ANALYSIS How Microsoft must be smiling now, with queues in Tokyo to buy Xbox 360s and with major stores selling out. And it didn't take rocket science to achieve this volte face.
Question is can they carry the momentum? Sony really need to put some JRPGs on the shelf as soon as possible. On the topic this guy is a serious xbox fanboy. I mean have you ever read so much positive attitude about xbox360 and so much hate for the ps3 from the same journalist. This guy impressed me;)
are you serious?in the article his talkng like 360 sold millions and millions 'all those japanese gamers with new 360s' it sold 24k not 500k,i swear he said the same when ace combat 6 was released dont get me wrong props to ms for selling 24,000 360s but come on, japan are starved of rpg's at the moment and 24k for a good rpg is not a saviour and in the greater scope of things a let down why... because numbers should be much higher than that japan is the home of rpgs, when ff13 is released it will kill 24k units on a bad day which in reality is just another rpg. i believe the new phenomonon in japan will be LBP its quirky,it captures the imagination and i just see it taking off in a way that noone will be prepared for not even sony themselves.
jkhan, this is from "bruceongames" a well known PS3 hater. I wish we could put some sources on an ignore list, like we can do for some users. I like all my consoles, hating one or another is counterproductive.
Please don't insult journalists by calling Bruce a journalist. He is a blogger at max, and not a very good one. Reminds me of "iwantmypsp4xmas"
"Now you will tell me that one swallow doesn’t make a summer." i simply just dont get it.
You are calling Japan home of the RPG yet you say on a bad day, they sell 24,000 units. In America, a bad day would be selling a million units, especially for something with the name Finaly Fantasy tagged to the title. =) This is merely an opinion of mine. Yes perhaps Japan's industry creates JRPGs, but they don't sell the most RPGs nor do they necessarily create the greatest RPGs. Check out Knights of the Old Republic and KOTOR 2 for the original Xbox and I think those games also come out on PC if you don't own an Xbox. And some of the other Western imagined and developed RPGs that have graced the Xbox brand. Japan is a very important market. It gives MS the credibility it needs in Asia. If MS can crack Japan, it can crack the Asian market. Then again, China's growing economy is one to consider. MS has a few R&D facilties in China. Who knows what they are working on Xbox related in China at the moment. For closing I would like to say that I am glad that Japan is getting these great games, even if they are exclusive to the 360. It gives our Japanese brothers and sisters an opportunity to try a different flavor. They might accept us Westerners a little more and not see us so much as lessor to them but as equals.
You can't put sources on Ignore, but you can take the matter to the admins. If they deem that a site isn't worth having as a source for N4G they can ban it. I would totally support banning this lame-o blog.
however, the practice of buying titles from independent developers is a an expensive but potentially effective practice because by buying off titles that would otherwise have made it to your competitor gives consumers less reasons to buy your competitor. It's also an anti-free market and monopolistic practice. A good analogy would be Toyota paying off Mobil and Sunoco so that only Toyota cars can fill up at those Mobil and Sunoco gas stations. In such a situation it would be very inconvenient for consumers to own something other than a Toyota in most cities. Still, as of now it's not illegal so it's Microsoft's one tiny chance at truly cracking the japanese market. However, the larger the PS3's installed base gets the more Microsoft will have to pay developers to make sure that it's 360 only. Why? Because selling those types of games is a sure bet on the PS3 and Microsoft would have to pay those companies enough to cover the lost profits from not being able to sell to PS3 owners.
I'm now a PS360 owner and it's all for my love of JRPGs. MS has done well for themselves with the JRPG crowd, one week or not Japan sales prove it.
If the article is true then not only has it sold 24k in 1 week it sold out in many places and there are more people waiting to buy them as soon as they are restocked. The 360 also has pretty impressive list of JRPG's coming out over the next few months. So it might be able to keep it sales high for a while.
We will have to wait to see how Infinite Undiscovery does and how many units of software and hardware that pushes....but overall yeah the 360 can enjoy some much needed success over there and hopefully that will last a bit longer too
then what did sony do when 74,000 ps3 where sold when mgs4 came out split them wide open ....
