Xbox 360 sales near 10K in latest Japan tally

Sales for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 neared 10,000 units in the latest weekly retail data from Japan.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 9,763 units between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6. The hardware typically reaches sales of about 4,000 – 6,000 units per week.

Despite a larger sales factor, the Xbox 360 successor was unable to near sales of rival hardware machines, including Nintendo Co.'s Wii which sold nearly 208,000 units and Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3 which sold 64,000 units in the same period.

In addition, the Xbox 360 was unable to chart any game titles in the top 50 software sales for the week.

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RadientFlux3967d ago

Oh well it's Japan's loss

Shadow Flare3967d ago (Edited 3967d ago ) well as Spain's, Italy' fact most of Europe's. Or it might be that people are catching on to, you know, that the 360 isn't all that. Apparently 2/3's of the world agree with me. That's some ultimate bubbles up

Gaara_7243967d ago

realy is it there loss?? its japan they know about the RROD there like the most advanced teknologie people out there dissagre with me if you want but look at EVERY thing they have invented and we stil use them so there like dam ps3 is the future and dam the wii will be a nice presant for my mum and dad or kids but xbox it barly scraps next-gen i mean final fantasy 12 has better graphics tan like 80% of its games

Gaara_7243967d ago

i agree im giving u a bubble

WilliamRLBaker3967d ago (Edited 3967d ago )

Come one Come all! see the boy that actually believes japan invented things!

lol nearly every thing japan makes? was made by another country.

lol video games weren't invented by the japanese, neither we're semi .lol hell most of the tech stuff...cell phones we're invented by the japanese...phones weren'

TheTwelve3967d ago

Dang...Shadowflare blew you up.


Feihc Retsam3967d ago

If it doesn't start doing better in the U.S. PS3 publishers will be forced to cater to their target demographic and we'll all be doomed to play rehashed sequels of Final Fantasy and weird panty fetish games

CRIMS0N_W0LF3967d ago

i DON'T have X360 and I lost nothing. I can run most X360 excluvises which are over rated on PC.

WilliamRLBaker3967d ago (Edited 3967d ago )

Every other country beside the UK and japan dont make up 2/3rds of the world lol

should clear it up a lil, All the countries in europe besides the UK which includes a few countries, and japan do not make up 2/3rds of the worlds.

hell half the world is in ASIA!

hazeblaze3967d ago

And what exactly is it that they're missing out on. Most of the games on the system don't appeal to anyone in the region. Even amongst western gamers the system only appeals to the hardcore shooter fans.... sales of the system slowed down WORLDWIDE last year as compared with the year before.

There were plenty of games that appealed to us Americans last year... but there's not much I'm looking forward to on the 360 this year at all.

WilliamRLBaker3967d ago

blaze your not very smart either are you?

Only 17% of 360 games are shooters fps/tps

Of the high scoreing games since launch? only 22% of them are

poos33967d ago

the uk sales of the 360 which is the elading gameing country in the uk and wer eim from is what matter the 360 is owning here fact =) the sales of the uk ownspan and italy were th eps3 sells 10k console while the 360 sells 60k console in the uk monthly fact

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Relcom3967d ago

The begining starts off nice for the 360 then they bash and dismiss it at the end.

Its like pointing out Lair had good music(which it did)......

DJ3967d ago

I guess hitting 10K in sales is big news though...

LanRanger3967d ago

One thing the article DOESN'T mention: Sales of the 360 in Japan have exceeded lifetime sales of the original Xbox by 16% in just over two years. Sales are still poor in Japan, but improvement is a good thing.

Japan sales from launch: Xbox vs. 360:

karlostomy3967d ago (Edited 3967d ago )

exceeding the previous generation in half the time.

For the xbox brand in japan it would suggest selling three times the amount of 360 consoles there as xbox1 last gen ovber the whole 360 life cycle.

That is DAMN good, even though it still is DAMN poor. ;)

It's hard to overcome that xenophobia.

Lumbo3967d ago

Horray, we are down to the old "xenophobia" excuse.

The Japanese are sooo xenophobe that they buy Apple Iphones/Ipods (US product) like crazy and yearn for german cars.

When will you learn that japanese customers firstly want QUALITY and politeness when they decide. The Xbox has a negative quality image because of the RROD and Microsoft's former policy of lying about the defect rates and outright blaming the customers for it. Additionally "X" is prelabled negatively in Japan, hence X means abort/cancel on japanese games wheras O is forward/ok (drives you crazy on import PS2 games)

So you have a gamesystem that has a negative cultural marking in its name to start with, and on top is plagued by abysmal quality that leads to massive defect rates. And you BLAME the customers for shunning that product?

Get real, Microsoft has to invest a huge amount in PR in Japan to get over the bad image they have there. No matter that the newer batches of Xbox360s are not as prone to RROD as the first years batch, the image is set in peoples minds. And on top: distributors seem to think that it is enough to stuff a game with its original english screentext and voice acting into the japanese market and they will gobble it up like some bunch of brainwashed idiots. Not surprisingly they do not, no matter how "cool" english words are right now in japans pop and clothes.

There are some simple rules when you want to succeed in the japanese market:
1) if you release something make sure its usable by people who do NOT speak/read english
2) provide a high quality product
3) don't try to bully your way in, be polite.
4) don't abandon existing customers just cause you want to force them to buy your next version of product x

American and European companies have been very successful in Japan, mainly cause they took the time to understand how to sell to japanese buyers. Hence the Ipod sells very very well. It has a slick design, is easy to use and is not labeled with an aura of "breaks when looked upon". Same with the IPhone, good design, advanced tech, high quality = japanese buyers want it.
Or cars: Mercedes is not to darn arrogant to try to fit into the market. Additionally the cars are of the highest quality. Result: it is a well established brand in japan, more highly recommended than Nissan or Toyota, another piece that should tell you that its not xenophobia, but crappophobia.

Next time you will try to tell us that the fear of china drives the stupid japanese customers away from the chinese Vii... yes, most likely thats the sole reason .. *rolleyes*

mintaro3967d ago

good to see, it's at least impoving

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