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Retailers Selling FFXIII Early In Japan, Screenshots Abound

We may have to wait until March but those lucky Japanese get to play it in just a few days time. Well, even luckier fans already have it, and I'll freely admit that I'm so jealous I could cry. ...oh, shut up.

First of all, you can no longer purchase Final Fantasy XIII on Amazon Japan anymore; they're completely sold out, and we've learned that those wishing to turn a tidy profit are selling their copies for as much as $150. That's right, it seems some retailers have already jumped the gun, opting to sell the game before the scheduled December 17 release date (which isn't exactly a huge shock). But because that has happened, you can expect all sorts of screenshots to start hitting the Internet and you can find one of the first batches over at the Unofficial Final Fantasy Site. Now, if this is just too much for you to handle, you can always import the game from Play-Asia for about $100, but for the rest of us who can wait, we'll just take a deep breath...and accept it. March isn't that far off. As for the screenshots, they really are pretty, and for whatever strange reason, I especially like the in-game menu shots with the character's avatar in the background. I dunno, they just look so sweet.

That import version is region-free, by the way, so you won't have any issues playing it in your PS3. The whole language barrier thing might prove problematic, though, and the storyline is always essential in FF. Your call.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

12/15/2009 10:31:43 AM Ben Dutka

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 10:56:41 AM
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Wait till March, I don't have a choice and neither do all the fans who doesn't understand Japanese.

I do have a friend living in Australia got a copy of it and he is trying to figure out the menu.

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goodgamer
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:01:31 AM
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talk about dont care about your fans

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Kevadu
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:54:03 AM

Huh?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:37:40 PM

wha?

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:56:42 PM

I am at a loss as well.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:22:03 PM

what do you mean sir?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:22:47 PM

goodgamer=badgamer?

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Victor321
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:15:26 PM

Boomshakalakalaka?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:31:29 PM

lack of english subtitles might be what he's talking about? i dunno, if it had subs i'd import, lol. but the us version won't have jap voices will it....stupid other thing keeping it down ._.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 7:32:31 PM

@Good(??????)gamer

HUH?
Lately it seems you've been hard at work here trying to steal the title away from our other resident "Negative Nellie".

Sorry, but if you're going for his "platinum" you're only at 3% now, so you'll really going to have to do so much better than that one!!!!!

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Metal Head
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:05:03 AM
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This game will be awesome. I just hope to have available time to play since I'm going to be very busy and my gaming days are almost done.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:38:00 PM

Gettin too old or getting married?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:44:20 PM

Your gaming days aren't done until you're dead. That's what I say.

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Kowhoho
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:00:43 PM

@ metal
I used to think that way. That was before I realized nobody can live my life for me or tell me what to do. If I enjoy something I'll damn well find time to do it!

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:08:11 PM

Im married and my wife doesn't care. Unless I don't sleep with her THAT is what pisses her off. She is practically addicted to Sims 3 herself.

Long Live Gaming!!!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:07:32 PM

I'm married and while my wife would prefer I spend less time playing my ps3 she's ok with it as long as I dont neglect her.

I agree with Ben. I'll stop playing playstation when I'm dead although it makes me chuckle to think I'll be playing games when Im 80.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 8:16:02 PM

playing games > not playing games

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:17:28 AM
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Will wait for the NA release like I always do.

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Nynja
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 11:34:46 AM
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Until I learn fluent Japanese, I'm going to have to hold off on the imports.

Unless it's a FFVII remake. Then I'll have to get both versions to add to the collection.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 7:38:45 PM

RIGHT ON BEN
I'm in my 2nd 1/2 century & still gaming.

And I'm hoping to be still hanging around later to start my 3rd half too(LMAO)

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 12:26:27 PM
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Mine is shipping sometime soon, yay! I should be playing this game by this weeks end.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:38:23 PM

blast you.

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Ultimate_Balla
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 12:30:09 PM
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20hrs into FF12. My holidays started not ago and I have to manage my future plans and yadiyadiya :-P Anyway, i'll wait til the world cup. Lol.

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convergecrew
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:53:07 PM

Youre gonna play FF12 instead of watching the world cup? What is wrong with you man?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:11:33 PM
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I was so tempted to order the Jap version. Glad I didn't. Money spent on something I can't read.

