I might be able to pick a few of these personally on launch day there (will find out soon.) I want at least one for my girlfriend. so: 1) Anyone know if they are compatible with the US xbox (I'd have to think so)? 2) I had heard that MS was considering bringing these here to the US for retail sale - any update? 3) Is the region locking in the unit itself? I suspect it is, because aren't games region locked? bummer - I'd definitely pick up the DVD kit in Japan if I could play japanese movies on my US xbox... The controller retail price is 3500 yen according to xbox.jp - about 30 bucks (a little less) at current rates.. Looks like I've got one in my immediate future.