The first Red Dead Redemption did well in Japan. So now, Rockstar is plastering posters all over the country.

When Red Dead Redemption 1 came out in Japan in October 2010, the PlayStation 3 version debuted at the fourth spot on the Japanese charts, selling 71,000 copies. Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded also debuted that week, coming in at number three with 96,000 copies sold. However, Red Dead Redemptionā€™s Xbox 360 version sold another 26,000 copies, so the combined versions outsold Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded at release!

The numbers werenā€™t as huge as those in North America or in Europe, but for a Western game in Japan, they were certainly good.

With Japanese gamers playing more and more international games, no wonder Rockstar is making a bigger push for the sequel.

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Red Dead 2 isnā€™t only plastered in locations like Osakaā€™s Umeda...

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Or Tokyoā€™s Shibuya.

Or Harajuku.

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But all over the place, such as near Shinto shrines.

And close to various Tokyo train stations.

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Near the Tokyo University of Scienceā€™s campus.

And this unnamed college.

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Above a real estate agency in Sakai City, just south of Osaka City.

On the way to this Twitter userā€™s school.

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On the way to this Twitter userā€™s house.

In front of an old house. (This Twitter user questions how effective this billboard is.)

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In front of a rice field. (I question how effective this billboard is.)

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Somewhere in Aichi Prefecture.

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Itā€™s almost like everywhere you look, thereā€™s Red Dead Redemption 2.

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In-store displays are impressive.

The game is even being used to show off televisions.

Since living here in 2001, I donā€™t think Iā€™ve seen a foreign game promoted like this. Gone are the days that the term yougee (ę“‹ć‚²ćƒ¼) or ā€œWestern gameā€ was a vaguely derogatory term. Long gone.