Nearly two months after the release of Mistwalker's Blue Dragon, Gamasutra wondered just how well the traditional Japanese console RPG introduced Microsoft's Xbox 360 to Eastern gamers, and how similar Microsoft efforts - from other Japanese-developed console exclusives to specific regional ad campaigns - were impacting the country.
To help enlighten us, they asked Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft, and John Ricciardi, COO and creative director of localization company 8-4, Ltd. to tell us more about the real meaning of Gears of Wars' recent Japanese chart-topping success, forthcoming titles that might (or might not) help grow the userbase, and what else Microsoft might 'Do! Do! Do!' to help its console in Japan.