According to an article in The Times, the craze for Mushiking (Insect King), an arcade game that pits small kids against each other with digital stag beetles, has reached such dizzying heights in Japan that these kids are clamouring for the real thing.
The same article mentioned that a subspecies of the stag beetle, found only in Turkey, is being wiped out to satisfy demand from Japan. The Japanese import a million of these beetles a year and this particular species sells for 170 British Pounds on Internet Auction sites.
I would rather have that money in my Xbox 360 fund, rather than anything else, more so a BUG. So here are some alternatives for those of you out there wanting some stag beetle action, away from the arcades and instead, on your Nintendo DS:
- Kouchuu Ouja Mushi King: Greatest Champion e no Michi DS ~ USD 12.90 (Click here)
- Kouchuu Ouja Mushi King: Greatest Champion e no Michi DS 2 ~ USD 48.90 (Click here)
- Kouchuu Ouja: Mushi King Super Collection ~ USD 58.90 (Click here)