From DS to 360 all consoles are up this week, while not much it is still better than a loss.
Only a 13k deficit between Nintendo and Sony this week, usually Sony is a bit more behind than that. :P
true, but last week it was even closer
Really? I'll have to go back and check...
EDIT: I see... it was a 9k deficit last week. :P
the 360 has a little life left in Japan. It's just on life support.
Surviving due to that release date nearing now. It will help some.
Pull the plug MS. Concentrate on EU and NA. They could release a school girl panty vending machine party game and give 360's away...still wouldn't help.
EDIT: I find it hard to believe Capcom would not have created, nor published those titles had the 360 not existed. Timing and revenue opportunity played the biggest role. Mistwalker, I'll give you. But what other Japanese tpd that didn't support Xbox 1 is now supporting 360? I just named one of them, but where are the others? To sell worse in JPN with your sophomore effort, does not bode well for MS or the Xbox brand. Selling 3k consoles a week anywhere, is not a sign of things "looking up". Nor is having a 7yr old SD console (PS2) sell damn near 4 times as many consoles as the 360. The only reason they are still in Japan is pride.
EDIT: Capcom's decision was based off $, but this superb attachment rate did not exist when they made that decision. Releasing Dead Rising and Lost Planet on the only "next gen" console at the time (in NA first mind you) made Capcom plenty of money...in NA. RE and DMC came to the 360 only b/c of its success in NA. There are 8 million 360 owners here and releasing those titles exclusively on the higher priced, smaller install base PS3 would not have been in the best interest of the company or its shareholders. Why not focus on Japan in a thread about Japanese hardware sales? MS' investment has not, nor will it ever be a success in JPN. 6yr and it is doing WORSE now than it did when it was selling the original Xbox. Japanese support has increased, not for the Japanese gamer, but for the NA gamer. The 360 has sold over 3 million more consoles abroad (not including Japan) than the PS3 and has been out over a year longer. How is that good?
Don't blame me, man. I'm vain.
Anyways, despite the 360's blatant lack of good sales- MS seems to be acquiring Japanese TPDs just okay. And that support is VITAL to the 360's success abroad. Just consider the success of Dead Rising, Lost Planed, Blue Dragon... None of those games would have been released on the 360 had it not been for MS's continued existence in japan.
In short, stop looking at the small picture- big sales in ALL market regions are not necessary to win this big, fat "console war". Software support from all market regions, however, is extremely crucial. So, don't expect Ms to leave anytime soon. There's a reason they're still in Japan (despite how rudely its being treated).
i didn't disagree w/ you. At least this time, you post made me laugh (or maybe its because you noticed my new *and improved* avatar).
As a company, MS is in it for the investment. You seem to forget that the only REAL pride for any business is MONEY. As I said before, STOP focusing just on Japan. The 360 has done extremely well over-seas (in comparison to the *other* competition), which has resulted in INCREASED Japanese support from software companies. how do you explain DMC4? Or Resident Evil 5? Capcom's and Mistalker's reasoning for endorsing the 360 is not out of friendship, but due to the financial reward associated w/ the 360's superb attachment rating (5.0+, as it stands). Remember, i'm referring to ABROAD. I repeat, NOT JAPAN. Japan is only important to MS when considering Software suppport.
Otherwise, you're right the 360 is dead.
"MS' investment has not, nor will it ever be a success in JPN. 6yr and it is doing WORSE now than it did when it was selling the original Xbox."
Although 360 is doing badly in Japan, it is actually selling MORE than original Xbox. At similar timeframe in Japan Xbox only sold less than 500 consoles a week.
All consoles FTW, lol.
the wii sales are gonna sky rocket next week with SMG
Microsoft should really just give up on japan. They are too brand loyal. You could be the best of the best, but if you don't have brand loyalty then you are screwed.
Why does MS take the beating in japan, you ask? Easy: japanese TPDs.
MS needs them to do well abroad, not necessarily in Japan
The numbers are so consistent in Japan. DSL in the lead followed by PSP, Wii, PS3, and trailing far behind the 360. Same thing week after week.
1 Nintendo 103,938
2 Sony 90,275
Sony is only 13-14 thousand away from Nintendo in Japan. Considering how the DS and Wii are said to be selling like hotcakes, that is pretty encouraging. Like I said before, when you consider the actual price of the PSP and PS3, it is positive news for Sony.
With all consoles gaining it seems like good news for all companies.
or at least tie because i know smb is going to push up those wii numbers but then again, rachet does very well in japan.
does anybody know if the ps3 has ever outsold the wii this gen in japan.
japan is responsible for 40 million ps2's being sold, since people are still buying a ps3 for dmc and all those games even though there multiplatform, sony will get most of them back. which is why MICROSOFT NEEDS JAPAN TO WIN BUT THEY DONT SO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. see ya
and will stick with someone or a brand to the end as long as they dont do something over the top. and i think ahead and not just about NOW NOW NOW.
i've been thinking about moving there since im learning japenese and im gonna go to college for game design. has anybody here ever been there?
EDIT: i mentioned this because someone above was talking about loyalty so what i just said came to mind thats all.
oh, ok. Because when I first read your post it just seemed kind of... random. You know, like "out of nowhere".
If i knew id tell ya
I live in Japan.
If they're going to make claims on rising sales, they should either reference the previous week or illustrate the % increase / decrease.
I guess though they could sell an additional 1500 XBOXs and it would be a 50% increase. ;)
if you read the entire article you can see a link to last week's sales
i thought the 360 sells were 8,000 but there only 3,700.. How did the 360 rise in japan???? Its been selling that many consoles for the past months.. Or did there weekly sells go up??
Whats interesting is the ps3 sells is rising and the price drop hasn't even happen yet over there.. When does the 40 gig come out?
PS3 price cut is already coming. take a look at the charts two weeks before and a week before. PS3 sales went up 17,130 from 12,365.
This week, Xbox360 price cut with two softs bundle coming. I think it will help Xbox360 sales in the next Japanese chart.
XBOX360 is NEW to Japan yet has managed to keep sales consistently at 1000, 5000 something units and THAT is a success!!!
Compared to the original XBOX which cut just under 500 units all the time, the 360 is doing over eight TIMES as well.
So no I really doubt they will throw in the towel in Japan, the market they carved out is ACTUALLY EXPANDING and they get developer support from both the west and Asia due to that!
Why in the blazes would a company pull out when its actually doing BETTER? You have to make sense. It may not be lightyears better or through the roof, but all they were expecting was it to be a little better.
And it surpassed their expectations, its MUCH BETTER.
Those sales are fine at 5000 or so units a week, and who's to say that they don't just keep climbing......With the games it has coming out, the sales may even shoot up for MONTHS if they have the right marketing right!
And that's it..........Because games like this, are only coming to XBOX360.
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Its ALREADY done better in Japan, "fanboys"..That's all that matters and it was unexpected too. If it keeps getting better in the end, then 360 is there to stay in JAPAN and thats the bottom line.
They surpassed their estimates and may just continue to climb with so many games for the system from JP developers........
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