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Wednesday, 2nd July 2008
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Tomy unveils money-saving games console

Japanese toy manufacturer Tomy has come up with an innovative way of encouraging young computer gamers to save their money.

According to the Mainichi Daily News, the Chokin Denetsu Bank Quest combines the traditional piggy bank concept with a role playing game in which users buy virtual weapons and information every time they insert a certain denomination of yen.

The device accepts 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen coins, with some weapons costing up to 10,000 yen (£47).

On general sale in August and priced at 3,990 yen, the piggy bank comes with 100 levels, 180 different types of monsters and 160 hidden game items.

Tomy also hit the headlines recently after it unveiled the world's smallest karaoke system, consisting of a seven-centimetre cube with a 2.4-inch LCD screen. Aimed a children around eight years old, the Hi-kara system will go on sale in Japan in October and cost around 10,500 yen, reports