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Xbox Debuts In Japan

Three months after its North American debut, the Xbox video game system launched in Japan on February 22, 2002. Bill Gates was on hand to present the first Xbox sold, and many gamers camped out overnight in the Shibuya District of Tokyo to make sure they were among the first in the country to get their hands on a console. Xbox is now on sale at thousands of Japanese retail outlets, and 12 game titles are available including PROJECT GOTHAM RACING, TENKU, JET SET RADIO FUTURE and DEAD OR ALIVE 3. A total of 22 titles are scheduled to be available in Japan by the end of March. A Special Edition Xbox was available to those who pre-ordered the game console. 50,000 of the greenish-black translucent consoles were made and came with a silver-plated key chain inscribed with Bill Gates signature. Japanese gamers will have a slightly different controller than the North American version as the Japanese controller is slightly smaller, and has a modified button layout. Xbox will retail in Japan for a suggested retail price of 34,800 yen (approx. US $259).