According to 2 Japanese polls, the Xbox 360 is now the most sought after console in all of Japan.
60% aboslutely did not want a ps3 or couldn't afford either version of the ps3. Smart for MS to launch a year ahead. They have some Unbelievable Next gen content coming specifically for the Japanese Market. And that is the way to their hearts. They love their sony and nintendo...but they are gamers too. Many of them waited just to see when all three consoles are on the market which would earn their dollars. Microsoft has to prove themselves to Japanese gamers. And they are doing it by owning TGS this year. Thanks Microsoft. Soon Japanese gamers will be thanking you too. Its over SONY.
MS did have a strong showing in TGS, I hope Japanese gamers see that MS is here to stay. BD and LO are just the begining!
I'll believe it when I see the sales charts for next week.
Unfortunately, Microsoft crippled their sales, at least in the short term, with the announced Blue dragon pack-in with the price drop. Since BD is probably one of the most sought after 360 games in Japan, I expect most Japanese gamers to wait until December when the game is finished and included for free.
Alright then, I'll wait until December to see whats up.
while being as uncynical as i possibly can, i simply cannot believe this. while i'm all for the 360 succeeding in Japan (since i actually own one), i simply cannot see it being the preferred system over BOTH the PS3 and the Wii, especially considering that prior to TGS the 360 held about 1% of Japanese interest. i'll have to wait for something a bit more concrete (say from ign.com or gamespot.com) before i can accept this. if true then kudos to Microsoft. but my suspicions are through the roof.
I don't believe this either I just posted because it was interesting... even though I don't plan on buying a PS3 and currently own a Xbox 360 I feel that PS3 will dominate in sales.. only time will tell I guess
It's good to see that you are open minded on the topic. I hope MS, and Sony will do well in Japan.
To see what next week's sales figures for Japan turn out to be (Joystiq.com posts them), and whether there's any significant change for the 360.
But to be honest, as much as I would want the sales to increase (being a happy 360 owner), I don't think it'll change much. If anything like UrbanJabroni said, we will probably only see a big sales jump in Japan once Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey come out. All in all I think MS did a pretty good job at the TGS, from what I have read the crowd response was very positive compared to prior 360 showings in Japan.
I'm sure most of the Japanese will wait until December when the 360 will be bundled with Blue Dragon. So don't get too excited by Joystiq's numbers next week.
they need to get the stuff they are showing off at e3 in stores as quick as possible to have any effect on slow slaes.
sales are not slow buddy. MS is selling as much as they ship and most stores get 3 shipments a week. So its been steady. BTW...every quarter sales have increased since launch. Japan is the ony area thats been horribly slow. But I don't expect sales to pick up in Japan until Blue dragon and lost odyssey come out. Japanese want their type of game PERIOD. I haven't been wrong yet. 10 million sold by the end of the year world wide. Japan sales will pick up once those two games are released.
Fanboys (DJ, etc) what would you do if the these poll reflect the public opinion in Japan? And people start buying the 360 and the PS3 start collecting dust? I know you can't imagin the remote possibility of this happening... but what would you do? Hang yourself?
The PS3 wipes the 360 wiped out of existance, just a question?
I'll will own all system plus a state of the art PC with vista on it. So, I'm all cover. are you?
more rpg for the 360. yay!
must u always start the fanboy debate when commenting on all news?You just can`t give it a rest can u?
Look who's talking. Ask everyone arround, you are known to be one of the biggest fanboys on this site. You don't make sence 99.99995% of the time. And vote lame to most 360 news and article.
hard times for sony.
OK, lets try to use a little rational thinking here. The good thing about polls is that they are an *indicator of what people think, at any given moment and because they are usually anonymous they are somewhat reliable because its assumed that people have no reason to be dishonest....which tells you if your PR is working or that people genuinely like your product. -So that's a good thing.//// But the bad thing about polls is that they really are only a "INDICATOR" of what people think, at any given "MOMENT." -Which means people change their minds all the time for various reasons and influences.....so my point here is that this poll was probably done during or soon after alot of Japanese who attended TGS got to see or play Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon, which was definitely impressive and of course those two dev's are highly respected in Japan, so its reasonable to think that some of them may have responded saying they would buy a 360, but in reality they might change their minds, not all but some of them. Now I'm not bringing this up to be negative (so calm down 360 fans) but only because I have actually studied "polls" before and I know that they can be helpful but at the same time very misleading. You have to be a little skeptical when we know that the 360 has been failing miserabaly in Japan, and now all of a sudden 58% of them say they want to buy it. Yeah, Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon will definitely help 360 sales, but I highly doubt it will beat PS3 or the Wii. Im not saying they are lying, or that the polls are bogus, NO...all I'm saying is you have to take "polls" with a grain of salt. The good news for the 360 is this is definitely a positive sign. BTW, for those Sonyfanboys who say "Well we will see what the 360 sales are next week".... its not like they need to run out to get a 360 right now if they don't already have it, since both of these games are not scheduled for release 'til December I think?.....its all good 360 is getting more fans in Japan, slowly but surely. A good sign indeed, especially with such a large percentage.