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:38:35 PM

You know there will be millions of websites that will be translating this, hell even the link up at the top says they will. So if you didn't want to import it fine, but the cant read excuse is getting over done. I do respect your opinion, but this game is gonna be to awesome not to import and play. Call me impatient, or whatever. I'm just glad I did.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:47:51 PM

Hmmm let's see, spend 100 bucks to import a game I can't read or understand then rely on websites to translate it before or after I play it or wait till march, pay 60 bucks and understand it as I'm playing it. Wow....that's a tough one.

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:04:20 PM

To each their own I guess. Spend the extra 40 bucks, play it now, know whats going on, then spend the 60 later, and enjoy the game all over again. Win win no matter which route you take.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:24:41 PM

Got to agree with Jawk, there is nothing more bothersome and experience-ruining than constantly turning your head over to your PC to read the translation that you can have coming directly at you on the screen in a couple months for much less moneys.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:26:50 PM

Or wait till march spend 60 bucks on the english version and play it as many times as I want in english.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:11:10 PM

I think for the hardcore fans its a cool thing to have both copies. I'd be interested if I had money to throw at it.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:18:40 PM

Hmm, I'd have agree with DIsmael85. There is nothing more irritating than lsitening to a really pansy English dub. And hell, people translate animes all the time & that doesn't ruin the fun or confuse me at all.

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bearbobby
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:19:47 PM

It's nice that the option's there for those who simply can't wait, but DIsmael85, my friend, you are crazy. lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:36:15 PM

SE won't do a pansy dub on this, you guys must be smokin too much crack.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:51:14 PM

"There is nothing more irritating than lsitening to a really pansy English dub."

except playing a game you can't read or understand.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:54:35 PM

stupid MS making us having this discussion.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 4:57:56 PM

Not true Oxviel. There's always a wait for the NA versions of Final Fantasy. This wait is no longer then any other. Infact it feels shorter. The decission was can have later is what could have been better had it been a true exclusive. Then we can rail against MS. :)

This time though, our wait is not their fault. No Final Fantasy title had ever released in Japan and the West at the same time.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 5:04:38 PM

@ VVorld - to my ears most English dubs are pansy. And I wasn't exactly a fan of the English voice-overs in previous Final Fantasy installments either.

_--_-_-_-_____-__---

Jawkey - Now what did I just tell you? The chances of the game being completely incorehent from a decent fan translation is quite slim. And even if somehow they all suck, then I'll hear news about it.

..wait... Don't tell me you thought me & DIsmail69 were talking about playing the game in full Japanese dialog & Kanji....


_____________________
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Oxvial - True. It's quite annoying to be reminded that we could of already been playing this game without irritation or stall by now.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 5:45:18 PM

No we wouldn't. Regardless of it's multiplat status we would still be waiting. Once again, No Final Fantasy has seen a simultaneous release in the East and West. We would still be waiting regardless.

And I guess I didn't understand. Silly me for assuming a Japanese copy of FFXIII only comes in Japanese and that you would be enjoying a japanese copy in anything but Japanese.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:34:26 PM

no he means if it wasn't for MS, we'd be getting jap language with sub as an extra on our US version, but they didn't want to make them different and couldn't add anymore space to take up discs on 360 :|

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Oxvial
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:35:28 PM

yeah we would wait but still the game would be released on japan sooner so perhaps we would playing FFXIII in this moment .also we would have my fav combo jap voice+eng subs but now we can't because ''isn't'' fair for 360 user.



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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:40:53 PM

Aah, i see. Maybe, maybe not. FF Has never had that option before but this gen with blue ray I agree it could have been a reality.

I still don't agree that it would have been released sooner even in japan. From my understanding Squenix just barely finished polishing the ps3 version a few months ago.

Anyone who's been posting here as long as I have knows I'm no fan of MS but with as lame as they are I just don't think we can blame them for the delay.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 7:52:32 PM

Yeah, what on earth makes you think you won't be playing a japanese game in full japanese?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 1:37:17 PM
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I will wait patiently and excitedly, but more importantly I will avoid too much exposure to pictures and plot elements, I want the experience to blow me away from the word go.

P.S. It's nice of Vanille to give Tidus a hug like that for his funny new shirt. "No, it doesn't look stupid Tidus"

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King James
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:23:36 PM

LOL...Dumb.

