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Rent a free DS on the bullet train

Want to make sure you don't look like too much of a tourist in Japan? Make sure you bring a DS on the train! However, if you forget yours or need a DS for a family member, JR East is starting a new program that will serve your needs. From February 14th through March 28th, the company will make 20 systems per day available for free loan to Shinkansen (bullet train) passengers on the Hiroshima/Tokyo route.

The lucky passengers will be able to select two games along with the DS, and keep them all for three days. The goal is apparently to regain some marketshare from airlines, who offer faster fares. It sounds perfect to us -- if you've got a DS to play, the extra captive time becomes a positive.

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2-08-2008 @ 3:54PM

Croove55 said...

Interesting... So I wonder what precautions they take to keep people from tucking the DSes into their jacket pockets, denying that they were ever loaned the system, and walking off the train. Do they take mugshots? Attach GPS to each DS? Or are people really that much courteous over in the land of the rising sun?


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2-08-2008 @ 4:09PM

hvnlysoldr said...

A combination of most of those. Japanese culture it would be more trusting. They probably have all the serial numbers of the loaned systems. And like Disney's park program have a device attached. After all you're playing those two DS games! Also likely they'll have your credit card number scanned before hand if all else fails.

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2-08-2008 @ 9:35PM

RootiePatootie said...

I had a bit of nostalgia seeing this....I remember riding the bullet train in Japan and playing my old original Game Boy for a good chunk of the ride from Tokyo to Sendai, and then back a little over a week later. This was before I had a battery pack for the GB (but I did have one for my portable CD player...MP3 players had yet to come out in '93) so I had a rather HUGE stash of batteries in my suitcase for my GB and my portable shortwave receiver (although that has an AC adapter that works worldwide, as it did on my CD player when I was in the hotel room). Nothing like a small BOX of AAs in the suitcase :)


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2-08-2008 @ 9:37PM

Henley said...

they would possibly just HANG ONTO your credit card


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2-20-2008 @ 6:48AM

Hかn said...

In Japan, you would usually pay in cash. And no one would think of stealing something that was loaned to them.

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