CVG: Despite its slow start however, the motion cam managed to triple Xbox 360 hardware sales at launch - it just seems like nobody's buying any games.
Nice spin, it went from 2k to 6k.
a sales increase is still a sales increase. it sold 4000 more units than normal so thats higher numbers, it was however overshadowed by the arrival of GT5
"They are waiting for the right game to come out then they will buy." Not just limited to Japan as that excuse has been seen used in Europe from time to time and the US as well. It was used for the PS3 at launch and the 360 and Wii and pretty much...every other console made. It never gets tiring to hear.
It's obvious why it's failing......IT'S AN ADD ON to a system that hasn't sold in Japan. Why would people expect for it to sell if nobody in Japan owns a 360 in the first place. Then add to it the space needed to play, which in Japan is very hard to come by due to the small homes. No, the MOVE is better suited for the Japanese market due to Sony being a Japanese brand, there are WAY more PS3's in the market and the space requirements.
"it was however overshadowed by the arrival of GT5" LOL. It was overshadowed by pretty much everything else. It didn't even create a dent for its competition. Not even a small one. It beat the PS2 and the PSPGo, that much is true.
Uhh...we're we supposed to be surprised by this?
Yup. It's the 360's weak market so it's the best for a hit piece. As if Japan has meant anything to the 360 or Xbox brand at all. I think we can say without a doubt NO THANKS to Japan when it comes to Xbox success or support. MS has paid well to get Japan dev support and that has worked out to be a total bust beyond a few flashy headlines. If Japan never touched a 360 again and if the company completely pulled out I would not miss them and the platform would not even notice.
Afterall, we all heard it was suppose to take the world (which includes Japan) by storm.
Japan = Sony and Nintendo land There is no room for Microsoft here(America)
Thought it went from 2K to 7K at Kinect launch to a little over 4K a week later. Considering that at its best in Japan the 360 was doing 20k, this is hardly reason for celebration.
If they want Kinect to succeed in Japan, just make a game called "My Virtual Girlfriend" or something of that nature. They'll bite.
@king of casuals: Actually i believe the real reason is "space issue". If you've ever been to Tokyo or any major city in Japan, the living rooms are about 1/3 the size of the average american households. I can literally touch the opposite walls of my bedroom in Tokyo in an apartment... and the hallways are even smaller.
No one wants it over there so I don't see why Mircosoft is trying to push it so hard. They had to pay people to go out there and line up and "buy" Kinect. People there just don't care. Them peoples over there gots androids for crying out loud!
develop a rape simulator for it, and then those weirdos will buy it.
You're an idiot, I'm not just saying that in the sudo-serious internet way, I'm saying it in the... you really are stupid. Japan while it does have rape simulators, many of whom barely sell the 10,000 if that. Most of the games are sex simulators. And how do you think Japan looks at our borderline sexual fantasies with death? Biggest selling western game is one where you shoot people of mostly foreign nationality, waving the big beautiful American flag in their technolgically inferior faces. But hey, let's attack what we ASSUME to be the cause AND NOT THE PROBLEM. Rape simulator and Japans rather more openness to sex didn't create a higher rate of rape, in fact America has a higher percentage of rape than Japan, and STD's AND Murders.... so while's Japan openness to perversion is to us very disturbing you must ask yourself... how much do you really know? You could see their sexual desires as that of a forgotten Childhood, caused by too much eduction, while what can we derive from America and Western murder simulators fantasies with? Hatred for our fellow human beings. Also, sex is not some god damn taboo... it's Natural, it is one of the greatest conditioners, murder especially one with little reason is not, and murder IS NOT A conditioner... so who is the wierder? Japan and it's openness toward primary and very natural conditioner America and it's closed mind towards sexuality, but legality of fire arms... and it's ignorance towards anything Nature create some wierd hideous culture around sex.
The same Japanese who slaughter dolphins and whales for supposed scientific research.
Yeah and factory farming is Brilliant isn't it? I'm not saying Japan are perfect, no country is, BUT to attack Japan and call them weird based on little if any facts is simply wrong/
I am a 40 year old American, and I prefer to kill aliens, but only after they have proved themselves to be hostile. America is a big beautiful melting pot of nationalities, and irrespective of the sales of so-called murder Sims, we can't be generalized into hate-mongering sexual cretins. Well thought out, and a pleasure to read. Please have a bubble.
Well while Japan is suffering, the rest of the world is having a blast with Kinect!
lol at referring to "missing out on Kinect" as "Suffering" I must be suffering to
@ captain You can say that again. *rimshot* http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Somehow I don't see myself doing this..... http://www.youtube.com/watc... It just reminds me of Kevin Butler in that infamous ad waving his hands lol
lol, if by the rest of the world you must mean the sheep following media lead USA? Only in the US can a company produce a faulty product, advertise the shit out of it and have it sell like hotcakes. US enemies are slower than I thought, if they really wanted to damage us they would simply take control of our media. Why bother with bombs that only affect thousands when you can control the media that affects millions? gotta love blind sheep...
I guess because it's already taken, huh ?
Actually, I quite enjoy the suffering you said.
i wonder why they buy so much Wiis.
Kind of a no brainer. The 360 has never been a huge success in Japan so why should kinect be any different.
Japan don't like Microsoft products. How many articles do we need to make people understand that.
they don't like products they can't trust. Neither do I !!!
Kinect selling is Japan is like telling a kid not to eat candy.. = NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! But in all seriousness.. I hope all 3, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft does good, cause if they win.. we win.
The only thing that matters...is that its selling in America. .........
yyyyew are joking right?
The continent? or did you go to public school and dont know whats America? How many countries are in North America???
Lmao...come on here guys...do I actually have to put /s?....wow I was hoping the "............" would give it away
hey man...its the internet =P if its not stupidly obvious, or has an /s...its not sarcasm =P point taken...I was suspicious, thats why I asked if you were joking ;)
like G did?
that face is so sad ='( its japan! wii country!
Not sure why it's the Wii country when the PS3 is spanking the Wii since month now. Those two are matching it up pretty badly, recently.
Xbox 360 is having an extended slow start in Japan, what makes Kinect any different...?
I BOUGHT KINECT NOT AS GREAT AS ALOT OF YOU GUYS HERE SAY IT IS AND THAT JOYRIDE GAME WHAT KIND CRAP TRASH IS THIS!!
Its Vtech for adults soon will be jumping for letters and numbers.
Was anyone actually thinking Kinect was going to sell well is a country dominated by Playstation. Also an Add-on that requires 15-20sq feet to play to the most enjoyable way. Space is a big cost there.
I am not sure why people report things like this. Didn't everyone already know it would most likely do poorly? If it didn't then post it.
Screw Japan & their nationalist BS!
The Japanese are smart, they produce quality products and don't by over-hyped trash, like xbox360 RROD console and Kinect
well if the console didn't sell, how would Microsoft expect to sell an add-on to the console which is not selling? simple math people.
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