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Square Enix on Xbox 360 = Big In Japan

The two companies have been talking for a long time, but Square Enix continually shuns Microsoft. It's no secret that Microsoft has done well in the console gaming sector. The company came out strong with the first Xbox and challenged Nintendo for the number two spot. With the Xbox 360, the company has garnered itself a one year head start against competition from Sony and Nintendo, and is looking to make a strong run at holding the number one spot. However, there is one area where Microsoft has been severely lacking and that hasn't changed at all from the Xbox to the Xbox 360. We're talking about Japan and support from Japanese third party companies.

There are a lot of Japanese companies who are offering solid support for the Xbox 360, but there are still several who seem to be hesitant about support. The primary company of focus here is Square Enix. In all honesty, it doesn't matter if Devil May Cry 4 is exclusive to the Xbox 360, or if Microsoft can secure Metal Gear Solid 4 for the 360. The Japanese gaming audience is shifted by two game series: Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. If Microsoft were able to secure an exclusive on a current Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest title within the main series, the announcement alone would move Xbox 360 consoles in Japan.

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clayton3760d ago

Who cares about the Jap's, 99% of their games are lame. Anyone who can watch cartoons have sex for pleasure, has serious issues.

OutLaw3760d ago

But nothing more than what if. How about this what if. What if MS gets an exclusive right to Kingdom Hearts. Why not, that game has a mix of our cartoon characters with their type of game characters. It probably would sell 360s for MS. Because at the moment there will never be an exclusive Final Fantasy game for the 360. It seems we will only get that game if 1) Square Enix have a falling out with Sony 2) the PS3 is to risky to make for. 3) MS gets the game a year later or more than Sony. But I feel Kingdom Hearts could be the answer.

Silver3603760d ago

The only way MS will get and exclusive RPG of the Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy type is if they buy square enix. Then half the staff might quit anyway. Really this has to come down to market forces. If the 360 outsells the PS3 outside of Japan signifigantly, then they will have to make those games for it. Square is too big of a company to just depend on the japanese market. They are only doing what is in their best interest right now.

Anerythristic263760d ago

The only way this will happen is if 360 is the Negt Gen console leader. The Japanese really want the 360 to fail , I am not a conspiracy theorist but I don't think it's even about the games anylonger. They don't buy it because it is a western piece of tech. It is really sad that we gobble thier systems and games up , no matter how childish the games may be and they don't return the favor. Really this all has to do with the trade deficet , look at that at least between Japan and the U.S. and U.K. and it will help you understand why they don't want the 360; they don't want ANY of our products. Oh well, I guess you can say we are being the bigger people.

Daewoodrow3760d ago

yeah, I hear you. I'm not accusing the Japanese of being malicious or snobbish, but they have a strong sense of national pride. They feel they lead the market on technology, it's drummed into them, as it is drummed into Americans and consequently the English.

So, they feel they should wait for the Japanese technology before buying.

Whilst the Americans and English lap up their technology because of the partially false impression we have that everything Japansese is amazing. Hey, their technology is amazing, but only because it is their main source of trade in the country. America trades more in other areas, making technological progress somewhat slower.

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