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Lines form early Thursday for Metal Gear Solid 4 -- Famitsu.com

Gamers seek out "Hagane" hardware bundle despite event cancelation


While Metal Gear Solid 4 didn't get all those launch festivities that had been initially announced by Konami, the title did make it out to retail today, and with quite the frenzy of fan interest, according to a series of launch reports from Famitsu.com.

The game was originally scheduled to launch via a series of events throughout Tokyo. Most notable was a planned countdown event featuring character designer Yoji Shinkawa and model Akina Minami at the Bic Camera in Yurakucho. This and all other events were cancelled due to "various circumstances," according to a press release issued by Konami earlier this week.

Some fans did apparently decide to line up for the game at that particular Bic Camera outlet, though. Famitsu.com reports that, despite the early morning rain, this shop managed to get 23 people lined up prior to the 10:00 AM opening time.

Activity was a bit higher to the north in Akihabara where the site reports 80 people had lined up outside the large Yodobashi Camera prior to opening. This store had been set to host its own official launch event, end ended up posting a sign apologizing for the sudden cancellation.

Seventy to Eighty percent of the early risers for this shop purchased the game's premium package, according to the Famitsu report. This appears to be just an observation by the article's writer rather than a solid purchase by purchase count. The premium package includes a special "steal" colored PS3 unit and sold out quickly when online orders were started in April.

The site also reports that Akihabara was covered in MGS4 ads today. Old Snake's face now appears in front of Oasis@Akiba, a paid public toilet space.

The Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku, one of the most famous game shops in the city, had about 50 people lined up prior to opening time. This shop managed to sell 100 copies of the game within thirty minutes of opening, according to Famitsu.

Most of the people at the Shinjuku shop were also waiting for the special color PS3 model. The Yodobashi shop manager told Famitsu.com that he expects to sell out of this edition before the end of the day.

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