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Xbox 360 ranks three titles in Japan retail top 20

Three software titles for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 ranked in the top 20 sales in the latest retail data from Amazon Japan.

Namco Bandai Inc.'s Trusty Bell ranked at No. 6, Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at No. 14 and Capcom Co.'s Dead Rising Platinum Collection posted at No. 19.

Additionally, the Xbox 360 Trusty Bell Bundle, which includes the Core System and game title, ranked at No. 48.

Solid software rankings are positive indication that the Xbox 360 console and software will post improved sales in this week's Japan retail sales data.

Prior week-to-week sales of the console have fared poorly, averaging about 2,000 units per week.

In early June, Trusty Bell ranked in the No. 2 position on pre-sales at Amazon Japan. In the game, a famous composer drifts between this life and the next when he encounters a tale of good and evil.

The Xbox 360 ranked behind Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3 in May Japan sales, moving only 11,082 units.

By comparison, Nintendo Co.'s Wii sold 251,794 units and the Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3 sold 58,644 units in the same period.

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Eclipticus3812d ago

slowly but surely. japan is adopting the 360. Somewhere i read that. Japan thinks its a good system, just not enough info. and bad advertising. if something said GO! GO! GO! i probably would be interested either...

NextGen24Gamer3812d ago

I agree. As long as the 360 sells more than the original xbox did in Japan...it will be a step in the right direcetion for Microsoft.

Diselage3812d ago

So microsoft is taking baby steps to get into japan's market place?

DrRage773812d ago

well, considering that japan was waiting on the ps3, and even those sales are rated as "poor" in sony's hometown, i would say baby steps is all microsoft can expect in japan right now. if microsoft can ramp up the number of rpg titles available for the 360, then they will start to sell more consoles. but since sales are lackluster for the 360 and ps3 both in japan, it really isn't the defining gaming market it once was. global sales are more evenly distributed today than they were a few years ago. several years ago, if sales in japan were weak for a gaming console, that meant death. not the case anymore

kewlkat0073812d ago (Edited 3812d ago )

bubble for you..

Seems like Consoles used to start in japan and end up dieing there if they didn't have strong backing by Japan, but the 360 is slowley breaking that mold, as well as Developers, that have gotten very skilled and innovative, outside the "land of the rising sun" which have had a big impact.

Slowley but surley, japanese gamers are opening to different markets, as far as games and online gaming and such. so are the japanese developers, now they are starting to licesnse western engines and such. europe is becoming the stronger force and I think eventually, they will be more important than Japan.

But yeah, if the 360 sells more than the Xbox then its a good sign. Just bring the games they love and I think they will buy the console, with a also a strong Market-Price. Of course fix the "red rings" issue also..hehe

Auron3812d ago

or eternal sonata whatever its called.

ThisIsWaiting3812d ago

from Japan ... at least thats where their gamercards have them ... mainly in Shadowrun.

By no means is it a huge amount, but its enough to notice.

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