Nintendo Wii killing off Japanese arcades

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Tokyo (Japan) – The Nintendo Wii is proving to be a big hit with kids who usually go to Japan’s surviving arcades.  This is killing off the many establishments in the $6.9 billion industry.

Sega Sammy Holdings says it will close 110 arcades or about 25% of its locations while Namco Bandai will close 20% of its locations or about 50-60 stores.  Many kids playing the Wii at home is a more peaceful and healthy experience (lack of alcohol, smoke and drugs).  Of course, playing in your underwear – or even naked – without anyone complaining could be a big plug.

Read more … Reuters via ABC.