Tales of Vesperia cracks Japan more like. Regardless of people claiming console bias/manufacturer bias if a console has the right games that appeal people will buy it. Tales of Vesperia as an exclusive 360 JRPG was obviously going to propel 360 sales, but MS doesn't have an exclusive every month.
actualy they do but October
...to the genre of game not the system. This goes for consoles and handhelds. You put a JPRPG on the PSP or DS and you will see similar movement.
*checks to see who author is* Oh, Bruce, it's you again... *moves on* Nothing to see here folks.
i do the same with every hiphopgamer post :D
I swear, Bruce must have a trust fund for his kids set up through Microsoft or something cause this is the biggest fanboy I've ever seen. EVER! He is out and out absurd to the point you don't know if he is serious or not anymore. Bruce, please... quit your day job here. There is no "break" thru on the Japanese front. 24 thousand units is nothing. When they reach a million units after 3 years on the market, it's bad. Alright? It's worse than bad, it's a disaster. The even sadder part, they haven't even hit 1 million units sold in japan yet. Not even 1 million, Bruce... 3 years, not even 1 million. Your break thru in Japan is about as meaningful as your website.
Yeah, bots are really desperate these days... Give them a game, please. Seriously, your console is dying, get over it, we can't do anything about it, and neither can you.
Do we have to read this SH*T from this CR*P site 'bruceongames.com'??? Let's have more from that other CR*P site xBoxMartQueens.con whatever it's called!!! ;-D +Take my Bubbles away you Cheating R*tards!!! ;-D I'll be Back!!! ;-D +It should say - 'Microsoft take Crack in Japan(and think they have won the Console Wars!!!)' ;-D
Yeah, the 360's really dying, except for the fact that Gears 2 will outsell any PS3 release this year including MGS4, and the fact that more games are sold on the 360.
If you compare current games sales between PS3 and X360 instead of using the lifetime attach rate (since the X360 had a year with no competition at all), they are starting to show a different story. Software sales are closing fast...but who knows where this will all end up.
Ridiculous article. They sold 20k consoles with Tales one week, it shows absolutely nothing and saves absolutely nothing for MS. Crapbox is still dead and buried in Japan... Seriously, stop approving this crap, written by a poor xbot (brucemyballs)... Still, if I had no games like them, I would have time to write crappy BS articles. MS sold a console in Mongolia I think, go write an article about it.
I aint no proffessional analyst but if u see how successful super mario games are in japan which are huge, I think LBP is going to be that first game on the ps3 that will have a very huge impact in japan. Im serious im banking that LBP will sell a couple of million copies in japan alone. Mark my words. :)
I agree, and Japanese people are very creative. :3
Reported as offensive troll. Try harder.
It's not going to magically do a 180 with one game. I actually think Phil Harrison had a a good stance on that argument and not too many were happy with some of his statements. LBP is not Mario,I'm not sure why some are so quick to crown it next mario. I think based on the functions of a 2-D side scroller it might be better in that term but will others really embrace the modding aspects, let alone japan. I totally would love if they started making 2-D games again. It has been a dieing art. I'm def gonna play but I wish some games could stand up on their own merits, instead of referencing it to like, well, the most important character ever to grace console gaming. On the article, let's give credit where it's due. We all know Japanese don't buy much Xbox 360. This is nothing new here but you can't say MS ha snot been trying, regardless how. You do have infinite Undiscovery also coming out, so more than enough games for the Japanese hardcore. At least what they are used to or liking the most.
Nintendo Wii says hello. LBP is a game where you and 3 friends can sit together in your living room and f*** around creating practically ANYTHING you want. The japanese are going to go apesh!t over LBP. @juukens other account... lame --__--
Online. Not sitting together and playing the Wii. Console gamers been doing that for ages..
If you think LBP won't be successful in Japan because of online then you're in for a shock.
you should stop giving your opinion ongames.
bruce huh ill remember not to take anything he says seriously
Hmm, source is Bruceongames, author is Bruceongames, value is zero, sorry, no visit, no advert money, FAIL
More like Bruce on Lames!!1one haha!! pwned! :P
LOL Bruceongames.. nuff said >_<
Microsoft My AssCrack in Japan
Wow...they cracked Japan with one game. Microsoft would need plenty of rpg's to *really* crack the market. The last time I remembered, the land of the rising sun is Sony/Nintendo's turf. Bruce...why am I not surprised. You give hope to the 360 crowd, I'll give you that.
