life Gallery ファイナルファンタジーXIII Larger-than-Life Gallery
    Front Mission - Mobile フロントミッション モバイル
    Front Mission 2089 フロントミッション 2089
    Front Mission 2089-II フロントミッション 2089-II
    Ganso Hanjuku Eiyuu 元祖 半熟英雄
    Hoshizora no Nakama-tachi 星空の仲間たち
    Itadaki Street Mobile いただきストリート MOBILE
    Kingdom Hearts - Mobile キングダム ハーツ モバイル
    Kingdom Hearts Coded キングダム ハーツ コーデッド
    Knights of Crystal ナイツオブクリスタル
    Kobun ga Tobun? コブンが飛ぶん?
    Kobun Tokei コブン時計
    Kumitate Kobun 組み立てコブン
    Makai Toushi SaGa 魔界塔士 サ・ガ
    Musashiden II Episode Zero 武蔵伝II EPISODE ZERO
    Oshioki Kobun おしおきコブン
    Rockman Bug Sweeper ロックマン バグスイーパー
    Rockman DASH Golf ロックマンDASH ゴルフ
    Rockman DASH: 5tsu no Shima no Daibouken! ロックマンDASH 5つの島の大冒険!
    Rockman EXE Legend of Network ロックマン エグゼ レジェンド オブ ネットワーク
    Rockman EXE Phantom of Network ロックマン エグゼ ファントム オブ ネットワーク
    Rockman GP ロックマンGP
    Rockman Panic Fire ロックマン パニックファイア
    Rockman Pinball ロックマン ピンボール
    Rockman Slot ロックマン スロット
    Rockman Space Rescue / Rocket Christmas ロックマン スペースレスキュー / ロケットクリスマス
    Rockman Tennis ロックマン テニス
    Romancing SaGa ロマンシング サガ
    Romancing SaGa 2 ロマンシング サガ2
    Seiken Densetsu 2 聖剣伝説2
    Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden 聖剣伝説 -ファイナルファンタジー外伝-
    Seiken Densetsu: Friends of Mana 聖剣伝説 FRIENDS of MANA
    Sigma Harmonics Coda シグマ ハーモニクス コーダ
    Song Summoner: Utawarenu Senshi no Senritsu ソングサマナー 歌われぬ戦士の旋律
    Song Summoner: Utawarenu Senshi no Senritsu Kanzenban ソングサマナー 歌われぬ戦士の旋律 完全版
    Square Enix Melody Full スクウェア・エニックス メロディフル
    Square Enix Melody Full Plus スクウェア・エニックス メロディ-Plus-
    Star Ocean: Blue Sphere スターオーシャン ブルースフィア
    Tactics Ogre: Unmei no Wa - Special Promotion Application タクティクスオウガ 運命の輪 スペシャルプロモーションアプリ
    Tales of Breaker テイルズオブブレイカー
    Tales of Commons テイルズオブコモンズ
    Tales of Mobile: Craymel Check
    Tales of Mobile: Craymel Lab
    Tales of Mobile: Groovy Arche
    Tales of Mobile: Klondike
    Tales of Mobile: Reversi
    Tales of Mobile: Scramble Land
    Tales of Mobile: Tales of Quiz
    Tales of Mobile: Tales of Wonder Casino
    Tales of Mobile: Whis Battle
    Tales of Tactics テイルズオブタクティクス
    Tales of the Abyss: Mieu no Daibouken
    Tales of the Abyss: Mieu no Fonic Gojiten
    Tales of the Abyss: Mieu no Jikkenshitsu?
    Tales of the World: Material Dungeon
    Tales of Wahrheit テイルズオブヴァールハイト
    Tobal M トバルM
    Voice Fantasy ボイスファンタジー

    Finally, since I assume that the subject of this thread is pretty niche (or at least, my requirements are) and the people with the knowledge to help probably even more sparse, I made multiple threads on multiple forums with the intention of scraping together what knowledge I can manage to receive. Apologies in advance if my actions (posting same threads on multiple forums) offends your sensibilities.
     
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  2. layzee

    layzee Active Member

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    I don't usually do this but how about a bump for this old thread?
     
  3. DeChief

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    Unless they've already been dumped, the preservation of Japanese mobile games pre-smartphones is a difficult prospect. The services that offered these games don't exist anymore, and I think that because of this you can't access games bought through them.
     
  4. layzee

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    Indeed quite unfortunate. The completionist/OCD in me bristles at the thought of never acquiring these apps. Surprised Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII hasn't been ported yet though, considering it's FFVII.
     
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  5. Beatbroken

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    Here's one I found: https://www.production-ig.co.jp/works/dead-leaves/goods/game.html

    Mobile video game released on DoCoMo November 2006. Based on an anime OVA called Dead Leaves.

    Japanese mobile games are the real lost video games of recent times. It's not like they were unreleased but who the hell in Japan collects or preserves old mobile phones containing obscure games that can somehow transfer the data so that it is somewhat playable? Impossible.

    Good thing they are probably crappy.
     
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  6. dr.slump

    dr.slump Rapidly Rising Member

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    There's a long thread about this topic in this same sub forum.
     

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