For all of you in Taiwan who have relied on non-official distribution to satisfy your need for Nintendo, know that a new third-party distributor has made a deal with Nintendo to supply the region with video games from the Kyoto-based company. FarEasTone (FET) will be teaming up with Nintendo to provide the region with DS units and hopefully find as receptive a market as the handheld has in all other regions of the world it's available for sale.
Two specific models of DS Lite were mentioned, in the crimson black (or "senior") unit and a "New Super Mario DS Lite console." The handheld will be available from July 3rd on.
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6-10-2008 @ 1:09PM
Uhm, wasn't there already a special version of the DS for China? I'd reckon the Taiwanese would want that one because Chinese is their language too.
6-10-2008 @ 1:37PM
Kimiko: Taiwanese uses traditional Chinese, while Mainland China used that mess up looking simplified Chinese. Plus they're like enemies in many ways (the Taiwanese people I know get mad if you lump them with the Mainlanders).
6-10-2008 @ 2:09PM
Ah, okay. I knew about the latter of course, but I'm not very familiar with the various forms of Chinese. Sorry..
6-10-2008 @ 3:24PM
Adam Hunt said...
Huh. That's strange. I lived in Taiwan from 2003-2007, and the DS was very common. Lots of the kids in the school I worked at had them (there was one girl from my first-grade class named Michelle that routinely murdered me at Mario Kart DS), and they were available for sale at every major store (Chung Yo, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, SoGo, etc.).
6-10-2008 @ 4:55PM
Jonathan Hsieh said...
Didn't realize they didn't have a distributor. Unfortunately, Taiwan is a breeding ground for bootlegs :T
6-13-2008 @ 10:28PM
But certainly they could have found someone better than FarEasTone, right? That's like making T-Mobile the official distributor of the DS in the States- why a cellphone company?