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Hexen
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 2:50:51 PM
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I didn't realize that this garbage was so popular 0_o

{ thumb me down till I reach the pits of hell RPGers ;) }

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:05:20 PM

I won't thumb you down but I will call you a tool. You have no idea what your talking about. =P

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:14:36 PM

Lol, You obviously don't know the specs of the game. It is going to be AAA+ like every other FF game. They tend to set a high standard in graphics and are excellent story tellers.

I'm not going to thumb you because seriously your just flame baiting with that comment.

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Hexen
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:18:11 PM

I'm not hating on the game. I'm hating on the genre :)

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King James
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:22:29 PM

I respectfully disagree, Hexen.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:38:20 PM

I'll step up and thumb you down, if you can't enjoy an intricate plot line, captivating characters, exciting battles, and an emotional experience. Then, well I feel bad for you.

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tes37
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:48:52 PM

Garbage is sooooo underrated. I'm glad it's finally getting some praise for once.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 4:30:25 PM

sry but that isn't going to get you too much fun..bah just for the lulz I'm going to thumb up you and I love rpg's.

I troll FPS now that they are more popular than ever..fanboys of that genre are hilarous.

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Mista
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:03:07 PM
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I'll definitely be waiting on the NA collectors edition. I have too many games to play as it is already, lol.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:47:52 PM

Same here. Trying to play through Demons Souls, God Of War Collection and the Ratchet and Clank Future series all at the same time. I'll be busy till march.

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King James
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:21:31 PM
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I said it b4 and I'll say it again: March 2010 = 2nd Holiday season!

I can't wait to play this game. It will consume us all. And the best thing about this game...No tacked-on multiplayer. I'm so sick games that rely on multiplayer to be fun that I haven't played MW2 in weeks.

I'm kind of hoping that FF13 sells poorly on the 360. Or that it breaks 360s. That'll probably set S-E straight.

Respect the 3.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:39:24 PM

I hope it sells like irradiated meat on 360.

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convergecrew
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:55:47 PM

Doesnt matter, SE still wont learn their lesson. As long as MS keeps paying them money under the guise of "westernization", then SE will keep releasing Xbox games to poor sales.

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JSHidaka
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:42:41 PM
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It didnt really start "Early" the game got shipped to store early this week, and Pre-orders shipping started "today".. My Bundle Got shipped, getting it tomorrow (release date), or today If I'm really lucky(since its 6:40 am here atm 12/16/2009):P

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tes37
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 3:50:42 PM
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My name is in the hat for March.

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convergecrew
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 4:01:13 PM
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Im fluent in Japanese but would still rather wait until March for the English version. I cant stand dialogue and voice acting in most Japanese games. There are exceptions of course, but FF has never been one.

Just my opinion, but for all of us suffering the wait till March: itll be worth it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 4:34:01 PM

YES, THANK you, for Gods sake I've been saying this for ages.

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Thrill Kill
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 4:06:24 PM
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this game looks girly

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 4:34:44 PM

FFs can be kinda girly, but that's okay, so can anything deep and rewarding. The flip side is the epic battles and personal involvement.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 4:16:45 PM
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Meh.I'm not interested in FFXIII anymore after ben showed us NAUGHTY BEAR..

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:30:43 PM
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This is tarring me inside out not spoiling myself.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 6:41:44 PM

I'm going to try an limit myself to screen shots only.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 8:10:11 PM

You never know how much a screenshot can spoil...

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 7:49:22 PM
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@SnipeySnake,

Is that "tarring" with feathers too?

(just joking/couldn't resist myself)

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 @ 8:09:33 PM

Did i spell it wrong? Lol, im stupid.

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___________
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 @ 12:20:06 AM
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if i import games from JP are they always automatically set in Japanese?
importing bayonetta has really confused me.
you buy bayonetta from japan, so you would assume it would be in Japanese but its not everything is in english.
i was thinking of importing it because my cuz is a massive final fantasy fan.
but if its going to be in Japanese than theres no point because he wont be able to understand what the hells going on.

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clowangel
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @ 6:38:17 PM
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I would sooo import it because, dang, those screenshots look sweet. I can't read Japanese all that well, but I certainly can understand the majority of the spoken language. Unfortunately, my wallet's disagreeing with the price tag. Urgh.

But even if I don't import it now, I will import it in the future just to have both versions. Because although the English dub isn't ever terrible for FF, I always found the Japanese seiyuu have done better jobs.

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