I was wondering where I could buy anime visual novels that is localizated and translated to English. I tried playasia to find these visual novels but I only see Clannad which required a specific console to run it.
Visual Novels are not as popular in this part of the world so it's very rare to see them being officially translated, what you can do is either learn Japanese and import them or find some illegal fan sub, which is just as hard as the first thing.
Many fans have translated visual novels for free providing you import the japanese game. List of fan-translated ones are here There's a small number of visual novels released in the U.S. like Ai Yori Yoshi and Ever 17. There's also adult visual novel games at jlist and non-adult products at jbox. If you want to import Japanese games there's 2 options that are good one is- erogreshop, himeyashop and there are others but I don't have them bookmarked anymore since I reformatted.
There are a few titles in English (subtitled), but a lot of what is out there is older (10 years old, in some cases) and due to fan preferences, quite a bit of it is Porn.
Other, merely ecchi Visual Novels have been released, but Hirameki International -- the company that made most, maybe all of these -- went out of business last year. The good news is that when you do find 'em, they're often on sale.
You won't find these in stores; online is pretty much your only option.
Dang it, Void Wizard beat me to all my usual places!.... lol.
But yeah, himeyashop, and paletweb are best for importing the original games, but if you can find them on playasia I highly recommend them. I've bought so many games from all three it's not funny, and I've even imported a few consoles from playasia, so they're definitely reliable.