While "Halo" might have made the X-Box in the States, "Dead or Alive 2" really helped arouse the interest of Japanese gamers. Found a shop in Den-Den Town (Osaka's version of Akihabara) that was hocking loads of "Dead or Alive" trading cards, starting at twenty bucks a pop.
As a kid, I was totally into baseball cards. Griffrey, Mattingly, Boggs — you name it, I had it. But man, would I have loved these "Dead or Alive" trading cards. No doubt, they would've held me over during my formative years as a strapping young dude.