Japan: Xbox sales jump 800%

With the launch still two weeks away in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world awash in fresh new Xbox 360 smell, Japan is feeling the positive side effects in regards to the console being introduced to their market.

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TheTeam063088d ago


If that's hotcakes, I wonder what the others are selling like. Because it still sold less than everything else (except the PS2).

But nonetheless, it's a good boost! It was a good combination of that and Monster Hunter that had them making the charts. Let's see how long they can keep this up.

dangert123088d ago

lol well done microsoft all the japanese wanted was somthing that looked like its not 2000000 years behind there tech now it looks more now-ish there getting on it lol but hey they still get better deals then us this is not fair dont buy it japan don't buy it :)

sikbeta3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

Bwahahahahahaa..... I KNEW IT, it was just a Matter of Time, Unbelievable lol

-> [ http://www.nintendoeverythi... ]

PS3 – 19,578
Wii – 19,115
Xbox 360 – 17,370

So it's more than clear, while x360 "sells like hotcakes", PS3 and wii Sell more than Hotcakes...

I bet this 1-Week sales spike got more to do with MH:FO than the new x360 Slim...


And by the next week or so, when sales go back to normal = 2k/3k per week, You'll Not See a single Article about that....

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Nitrowolf23088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

i think you guys are taking this Hotcakes things a bit to much
Yes the 360 did get outsold by the other 2 console but take a look at this
Xbox 360 – 2,060 from previous week and now its 17,370

i don't usually defend 360 (cause i love my PS3 so much)
but the term "Selling like Hotcakes" means they are flying off he shelves, selling very fast.

So yeah it isn't wrong to say that if previous week were so very very very low.

MHO is out this week for 360 soon so i am guessing that is reason for japan spike

Triella3088d ago

Remind me how many US servicemen and their families are based in Japan ?

evrfighter3088d ago

All this really does is shut down the argument that ps3 sales in Japan offset the loss for NPD.

chrisnick3088d ago

2000 less than a slow week for ps3 and wii= hotcakes? that's just sad man.

Anon19743088d ago

Do we really need to be subjected to an article every single time the 360 has a temporary spike in sales in Japan. It seems like every single time we get a weekly spike from the 360 for some reason or another we get an article about "Oh! 360's sales turning around in Japan?"

It's not turning around in Japan. It never will turn around in Japan. It's been out 5 years and the Japanese haven't touched it. A slim version for the same price isn't going to turn their fortunes around now.

Ever heard of a "dead cat bounce"? Look it up.

NecrumSlavery3088d ago

17K is good. The 360 usually sells 1-3k a month. This is a major improvement. Wonder what games sold big on 360? What games 17,000+ were bought as well

Hideo_Kojima3087d ago (Edited 3087d ago )

Guys do you realize we are talking about JAPAN!

The home ground of Nintendo and Sony.

Microsoft will never be able to catch up with them in Japan but it is a major achievement to sell that much there anyway...


Sony should release another final slimmer version with the touch buttons and the shininess (by sacrificing a huge price drop for a smaller one) and brand it PS 3D.

That would give them another peak.

PCnPS3Gamer3087d ago (Edited 3087d ago )

as a gamer this means nothing to me. xbox 360 whether its shiny now still has lame dvd and can't produce games that look and play as good as uncharted 2, gow 3, gt5, infamous 2(man that game video was insane goty confirmed)or gt5 goty anyhow its going to be a ps3 game....dont worry xbox fans the 360 will get best shooter prob with halo reach lol

i dont care about sales i care about content, games, AAA exclusives, best motion controls, free online though i have playstation plus (wipeout hd is sweet), blu ray, reliable console. and no matter what these sales articles say for me the ps3 has all of the above and more and its only getting better whereas the 360 is only losing exclusives. and dvd tech is hurting the quality of games they produce.

games games games games > sales sales sales sales guys

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HolyOrangeCows3088d ago

"Microsoft still couldn’t get a leg up on any of the other console developers, with Sony managing to sell 19,578 Playstation 3′s, 23,257 PSP’s and even Nintendo got in on the action with 19,115 Wii’s exchanging hands. On top of the retail sales rankings? The Nintendo DSi reigned supreme selling 41,676 units"

If that's selling like Hot cakes in Japan, I guess the rest is selling like sushi in Japan.

xxLuckyStrike3088d ago

LMAO....he said Sushi...give yourself a round of applause...

kissmeimgreek3088d ago

I consider an 800% increase in sales selling like hot cakes

diatom3087d ago (Edited 3087d ago )

So if one kin phone is bought last week and 8 are bought this week, is it selling like hotcakes too?

