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Today Brazil Gets The Official Launch of the Playstation…2?

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As residents of the southernmost tip of Africa, we thought we got shafted when it came to console hardware and game pricing and availability. Spare a thought then for our Brazilian brothers and sisters, who not only pay MUCH more than we do for games, they also get the hardware much, much later.

How much later, exactly? Well, the South American country today sees the launch of Sony’s Playstation 2. Yes, you read that right. 2.  The nine-year old console is finally available, at the low low price of 799 Brazilian Reais, the equivalent of $465 US or 3 474 ZAR. Needless to say, there’s no official PS3 support there either – although apparently a select few old PS3 games are available at the bargain price of just $115 US, or 863 ZAR.

If anyone’s ever wondered why the Sega Megadrive is still so popular in Brazil, this here is your answer. It also probably accounts for the staggering levels of piracy in the country.

That take the sting out of R699 console games on international release date a little though, doesn’t it?

Source : Kotaku

Last Updated: November 19, 2009


  1. WitWolfyZA

    November 20, 2009 at 09:37

    Wow thats bad talk about getting the cold shoulder…


  2. BobbyKotickhasMadskillz

    November 20, 2009 at 10:20

    …and they wonder why pirating is so rife in the developing world. Brazil is also an unsupported xbox nation, and while our prices are still in line with what the Europeans are paying, the South Americans are paying nearly 100% more than consumers in the States. You can obviously argue that pirating is wrong since it promotes terrorism (lolz), organised crime (lolz) or you can view it as a symptom of a much bigger problem.

    Just in case you think ol’ Bobby Kotick’ lover is a games pirate, I’m actually not, apart from a few downloaded TV episodes my neighbour gave me, I actually prefer an original box (since I tend to collect games, much to my girlfriend’s shock). :pirate:


    • WitWolfyZA

      November 20, 2009 at 11:36

      I agree collecting games, is like collecting art in some ways really…


  3. Rafael

    November 28, 2009 at 03:28

    Official release doesn’t we didn’t have the hardware, lol. PS2 arrived here 1 mouth fater it was released in USA.

    And Megadrives are nowhere to be seen since 1999.

    I got a PS2 around 2001, and I have around 60 original games, plus 70-80 non-original, lol.

    I have a 360, with 20 original games, and a PS3 with only 5 games.


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