Aside from the occasional shooter or visual novel, the Xbox 360 is mostly neglected in Japan. It wasn’t always this way, Microsoft courted Japan by making publishing deals with Japanese developers for the console’s launch.
I dont blame them, unless u show u can support their type of games they enjoy no matter how bad your system is failing their. Japan doesnt have the trust factor yet for microsoft as they do with sony, & nintendo.
In the beginning MS had more JRPGs that the PS3 and had a lot of support for the Japanese market, but Japan still didn't buy the console. I'm not sure what MS needed to do different.
What MS needed was being bought up by a Japanese company i.e. turn into a Japanese owned company. That would fix it instantly! The Japanese are the worlds most nationalistic people, that buy their own brands first and foremost. In most cases, only when there isn't a Japanese equivalent will they pick a foreign product.
The problem is u cant just give up. The vita and doing that great in japan as the 3ds but sony keeps dishing out games they enjoy. You have to stay consistent with fresh games to attract japan, not just try the 1st year or 2 then just forget about japan and before anyone says they hate american products. They love apples ipods and ipads.
Itachi, so how's the pspgo doing?
@nukeitall, that's pretty much a very old view on the Japanese. On the train most japanese I see are either using an American smart phone, iPhone or Korean, Samsung galaxy. It's the older generation that believe in everything being Japanese. If a product is trendy, they will buy it. The Xbox brand is just not a gaming brand the Japanese take interest with. The main interest now is smartphone gaming, it has taken off dramatically, every week there seems to be a new card based collector game. I see more students with smartphone playing games than 3ds'.
and we have been missing out on good Japanese games forever. neither side is happy with it
I don't think the Japanese care. Hell, i'm American and even I sold my 360. It just doesn't satisfy my tastes. Also I like deeper games, just like the Japanese tend to also prefer. 360 just had one too many western shooters for my liking. Meh.
I just prefer games that aren't shooters which is the only reason why I've stuck with Sony for the PS1/PS2/PS3 and now probably the PS4. Really liked Valkyria Chronicles this gen. Hope to see more like that on the PS4
No offence, western games especially american games are quite boring, of course there are some better ones out there, but Japanese games just bring more innovations, fun things to the table. If you look at the Japanese games, they have more ideas and the art style are much cooler than western ones but they mostly can be found on handheld games only.
Sure. This is why Japanese devs have said Western companies are beating them at their own game. /s I could take you seriously if it wasn't for Mass Effect, Heavy Rain, GTA, God of War, Uncharted, Kill zone, Infamous, Assassin's Creed, Fallout, Sky rim and a multitude of others. If you limited yourself to nothing but Japanese games, I feel sorry for you as a gamer.
your comment made made me lol, if you really have a 360 you'll know that it has some of those deep games "VN and JRPGs" that even ps3 don't have
Japanese have the wierdest of tastes its a shame 360 does not sell well there its such a small territory you can't win them all.
You should consider growing up, then maybe you would understand a little more about the world you live in. Especially the differences in cultures and why what you consider good isn't universal.
i don't think its weird to want to play something that doesn't require you to shoot things repeatedly once in a while. in fact many japanese games a VERY popular in western countries just not on the xbox.
Sure the rest of the world needs more japanese Gems like Rapelay.
Because the Japanese are very intelligent people... #ps4playsgames
Can't argue there, they come up with some crazy awesome ideas in Japan.
actually it was Microsoft missing out on Japan that's why they are not getting any love back.,
Because they believe in buying Japanese made products. Not to mention they lost the war and were told never to do such bad things again. Now Americans, we won and we sure love winning! Shoot shoot shoot! Kill kill kill! I saw the 360 display and it was all killing while the ps3,wii ones were all smiley happy Rpg,lolita, and flashy. Nothing will change in japan because we do not cater to such a small market sadly and companies know the ppulation are programmed to buy Japanese products (except apple...) (love that they have so many female gamers.)
what are you on about
Tell me why Apple outsells Sony 10-1 in Japan then.
People don't want to hear that. They want to believe that people in Japan didn't buy the 360 because they somehow hate anything American made.
Not to mention other American media (movies, books, tv shows) are VERY popular in Japan. Japanese people certainly don't only buy Japanese-only things.
Japanese consider Apple products easy to use and stylish. They are superior products so its obvious why they sell so good. (I own a android product btw.)
The Japanese buys electronics that are guaranteed to last, and that actually have some value in them. I actually talk to a few who actively live in Japan (2 of them native born) and they don't always "flock" to what the media says is good, or whatever is hyped to death. I asked one friend if he was getting a 360 and he asked me what that was, and he lives outside Tokyo (suburb). You should stay off wikipedia sometimes and actually talk to some people in these countries, you might learn something.
I totally agree with you on that end Tetsujin. The Japanese buy MOSTLY "Japanese made products" because they are build to last (except Sony which Japanese have told me without proof that they are built to die after a certain time...) just in case that snarky comment was for me. I did not use Wikipedia, I read articles in Japanese.
Those people in the picture...I bet they were the only ones who bought an Xbox that day.
There's also a few Japanese games on 360 I'd buy if they were localised.
Informed consumers is why M$ failed in japan, specifically Live's pay-to-play online. Japan is a very expensive country to live in.
Gears of War games are works of art. Everybody should experience this great series.
Publishers of multiplatform games, even the Japanese, don't support the 360 for a good reason. The few 360's sold in Japan all went to the biggest fans of videogames, people who want to have it all & play it all, so people who all have PlayStation's and everything Nintendo. Just release for those platforms, they will buy a copy anyway.
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