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Xbox 360 beats Wii, PS3 in Japan weekly sales

Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 outsold rival machines from Nintendo and Sony for the first time in five months in Japan last week, helped by Square Enix's popular role-playing game title, a research firm said.

Microsoft's video game operations have struggled in Japan, home to both Nintendo Co Ltd and Sony Corp, and its Xbox 360 has rarely topped Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3 in weekly sales.

But in the week that ended Feb. 22, it beat its rivals thanks to the launch of the latest installment of Square Enix Holdings' blockbuster role-playing game series, "Star Ocean".

Microsoft sold 21,013 units of its Xbox 360 last week, compared with 16,900 units of the Wii and 15,967 units of the PS3, Ascii Media Works said on Thursday.

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Pennywise3520d ago

Calling all Sony is doomed in Japan articles!!

21k in one week is not bad. Lets see how long sales stay up.

In nexT: 360 sales increase 110% in Japan!

PS360WII3520d ago

Whoa now not just PS3 is doomed in Japan articles but also Wii bubble has burst ;)

Seriously though good on MS for a solid week of sales. Shows Square Enix still has that magic :)

Doctor_Doom3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

you are right $ony is doomed in evey part of the world lol

jahcure3520d ago

only A 1k gap between wii and ps3. Soon we'll see a very new trend in Japan where consoles are considered. Starting this week

cereal_killa3520d ago

Is anyone really surprised at this since SO4 launched with over 160k in sales this week.

Dread3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

no one is saying the playstation 3 is doomed so stop bringing this subject every time. I know you are unable to give any credit to MS, u just rather defend Sony. But just for the record NOBODY is saying that, so please stop the Sony Defense Force bull, it is getting annoying.

peace

Pennywise3520d ago

Dread... RELAX. I said 21k is decent numbers.

I was more commenting on the trend of articles @ N4G.

Everyone is so defensive... its out of control.

Dread3520d ago

what is out of control is the fanboy bull

peace

Saigon3520d ago

maybe it is me...but can you really call that an accomplishment...they barely sold anything...that number is something the wii averaged in 2008 in japan...especially since the other consoles were only 5000 consoles away without a big game...

Pennywise3520d ago

Its not saigon, but I guess lately you have to say it is because XDF is on the prowl. I dont know if it is multiaccounts or what is going on, but if you dont praise the xbox lately you get spammed with disagrees. 21k is fine if it stays that way. We all know it will be back to 8k next week... but common sense does not prevail on this site, its hopes and wishes.

Ive seen some crazy crap said in the last couple weeks:

GoeW2 looks better than KZ
LP2 looks better than KZ
Xbox will dominate Japan from now on
Xbox graphic capabilities are better than PS3
Xbox processor is just as good as the cell
Revenue matters not how many users or w/e that crap was about
PS3 is getting a price cut because of dropping Blu-ray
and of course PS3 is doomed over and over

Do people actually believe this stuff?

Give it up with your personal agenda!!! We are gamers, right?
Lets talk about the games for once.

Sometimes I feel like paid employees from the Mfg's are signed up at this site spamming. Maybe its just me being paranoid, but there is no way these people believe have the crap they say. NO WAY.

Saigon3520d ago

I have to agree with your last statment it does make sense...I guess I was looking too deep into the matter...but what I hope is that SE sees that their efforts were meaningless... yes 160k is good but will they accomplish that goal next week and the week after like other said RPGs in Japan...

For clarification I was hoping that 360 console sales would eclipse past 50k for this game for the first week...looking at those 3 numbers and seeing that the competition was only 5k away with a blockbuster game does not sit well with me...

Imagine if the game was on the wii or the PS3...could you imagine the total sales...

Dread3520d ago

@ABOVE

WOW. you are paranoid because all i have been reading in the posts are sony fans defending anything sony and bashing anything ms. So this attempt to rewrite history is amazing, but expected from u.

peace

The Lazy One3520d ago

there have been no negative 360 articles in the past 2 months at all.

/sarcasm

Pennywise3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

Please clarify which 360 negative articles you speak of? RROD? That new error or w/e? MS banning lesbians?

Which ones? Cause thats all I remember and I would love for you to tell me how they were wrong.

And how am I trying to rewrite history?

You guys like to attack me but never have valid points... just empty comments by alt accounts without avatars.

@nickel - "PS3 is getting a price cut because of dropping Blu-ray" it's possible just like what happened last gen with the hdd fiasco.

