It was really interesting to know about it officially. In 2009 I was working in a place close to a huge chain store here, and stopped by after lunch and realized they were selling PS2. I talked to my self : " Are they ? ". The fact is, Sony had not released it here in 2000 because of reasons that are not clear for me- some say piracy but it could be because they think we are monkeys :-)
Yet, instead of making PS2 an unknown game in Brazil, it turned out to be a huge hit. PS2 is largely the most played game in Brazil, because people imported it. The games, however, were pirated because they were not released here. Ops, yeah, Sony made a big mistake.
Even today, that they finally released it here, the games are very very expensive. Today, the console costs around 160,00 US Dollars, PS3 costs around 500,00. The games for this console cost like 100 US Dollars and there are only 10 PS3 games officially released in Brazil. Wii was released here and its price is not very decent.