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Xbox 360 just can't sell in Japan

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by dtorre, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. dtorre

    dtorre Active Member

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    http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/750/750212p1.html

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    Xbox 360 Continues to Struggle in Japan
    Microsoft's console being beaten by Game Boy Micro.
    by Hilary Goldstein

    December 8, 2006 - Microsoft's Xbox 360 has enjoyed success in North America, Australia and the UK, but Japan remains elusive. Despite offering exclusive games from Japanese developers and multiple 360 pack-in bonuses, the new Xbox console is having difficulty gaining traction in the Land of the Rising Sun.

    According to a Famitsu Marketing data survey, 113,000 Xbox 360 units have been sold in Japan this year. Over the past 11 months, Sony has sold 1.4 million PS2s. The new releases of PS3 and Wii have already trumped Xbox 360 yearly sales in just a handful of weeks. Even the Game Boy Micro, a niche collectible, managed to sell 150,000 units this year. To be fair, Xbox 360 outsold GameCube in 2006 as Nintendo's now-defunct console sold under 100,000 units.

    Microsoft is hopeful that the newly-released RPG from Mistwalker Studio, Blue Dragon, can spark renewed interest in the 360 in Japan.
     
  2. kirtar000

    kirtar000 新-日本-企画

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    in before fanboys!
    I guess the hype a certain other thread mentioned of 360 in japan was wrong...
     
  3. rand0m

    rand0m you remind me of gay

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    This isnt a case of 'may the best console win', it's a case of nationality.

    Sony and Nintendo are Japanise and the Japanise play for the home team. Xbox 360 is the outsider. Microsoft should realise that in this case its not just about the game genres for the console to sell.
     
  4. Al Paccioli

    Al Paccioli Throbbing Member

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    So far reviewers are saying Blue Dragon is too easy and there's turds all over the place.
     
  5. ThaiTanium22

    ThaiTanium22 VR6 can nevar lose!!!

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    I don't understand how a single game is going to boost Xbox 360 sales in Japan past the Wii and Playstation 3.
     
  6. Spence

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    I figured this any way Asians have weird tastes in games and Xbox just doesnt offer alot of those games
     
  7. YorkshireMan

    YorkshireMan LUFC Season Ticket Holder
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    Well if they dont want a 360, i'll have em.
     
  8. Cee

    Cee North Strong and Free

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    The Japanese game market has been strong due to Nintendo, Sega, and Sony. Lets face it Japan has a stronger gaming market share. If Wii or PS3 were to fail in North America, Japan would easily make up for it.
     
  9. navid

    navid too much.

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    well what do you expect, japanese beer to outsell budweiser in a bar in the states? no suprises.
     
  10. rand0m

    rand0m you remind me of gay

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    Halo worked for the xbox ...
     
  11. Sleek

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    yeah but ps2 (japan) outsold xbox (american) in usa
     
  12. xeoset

    xeoset Waste Of Oxygeb

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    Xbox 360 (America) is outselling the PS3 (Japan) in North America, South America and the rest of the World (PAL). Looking at the past Generations, the 360 is the new PS2 (Out first, huge 3rd Party Support - almost 400 Titles Released/Progressing), the PS3 is more like the Dreamcast (Tons of extras thrown in, BluRay/GyroScope = Dreamcast Discs/MemoryCard Screen)and I have no fucking clue what the Wii would be.

    The Blue Dragon Bundles Sold out in 2 minutes and there were 100,000, then MS Shipped 200,000+ Bundles and I'm guessing they're all snapped up. I say wait for next Weeks Japan Sales. It's Hyped the hell out of, it's made by the people who made SquareSoft what it was (SquareEnix isn't as good) and it scored 9/9/9/10 in Famitsu, the most highly followed Japanese Gaming Mag/Site.

    The Blue Dragon Sales fixtures aren't even out and IGN are writing them off, at least gain some Evidence before you even make a Statement like that.
     
  13. rand0m

    rand0m you remind me of gay

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    typical xeoset cant accept any negative aspects to his precious machine.
     
  14. xeoset

    xeoset Waste Of Oxygeb

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    Typical rand0m, attacking me because I'm right :rolleyes:
     
  15. rand0m

    rand0m you remind me of gay

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    Oh no?!? dont take offense to what i say ...
     
  16. firepiss

    firepiss compliance!

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    If I was xbox 360, I'd say "fuck japan". Because microsoft needs to just give up in that market because they are loosing enough money over seas with japan.

    Xbox is so american, japan just refuses to give xbox a fair shot. Just like some of us Americans will these Japan titles.

    As a nintendo fan, I'll admit, xbox does have some cool characters.
     
  17. Smoked86

    Smoked86 Roscoooooooooo P Coltrane

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    the only things japan care about are anime & manga and anything related to it. seeing as there aren't many of those games on the 360 i'm not surprised.
     
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  18. Whodi86

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    Being one who owns a xbox 360, I'm more mad at Microsoft than anything. Instead of focusing the 360 solely for the United States, they continue to put major marketing efforts into the Japanese gaming industry.
     
  19. Cee

    Cee North Strong and Free

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    Have we forgotten about Mario, Sonic, Solid Snake, Final Fantasy...etc etc?

    The Japanese games aren't all that crazy.
     
  20. Deakmm

    Deakmm Wheres my spork?

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    So you want microsoft to focus 'solely' on the states?
    What about Europe?
    We buy millions & millions of consoles & are key market not to be ignored
     

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