Amazon now sells Japanese video video games internationally
AP Photograph / Ted S. Warren
In the event you’ve ever paid an astronomical worth to import a Japanese recreation, this is some excellent news: Amazon Japan will now ship online game hardware and software program internationally. The change occurred just lately with no fanfare — Twitter and NeoGAF customers began reporting it yesterday. Not each recreation could be shipped; it is restricted to merchandise bought by Amazon, fairly than third-get together sellers. There are additionally some merchandise that do not appear to need to ship, for causes unknown.
It is truly pretty straightforward to arrange an account on the location (assuming you do not converse Japanese, you will need to begin with the large button that claims “In English”). When you’re logged in, the location makes it very clear which gadgets will and will not ship to your tackle. Delivery is cheap, too, at lower than $10 for a recreation.
Why would you need to import? Nicely, Japan will get particular version consoles which may not make it to North America or Europe, and there are additionally some video games that do not get a world launch, for one purpose or one other. The one factor to be aware of when ordering from Amazon Japan is area locks: though Sony and Microsoft have not locked their most up-to-date consoles down, Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS can solely play software program from the area they have been purchased in.
In order that’s that. Websites like Play Asia make a dwelling principally from promoting Japanese consoles and video games internationally. Though Amazon does not look like undercutting others with its pricing, it is probably that Amazon will chip away at their marketshare with this transfer, by means of model recognition alone.