How to Play Japanese Games on an American PS2

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One of the simplest and more affordable methods of playing Japanese games on your PlayStation 2 is to use a "swap disc." A swap disc, such as Swap Magic, will trick your PlayStation and allow it to play discs from any region. This includes imported games, game backups and DVDs.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Tape (duct, masking or scotch)
  • Tissue
  • Swap Magic
  • Turn on your PlayStation 2 and remove any disc inside, then turn it off. Unplug the PS2 from its power source.

  • Place the PS2 on its side. Use a screwdriver to remove the six screws that hold the casing together. Gently pull the casing off.

  • Locate a small gray cap near the top right of the back of the motherboard. Cover the cap with tape.

  • Reattach the case. Open the disc tray. Roll up a small piece of tissue and insert it into the small hole that the disc tray latches onto. Open and close the disc tray a few times to push the tissue down.

  • Plug the PS2 back in and turn it on.

  • Look at the game you want to play; it will read "DVD-Rom" or "CD-Rom." Insert the corresponding Swap Magic disc.

  • Use the slide tool when requested on screen. Insert the game when requested.

Tips & Warnings

  • Opening your PlayStation 2 voids its warranty.

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