This morning, Metal Gear Solid 4 launched in Tokyo, Japan. According to Famitsu, there was a line of twenty or so in front of the Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku at 8:30 this morning. By 9:15am, the line grew to about 50 people, and swelled to around 100 customers thirty minutes before the store opened.

The Yodobashi Shinjuku store manager pointed out that the rainy weather wasn't exactly ideal for the launch event, and that by sometime time today the store would probably sell out of the PS3 Metal Gear Solid 4 bundles.

Over in Tokyo's Ikebukuro, there were 20 or so people lined up in front of Bic Camera. By the time the store opened at 10am, the line had grown to 60 customers — mostly males in their 20s and 30s, couples too and ladies buying for their boyfriends.


Dudes with consoles.


While the rain drizzled in Tokyo's Yurakucho as MGS4 went on sale at Bic Camera. The store typically draws long lines, but at an hour before the store opened there was exactly zero people lined up out front for Metal Gear Solid 4. Because of the bad weather, the line of ten customers was waiting inside. Five minutes before opening, the line reached 23 people. Note: this is the same Bic Camera where Sony held its official PLAYSTATION 3 launch with PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi.

Shinjuku Launch [Famitsu]

Ikebukuro Launch [Famitsu]

Yurakucho Launch [Famitsu]