Amazon Japan Begins International Video Game Sales

I hope DHL isn't carrying anything at all for them.


Some games are sold in Japan with an almost entirely English language script, but may not see Western shores for months, if ever. But to actually get one of those games shipped to the West can be an exercise in frustration. Luckily, all that may be a thing of the past soon.

Amazon Japan is starting to offer international sales on certain video game products. All you need is to make a new account (even if you have an account) and save a credit card, and the World (well, at least Japan) is your oyster.

Unfortunately, not all video game products will be available for international purchase. For example, some of Nintendo's special edition 3DS will be sold, while some will remain Japan-exclusive. This leaves a bit of a guessing game on whether you'll be able to snag that item you want or not.

For PlayStation, PS Vita, and Xbox One owners, this is great news as physical media is region-free. However, Nintendo products are locked to their region of purchase, so importers will have to remain aware of just what equipment they need.

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    March 9, 2016 1:45 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Amazon Japan Begins International Video Game Sales

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      March 9, 2016 1:53 PM

      So far, it seems that this applies to console games that are shipped and sold by Amazon JP. Items that are only fulfilled by Amazon can't be shipped abroad, and PC games aren't a part of the new deal, either.

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      March 9, 2016 4:07 PM

      I'm glad they recognized the demand that is there. Would of been nicer if they started this 10 or 15 years ago.

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        March 9, 2016 4:20 PM

        Was Amazon around 15 years ago?

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          March 9, 2016 5:17 PM

          "in 1999, Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year, recognizing the company's (amazon) success in popularizing online shopping."

          says wiki...

          so i'd say, yes; 15 years is almost exactly how long it's been around.

          ( i didn't know, but you question made me go look .. heh)

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          March 9, 2016 6:09 PM

          Apparently, but I guess my point is that this would have been more beneficial before digital games really took off. Especially with the 360, PS3, and DS, which were all region-free.

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