Fireseed3087d ago

You lost me at "even Nintendo got in on the action"

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Shadow Flare3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

you know, i can't prove this at all, but i suspect a large portion of those sales are from people who already own a 360 and want to upgrade. I'm just saying that because since launch, 360 has sold like 2000 a month in japan. And suddenly the 360S has sold 17000. I dont think 17000 people in japan were waiting for built in wifi. I think a large portion of those sales are from people upgrading. And i think its a similar story around the world. We'll see if the effect lasts or not. I very much doubt it will in japan

fr0sty3088d ago

actually it can be proven. people who buy new consoles buy games for those consoles, so if there is a boost in hardware sales, you can tell who bought a new one vs. a replacement by looking at the jump in software sales, which for xbox 360s is nowhere to be seen.

MicroSony4Life3088d ago

but thats a new low even for you. Instead of giving MS a little credit you find some way to spin this.

We all know Japan is Nintendo and Sony land so need to convince people that MS is not doing good in Japan.

Shadow Flare3088d ago

ok, sorry i'll give MS some credit.

Well done Microsoft. The 360 outsold the PS2 this week

Bigpappy3088d ago

"Monster Hunter 360" is the number 1 seller in Japan. Shocking huh?

Heisenberg3087d ago

lol! Since when is it low class to hypothesize why the 360 had a sales spike in Japan?

SaiyanFury3087d ago

It looks like a lot of Japanese were waiting for some of the features in the 360 Slim including built in Wi-Fi. On top of that, the (no pun intended) monstrously popular Monster Hunter series debuted on the system. With any luck MS can keep up the momentum, but I wouldn't count on it. One or two months of 10k+ sales can't keep up with a few years of increased PS3/Wii sales. I really don't like to argue with sales numbers, but basing the 360's single month success on a couple of details seems kind of limited. Good for MS, I hope they can continue to move in Japan, it'll serve to foster competition over there in this generation of consoles. In that, we all win when developers are forced to compete and innovate.

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jammy_703088d ago

Do they sell well then?

evilmonkey5013088d ago

Okonomiyaki (pancake) is a Japanese food staple. They're not like American hotcakes. It's kinda like a just load crap onto it and got a taco..same diff.

EvilBlackCat3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

Its japan people...

so tell me people which western electronic product sell more than a japanese product in japan?

iPhone/iPod? NOT really

what else?


Do you wanna sell a game in japan

* Create an RPG
* Make the principal character a woman or a "man" that look metrosexual and shy
* Put Dragons on it or Giant Enemy Crabs
* Give them clubs and swords
* And of course make the gals in the game show boobs and panties

and thats it you have a 85% hit

baker_boi3088d ago

It's due to Monster Hunter dropping on the 360 in japan.

Monster Hunter moved those systems the same way the Wii got a boost off of Monster Hunter.

under taker 343088d ago

they're making an improvement, guys over here need to leave the nitpicking alone for once.

Sarcasm3088d ago

And in a couple more weeks it'll be right back down. lol

XxZxX3088d ago

It's a bait for you to click on Read full story links....

XBOX 360 still did pretty bad in Japan.

beardpapa3088d ago

MS still giving out phat cheques? Why Capcom would put out a Monster Hunter game on the Wii, the 360 in Japan, and not on the PS3 is beyond my understanding.

evilmonkey5013088d ago

Its called "money from Microsoft".

morkendo3087d ago (Edited 3087d ago )

selling like hot cakes in japan then ps3 an wii selling like FIRE!!
stay tune to next month sales decrease 800%

sid4gamerfreak3087d ago

good for them

off topic: Netherlands beat Brazil!!! WOOT!! WOOT!!!!

NYPunkster3087d ago

That's horrible!
"its sales in the previous week, which totalled just 2,060 units."

"However, it is important to put the numbers is perspective. Even with sales north of 17k the Xbox 360 was still unable to outsell the PS3 (19,578), PSP (23,257) and even the struggling Wii (19,115)."

