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One story that's gone under the radar a little bit is the success of Minecraft: PS Vita Edition in Japan. The game's barely left the Media Create charts since its launch, and has sold almost 400k copies on the handheld in Sony's home nation. There's a market for "building" games in the East, then – and the upcoming Dragon Quest Builders may have the brand power to catapult the genre into the mainstream.

Perhaps identifying the potential popularity of the spin-off, the PlayStation maker has announced a custom Vita model that will launch alongside the game in Japan on 28th January. For a very reasonable ¥25,980 (~$211), locals will be able to nab a silver system alongside the game and a Metal Slime earphone jack figurine. It's a really cool looking device, with a slime's silhouette also printed on the rear touchpad and on the d-pad.

Sony's already made one custom Dragon Quest console for the PlayStation 4 and it sold like crazy, so we're expecting this well presented set to prove similarly successful for the Vita. Sadly, it's unlikely to ever make its way overseas, but pre-orders are available from the Sony Store if you want to try your luck with an import.

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[source pur.store.sony.jp, via gematsu.com]