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Japan's First Nintendo Store Opened Last Friday, But Lines Are Still Hours Long

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Nintendo Tokyo opened on Friday. Lots of people came to the first day, and you’d think that by today, the crowds would have subsided. Nope!

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Twenty minutes after opening today, the wait reached 4 hours. Within 45 minutes, it was over 6 hours. Even this afternoon, at 3:15 PM, the wait was around 2 hours.

Just look at these line photos. I mean, today is Monday—a work day!

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The sign here reads that the wait is 120 minutes.

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Here, it reads 150 minutes.

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Hopefully tomorrow, the wait won’t be so long.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

There are like two things in life worth waiting in line for, and “the privilege of shopping in a store” ain’t one of them.