With his company, Mistwalker, getting ready to release its second Xbox 360 exclusive RPG, Lost Odyssey, Hironobu Sakaguchi has claimed Microsoft has a big opportunity to generate serious hardware sales in Japan this Christmas.
Speaking exclusively in the latest edition of Edge magazine, Sakaguchi said Japanese gamers are taking their time warming to next-gen formats.
"Consoles like the 360 and PS3 have still to make a breakthrough in terms of sales [in Japan], and the market is very much about Nintendo," Blue Dragon's creator, Sakaguchi, told the magazine.
"The PS3 and Xbox 360 are clearly lacking titles to appeal to the Japanese gamer, but this is about to change, and the Xbox 360 in particular has an opportunity to prove itself at the end of the year. Its line-up is the best Microsoft has ever had in Japan."