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Japan goes nuts for GTA

Well what do you know, it appears everyone loves GTA. Initially it was feared that GTA wouldn’t be popular in Japan because of the so-called differences between Western and Eastern gaming trends, but that’s turned out to be a load of rubbish. No small shame should be directed at Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, who’s always argued that violent video games just wouldn’t work in Japan.

Well, tell that to Capcom, who took over the publishing rights of GTAIII for the Japanese PS2. After selling 74,376 copies on the first day of it’s release, it appears the company have increased it’s initial order of the game from 100,000 to 650,000.

Don’t stories like this just make you grin from ear to ear?

The author of this fine article

is the Deputy Editor at Thunderbolt, having joined in June 2002.

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