Land can come at a premium in Japan, especially in big cities. For urban dwellers, sometimes the only option is to build small. Real small.
So French men can make a Mario as big as a human? Pffft. Japanese men can make a Mii as big as Gigantor.
Word has it that the Kobe Bryant NBA 2K10 cover wasn't supposed to be revealed until later today when the NBA Finals start. But here it is, on your internet.