Last month GungHo Online Entertainment did something strange, but kind of interesting, on PSN. They released six untranslated Japanese PSone classics, including games in genres ranging from dating sim to mahjong. Now they're back with another fresh half-dozen, the first portion of which hit PSN this week.
The games out as of yesterday are Evergreen Avenue, a blend of visual novel, schedule management, and puzzle; Favorite Dear ~Jyunpaku no Yogensha~, the next in the RPG/dating-sim series; and Zero no Mahjong ~Mahjong Youchien Tamago-gumi~, which is geared more toward easing beginners into the world of mahjong.
The next batch comes out on May 7, and is all about traditional board and card games. Titles to be released that week are Motto Trump Shiyouyo!, the sequel to the previously released casino game; Zero Kaka no Shogi ~Shogi Youchien Ayumi-gumi~, a beginners shogi game; and Zero Kara no Mahjong ~Mahjong Youchien Tamago-gumi 2~, a sequel to the mahjong game from the April batch.
As with the last set—and any releases like these, really—understanding Japanese will be key to the enjoyment of most titles. However, GungHo community coordinator Antonio Cara outlines which ones will be the most difficult to follow and to what degree you'll need to be able to understand the text to enjoy them at the PlayStation Blog post linked above.
Each game is priced at $5.99 in the PlayStation Store, and GungHo is working on walkthrough videos to help players with the menus, and to better facilitate understanding of the raw releases.