REALLY? Things like this being said BLOWS MY MIND.

thenickel3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

You see this is what annoys 360 fans about people like you on this site. In no way is PS3 a more powerful console than 360 but yet and still you preach stuff like it's all fact and you opinion is the only one that counts. IF the PS3 were so much more powerful then 360 we would have seen a noticeable difference long ago at launch just like we did xbox1 to ps2. The fact that multiplatform game regardless of the engines look superior on 360 goes to show that it has potential just like the PS3 and it's cell. Sure you have a good looking game's like KZ2 but it doesn't mean 360 can't achieve and exceed it. Also quit all the tech talk stuff about the PS3 being better in that area when both consoles have there strengths. Gears 2 might not technically look better than KZ2 but artistically it blows it out of the water. Art is where it matters and this is why it looks better from that perspective and was released within two years. Of course this is my opinion and I don't preach it like the truth like you do sir.

"GeoW2 looks better than KZ" yes artistically speaking
"LP2 looks better than KZ" Need to see more
"Xbox will dominate Japan from now on" maybe some day but not now
"Xbox graphic capabilities are better than PS3" neck and neck
"Xbox processor is just as good as the cell" no it's not but the gpu is a beast and the cpu is also impressive
"Revenue matters not how many users or w/e that crap was about" confused
"PS3 is getting a price cut because of dropping Blu-ray" it's possible just like what happened last gen with the hdd fiasco.
"and of course PS3 is doomed over and over" It works both ways

"Do people actually believe this stuff?" yes we do

"Give it up with your personal agenda!!! We are gamers, right?
Lets talk about the games for once." couldn't agree more

"Sometimes I feel like paid employees from the Mfg's are signed up at this site spamming. Maybe its just me being paranoid, but there is no way these people believe have the crap they say. NO" That's the same way we feel with so much hatred going on towards every 360 piece of news wether it's positive or negative. I do believe that MS's poor or lack of 1st party support is what's going to kill them but think that for the most part we should all stop with the constant back and forth hate.

edit penny" I'm not saying I believe it but what I am saying is that if it did happen it wouldn't be unbelievable. To be honest this is 1st time I've even heard this and I don't think Sony would ever do that.
edit penny: It's doesn't make any sense for a penny and a nickle to disagree or argue lol. peace my brother peace

IdleLeeSiuLung3520d ago

god dang! good job MS. More suprisingly though, the PS3 is selling as well as the Wii. What is pushing PS3 in Japan?

JokesOnYou3520d ago

We all knew how this thread would go, this is just another great milestone what micro has achieved in Japan but of course that really burns sony loyalists up inside which is why they have to downplay this news. By know means am I saying anyone should be forced to give micro a pat on the back for this accomplishment but its another thing entirely to instead downplay the news when many of the same folks awhile back said it would never happen.

JOY

Anon19743520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

So despite numerous developers on record stating the PS3 is by far the more powerful console and forgetting those of us with...oh, I don't know...eyes in our head and the common sense to be able to distinguish that KZ2, Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2, etc must take a tremendous amount of power to look that good and are unrivaled on any other console...you expect us to believe that the 360 is somehow superior because...let me get this straight...because 360 ports of games to the PS3 look better on the 360? Does that about sum it up?

So you admit that the best looking titles are on the PS3, but because 360 ports don't look as good...and it's all about art anyway...it doesn't matter?

You see, this is what's annoying about 360 fans on this site. You may have good points later on...but when I read this as a gamer you lose all credibility because
a) It's obvious the PS3 has more going on under the hood. How else do you explain how the 360 seems to have peaked graphically with Gears back in 2006, or why they can't have more going on on-screen. and
b) All gamers know that 360 games don't like being ported to the PS3; it goes better the other way. Real gamers also realize the bulk of multiconsole games are identical between consoles, or the differences are too small to mention while a small minority are better on the 360 or the PS3. Goes both ways and has for over a year now.

Don't presume to speak for gamers on this site when you spew garbage that any real gamer sees right through. We're not morons. We know the reason why multiconsole titles have lacked in the past on the PS3 and it's got nothing to do with the PS3's power because we've seen uncharted, KZ2, MGS4, Heavy Rain, GOD3...etc..etc and we can't wait to get our grubby mits on these and there isn't a single 360 game released or announced that can hold a candle to what we've seen of these titles. Live with it. The 360 is based on teck from 4-5 years ago. Of course it was only a matter of time before something came along that would show it up, just like the next Xbox will probably show up the PS3. It's the nature of the business. The sooner you get over your narrow minded, laughable console worship and rejoin the gaming community the better. It's fun here. We play games and it doesn't matter what console they're on, and we aren't afraid to acknowledge a particular systems strengths, or make up false judgements that run contrary to what our eyes tell us.

Edit: Sorry for the rant. When he said "You see, this what annoys 360 fans about people like you." That just pushed my button. I'm a 360 fan. Gamers speaking the truth don't annoy me. 360 fans who make up crap and make us all look bad bugs me. The 360 is a great console, but it's older and getting due for replacement. PS3 is newer and it's exciting to see how games have been improving. 360 games stopped improving - but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the titles being released. It just means it's getting tapped out. It happens. We move on.

