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Kinect To Launch November 20 In Japan Alongside Dr. Kawashima Title

Microsoft will release Kinect in Japan on November 20, and in addition to previously-announced titles, the device will launch in the region with a new title backed by Brain Age's Dr. Kawashima.
Kinect will launch in Japan on November 20. The news was announced by Xbox Japan's General Manager, Takashi Sensui, in a press conference this morning. The camera will come bundled with Kinect Adventures at a price of ¥14,800 ($176). Additionally, two hardware bundles will be released on the same day in the region, a lower spec 4 GB Xbox 360 Slim bundled with the camera for ¥29,800 ($355), and a premium 250 GB console and Kinect bundle priced at ¥39,800 ($475). Sensui announced that Kinect Sports, Sonic Free Riders, Dance Evolution and Crossboard 7 will all be launch titles for the hardware in the region. Kinect Fitness and Kinectimals will follow later in the year in Japan, while Kinect Joy Ride will release in 2011. Microsoft also confirmed the launch title Lead: New Brain Training Where You Answer With Your Body, a body training game developed by Namco Bandai with input from the Japanese celebrity, Ryuta Kawashima (a.k.a. Dr. Kawashima) who helped developed the Brain Age titles for Nintendo DS. Footage of the Kinect title from the press conference can be viewed on YouTube. Kinect launches in the U.S. on November 4 and on November 10 in Europe.

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