Reported as offensive once again. If 360 fanboys have to stoop as low as to bash members at N4G, then I truly feel sorry for them. :) @ predator, 360 fanboys have been known for doing this, especially when they seemingly hate my guts. They're basically tracking me to try stealing every one of my bubbles. And they're probably doing this with every other PS3 fan. I wasn't born yesterday.
why is he a 360 fanboy? he could be a ps3 fanboy for all you know? its not goos singling him/her out as a certain fanboy...they are just an idiot edit: well it sounds like you were born yesterday if you think its just 360 fans doing this kinda sh!t..just ingnore them
Um...predator, it's kind hard to ignore that when the person is using my username for their amusement. It's also kind of hard to ignore when they're making sexual comments that leans towards harassment to the first degree. And if PS3 owners are doing the same thing, it's only because they're trying to fight back.
why don't you press the button that say "ignore" and it work like magic, beside the guys that used your username is a 3 years old kid, don't worry about him and just move on, latter his mommy will come and spank him on the @ss for using his daddy computer
You're right PopEmUp.
you KNOW you can't resist reading *anyone's* comments as long as they reply to YOU, dear girl. So saying you will ignore 'juuken's other account' is just straight out self denial for your considerably fragile ego is it not? Oh and btw, if you don't like my comments, just put me on ignore too, princess. (at least until you can't resist and read them anyway) XD
Shut the F*ck up! XD
Why so testy today? 3rd place making you angry? XD
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It want be too long before xbox360 takes ps3 lead this is just the beginning of the end for ps3 in japan
Dreams =/= Reality Retards =/= Analysts
Wow thanks for the laugh "pp".
But lolz, just absolute lolage at how ridiculous your statement is. Lolz all the way to the bank. What a clown.
check your grammar
You know what they say about people named Bruce..... yeah... Miss Thing
LOL you want to talk sales spike due to a new release in japan? wait till the ps3 ffxiii blu ray only demo that comes with the blu ray release of Advent Children vesperia looks like a good game.. but the 360 has a few sales spikes in japan every now and then due to some of these releases.. it hasnt helped them crack anything...
At least he's better than Hiphopgamer. Bruce knows how to write and has worked in the business whereas Hiphopgamer is just a bum with the intellect of a toddler. I know most of you will disagree with this cause Hiphopgamer is a PS3 fanboy and not biased towards the 360.
I disagreed because Bruce has been known for being a biased prick who sings the praises of the 360 and never acknowledges the fact that the PS3 has come a long way since 2007. I would not call him a journalist first of all, and second of all, his writing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And stop picking on hiphopgamer for the last damn time. In case you haven't noticed, he has always provided both sides of the argument from both the PS3 and 360 perspective. He has both systems, but could you fault him for preferring the PS3? That's his preference. I'll be owning two consoles as well but the PS3 is my main preference. Disagree as much as you want but it doesn't change the fact that Brucie here acts like the Messiah of the 360 fanboys. @ Jenzo "But do you honestly believe that Hiphopgamer is equally biased towards the 360? I know he tries hard to make it look like he's into both systems, but you must be pretty naive to let him fool you." Because he owns both systems...duh? How am I naive to believe him? Wow...and you're naive to not see that he does provide some good arguments and he made even Greenburg look like an idiot in front of the camera. Just because he says positive things about the PS3, that means he's hating on the 360? I have watching nearly all his videos and I agree with most of his comments. He has a point, but 360 fanboys will never admit that.
I didn't say Bruce is not biased, it's obvious he's biased towards the 360. If one of them is to be considered a journalist it's Bruce. Hiphop can't write at all. But do you honestly believe that Hiphopgamer is equally biased towards the 360? I know he tries hard to make it look like he's into both systems, but you must be pretty naive to let him fool you. I know you are heavily biased towards the PS3 just as him so that might be a factor. I think both Bruce and Hiphopgamer are fanboys, but I'm surprised how people slam Bruce for not being 'journalistic' and at the same time approve of Hiphopgamers incoherent drivel. *edit* How does owning both systems change anything? Does that make him immune to bias? lol!
If by 'working in the business', you mean 'been an accountant at a games firm' then you are right. But Bruce knows nothing about making games, and is the kind of accountant all true devs absolutely detest. Seriously - he's a MS fanboy through and through of course, but I couldn't care who he has an unholy allegiance with, his opinion is utterly worthless.
