BTW, just wanted to give a shout-out to Ys: The Oath in Felghana. This is a great PC import from Japan that runs just fine on a North American PC, although you might have to do a little scavenger work on the web to find the English subtitle mod that translates the text.
Great PC game, and the packaging is second to none. The game comes in a small, DVD cardboard collector’s style box which contains the DVD case for the game and a lavishly illustrated manual. It’s not even a collector’s edition release, but I guess it’s the normal thing for Falcom to do. I’m thinking about ordering up Ys: Origins next as an English translation is close to being completed for that, too.
If you want to order your own copy, you can send an e-mail request to Nihon Falcom directly and they will ask for your order information. The address is: order_h19 at falcom.co.jp
The body of your message should read:
I am a fan of the Ys series and would like to order Ys: The Oath in Felghana from you and have it shipped to the United States. Please let me know what I should follow in order to place my request. Thank you!
Remember, do not assume that everyone in Japan is proficient in English so keep your inquiry simple. After sending this, Falcom got back to me and requested the following information:
The information which is necessary for the order is the following. *Shipping recipient name: shipping address: telephone number: *Credit card information credit card kind:[ JCB.UC.VISA.Master.AMEX.NICOS.DC ] credit card owner's name: credit card owner's address:[ if different from shipping address ] credit card number(sixteens digits): credit card term of validity(year/month):
Now I know what you are probably thinking…credit card information via e-mail? But in this case, it was a legitimate e-mail request from an established business (and it was verified to work by others that have done the same thing). Even so, I wasn’t too comfortable in sending my card information this way, but there are alternatives available to you. Several card companies allow you to generate a temporary credit card number with a set limit for particular transactions. The numbers are backed by your card, but can be used in lieu of it either as a one-shot or with a specific allowance for security minded customers. I had one set up like this, so I sent a temporary credit card number over and it worked just fine.
Oh, and they’ll send you the pricing in yen, so be sure to have a currency converter handy if you decide to set a specific limit on the card you generate. Yahoo! Finance has one that has worked for me in the past. In Felghana’s case, the game cost about $60 with shipping and handling and arrived in about two weeks. But it was worth every penny.