Consoldtobots3087d ago

I don't care if sales jump 1000%, the 360 HAS NO GAMES!!!
and that's not a troll, that's coming from someone who's had his 360 collecting dust for over a month now because it has no good games out that aren't over 2 years old.

NewZealander3087d ago

im looking at getting a xbox 360 s when it releases here, but im interested to know what, if anything, is preloaded on the HDD when you get it, any full arcade games or demos? anyone whos got one pm me and let me know:)

vhero3087d ago (Edited 3087d ago )

Still less than PS3 though on the launch week of new model.. That is considered a failure in Japan no doubt by MS. They can't drop support of it in Japan though as if they did Japan devs would stop developing for it. The problem is if they don't sell plenty of consoles week in, week out they are gonna lose of a ton of cash. Of course when they talk about profits they only ever include US in there numbers.

Also didn't playstation slim numbers jump over 1000%??

jeseth3087d ago

Even still, its good for MS. The redesign of the 360 is a good one I think. I still feel they should have put in a standard HDD so 360 consumers could swap to whatever size they want (250gb is pretty good size though for this gen).

The 360 Slim looks awesome.

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ClownBelt3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

Just as I expected. Haha

I expect more of this articles to come.

brazilianbumpincher3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

its over dramatic articles like this that microsoft really dont need, it still sold the least out of the next-gen consoles and i can see it dropping by a huge margin next week.

deadreckoning6663088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

Why are you complaining about a title? Must you people downplay everything Microsoft related? Geez. All he said ws hotcakes and people are losing their cool lol.

@below- Well, I don't see how the title is "dramatic", but whatever. Its funny. You say that the fanboy war is "stupid"...yet u go out of your way to point out ur prediction that 360 sales will drop by a huge next week AS WELL as mention that the 360 still sold the least out of the next-gen consoles.

Maybe its me..but I'm sensing a LITTLE hypocrisy there. We have TONS of Kanyes on this site. In every positive 360 article, theres always a PS3 fanboy to be like, "Yea, thats good and all..BUT, the PS3 iz like da bestest console ever" Don't know why people deny it, everyone knows what goes on here.

brazilianbumpincher3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

just normal humble journalism will help ease this stupid fanboy war and headlines like this or hiphopgamers ridiculous 'naughty dog to go multi' (even though their OWNED by sony dont help matters

EDIT: i mentioned it sold less still to show how over dramatic the article is,hotcakes would be wiping the floor with the wii not selling less than both next-gen consoles, and well have to see if my prediction for next week comes true which in point will prove we dont need over dramatic headlines which draw out comments like the ones above us

Godmars2903088d ago

I except that next week, when sales drop by 50% and more, we wont hear a thing about it.

R2D23088d ago

Only time will tell my friend.

You still have to give MS a little credit for not giving up on Japan.

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BrokenAnarchy3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

I'm pretty sure it was because of Monster Hunter Frontier Online not because of the new redesign.


Hellas133088d ago

Only 360 game on top 50 was Monster Hunter Online.So it's propably from that.

vhero3087d ago

A calibration of the two no doubt.

xxLuckyStrike3088d ago (Edited 3088d ago )

PS3 fanboys fear and loathe to


They expect you not to report favorable numbers for the 360 S or dismiss it as flaimbait.

Shadow Flare3088d ago

ok, we'll see how long this lasts in japan.....

RememberThe3573088d ago

*Covers ears and closes eyes*


Abriael3088d ago

There isn't much to hear. They still didn't manage to beat their competition even with a new model and one of the most popular franchises in the Japanese market.

It takes being some pretty rabid microsoft fanboys to try and spin this quite evident failure into a success.

Or a blogger looking for N4G oriented flamebait.

sikbeta3088d ago

"This is exactly what....PS3 fanboys fear"

Hmmmm.... a [ONE WEEK] sales spike?

I'm assure you this sales got more to do with MH:FO and it's pretty lame considering the MH Franchise is sales Beast in Japan, no wonder MH:FO will be on the PS3 by the Next Month or

Pennywise3088d ago

A one week sales spike that still lost to the PS3 by 2k. lol. Happy 4th all!

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Hank Hill3088d ago

LOL. The author is grasping for straws here.