Blue Dragon helps boost 360 in Japan

Let no one doubt the power a popular anime artist and a popular RPG developer can have on a system's success in Japan. 1up is reporting that pre-orders for the 10,000 limited edition Blue Dragon Xbox 360 bundles are selling briskly, with some retailers running out of stock within minutes. This is the same console that barely sold 2,000 units in the country last week, making the healthy interest all the more surprising.

Is this sales surge a temporary blip due to a collectible bundle, or will Microsoft be able to parlay the interest into a sustainable market share in the country? Either way, we'd advise Microsoft that a boob-filled bundle for Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 couldn't hurt in the land of the giant huggable Kasumi pillow.

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PS360PCROCKS5894d ago

good, but stupid that it's only 10,000, geez make it like 100,000 and sell some damn consoles over their so I can stop hearing about how hard Japan is to crack

Anerythristic265894d ago

The article I read on Next Generation has the sales figures at around 100,000 for the month. Not only did they sell out of the Blue Dragon bundle but most of the otherr 90'000 allocated systems. This is good they need sales before the Wii launches and Japan actually has some PS3's next year.

Schmitty075894d ago

I guess these RPGs really are having an impact over there.

Capt CHAOS5894d ago

Not to release the 360 with a decent Jap RPG. They've sold more consoles in the week then all year and thanks to a single game.

Still, a good move. Now, it'd be great to see some of the Jap publishers taking note and would love to see some of them over here..

I want dark atmospheric RPGs.. Anything based on Akira??

PS360PCROCKS5894d ago

hey lets say japanese for now on k? thanks, I'm american, but callin someone a "jap" doesn't seem very nice nor politically correct.