CVG writes - While Kinect has been called the "fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history", the motion sensing peripheral hasn't performed too well in Japan.
Are we going for smart consumers or xenophobia?
Why not go for obvious? Underperformance in selling consoles in Japan ='s underperformance in selling Kinects in Japan. Shame it doesn't have that dual-tone bias you're suggesting.
Wow..the fact that Kinect sold 90,000 in Japan and Move sold 170,000 means Kinect did way better than expected. It's Japan..they don't even supports the PS3s biggest games..so why would they support the 360s Kinect in record numbers. It just continues to to that Japan is a non-factor to be successful in the industry today. Japan loves and supports their own games no matter what the console. But, it's good to see the Japanese developers are on board to make some interesting Kinect titles. Can't wait for Steel Battalion and Panzer Dragoon for Kinect. Evil
Pretty much any MS product won't do well in japan! It seemed like they had a good idea to bring something different to that region, but it just hasn't performed. I have noticed that japan seems to be more focused on Nintendo products though! With japan becoming a much smaller market to actually care about, I think MS and Sony should focus more on US and EU markets... which is what most of the industry is doing anyway! Hopefully MS and Sony will get this motion control thing out of their system soon and move on to something else. Because I like the idea of motion control gaming, but I just don't like how companies like MS are trying to make it their primary objective! They need to realize that Nintendo sucked that market dry. And most of the people who bought are current 360 owners who bought Kinect more for the features and not the games!
I think PS3 userbase in Japan is 3+ million, while Xbox 360 hit 1 million, so the ratio is in MS favour even considering the space needed to play Kinect. How many Japanese people actually have that kind of space to spare? If MS missed their sales target, they were aiming far too high in the first place!
@zootang That was a stupid comment... I see why you only have one bubble left.
I smell damage control.
Usually its just your upper lip but hey
Got some freakish hentai games on it that you feel up virtual women and other gross stuff then you will see sales go up.
that's the first mods you'd see in japan for kinect on pc , and even that failed miserably . Not to mention they already had their camera based hentai crap before kinect .
lack of good software this hardware cant depend on dance central forever
Obviously some people think it can last forever on Dance Central. Some people think in strange ways.
As a Kinect owner, I totally want to see new games. However, I'd much, much rather have them take their time and get some good stuff out there instead of flooding the market with a bunch of shovelware. Not to say that there isn't some shovelware but at least it's not anywhere near what it is on the Wii. I don't invision Microsoft letting it go that route either. I think they unerstand that they can't allow that to happen. I enjoy the games I have now; regardless of how few they are. I know that games like Fable Journey, Steel Battalion, and Rise of Nightmares are coming along with a slew of other games. It's a new product and it takes some time. I say take that time and do it right. The PS3 was the only console I didn't get at launch. I didn't want to pay that kinda money for something that for me, didn't have anything worth playing. It wasn't until I saw the E3 video of Killzone 2 that I decided to get one. My wife got it for me with a PS3 the day it came out and it's a really good console. The point being is that it took time. The PS3 didn't come out the gate being as great as it is now. Now there are a host of great games to play, to justify the purchase of. Other than financial reasons, I don't see why anyone wouldn't have all the consoles at this point. Sony took their time and got good stuff out there. MS is doing the exact same thing. Give it some time.
If the 360 underperforms in Japan its a no brainer a 360 peripheral will also underperform.
c'mon, it's japan.
What? Is there a country outside of the Unajted State of Amerikatx? Unheard off!
Small dwellings not big enough to use the device is part of the problem the other is Xbox doesn't sell well there to begin with.
And the sky is blue. Why is this surprising?
Frankly, why care about game or hardware sales in Japan? The population is aging, the number of "gamers" is continuously dropping, and the birth rate has fallen so low that demographers claim the Japanese people will be extinct by the end of the century. It makes far more sense to look at sales some place with a growing consumer base. China or India for example.
That was a very interesting angle. Intelligent as well. Bubs for you.
Only on N4g would Ironwolf's blather be considered "intelligent". All I see is some butthurt xenophobes that are mad because the Japanese aren't foolish enough to fall for MS' shennanigans. Keep on truckin' America, you're about 2 steps shy of insolvency and 1 step from international laughing stock status.
First let me say, I am hardly "xenophobic". I have spent nearly 20 years living and working in Europe and Asia. One of my brothers is married to a German girl and has resided in Germany for over 30 years. His sons and grandson are German and I vacation in Germany as often as possible. My other brother is married to a Latina, originally from Mexico. So yeah, I guess I really hate and fear those "damned ferners". I currently work for a Chinese company contracting to HP. In the past ten years I have worked for an Indian IT company and a European Printer/Copier company (where have you lived and worked, hmm?). My point in the above post is it makes exactly zero sense to obsess over a shrinking market while ignoring growing ones. But haters don't deal well with logic, do they?
I'd be more worried about your own country, bro. Besides, if the population decline in Japan gets critical, they can always allow immigrants in. They already do this on a limited basis for workers from SE Asia and Korea of course there are some sociological hurdles to overcome. At anyrate, the reason why Japan is still relevent is because most of the gaming hardware and legacy companies come from there. Sega, Nintendo, Konami, Capcom, ect, they've been around far too long and have been influential for decades just to simply vanish from the gaming mindset in a single generation.
See above. And note I made no comment relating to manufacturing. My post relates only to sales, which I believe, is what this article and thread are about.
Japanese only buy JAPANESE products thats the reason why. even if a product is good if its made by a JAPANESE company the masses won't buy it. nothing wrong with that though if americans had this type of mentality china won't be the super power and soon to be world leader it is now
I'm curious as to how well the iphone sells in japan compared to other smart phones, or do they have a smartphone made by a japanese company that sells much more than the iphone over there?
Apple is the only non Japanese electronic company that performs well in the sales department for its products in Japan. They are the exception. All other American products sell poorly or just average. So this story is not surprising at all. It's simple Math 101... The Xbox360 has had a tough go at it in Japan so of course Kinect will fare the same fate. The only saving grace for MS on this front is Japan is no longer the driving force in the video game industry as it once was and no longer holds the market-share for this market as it did in the past.
How about sales of Microsoft Windows?
Maybe the Japanese are less susceptible to western marketing tacticts. People didn't buy Kinect, they were sold Kinect. It's not like it has even a single killer app.
For some reason for me it was Dance Central. I love that freaking game. You do make a good point. I know that I'm not the norm on that one. There really wasn't that universaly praised "killer app" for Kinect.
DC is indeed Kinects killer app, its a shame there are not more games on Kinect that are as good.
What did you expect it's Kinect(EYETOY Rip off), Japans already played EYETOY 7 years prior.
Japan's unreasonably biased against everything made by Microsoft. It could be the best thing ever and they wouldn't even give it the time of day.
Probably because they know it wouldn't be the best thing ever.
noduh,japan never li9ked xbox
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