A couple of days prior to Microsoft's Xbox 360 press conference in Japan, andriasang.com travels around Tokyo to see if Xbox 360 really is sold out.
If Sony lets Micro gain momentum back it's their own damn fault. Sony made it clean through the launch of thelast big RPG for Micro and now they're facing another one. Sony has done this without answering back with something of their own. It's almost as if Sony is trying to force the Japanese market into liking FPS, Sports games and cookie cutter casual games. It's not a smart move, Sony. I can "almost" see a turn of events this year. I can almost see Sony winning big in america and Micro winning in Japan. Look how the 2 are positioned for the next 6 months. Sony - Little Big Planet Resistance 2 Motorstorm 2 Killzone 2 Doesn't get anymore mainstream and american than that. Microsoft - Fabel 2 Infinite undiscovery Tales of Star Ocean Doesn't get any more japanese than that. Micrsoft is doing it smart, guys. Like it or not they are.
But a couple of things... LBP might actually do well in Japan seeing as how Japan loves casual stuff like Tamagotchis and the Wii. Fable 2 will not do well in Japan because they don't like Western RPGs.Other than that,good point.
Japanese gamers even buy the PS3 anymore. i mean i LOVE IT but they got very different taste and i got to say all the Asian goods are for the 360. but i guess they know that they'll come eventually. for me when i first got my PS3 i thought it was SHYT. i was even gonna sell it but then i realized that it's PS. and they pulled through two console wars. even when PS was new it still kicked NINTENDO's @$$. something MS failed at. and the PS3 has waaaay more potential than the 360 because it has Blu ray and it's way more powerful so i stuck with it. and it worked out fine.
"I can almost see [...] Micro winning in Japan" ...wtf?! after selling "well" for two weeks u already see them winning.
Sony is making the smart move by ignoring Japan and focusing in America where the 360 is a threat to win America for this generation and the generations to come. In Japan there is a depression so they're not going to buy a $400 system like hotcakes if they got a few rpgs and the lust would only last for a few weeks. In America the sales are way larger and they are extended. The sales don't drop drastically very soon after a spike in America. Once PS3 is cheaper Sony will bring the rpgs. Even the Wii isn't completely soldout in Japan. It's the cheap systems like the DS and PSP that are selling the highest. Also the 360 is far from being soldout in Japan since the japanese gamer doesn't care about online gaming that is why the arcade unit is viable. And as you can see the arcade units aren't sold out. Microsoft is the one that is making the dumb decisions. There biggest annoucement in E3 is FFXIII and now they are buying exclusive RPGs for Japan. They're ignoring the North America gamer where they can sell way more. In Japan no matter what the 360 does it will never sell even close to what it does in America.
I have a strong feeling that LBP alone will steal Europe too as well as America in this 'role reversal'. Never has such a accessible, creative, fun gaming experience has existed on a console. If only Sony can claim some exclusive RPGs, as we have learnt in the recent past Sony can gain sales from Japan; at the moment Sony seem to be solely concentrated on getting America and Europe on board. Which is great and all, but they really need Japan, but if you own almost the other 3/4 of the worldwide console market(minus Nintendo)...do they need Japan immediately? And yes. I seriously see LBP as a serious killer app. No doubt. How many games are aimed for ALL ages, contain no violence and creativity these days whilst having a learning curve? Theoretically; could LBP also be a killer app in Japan, Would the style appeal to them?
Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure there are some ps3 exclusive JRPG's in japan that aren't sold anywhere else.
thats like looking for herpes..... and @above LBP is Going to EXPLODE in Japan/Europe why??.. 1. its Cute and they both luv that kind of stuff . 2. Its a Side scrolling 2d gamers wet dream. 3. teen age Gun crazy boys dont all play games...(just XBOX 2 zing! ).....theres another Sex out there called Girls. about all that needs to be said.
Fabel 2 - Fable 2? LOL, Japenese HATES Western RPG... Infinite undiscovery - Still remained undiscovered...huge flopped already Tales of Flop...enough said Star Ocean - IV? - Series died after 2... You can see the trend, M$ and Sony switch side...BUT...Sony has lead over M$ in US and JAPAN week by week, month by month...disagree with this and you're a retard...
@mikeslemonade agreed, Sony would rather sell more consoles in America and Europe than in Japan. MS is basically forcing the 360 into Japan by buying out several big named JRPGs.....but MS can have their little 25K unit surge for a week, Europe and America (and Australia) still sell well over 150 thousand units a week for the PS3(with or without big releases)
lets see what happens when LittleBigPlanet releases
Ir's very hard hard to understand the Japanese market when they don't like 90% of games. Makes me want to break something.
Most Japaneses love anime,JRPGS, and Hentai. If Microsoft want to be succesfull in Japan they should only sell hentai, anime, Jrpg games is so easy.
or sell the xbox brand to a japanese company.
