I found some photos of my visit to Japan in December 2006 – A Taiwan visa-run that by pure coincidence was during the Wii launch.
On launch day I think I was in Shinjuku and saw someone carrying a Wii. I asked (or more likely gestured to it) and they pointed me in the direction of where they bought it. A small games shop in a back alley.
The queue was around the corner but not too long.
We actually met some Taiwanese who were buying multiple consoles to take back to Taiwan and sell. It would be 2008 before the Wii would see an official Taiwanese release.
The store had their security guards organizing the line so things went smoothly. I didn’t wait too long to get into the store, and had to quickly choose some games so I went with Wario Ware and Wii sports.
The exchange rate for Yen was really good at the good at the time so I remember thinking it was so cheap. It couldn’t have been much more than £100 for the console and games.
Wii ads were all over the Tokyo subway.
Looking back I was lucky to get one. There were shortages worldwide as everyone scrambled to buy their Wii Sports console.
Wii and PS3 were in short supply at the time.
Some more random retro-related photos from the same trip –
That’s about $43USD for an AV Famicom, today they sell for $100 or more.
I wasn’t collecting retro games at the time. Having just moved to Taiwan I wasn’t really in a position to be accumulating physical items. It’s a shame as the retro bubble came shortly after and the price of all these things raised considerably.
Less than $1USD for brand new bpxed N64 rumble packs.