|NINTENDO DS||Hong Kong|
By Spencer . March 10, 2008 . 7:10am
There are not any specially packaged “Asian” version Nintendo games for English speaking areas like Hong Kong or Singapore. Unlike Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft, Nintendo doesn’t have an official branch in Hong Kong. Local distributors take care of the Wii, DS and software supply throughout the region.
Street vendors are a popular place to buy games, but familiar brick and mortar stores sell Nintendo products too. Specifically, Toys “R” Us has an eclectic blend of titles from North America, Japan and Europe. The two recent Naruto DS games, Naruto: Ninja Destiny and Naruto Shippuden: Dairansen! Kage Bunsen Emaki are cozily sitting next to each other in their display case. Not a common sight at chain stores!
While Toys “R” Us in Hong Kong has a decent selection of titles from a smorgasbord of regions they do not carry everything. There no niche titles from Atlus, a few Japanese training games and a sparse selection of RPGs. Toys “R” Us felt focused on selling games based on popular franchises and casual pet simulators. I mean this is Toys “R” Us, not a one stop headquarters for all your video game needs. Still, it’s pretty neat that Toys “R” Us has such a multicultural selection of software.