Japan Hated The Xbox Before It Was Even Out

The Xbox never caught on in Japan. The 360 is having problems, too. Ever wonder why? There are any number of reasons why Japan won't embrace the console now, but let's go back to the very beginning.

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stonecold32761d ago

will always dominate there in japan m$ has got no chance to even outsell sony or nintendo there its going to be the same for kinect

Masamori Sumimura2761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

how can Kinect outsell a whole brand?

ComboBreaker2760d ago

Japanese prefer devices that don't RRoD.

Millah2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

Japanese people are smart, thats why.

Actually, Japanese are very brand loyal, and have a completely different culture when it comes to gaming. Sometimes its hard for foreign brands to compete in Japan.

Cold 20002759d ago

Thats a curious reason considering the original xbox was more reliable than the PS2 back in the day and the 360 now but still flopped.

The people who agreed with you were either born after the 360 launched or have an IQ level of 32. I'd go for the latter.

Vojkan2759d ago

Xbox 1 had no chance in Japan, come on now it had no game, all best games were on PS2, well know brand and sequel to the most popular console of all time. And here comes some western white dude and thinks Japanese should be all over this s..t just cuz he is from USA? hell no!
Sure they did better job with 360 but again not enough. After releasing two JRPGs, they pulled the plug. WTF?!

Eamon2759d ago

Here come the kids who all think they are professional economists and sociologists!

Theonik2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

Well for one the Original Xbox was huge. One of the reasons it was hated in Japan was that. after that the PS2 had a much better library especially in Japan. Not to mention they were at the disadvantage of being "The new kid" and being built around a completely different target audience.

skip2mylou2759d ago

@cold2000 wow you re really delusional even back then the original xbox wasnt reliable it would freeze up randomly when i would try playing games, one or two days in the week it would freeze on me and i had to to a reset on it.

XabiTheHumble2759d ago

Actually thats uncertain, the only reason why more reports of broken PS2s were present was because it sold a hell of a lot more than the original xbox

FanboyPunisher2759d ago

They just buy products withing Asian culture, they support their own continent.

Asia = Smart
N.A = Stupid

New world leaders in tech/money/world power..

Asia, because they = smart.

davidmccue2759d ago

Why do the articles from the bigger name websites get pushed through the front page quite a few times, saw this article a day ago. Think some back handers are going on if you ask me. :(

No Way2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

That is true. But, there were many PS2 to fail, of numerous different reasons
I had 3 PS2's break on me. But, I'm glad my PS3 is still running strong.

Sony fixed a lot of issues from the PS2. That's good.
And, next generation, I'm sure Microsoft will do the same.

morganfell2759d ago

Just what we need, more 360 apologists from Kotaku.

Sarcasm2759d ago

Japan doesn't hate the Xbox, they just aren't going to buy it.

ShinMaster2759d ago

That's why.

K, but in all seriousness though, it's all about the games. And I guess most Xbox games don't appeal to most Japanese people.

Fan Tastic2759d ago

And yet some racists americans still love the xbox simply because it is US versus japanese.. Doesn't really matter that the nintendo and playstation are vastly superior, they are from japan.

iMaddy2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

I think they just still upset on Americans for atomic bombing back in 1945.

After that all Japans capital became Americal capital.
Japan not allowed to have an army. Only small SDF (SelfDefenceForces).

If i would Japan i would like to hate Americans too.

On the other hand Americans just get the best they could from all over the world for their dollar they print from usuall paper.

Just think about..America as a whole country buy goods from all over the world just for usual paper called dollar. they can print on that paper $ sing and paper became a dollar. but for them that is still a paper they can print in amount they need. uncontrolled amount.

All world is in American hidden form of slavery while dollar is an only world currency.

elmaton982759d ago

The ps2 was more reliable than the 1st xbox even I keep my ps2 after 6 years and my first xbox died after a couple months that why we prefer the PS3 now than the 360 why because we know that the PS3 has a longer life than a 360 ( my first 360 died after 6 months and it was an elite 120 g )

Sony3602758d ago

They weren't smart enough to buy the most powerful console at the time though, were they?

RageAgainstTheMShine2758d ago (Edited 2758d ago )

Now they are blaming and making the Japanese people look bad? Kraptaku are such ungrateful dead bastridges!
Why don't you retarded folks just say "Xbox had no appeal!" or "Xbox is obviously a second rate , trying hard, unreliable, copy cat of the PlayStation"

Ever since the Japanese has been using safe, efficient, economical and state-of-the-art hardware post World War II and you expect them to buy a defective POS? The Japs knows best when it comes to quality. I don't know about most Americans but even up to now I am baffled why many put up with M$ hardware.

