Microsoft's Xbox consoles have never done well in Japan, and 2008 was no exception. IGN learned earlier this week that the entire Japanese videogame industry fared poorly overall last year, dropping 15 percent compared to 2007 numbers. And despite its modest growth there last year, the Xbox 360 once again found itself at the bottom of the heap.
According to new data released by Enterbrain's Famitsu Marketing Data Service, the Xbox 360 sold 23 percent more units in Japan in 2008 than it did in 2007, but that didn't help the console seriously break into the market.
In 2008, the 360 controlled just 2.6 percent of the videogame hardware market in Japan by volume. That translates to 317,859 units, up from 257,841 units in 2007. By comparison, PlayStation 2 made up 3.9 percent of the market, PlayStation 3 controlled 8.1 percent, and Nintendo's platforms made up more than 45 percent of overall sales.