WildArmed3520d ago

@Pennywise

I just realized that your avatr is from IT (Stephen King).

That had been bugging me for awhile, i knew i saw it somewhere!

Pennywise3520d ago

skv, should of asked!! I would of shed some light on it for you :)

Sarcasm3520d ago

Meh, this is the usual RPG spike. No spinning, just look at the history when a 360 exclusive RPG is released. Then look at it a couple months later.

XxZxX3520d ago

only 21k?? ain't last remnant did better???

WOW SO4 did just that only?? Square Enix just shot themselves on the foot.

thenickel3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

"KZ2, Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2, etc must take a tremendous amount of power to look that good and are unrivaled on any other console"

Says who? Believe it or not this generation is far from over and there is still a chance for 360 to show what it might possibly be capable of. Anyways it's all about opinion and I think gamers with true common sense don't think that the PS3 is super superior when it come to reality and not on paper. The console has it's strengths and for you to write off 360 like it's over makes you sir look foolish bottomline.

"because 360 ports of games to the PS3 look better on the 360? Does that about sum it up?"

Ports from PS2 to xbox1 always looked better on the xbox so in a way it does. Also How do you explain ports from PS3 going to 360 and looking better?

"So you admit that the best looking titles are on the PS3, but because 360 ports don't look as good...and it's all about art anyway...it doesn't matter?"

I never said the best looking are on PS3 or didn't intend to, but did say or mean to say that KZ2 from a tech standpoint looks better than anything on 360 and Gears from a slight tech but more artistic approach blows out KZ2 and anything before it on PS3. Also quit hyping HEavy rain because it looks washed out.
"a) It's obvious the PS3 has more going on under the hood. How else do you explain how the 360 seems to have peaked graphically with Gears back in 2006, or why they can't have more going on on-screen"

You don't know if more is going on under the hood lol. Gears 2 looks much better than one by the way and just because Sony set out to show what PS3 is capable of doesn't mean MS wont follow suit and jump back on top.

"b) All gamers know that 360 games don't like being ported to the PS3; it goes better the other way. Real gamers also realize the bulk of multiconsole games are identical between consoles, or the differences are too small to mention while a small minority are better on the 360 or the PS3. Goes both ways and has for over a year now."

1st of all what's a real gamer? I would like to think that people will use there own judgement and see the truth here. We all know that 360 games always seem to look better when ported from either console and once again if the PS3 were more powerful it would show like XBox1 games did to PS2 games back in the day. But you see it doesn't because the PS3 is no greater than the 360 and more of an equal.

"Don't presume to speak for gamers on this site when you spew garbage that any real gamer sees right through"

No you don't presume to speak for gamers because you feel as though your opinion is for everyone. I made quite clear that my comment was opinion only while you sit here and think that you no more than me and others lol. I've been gamimng for 30 so years and don't need your level of expertise to tell me I don't know about gaming.

"we've seen uncharted, KZ2, MGS4, Heavy Rain, GOD3...etc..etc and we can't wait to get our grubby mits on these and there isn't a single 360 game released or announced that can hold a candle to what we've seen of these titles"

We've only really seen KZ2 which we've already talked about and MGS4 did not look better than GEars2. The other games you talk about have only been announced , anduntil MS releases some info thats all talk. You people think because Sony announces games for PS3 that there automatically better just because there on PS3. Talk about a bunch of followers sheesh.

"The sooner you get over your narrow minded, laughable console worship and rejoin the gaming community the better"

I don't worship any console like yourself and don't even like the 360 to be honest. I just know what I see and it's obvious your comment to me is nothing more than someone on defense and determined to make my comment appear as fud lol. Your the worst kind of gamer because you can't take it when somebody see's beyond the typical Sony fanboy nonsense.

"The 360 is based on teck from 4-5 years ago"

You don't know that and sound like the typical person who thinks they know more than MS about there console. The PS3 is just as old except they held it back from release to implent bluray. Trust me your all talk.

"That just pushed my button. I'm a 360 fan. Gamers speaking the truth don't annoy me. 360 fans who make up crap and make us all look bad bugs me."

Nobody cares what pushed you lol. This is a gamer site and my opinion is just as valid as your pal. If you don't like people speaking the way they see things, and get annoyed by others that don't praise PS3 then you have some true growing up issues. I pledge alliegence with know one and your comment is full of opinionated crap that only fanboys want to agree with. You guys get angered again and again in pursuit of proving something you can't. I love games and could care less for MS or Sony but refuse to let some arrogant a-holes tell me my views are wrong because of there ego long before this console war even started.