I went to Japan and saw a lot of Xbox 360's still in the store. It's like they weren't selling at all.
lmao, I don't think their allowed to sell hentai games (but that would be a mega hardware mover, we all know how much the japanese love hentai lol)
Fabel 2 is a hard call, the first one didnt do that well and like someone said, its a western rpg Infinite undiscovery isnt doing that good either Tales of has a following and so far got decent reviews and is selling well Star Ocean we also have to see.. seems like japan is having a hard time releasing good JRPG's ______ but on the sony front lets not forget Disgae 3 just came out and doing as good as tales of vesperia Valkyria Chronicles out this year for sony ps3 also gets eternal sonata this year as well ________ the battle is also larger than just the ps3 and 360 plenty of jrpg's are being released in japan.... for the ps2 i'm currently playing Persona 3 for ps2 on my ps3... and Persona 4 is coming out this fall... sony should have pushed for persona 4 to be on ps3
Disgaea 3 and Valkyria chrinicles already released in japan, but eternal sonata didnt
there is a shortage of 360s there and some places sold completely out. whats the point in this article..........it just backs up what MS has been saying. yawn...
an Infinite Bundle...
I see what you did there.
@wildarms the japanese will buy anything from square, good or bad (in this case, bad)
So the numbers went from about 25K to about 3K in a week, with M$ claiming a sellout, yet 2 of the 3 biggest stores still had machines. Surely if you wanted one you could still find one. I think supply dropped, but so did demand. PS Guess whose back, Guess whose back, Guess whose back.................
If..and that's a BIG if...MS is preparing to release a new Infinite Undiscovery bundle why force a shortage of existing models? I understand the thought process behind it--create demand to bolster the appeal of the 360 in relation to the success of TOV. But it makes no sense IF they are trying to parle that success into gaining the same numbers from Infinite Undiscovery,either through a bundle or through the game separately. This IP doesn't have the same respectability as a "Tales" game.
also I stopped after reading this: "I give Shibuya a 78% sellout rate. Don't ask me how I arrived at that figure, because I really don't know"
PS3 has tons of RPGs coming out. But a large part of what could be a lot of RPGs for Sony are on the PS2. PS3 already has several weapons on their side for the RPG market in Japan. Exclusive PS3 RPGs: -FFXIII (Exclusive in Japan w/ the PS3 having an exclusive bundle and a demo w/ the packing of Blu-ray Advent Children on Blu-ray.) -FFXIII Versus -Monster Hunter 3 -Kingdom Hearts 3 -Dark Cloud 3 -White Knight Chronicles -Valkryia Chronicles -Disgea 3 etc. 360 is dead in Japan and there's no point in Microsoft trying to focus on that market when the American Market is so big.
Let me fix a few things Monster Hunter 3 will not be on PS3 and will go to the Wii instead according to Capcom. Both Disgaea 3 and Valkyria Chronicles already came on the PS3 in Japan and did not make a heavy impact. Both Dark Cloud 3 and Kingdom Hearts 3 have not been announced so until then they are vaporware 360 is dead in Japan but Microsoft is not giving up.If they have to,the 360 will be 60 bucks if the current price cut does'nt work.
If it was an actual sellout I expect to not even see a 360 in the store.
They are having "shortages" yet they're about to cut the price 30%??? Yeah, lower the price on an item you have "shortages" on. That's REAL smart First off, I don't believe this "shortage" nonsense. Almost from the day the 360 hit Japan stores have been stocked and even having a hard time selling the system. Now all of a sudden because of Tales of Vesperia they're "sold out"??? I have a feeling they're going to keep saying they have shortages until they can't make that excuse anymore. Just like they exhausted the "shortage" excuse in the U.S. You can write however many articles you want verifying this "truth". But please, don't try to undermine a person's common sense.
They were just all sent back to the U.S.
Tell me again why a Japanese model XBox 360 would be sent back to the states? Duh...
Microsoft is on the brink of submission. Their desperate actions have shown their face in the year 2008. Their long term strategy only includes focusing on any and all Sony products. With the propaganda and lies that Microsoft has spread over the past year, 2009 will become even a worse year for the desperate press executives for Microsoft. Since Microsoft does not have a single title that will make an impact in 2009, expect to hear about articles such as these. Will Killzone 2 be ported to Xbox 360? RUMOR: Little Big Planet may see Xbox 360 release. God of War III technically possible on 360. Microsoft offers 2 billion dollars to acquire Insomniac games. Microsoft's desperate marketing tactics has no boundaries. It's safe for Dark Sniper to say that Xbox 360 is very close to reaching it's own deathbed. $niper
What interests me more is that media briefing event. Anyone know a live blog for it?
Just look in trash cans and you will find plenty of them
once again, i live in japan. there are 360's on store shelves right now and have been for a while. im not sure why this has been a big issue anyway. no wii's still anywere. ill i want is mario kart and i still cant find it. anyone got one for sale.haha!
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