Blue Dragon Welcomed Warmly in Japan

Microsoft hasn't done a lot of things right in the eyes of the Japanese. Winning over one of the largest gaming markets in the world has been a muddy uphill struggle for the software giant, but that hasn't stopped MS from putting forth a lot of effort in trying. Well, Microsoft's hard work has finally paid off in the form of Blue Dragon, one of the few highly acclaimed games for the Xbox 360 in Japan.

In a press release issued recently by Microsoft's PR agency, it was announced that Blue Dragon has taken some affinity with Japanese consumers and the Japanese media, alike. Kick-starting the launch of Blue Dragon at one of the largest retail outlets in Japan, the Yodobashi Camera Akiba, more than 200 gamers were on hand awaiting the release of the highly anticipated Xbox 360 RPG, Blue Dragon.

On hand at the Yodobashi retail store to unveil the launch of Blue Dragon, was renown model (and gamer) Yoko Horiuchi. She happens to be a fan of the game's artist, Akira Toriyama. Being the first of a two-part epic tale specific for the Xbox 360, Blue Dragon was designed by Square-Enix's Hironobu Sakaguchi. The game follows a young boy as he journeys through a sizable adventure as he masters his "Dragon Shadow". Though it's released in Japan, American gamers need not envy their Eastern gaming counter-parts. The North-American release of Blue Dragon is scheduled to hit retailer shelves sometime in 2007.

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Bhai6407d ago

...I like Mr. Sakaguchi's development, I must say that Blue Dragon doesn't appear to stir many things up. I mean the DOA-3 caused a sale of about 250,000 Xboxes when it was launched. So far DOA-4 has been a major know-not in Japan because it just couldn't get there, neither have any other Japaneese developed game for the 360. I've just read the latest impressions on blue-dragon at, and while things are intriguing...they are by no means anything newer than Grandia-3, Valkyrie Profile...and can't even come closer to FF-XII and Rogue Galaxy. So, I guess we'll have to wait and see what's cooking in lost odyssey.

FeralPhoenix6406d ago (Edited 6406d ago )

...I like Mr. Sakaguchi's development, I must say that Blue Dragon doesn't appear to stir many things up.

-Well of course YOU would say that, but all the news seems to indicate that alot of Japanese gamers are interested in this, will that interest translate into significantly higher sales of 360's, I think its safe to say sales will pick up because of this game but how much is anybody's guess because honestly "ONE" great game is only a "begining", it will take a consistent string of "Japanese Oriented" games before Japanese gamers will buy in mass. The good news is that almost all of the current 360 Japanese owners will likely buy this game which would be considered a success and any marginal sales increase of 360's in Japan will be positive news for M$ because the reality is they have nowhere to go but up, if you know what I mean.

calderra6406d ago

Considering that Microsoft's showing at TGS '06 shot sales up 300+% almost immediately, and that following months saw similar increases... yeah, I'd call that "interest".

The overall numbers still suck, but seeing one day's work translate to 3x as many units being sold ain't bad.

takz6406d ago

This is definitely a good sign. I am becoming more and more keen on this game with each article. I'm praying this wont end here and Microsoft will take a hint and push for more good Japanese rpgs; the more the merrier. looks like 360 is headed in a good direction with this keep it up!

FirstknighT6406d ago (Edited 6406d ago )

This is just the stepping stone Mircosoft needs. Blue Dragon is already being planned as a Manga making it more popular. Shohun Jump is already releasing stories on it. Blue Dragon will continue to sell and get big. With Lost Planet a month away in Japan...sales are going to pick up even more!

Funky Town_TX6406d ago

The only way m$ will sale consoles in Japan is if they change there name to Sony or Nintendo. The 360 is dead in Japan.

uxo226405d ago

That's what opinions and buttholes have in common...everybody has one.

HaKeRsCanRotINHEL6405d ago

should focus more on the countries that actually appreciate its console and quit wasting time + money in Japan.

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I Used To Hate This Xbox 360 Exclusive JRPG, But Boy Was I Wrong

I had it all wrong...Blue Dragon is awesome!

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M0chit0292d ago

One of the best of that era. Great game, great adventure!

Kurisu292d ago

I bought this game a couple of days ago, along with Lost Odyssey, while they're on sale in the Xbox Store. I never had a 360 back in the day so I missed out on these games, so I'm glad that I'll finally be able to try them out soon on my Series S.

raWfodog292d ago

Yep, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, and Gears of War were my favorite 360 games back when they first released.

Seraphim292d ago

no doubt. To this day it baffles me when this game gets hate. Sure it wasn't as epic as Lost Odyssey, but in it's own right it was a great game.

MrNinosan292d ago

Lost Odyssey is one of the best jrpgs of that era but got killed because it was bought up and released on the "wrong" console.

repsahj291d ago

Is there a chance that Lost Odyssey will be released on PS5? I really want to play it and Blue Dragon, too.

autobotdan291d ago

Both games are owned by Microsoft

andy85292d ago

Great game. The 360 had some really good turn based games back in the day. Absolutely loved Lost Odyssey too. I think they are both Sakaguchi creations.

ZwVw292d ago

Correction. Both Blue Dragon & Lost Odyssey (as well as Infinite Undiscovery) started off as in-house developed projects that went third party after MS killed off their Japanese development studios.

andy85292d ago

Doesn't really have anything to do with what I said though 😂 Sakaguchi wrote them both

Hofstaderman292d ago

This game together with Lost Odyssey, The Last Remenant and Tales of Vesperia convinced me to buy a 360. This game made my 2007 which ended off with mass effect.

CrimsonWing69292d ago

Honestly, a fantastic game, especially if you were a fan of old-school JRPGs. I hate that this genre rarely can come back to these roots.

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Did you play Blue Dragon? Whatever the case might be, it deserves to be remembered

Destructoid: I remember where I was when Blue Dragon was announced. Although I already had an Xbox 360 and was ready for it, some folks I knew bought one just for it given who was involved (Nobuo Uematsu, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Akira Toriyama): as Mistwalker and Microsoft Game Studios made a mad dash to put out more games from Japanese studios on the Xbox ecosystem.

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shinoff2183321d ago

Blue dragon was fantastic. Love that game. It was my biggest reason for getting a 360.