Japan Wii News Coverage and the Top 10 Games

Well, tomorrow is the day when the Wii gets launched over here in UK and people are already queuing for it in London. Since the Wii’s launch in Japan on Saturday 371,936 units were sold over the weekend. Here’s two videos of Wii coverage that someone put together on Youtube.

In Akihabara 1500 Wii units were sold out in an instant when the Yodobashi Camera shop opened at seven in the morning. The two foreigners interviewed were queuing since three the day before. When asked what is so attractive about the Wii, the Japanese girl interviewed replied it was the Remote Controller.

The guys queuing in Tokyo, Yuuraku were there since ten, Thursday night. The queue was around 2000 people long there. Another girl interviewed said that the Wii was something new and that it was fun to move around to play the games. Seems all three girls interviewed liked the way games are played on the Wii using the remote.

Miyamoto said to the camera that they wanted to increase the chances of families playing games and created it with the ambition that lifestyles would change. They aim to ship 6 million units all over the world by the end of this year.

Here we can see what some of the queuing people had prepared for the cold outdoors while they were waiting and also lots of people playing their DS. The lady interviewed said her children wanted one so they came to purchase one and hopes to enjoy the games console together. Other comments were…

“You don’t play the games with buttons only so children should be able to play it easily.”

“I was thinking I could play together with my family and friends.”

Following that was a demonstration of the Wii with two presenters. The female presenter, who said she used to be number one in the school tennis club, was surprised at why she was sweating from playing tennis on Wii Sports. The man laughs saying she was getting into it too seriously. In the end, they both agree it was a whole different experience and that even people who don’t usually play games can enjoy the Wii. Also that it’s great that you could exercise at the same time!

On the other hand, it also covered the American launch that sold 600,000 units in 8 days. Then there was the trouble at the Sony PS3 launch with all the police there! Hmmm, don’t remember reading about that! While the Wii was being sold fast in the US, Japan was still selling out of DSes in stores.

They used one of the Prince of Tennis OSTs in the background towards the end of the programme when they were interviewing the middle aged people. The first bald man found it good exercise but still pretty difficult to play because the simulated games were different from the real thing.

It turns out that even children were in those long overnight queues. The news report also found that the age at which children were enjoying games was becoming increasingly younger with 28% of 4 year olds already playing them.

So what were the top 10 games were the Japanese after?

  1. Wii Sports
  2. Hajimete no Wii (My First Wii)
  3. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  4. Odoru, Made in Wario
  5. Swing Golf Pangya
  6. Ennichi no Tatsujin
  7. SD Gundam Scad Hammers
  8. Red Steele
  9. Tamagotchi no Pikapika Daitouryou!
  10. Elebits
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