That at least there's more of an interest in the 360 than there was before in Japan. Personally, I don't see anything happening until LO and BD hit stores but there will definately be some increase in sales when this happens. The question is just how much. Nearly all the reports from TGS claim Microsoft had the longest lines, but this may not equate completely to sales. For example, Nintendo had the longest lines at E3 06, but I still think most gamers' main console will be either the 360 or the PS3.
I would not have expected these results for M$ but am happy that there is till some hope for the 360 over there. I was actually more impressed with the PS3 showing than the 360's but big ups for M$ for doing something right. Overall I think it was a pretty good TGS and lets me know that this is going to be a great next-gen battle like the sega-nintendo days.
Spectral Diario - Idea Factory http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Spectral Force 3 - Idea Factory http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Saga of Cathay - Idea Factory http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Eternal Sonata - Bandai http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Untitled .hack style rpg - Bandai http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Enchanted Arms - From Software http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Phantasy Star Universe - Sega - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Operation: Darkness - Sega http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Golden Axe - Sega http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Blue Dragon - Mistwalker http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Lost Odyssey - Mistwalker http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Cry On - Mistwalker http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Culdcept Saga - Namco http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Infinite Undiscovery - TriAce (SquareEnix) http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Final Fantasy XI - SquareEnix - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Final Fantsy XI-2 - SquareEnix - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/arti... Dungeon Explorer - Hudson Soft http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Far East of Eden Ziria - Hudson Soft http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Magna Carta 2 - Softmax http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Zoids Infinite Ex Neo - Tomy http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Embrace of Time - ORiGO http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Elder Scrolls: Oblivion - Bethesda http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Two Worlds - Reality Pump http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Mass Effect - Bioware http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Jade Empire 2 - Bioware http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Bioshock - Irrational Games http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Elveon - 10tacle Studios http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Fable 2 - Lionhead http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Kindom Under Fire: Circle of Doom - Blueside http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Marvel: Ultimate Alliance - Activision http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Lord of the Rings: The White Council - The Gray Company http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... RPG Project #1 (Untitled) - Obsidian Entertainment http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... RPG Project #2 (Project New Jersey) - Obsidian Entertainment http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... RPG Project #3 (KOTOR3) - Obsidian Entertainment http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... X Quest - Spectrum Mediaworks - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Warhammer Online - RvR - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Champions of Atlantis - Epiphany Games - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Project 880 - James Cameron project - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Shadowrun - Microsoft Game Studios - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje... Untitled - Cryptic Studios - mmo http://xbox360.ign.com/obje...
The thing is, most of those rpgs are western styled rpgs, which aren't exactly popular in japan. It looks like there's only about 7 or something jrpgs.
Spectral Diario - Idea Factory Spectral Force 3 - Idea Factory Saga of Cathay - Idea Factory Eternal Sonata - Bandai Enchanted Arms - From Software Phantasy Star Universe - Sega - mmo Operation: Darkness - Sega Blue Dragon - Mistwalker Lost Odyssey - Mistwalker Cry On - Mistwalker Culdcept Saga - Namco Infinite Undiscovery - TriAce (SquareEnix) Final Fantasy XI - SquareEnix - mmo Final Fantsy XI-2 - SquareEnix - mmo Far East of Eden Ziria - Hudson Soft Magna Carta 2 - Softmax Embrace of Time - ORiGO
yea okay. that poll is complete bull. 360 is great but 2 rpgs arent going to change an entire nations view on consoles.
At the CNET Japan site the trend seems to be moving towards the Xbox as well. The poll says: With the arrival of the Wii and PS3 at the end of the year, and the Xbox 360 which has had a chance to gather titles, they all may seem interesting. But which one will you really buy? Xbox 360 - 44.7% Wii - 30.3% PS2 - 21.7% All of them! - 3.3% The poll's been there since the 18th. I don't know how the feeling is at other sites, but I thought this was a pretty big flip too.
About those two RPG's not being enough, FFVII changed my views on the PSone bro. If a game is rich with storyline,music, and is visually appealing for the times like FFVII was, then it just might make a difference to atleast purchase the console. Thats what I did and I've had all PS's except for part 3. Halo/Jet Set Radio did the trick for my original Xbox. Anyhow it all depends..if you were born way after FFVII then you probally don't know what I'm talking about. Personally I haven't seen any game or played any, that has left that type of mark. Well if your into FF or RPG that is. But my Point at the time I was not into RPG's and that did it for me. It's not like I want the 360 to fail or the PS3. 2 consoles more choices for us but I like what the 360 is so far regardless of some fanboy POV. Man..eventhou I think the FF series has been played out, if Square was to launcha new one for the 360 I wouldn't even care for the PS3. The fact that they might do a remake of FFVII on the PS3 sparks my interest early on the PS3 but I know it's not anytime soon.
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