Hey juuken, there have been plenty of sony execs that have said some pretty stupid and outrageous claims as well. 4-d? ps3 will replace computers as it is more powerful? That should tell everyone exactly how powerful the cell is when games like crysis can blow the ps3 and X360 out of the water. The cell is like a 350 (standard big good engine, power pc core with 8 turbos on it, spe's) Intel's new chip is like 8 individual engines emulating 16 engines. Imagine adding tubos on them! You guys need to back off of juuken. He is getting a lot better in his posts, while he is free to have his console preference, he does it so professionally. There are other people on this site that are idiots that need "your undivided attention" instead.
Microsoft wins!!!!! PS3 finally is starting to die out! It's a great day for gamers everywhere.
Ah ah ah, you're all so desperate these days. Your failure rate is well above 33 %. Kisses.
Nice try, but even having a bad rep of failure cant stop the 360 from being on top(if wii didnt exist). Even if your excuse is that the people were buying consoles over again, it still shows that they cared enough to buy another 360. Which is more than what can be said about your failstation,people wont even buy them if its even a 0% failure margin(mostly because of one good game per year reputation). But hey its cool by Ps4 time, you'll have 10 good games! READ THE WHOLE GODDAMN COMMENT BEFORE SAYING SOMETHING STUPID Sucks that I have to say that after every comment, but ps3 users must only read the title (nasim,ali_the_brit,littleprin cess,microsoftspokesman,and most recently, Bpac1234.) http://www.n4g.com/NewsCom-... I WILL REPEAT, READ THE WHOLE COMMENT BEFORE REPLYING.
@crizzle : no it's not on top, retard. It's outsold and crushed every month worldwide. Go learn reading numbers at school, mongoloid. Nobody cares you sold 3 consoles in japan because of a new game. You fail (like your console).
Another fantastic piece of journalism from BruceonGames /sarcasm! It's great to see the 360 doing well, but lets be honest. This is probably another short lived blip on the 360's Japanese sales chart. Blue Dragon shifted more consoles when launched, and the figures quickly settled back down. I don't see anything different happening here. What it does illustrate is that the Japanese market is still very hungry for JRPG's. This is something Sony should really take note of.
wow are they really surprised that a rpg sold good in japan OMFG these people are ignorant if this tales of verspia game came out on the ps3 the same time as the 360 then the ps3 version would of sold 10x the 360 version and the tales of verspia is a timed exclusive on the 360 just wait till it does come to the ps3 better sales all the way around
other acount stop making offensive remarks its ion bad taste rude and tottaly inapropiate
I have never worked as "an accountant at a games firm". This is pure made up fiction. I have been involved commercially in the game industry since 1978. Try reading this: http://zxgoldenyears.net/ev...
You are a trained accountant. Even the sickeningly obsequious article you link to says : "In the late-Seventies, Bruce Everiss was an accountant with an interest in computers." It's a point of fact that your formal education form Lindisfarne College is in accountancy? If a doctor is a doctor, then surely an accountant is an accountant? So if you work in a games company, does that not mean you are an accountant in the games industry? The only fiction here is your own glowing self belief in your own importance. I'll concede that you held marketing positions, but I actually have a lot more time for accountants than I do for marketeers, who have often understood the market even less than the money men, and apply the same universal approach to marketing a product as if it were a 'kids fluffy toy'. They become so bound up in their own hype and spin, that actually lose perspective and start to beleive it, and you seen to demonstarte that very well. The fact that in my development experience I've met very few marketers who actually know anything about the business at all, is pretty irrelevant. Anyone reading your articles with any sense of objectivity would could come to the same conclusions without having had experienced 'the type' first hand. When I first started reading your articles I assumed you wrote the tripe you do just to get hits, and though I hated it, I imagined you were shrewed and clever and laughed at what you wrote yourself. In some ways I gave you grudging respect for being a clever manipulator. Its become obvious though, that you actually beleive this stuff and think that your vision of 'the way it is' is somehow related to reality!
I did not study accountancy at Lindisfarne college. You are wrong once again. It is not a point in fact. In fact Lindisfarne College was a British public school where I did my sixth form studies in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Maths. And I don't care how much time you have for accountants or marketeers because I have far less time for misinformed idiots who post lies on public websites.