Tales of Hearts Finally Coming Stateside? GameStop Posts and Pulls Listing Earlier Today.


Operation Rainfall posted earlier today about GameStop advertising Tales of Hearts on their website, but immediately pulled the listing after their article was published. Similar to the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles, it was also listed as a GameStop Exclusive. Could Tales of Hearts finally be heading stateside for the PS Vita after being absent since 2008? 


Tales of Hearts was originally released on the Nintendo DS back in 2008, but never made it out of Japan. It was eventually remade as Tales of Hearts R for the PS Vita in March of last year, but again, never made it out of Japan. Series producer Hideo Baba has made it pretty clear that he wants fans in the west to experience Tales of Hearts, so PS Vita owners and Tales fans alike could be in for a treat here in the near future!

As Operation Rainfall mentioned in their article today, nothing has been confirmed by either Bandai Namco or Sony, but GameStop showing a listing could be a good sign.

My two cents — The PS Vita has been gaining a lot of steam lately, largely due in part to various cross-play opportunities and off-screen play with a little know console called the Playstation 4. It’s also been enjoying a decent amount of JRPG success with Persona 4 Golden, Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remastered, and Y’s: Memories of Celceta, so this marks the perfect opportunity to bring Tales of Hearts to North America. 

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gamercard Bradley Keene is an avid gamer & freelance blogger from Baltimore, MD that handles news and reviews here at What’s Your Tag?. If he’s not knee-deep in an RPG or some form of Nintendo game, he’s usually watching low-budget horror or Troma films. Follow him on Twitter @amgfail_WYT, or contact him by e-mail at bradleykeenewyt@gmail.com. Love gaming? Join TEAM XBRO today!


  1. The PSP got a good amount of niche Japanese titles, and if that’s how I get my longevity out of the Vita, so be it. Freedom Wars looks good too.

    Oh my God though, the Tales outfits get more and more gawdy and neo-80s. That said, is it bad I’m digging the lead’s hair? It’s a cool hairstyle. I dig me some duckbutt.

    1. The PSP had a really good amount of quality RPGs, but it’s taken the Vita a while to pick up steam (much like it took the 3DS). Disgaea 4 for Vita is also releasing this August, so that’s just icing on the cake. I think Over My Dead Body 2 was just confirmed for a US release as well? So much RPG goodness coming our way. I think I need a Vita now.

      His hair reminds me of Edge from Star Ocean: The Last Hope lol. No one will ever have more annoying hair than Lost Odyssey’s Kaim, though. That one piece of hair always annoyed the hell out of me!

      1. Yeah man. I thrive off Monster Hunter clones and JRPGs and I have a Vita that I only use to play Blaz Blu these days. Speaking of which, if God Eater 2 was announced for a US release, I would probably loose my shit with happiness.

        I don’t know what’s the reason for the one string of hair, but I DO know that it makes profiles look more interesting and less feminine. But I don’t know why outside of that.
        To me, the hair looks like Haseo from the .hack//G.U. manga.

    1. I can always justify the purchase of a JRPG because I can. No other reason. I buy them all and only end up beating some of them, but they’re usually worth the price of admission.

  2. Wonder if this is a sign that I should stop importing Japanese games because I don’t think they’ll be out in English… That said, I would play Tales of Hearts again, so maybe it’s not actually an issue.

    1. Importing a Japanese RPG? You brave, brave soul! I tried to do that with Chrono Cross and Final Fantasy IX back in the PSone days and had a horrible time swapping back and forth between the game and a translation I printed out.

      1. Luckily I’ve studied enough Japanese to know the basics, and Tales games are quite similar to each other, so they’ve not been too bad to play. FF type 0 is proving a lot harder though… Haven’t found a good translation, and most of what they talk about so far involves military movements (and my military vocabulary mostly comes from watching gundam… so I’m missing a lot there).

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