The reason why Xbox still sells in that region is for Asian retailers to sell them modified after. That has been the practice there since the Famicom.

Rush2758d ago

Here we go again...

Only on N4G a site for complete and utter retards would people get more agrees for completely racist remarks like Asia = smart, NA = Stupid.

Most of the user base on this site = retarded fact.

Hideo_Kojima2758d ago

Off Topic
The Japanese are really smart...
Or is it spot On Topic?

AAACE52758d ago

It's always a sign of ignorance to hate something before you know anything about it!

I used to hate the Ps1 and chose to stick with Nintendo 64. I realized it was stupid to hate something without giving it a try. Soon after, I realized Ps1 was a good thing. I became a fan since then. The Ps2 was the best. I spent tons of hours playing Ps2 games.

Since then, I have tried to make it a habit to own all available consoles, because they all offer something different!

Life is about experience.... Why the hell should I limit my experience by owning 1 console and being loyal to a company who doesn't give a sh*t about me, when all they want is my money anyway!

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JUDALATION2761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

The PS3 has the best single player games and is free online. The Japanese market does not like online shooters and the games they play are different from what Xbox makes... zenogears and pokemon are big and are not on the 360... Why would a japanese person buy an American car or Xbox when their cars and the ps3 has better overall features compared to their needs? a FREE BROWSER AND FREE ONLINE HD BLUE RAY PLAYER WITH THE BEST GAMES PLUS A COOL COMPANY THAT DOES NOT BULLY THE COMPETITION VS THE XBOX WITH NO WI FI BLUERAY AND BROWSER AND ONLY FPS.... the real question is why the Hell the XBOX HAS SUCH A huge lead OVER ps3 IN THE US??? there is no real reason except price, but since xbox cost 60 bucks a year even that does not make sence.

Masamori Sumimura2761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

You just answered your own question. You asked why would a Japanese person buy a Xbox if there's no games that appealed to them? Why do you think people in america love the xbox so much then ? because there's games that appeal to them. just like you stated japanese people love XenoSaga,Pokemon and other stuff and dont love shooters . here in america they love Halo , Call of duty gears and have a big love for shooting stuff. lol

it's all about appeal.

Denethor_II2759d ago

"here in america they love Halo"

The internet is not America, with a capital A, it's cyber space, just saying;)

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No Way2759d ago

That's not all true. The 360 had many of many JRPGs this gen.
Now, and even before the PS3 was released, and they still didn't buy it.

shoddy2759d ago

Square love

drewboy7042759d ago

No Wifi? My xbox has it built in. Only FPS? I like Forza and Gears which is third person in case you've never seen it. Also Pokemon isn't on the PS3 so why would you bring that up when you are having an xbox/ps debate with yourself?

ShinMaster2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

It's the endless Xbox cycle of games for fans.

Armyntt2758d ago

Shinogino, and your point. Hows that any different then the 14 pokemon games in japan every year.

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baodeus2759d ago

while i agree, but never say never. I couldn't believe that Japan embrace iphone. Very unlikely, but just don't say never just in case.

gigaware2759d ago

Kinect is almost here can you tell?

drewboy7042759d ago

All the talk about sales and increased PS3 Trolling whenever a comparison article comes around gives it away.

iamtehpwn2759d ago

Japanese trust Japanese brands and companies before they trust American ones; You can attribute this to Japan's bit of xenophobia if you like, but really Xbox not being from a Japanese country is what hurts it the most.

ShinMaster2759d ago

Apple is not exactly a major gaming company.
In terms of consoles and gaming systems, Xbox is the third wheel and it will take a lot to replace either Nintendo or Sony. And that won't be happening any time soon with the games Microsoft releases.

evrfighter2759d ago

"What about apple then? "

what about it? the walkman of our day and age is a tiny shadow of its former self.

the Iphone....well I guess Japanese aren't as smart as all you weaboos make them out to be.

elmaton982759d ago

Who doesn't hate the US the whole of Asia does Europe does and the rest of the world that why whatever comes from America doesn't sell well in the world because is always defective ( why do you think people prefer Europe cars rather than American )

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Eu2759d ago

People who compares the failure rats of the first 3 years od the X360 with the problems PS2 had for ONE YEAR is something I dont have words to describe....

