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Japanese PSN cards on sale ... at a price

Most will find purchasing anything off the Japanese PlayStation Store an impossibility. Without a Japanese address and credit card, users are locked out of purchasing anything from the country's virtual store. With many games releasing earlier in Japan, this comes as a disappointing disadvantage to gaijin hardcore.

NCSX is planning on changing that, though. They're offering pre-paid PSN cards for the masses. With these cards, players will be able to buy content off the Japanese store without any qualms. The problem? They're a bit pricey. A 3000 yen card goes for $36.50, a premium of almost $10. The retailer explains: "Our vendors in Japan don't have access to the tickets at wholesale and had to pay retail (from Family Mart, no less) and tacked on their mandatory handling charges to obtain them for us. Think of it as a videogame vigorish that's built into the price."

The orders will be delivered digitally, so customers won't have to wait to get their downloads on.

[Thanks, J! Via GameBrink]

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1. Here's the main question. Can my PS3 play japanese PS1 games like Biohazard? If so, I'm down.

Posted at 1:35AM on Sep 7th 2007 by Mike Augello

2. I think play-asia is already offering this service.

Posted at 1:46AM on Sep 7th 2007 by tozza

3. Why doesn't Sony just make it so we have pre-paid PSN cards here in the states? This is bullsh*t.

Posted at 2:14AM on Sep 7th 2007 by adam

4. They should find a new vendor. I am sure there are other places than Famima like 7-11 or Lawson or Seico.

Plus side for me is I no longer have to use my Japanese chickees credit card! She'll be happy to hear that! :)

Posted at 3:55AM on Sep 7th 2007 by JohnnyLaRue

5. Yes. I brought an American PS3 to Japan, and Japanese PS1 games work fine on it.

Posted at 4:27AM on Sep 7th 2007 by generalklagg

6. I mean, games purchased over the PSN. Disc games don't work, of course.

Posted at 4:27AM on Sep 7th 2007 by generalklagg

7. PSone 'disc' games work fine on my PS3.

Posted at 6:30AM on Sep 7th 2007 by anonymess

8. What a racket these guys are doing. All it takes is some bored kid in Japan to go and buy a ton of these and resell them..where's the ginormous handling fee coming from?

Ridiculous but I guess some people will buy them.

Posted at 8:22AM on Sep 7th 2007 by Popfrogs

9. Well, I'm talking about Japanese PS1 games. The ones purchased over the Japanese PlayStation Network will play on an American PS3 (I've been doing it for months). I don't think you can play a Japanese PS1 disc on an American PS3, though. The old stuff was stricter in its region-encoding.

Posted at 8:26AM on Sep 7th 2007 by generalklagg

10. @3

My guess is that they should be coming soon. Two nights ago I purchased a game over the PSN and it asked if I wanted to use money from my PSN wallet or use a PSN card.

Posted at 9:17AM on Sep 7th 2007 by erx3

11. I wasn’t aware that Sony were operating a PSN card system in Japan but this is great news as it may indicate that a similar card system is in the works for the US. If that happened people in Europe could start buying games from the US store without having to put up with the long delays caused by the lazy, incompetent morons at SCEE.

At the moment my PS3 only serves to piss me off thanks to the state of the EU PSN store. However, if I could buy games like Super Puzzle Fighter and Tekken Online I’d be very happy with my PS3. Number 9’s comment sounds extremely promising and I’m very excited about this. Hopefully I can start to enjoy my PS3 instead of looking at it with disgust as it sits unused.

Posted at 9:50AM on Sep 7th 2007 by Charles

12. Nice card designs. Now get who ever did them to redesign the PS Store. It's awful looking. The icons for the items are just horrendous. The bold, standard-font "GAME" or "IMAGE" labels are vomit-inducing.

Posted at 10:59AM on Sep 7th 2007 by OrganicShadow

13. Meh.. I'll stick with my credit card... why pay more than you have to?

Posted at 12:40PM on Sep 7th 2007 by never$$hort

14. Nevershort: The point is that you can't use an American credit card on the Japanese store, so you have to use the prepaid network cards. "I'll just use my credit card" only makes sense if you have a Japanese issued credit card. Get it? The reason they're charging more for the cards is because you CAN'T use your credit card.

Posted at 9:25PM on Sep 7th 2007 by generalklagg

15. If you have friends on ps3forums you can get the network cards "at cost".

Posted at 11:01AM on Sep 8th 2007 by tozza

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