I can't even take your comment serious because any person that thinks there right about it all is just talk to me. I'm not saying my views are correct or wrong but at least have the balls to listen to your opinion and other without insulting them. This is all about opinions and your thoughts are greater than my thoughts or even a person who believes wii is the better console. Grow and be a gamer not a preacher. peace

FarEastOrient3520d ago

21k, nice, actually I thought it was going to be more!

slayorofgods3520d ago

The Japanese always buy the games they want immediately, They will either buy Star Ocean right away or they wont buy it at all. Then sales return to normal.

Dread3520d ago

@thenickel

thank u

spoken like a true gamer. I hope there are other people with common sense in this site. It needs it

peace and bubbles ;)

DaTruth3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

Please, please, there is an Uncharted vs. Gears2 comparison in the PS3 section right now. Please go to the comment section and join the laughs.

Hint: I'm a PS3 fan loling his head off.

Please Dread and Pennywise and everyone in this PS3 vs. 360 graphics off topic argument. Head over there and continue this there.

thereapersson3519d ago

"We've only really seen KZ2 which we've already talked about and MGS4 did not look better than GEars2. The other games you talk about have only been announced , anduntil MS releases some info thats all talk. You people think because Sony announces games for PS3 that there automatically better just because there on PS3. Talk about a bunch of followers sheesh."

Uh, I don't mean to burst your bubble dude, but I do believe every single one of those PS3 games that you listed have been shown in real-time form in one way or another. Do you even follow the gaming news at all, or do you just spend all your time and energy working on long-winded posts that basically achieve the same thing you're crusading against?

WildArmed3519d ago

but but but I wanted to feel special by figurign it out on mi own :D
Like a big boi >_>

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MURKERR3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

'sonys doomed', 'microsoft will now dominate japan'

in reality for microsofts biggest japan title to date those are extremley low numbers,strange because the game sold well unfortunately the hardware didnt, what more can microsoft do? its like their banging their head on the 'great wall of japan'

DelbertGrady3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

Translation: "Waaah! Waaah! Waaah!"

Bnet3433520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

MURKERR, put a lid on it bud. No one ever thought Xbox 360 would be able to this so at least give Microsoft credit for trying. From the looks of it, what they are doing getting these JRPG's seems to be working, for them at least. We all know they won't beat PS3 and Wii in Japan, that doesn't mean they should stop trying. Think of it as you trying to beat the final boss in a game that's uber hardZ0rZ.

XxZxX3520d ago

Yup you have to give credit to Microsoft, but Square enix? WTF are they thinking

SpoonyRedMage3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

May be they're thinking Tri-ace are crazy for not wanting it to be multiplatform?

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Real Gambler3520d ago

Just a side note, as I was curious to see how many Star Ocean sold in Japan, I discovered that there was NO Wii games in the top 10 chart. Must be a first? You're wondering where Japan is going : )

1. Star Ocean : The Last Hope (360) 162 000
2. Mario & Luigi 3 (DS) 62 000
3. The Idolmaster SP : Perfect Sun (PSP) 46 000
4. The Idolmaster SP : Missing Moon (PSP) 40 000
5. The Idolmaster SP : Wandering Star (PSP) 35 000
6. Shining Force Feather (DS) 31 000
7. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) 18 000
8. Sacred Blaze (PS2) 18 000
9. Street Fighter IV (PS3) 17 000
10. Demon's Souls (PS3) 16 000

Capt CHAOS3520d ago

Now, that IS a good thing.

Pennywise3520d ago

Wow @ PSP games! What is the total for Demon Souls?

I cant believe SF4 is so low... how long has it been out? 2 weeks?

thehitman3520d ago

Is so low because tekkan6 is there.

cayal3520d ago

That is a surprise. I not so surprised at MS numbers, it happens after a release of a new RPG over there, but the Wii's lack of numbers is surprising.

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Expy3520d ago

Temporary spotlight, will go back to normal in 1 or 2 weeks.

locos853519d ago

It will go back to normal this week. They released Yakuza 3 yesterday. I think that was more anticipated than SO4

pwnsause3520d ago

and next Week, PS3 beats 360 and Wii in Japan sales because of Yakuza 3, see what I did there? the game supposively has just been released today in Japan.

Foxgod3520d ago

but that is ofcourse so much more amazing and unexpecting then the 360 being on top.

rucky3520d ago (Edited 3520d ago )

Not really. We all know how big Star Ocean is in Japan. Add that with the declining sales of the Wii it isn't really that surprising. If they do the same thing next week then we can start calling it amazing.

pwnsause3520d ago

not really, considering that the 360 hasnt even broke the 1,000,000 consoles over there yet :)

na2ru13520d ago

the pwnsause stung eh?

Kleptic3519d ago

yeah jason...hurts like hell...the 360 is now only what?...just 1,968,000 behind the PS3 in Japan?...yeah I can't stand that...last week the PS3 was 1,973,000 ahead...this simply isn't fair...

douche...

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