Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

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Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby Kirino_Matsuyama » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:13 am

It's now possible to pre-order Shenmue HD in Japan on Amazon Japan \:D/

4,157 JPY (37 USD, 28 GBP, 31 EUR)

I've just put my name down for 2, let make it a success in Japan too!

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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby Switch » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:35 am

Do you have a link to the page? I can't find it on Amazon jp with a search.
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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby newyokohama » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:36 am

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Aug. 2017, beat Shenmue II
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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby Tosh » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:50 am

hmm its still not available at play asia, you cant order it.
and the picture with the cover on amazon japan shows the german version of the game.
if you translate the text on amazon it says english version.

same if you search for シェンムー on amazon japan - ps4 and xbox version are the north american versions.
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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby James Brown » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:14 am

Awesome, thanks, just sorted a preorder thru Amazon global shipping :)
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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby Let's Get Sweaty » Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:14 pm

Are you sure you're buying the version you want, James?
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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby sand4fish » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:54 pm

To be clear, anyone looking for the Japan localization version of the game has to look out for this rating label...

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Which though searching through the very ends of the internet, I haven't found it yet.
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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby Kirino_Matsuyama » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:56 am

Sorry about the late reply. I don't know why it has a German sticker on it, but it's only available to order by the seller Amazon.co.jp. If it were the German version I think it would be more expensive.

There are other imported versions on Amazon Japan that we can order and they are listed as 輸入版:北米 (Import version: North America) for triple the price. So I think the 4,157 JPY version should be the Japanese version.

P.S. it says that Koch Media GmbH is the publisher, so maybe the German company is also publishing the Japanese version?

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Re: Shenmue HD pre-order now out in Japan

Postby Sappharad » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:57 pm

Kirino_Matsuyama wrote: Sorry about the late reply. I don't know why it has a German sticker on it, but it's only available to order by the seller Amazon.co.jp. If it were the German version I think it would be more expensive.

I would still take caution and assume it's the European import until you get actual confirmation otherwise. It's in the category "foreign language books" instead of Video Games, has the wrong box preview as you've already noticed, and also shows a release date of August 21st despite the fact that the Japanese release date has not been announced. The Japanese version has additional changes over the west one, namely it's the only version with Japanese subtitles, so it's completely feasible that the Japanese release isn't actually finished yet hence why they haven't announced a release date over there yet.

As for the price and Amazon being the seller, I wouldn't consider it unusual. When Resident Evil 7 came out, I purchased the US release shipped and sold from US Amazon to get the prime discount, and what I got was the UK release with a PEGI rating on the box and the inability to download DLC for it from the US PSN store because it was really the UK copy. No idea why there were shipping the UK version to people in the US, but I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility for them to sell imported games. I got a partial refund from them for the mistake of sending me the wrong region RE7, but kept the game instead of exchanging since I also happened to have a UK PSN account for other reasons so I could get the DLC anyway. I'm not aware of specific examples of them intentionally selling imports, but Best Buy has done it before (they used to sell Japanese imports of popular Anime related games in stores, not sure if they still do that) so I can see Amazon doing the same if it's feasible for them to do it due to demand.
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