Inafune, Microsoft on the Potential of Xbox One in Japan

Xbox One isn't launching in Japan until 2014, which Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune says "makes sense," and isn't necessarily a sign of inevitable failure for the platform.

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ABeastNamedTariq2046d ago

They need JRPGs. Like... A lot. Stuff that caters to them. I guess we'll see.

AznGaara2046d ago

They had JRPGs with the 360. Lost Odyssey, Last Remnant, Blue Dragon and Tales of Vesperia ... Look how that turned out.

LeonhartX2046d ago

and star ocean and infinite undiscovery

riceking2046d ago

they gonna need more...

Godmars2902046d ago (Edited 2046d ago )

Most of them either did nothing new or did it badly.

That goes double for most PS3 JRPGs. Folklore and Valkyria Chronicles aside.

AznGaara2046d ago


Whether or not they do something new is irrelevant. I mean look at how much Pokemon sells. Heck look at how much Call of Duty sells in the west.

Godmars2902046d ago

"Whether or not they do something new is irrelevant."

It is when they didn't sell. Failed to bring over JRPG fans who were expecting JRPGs on the PS3. FF is still the biggest known franchise of the genre, as well known as Pokemon, yet 360 sales of FF13 hardly accounted for a third of its totals. How was anything else expected to measure up?

insomnium22046d ago (Edited 2046d ago )

MS needs to be consistent and determined for the japanese to buy their console. MS lied about some JRPGs of them being exclusive on x360 only for the players to find out later that the game would be coming to PS3 with more content.

You can't change your mind and burn the Japanese consumers. They have a long memory. You need a backbone. Now with all these 180s on XBone that console is DOA in Japan. Mark my words and quote me on this. The XBone is dead on arrival in japan. If the burning of consumers with x360 wasn't bad enough the 180s with XBone sealed MS's fate in japan pretty much. The Japanese consumers are too smart and proud to back MS's crap up by buying their console.

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GenericNameHere2046d ago

Sony's got [email protected] exclusive to PS4 now. No way Xbone will ever gain footing now. JRPGs (they even got a new Star Ocean and Tales of Vesperia as exclusives!) did jack squat to their image in Japan during the X360's early years. I highly doubt they'll spend that much effort in Japan anymore, despite now having a team based in Osaka.

Gekko362046d ago


Is it me or are JRPG's over rated. I'm not a big fan of Japanese games, they just don't blow my skirt up the way they do some people.

The Japanese market is rather small though compared to the rest of the world. I know that it's treated as some kind of Land of Oz for gaming but it's not worth the time space or effort to be concerned about releasing earlier when the rest of the world is a bigger cash cow.

Godmars2902046d ago

JRPGs were never meant to be AAA titles in terms of overall production, which is what the PS3 and 360 were built for. That's why most JRPGs left those consoles for handhelds. Why FF13 was such a radical departure - and failure.

Biggest2046d ago

FFXIII was a failure in terms of internet conversation. The game sold very well. All three announced game were made and will be released. Definitely not a failure in the traditional sense of the word.

I do agree with the rest of your comment, Godmars290. JRPGs are usually smaller budget games not meant for blockbuster status (minus SE games apparently).

tiffac0082046d ago (Edited 2046d ago )

Even during the height of JRPGs. Popular titles like Sakura Taisen, Suikoden, Breath of Fire, Wild Arms, Valkyrie Profile, Tales of, Shin Megami Tensai and many more, never made the one million mark. The majority of the sales of course are in Japan.

I believe a lot of people never realized that JRPG sales shrinkage was never because the west stopped buying them but in actuality its the Japanese market moving away from the consoles and going more into the handheld market that hurt the sales considerably, unless your title is a well taken cared of franchise like Persona or Tales. Then the sales won't be as strong as its use to be.

Only a few like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Pokemon, Monster Hunter and Kingdom Hearts remains the constant million sellers (per title).

Godmars2902045d ago

The game sold poorly in terms of the franchise, and failed because of the controversy and division its created among fans.

FF13-2 sold less than FF13, and all the fans still on board could do was combine the separate numbers as if they were the same game in order to defend Square's choices. Use the sum to say that makes "FF13" one of the best games in it's series.

That level of delusion is dangerous.

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GamersRulz2046d ago

MS needs those 3 units sales per year in JP

Transporter472046d ago

Because Japan cares so much about NFL/TV integration oh wait...they don't.

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