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can ioi or a mod please confirm for us whether Korea will be tracked?



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Korea is tracked as part of Others.



 

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Koreans in general would be more likely to buy an American console over a Japanese console. Not because the Xbox brand is so strong over there, but because there is a deep seated cultural bias against Japanese products in Korea due to the history between the two nations.

This is not to say that Japanese things can't eventually become trendy as Korean things like TV shows and K-pop have in Japan.

But I think most failed to recognize the minimum likelihood that Korean console sales for the Wii would have any significant impact on overall global sales.

Plus, as it's been said repeatedly, Korea is still a PC nation when it comes to gaming.



greenmedic88 said:
Koreans in general would be more likely to buy an American console over a Japanese console. Not because the Xbox brand is so strong over there, but because there is a deep seated cultural bias against Japanese products in Korea due to the history between the two nations.

This is not to say that Japanese things can't eventually become trendy as Korean things like TV shows and K-pop have in Japan.

But I think most failed to recognize the minimum likelihood that Korean console sales for the Wii would have any significant impact on overall global sales.

Plus, as it's been said repeatedly, Korea is still a PC nation when it comes to gaming.

According to this article, Nintendo consoles are the second most desired item amongst Korean youngsters.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hUPPXQTFO6oLQblKJpL6L9N0YLYQ

Cell phones top SKorean kids' gift list

SEOUL (AFP) — Mobile telephones have topped the list of gifts sought by South Korean children, a survey said Sunday.

The poll, conducted by the Korean-language Yahoo web site on 16,661 youngsters nationwide, said 37 percent picked cell phones as the best gift. Nintendo video game consoles ranked second on the list with 30 percent approval, followed by MP3 players with nine percent support.

South Korea is home to such global cell phone manufacturers as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, with over 80 percent of its 49 million people using the mobile handsets.

The survey results were issued on the eve of Children's Day, which South Korea has observed since 1923, when parents usually buy gifts for their children.
 



greenmedic88 said:
Koreans in general would be more likely to buy an American console over a Japanese console. 
 The PS2 sold ok in Korea. 

 



 

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Korea is very much the opposite of Japan in gaming tastes. I think also the fact that Xbox 360 games can be pirated helps in some nations.



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greenmedic88 said:
Koreans in general would be more likely to buy an American console over a Japanese console. Not because the Xbox brand is so strong over there, but because there is a deep seated cultural bias against Japanese products in Korea due to the history between the two nations.

This is not to say that Japanese things can't eventually become trendy as Korean things like TV shows and K-pop have in Japan.

But I think most failed to recognize the minimum likelihood that Korean console sales for the Wii would have any significant impact on overall global sales.

Plus, as it's been said repeatedly, Korea is still a PC nation when it comes to gaming.

 People tend to be hypocrites though. Just as an extreme example, if a Megachurch pastor is willing to do meth and have sex with gay prostitutes, how likely do you think it is that someone with resentment toward Japan will buy what is considered the best gaming option? And keep in mind that while Korean pop culture has caught on in Japan, it still doesn't stop alot of Korea bashing going on there.



FishyJoe said:
greenmedic88 said:
Koreans in general would be more likely to buy an American console over a Japanese console. Not because the Xbox brand is so strong over there, but because there is a deep seated cultural bias against Japanese products in Korea due to the history between the two nations.

This is not to say that Japanese things can't eventually become trendy as Korean things like TV shows and K-pop have in Japan.

But I think most failed to recognize the minimum likelihood that Korean console sales for the Wii would have any significant impact on overall global sales.

Plus, as it's been said repeatedly, Korea is still a PC nation when it comes to gaming.

According to this article, Nintendo consoles are the second most desired item amongst Korean youngsters.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hUPPXQTFO6oLQblKJpL6L9N0YLYQ

Cell phones top SKorean kids' gift list

SEOUL (AFP) — Mobile telephones have topped the list of gifts sought by South Korean children, a survey said Sunday.

The poll, conducted by the Korean-language Yahoo web site on 16,661 youngsters nationwide, said 37 percent picked cell phones as the best gift. Nintendo video game consoles ranked second on the list with 30 percent approval, followed by MP3 players with nine percent support.

South Korea is home to such global cell phone manufacturers as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, with over 80 percent of its 49 million people using the mobile handsets.

The survey results were issued on the eve of Children's Day, which South Korea has observed since 1923, when parents usually buy gifts for their children.

Cell phones are the most important item most young Koreans own (and adults). That's in terms of status and for most used possession. There are far more individuals with cell phones than PCs. You can't throw a stone anywhere in Seoul without hitting a place that sells cell phones, both second hand and new. 

I lived there for two years, so this is not just something I read about.  

Go to the electronics market in Seoul and you'll see that PC games vastly outnumber consoles games by a huge margin. Walk down the main streets and you'll see PC Bangs (pay for PC usage for net access and online gaming). 

But this was back in 2004, so it's not to say that things can't or haven't changed. 

The Wii may well end up being the best selling Japanese console ever in Korea, but given the size of the market in the past, it's not saying much.  

In a nation of 49 million, I would be surprised to see lifetime sales hitting 1 million. It would be a first for a console.  



Well the south korea is the mother land of PC games..They have even own TV channel for fans who play Starcraft..
But it is good that they also buy consoles.Diversity is a good thing



greenmedic88 said:
FishyJoe said:
greenmedic88 said:
Koreans in general would be more likely to buy an American console over a Japanese console. Not because the Xbox brand is so strong over there, but because there is a deep seated cultural bias against Japanese products in Korea due to the history between the two nations.

This is not to say that Japanese things can't eventually become trendy as Korean things like TV shows and K-pop have in Japan.

But I think most failed to recognize the minimum likelihood that Korean console sales for the Wii would have any significant impact on overall global sales.

Plus, as it's been said repeatedly, Korea is still a PC nation when it comes to gaming.

According to this article, Nintendo consoles are the second most desired item amongst Korean youngsters.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hUPPXQTFO6oLQblKJpL6L9N0YLYQ

Cell phones top SKorean kids' gift list

SEOUL (AFP) — Mobile telephones have topped the list of gifts sought by South Korean children, a survey said Sunday.

The poll, conducted by the Korean-language Yahoo web site on 16,661 youngsters nationwide, said 37 percent picked cell phones as the best gift. Nintendo video game consoles ranked second on the list with 30 percent approval, followed by MP3 players with nine percent support.

South Korea is home to such global cell phone manufacturers as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, with over 80 percent of its 49 million people using the mobile handsets.

The survey results were issued on the eve of Children's Day, which South Korea has observed since 1923, when parents usually buy gifts for their children.

Cell phones are the most important item most young Koreans own (and adults). That's in terms of status and for most used possession. There are far more individuals with cell phones than PCs. You can't throw a stone anywhere in Seoul without hitting a place that sells cell phones, both second hand and new.

I lived there for two years, so this is not just something I read about.

Go to the electronics market in Seoul and you'll see that PC games vastly outnumber consoles games by a huge margin. Walk down the main streets and you'll see PC Bangs (pay for PC usage for net access and online gaming).

But this was back in 2004, so it's not to say that things can't or haven't changed.

The Wii may well end up being the best selling Japanese console ever in Korea, but given the size of the market in the past, it's not saying much.

In a nation of 49 million, I would be surprised to see lifetime sales hitting 1 million. It would be a first for a console.


 Didn't PS2 hit 2 million in Korea?