By the way, my LAUNCH PS2 is still kicking, and my cousins play the Fifa games whenever they come to my place (I dont let them touch my PS3, 14 year olds are way too clumsy)

Besides the wrong approach MS had with the first Xbox, their new one with X360 wasnt as happy. Heck, even when they bough some exclusives trying to please the japanese market it backfired on the 3rd parties that did it.
The perception the japanese gaming market have of the MS consoles are not good, and with the X360 absurd failure rate, the third iteration wont sell well either.

elmaton982759d ago

Ha that why the 360 is falling in 3rd place why because is a failure and I have one but I don't use it anymore

mookuns2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

With the Japanese, it's quality over quantity.

mint royale2758d ago

Yeah the wii really is kicking ass.

chidori soukou2759d ago

Face it microsoft cant win in Japan. If Xbox360 came out when the original Xbox did, PS2 would still out sell xbox360. Thats how pathetic they are, Microsoft has no chance in Japan..

Ravage272759d ago

the Japanese probably viewed the 360 as nothing more than a major annoyance. M$ and their f-ing pathetic timed exclusive deals definitely left a sour taste in fans from both camps.

StarOcean 4 and ToV are games from popular series with long traditions and would be developed with or without M$ funding. The net effect of these deals merely prevented PS3 owners from playing them instead of letting them go multiplatform. And when the deal ends, the superior versions will end up on the PS3, leaving the 360 japanese owners wondering why on earth did they buy that useless box for.

M$ next box will definitely bomba in Japan again after all the ill will their dick moves have generated.

zeddy2759d ago

theres no metal gear solid 4 or last guardian for the 360 thats why it fails in japan.

Longrod_Von_Hugendon2759d ago

But...but Apple seems to be doing just find in Japan so why can't MS???

vhero2758d ago

Forget the article from this biased website that is one lovely picture :)

Hanif-8762758d ago

Its the same in the US because when i go out to GameStop they'll do everything in the world to try to convince you not to buy a PS3. Trust me when i say this! I think HipHopGamer did a thing on this too.

Darth_Bane792758d ago

I remember I went to buy a game there once and they put the 360 version in my bag, I caught it and told him that I said I wanted the PS3 version, and the clerk gave me a funny look. Then next to me another clerk was hustling another costumer into pre-ordering Kinect (which back then it was till called Natal) and telling him all sorts of fantastic stories about all the amazing things the device would allow him to do. I just left the store disgusted and never bought a game there again. Online or Best Buy for me.

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MURKERR2761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

If you ever have the chance to go you will be astonished at how many years they are ahead of us in electronics.hype will not do it like in USA or the UK that is why ms are failing miserably over there. susbstance behind is the hype is needed like wii with its then revolutionary motion controls,ds with its touch screen,ps3 with bluray...360 offered nothing new hardware wise that wasnt already done on the ps2. .Dvd,wireless control pads etc

Kinect is there last chance over there, i know im going to get disagrees but i see kinect selling over there maybe just at initial launch but i do it selling at first. ....Depends if they just view it as another eye toy though its 50/50

Masamori Sumimura2761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

That's not really it. I'm pretty sure japanese people arent interested in Xbox360 in it's current state because there's nothing worth playing on it to them. The lack of Rpg's,platformers on the console is the obvious problem. The xbox brand is still brand new aswell it will take time for them to pick up where Nintendo and sony always ruled. They'll most probably never be as big as sony and nintendo in japan because those two have a longer history in the gaming industry.

Denethor_II2759d ago

"The xbox brand is still brand new aswell"

Well, no. That's no excuse. The Xbox brand is only a generation behind the playstaion brand. The problem is that Americans like to shoot and kill things, which, lets face it, takes no logic, fore thought or intelligence to accomplish, and thier games encompass this. Whereas the Playstation brand embraces everything gaming has to offer, which is why I love it.

ShinMaster2759d ago

It's because the Xbox is the third wheel in gaming.

hennessey862759d ago

In the grand scheme of things sony is still newcomer. gamings been around for allot longer than the playstation. nintendo will always rule in japan,

Tsalagi2758d ago

"The problem is that Americans like to shoot and kill things, which, lets face it, takes no logic, fore thought or intelligence to accomplish, and thier games encompass this."

Yeah, because i never shot anything on a Playstation console before. Twisted Metal, Syphon Filter, Metal Gear Solid, or Doom never existed.

Also, i see by your name you are from the UK. Care to guess what the two top selling games there are this month? Fallout New Vegas and Medal of Honor, you know, shooters.

By the way, I am a PS3 only owner so you can save the Xbox fanboy crap.

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kaveti66162761d ago

by your logic the ps3 also doesn't offer much that the ps2 doesn't have. it boils down to different tastes. look how well iphones do in japan. they're inferior to droid phones in just about every way, but iphones sell more in japan because of the style. the japanese aren't any smarter than the americans.

people in general are all just about the same. there are no "smarter" people or "more advanced" cultures. It is ethnocentrism that makes us believe that they are.

