Osaka Magicon Vending Machine Being Shut Down
And you thought the used schoolgirl panty vending machines were silly.
Whenever I visit home, people always ask me if I've seen one of those vending machines that sell used schoolgirl panties. The answer is no, I haven't.
But I wouldn't be surprised if they exist. After all, here in Japan, you can even satisfy your piracy needs via vending machine:
A December 7 headline from ITmedia reads "Magicon Vending Machine in Osaka's Nihonbashi area to be removed." It looks like Magicon flash cart devices can be purchased in Osaka from a vending machine (possibly next to vending machines that sell used schoolgirl panties -- the ITmedia story doesn't say).
I haven't seen one of these Magicon vending machines for myself. And there may be a good reason for that. The unit shown in the above pic from the Nihonbashi area is apparently the first such machine in Japan. The machine, modified from a cigarette vending machine, was set up in July. You can purchase various Magicon flash carts, including such varieties as R4 and DSTT, for between ¥4,000 and ¥8,000.
There's even something shady about how you actually go about buying product from the machine. The little LED panels that serve as buttons for selecting product normally display "sold out." They're not sold out, though. Put some money into the machine, and the product price will show.
A person related to the company that set up the vending machine told ITmedia that monthly sales from the machine was around a few hundred dollars. However, the machine did have a promotional effect for a type of sale that is usually conducted online.
Nintendo and various third party publishers have, over the past couple of years, been pushing back against Magicon sales. In February, a court ordered a halt to the import and sale of the devices. The verdict presumably covered vending machines too.