And there are some things about Western Culture that the Japanese love. They love the Christmas traditions and they love dressing up as bikers with slicked back hair, like James Dean.

They don't like Xbox because it doesn't appeal to them. That is it.

Masamori Sumimura2761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

I have to agree. Alot of people have used the argument that japanese love ipods which mean they dont hate america etc etc. Appele's Ipod/Iphones is a very Big brand and people will buy it for the name and style without exactly knowing the hardware capabilities . I could name a list of better Phones , MP3 players that people probably never thought of buying just because it's not ''IN''. There's tons of stuff that sells specifically based on Popularity. Just look how well the xbox is doing here in america. It's safe to assume that the xbox brand is a popular one here in the West and that it's less popular in the West. It'S all about Appealing to a market. If you Offer a variety a games that dont appeal to a a certain market you wont find any consumers for it. Nintendo and japan both had the advantage of being created 1st in japan people over there have grown with these brands. Microsoft never had that chance and will mostly never be as popular in japan. Nintendo and Sony always offered stuff that appealed to both West and Eastern Markets which is why they are popular in both areas.

MURKERR2761d ago (Edited 2761d ago )

Hardware wise which i stated in my comment ps3 was different from ps2,wii was different from gamecube, was the 360 from the original xbox?

Ive been japan many times believe it or not hip hop is absolutley huge there are b-boys everywhere,american artists are huge over there japan have embraced american culture and really enjoy it.360 'was' a poorly built machine suffering from rrod and no amount of rpgs could mask that fact.

Where did i say the japanese were smarter please point it out? Seems i touched a personal nerve,As for there are no 'advanced cultures' are you not more advanced than the tribes living in the rainforests?did i state the japanese are telekinetic? No but the japanese are advanced in technology and your comment suggests you have never been there so how can you make such a bold comment? Thats called ignorance,Even down to camera phones japanese had them years before any of us, they have been watching tv on their phones for years, actual androids are not an uncommon site in japan.have a look at most of the electronic devices you have and read where they came from or where they are made, So yes they are way advanced in technology like it or not

Ron Jeremy2761d ago

Next time kaviet think before you type

kaveti66162760d ago

You guys will base all of your bullshit claims off of one feature.

The 360 is different from the original Xbox in many ways as well. It is has various upgrades. Just because it still uses the DVD9 you guys are saying it's not different?

How stupid are you fanboys?

The problem with me is that I DO think before I type. Unfortunately, this is not the place for thinkers. Right now, it's all PS3 fanboys. If I say something that isn't highly critical of the 360 or highly flattering of the PS3 I get morons like you guys replying with the same sheep-like logic.

You guys might as well use the Chewbacca defense against me. It's more valid than anything you've said so far.

TheOldOne2759d ago (Edited 2759d ago )

you said: "ps3 doesnt offer much that the ps2 doesnt have" and
"I DO think before I type"

wow the most retarded comments I hav read this week.

Seriously WTF are you smoking!!??

Millah2759d ago

Kaveti, could you possibly be any more ignorant?

lowcarb2759d ago

There's no reasoning with these silly multi account trolls. What you said was spot on and does not need to be explained.

"Its funny how on N4G the person with the least amount bubbles always calls others fanboys"

What's funny is someone with a brain obviously smaller than godzilla has so many bubbles. It's sickening to come across posts like yours which I swear sound like 3 or 4 known PS3 trolls on this site.

HDgamer2759d ago

Meh Lowcarb you can't be more further from the truth than Mike tyson in prison. Ps3 is nowhere near like the ps2, the xbox 360 only is an 1.5 upgrade of the original xbox. Gimped games, multiplatforms, very little exclusives, horrible Square enix rpg's. Why risk your money on a failed product?

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MURKERR2760d ago (Edited 2760d ago )

Its funny how on N4G the person with the least amount bubbles always calls others fanboys....also i see disagreeing with you causes you to namecall because you seem to lack the intelligence to reply in an adult manner whilst stating your points.

now your talking about updates when i CLEARLY said hardware wise? Your sinking, now to prove my point on my original comment ps2,original 360 an xbox are all similar.....

lack of HDMI
Wireless battery operated controllers can be bought for all
slide out dvd tray
lack of sensitivd touch buttons
ps2/360..hardrive optional

i think you can get my point, DOESNT mean its a bad thing its just my OPINION on things as i go to japan alot,im not saying its law or im right but its just my opinion,we all have one.oh and a little advice kaviet stating facts in an adult manner good or bad doesnt make a person a fanboy or mean they are bashing a product ALL products have their flaws and you have certainly showed yours.....