EDGE writer Rob Crossley reports that "Sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 continue to decline [in Japan], as the system manages to sell a mere 4,849 units [compared to the PS2's 5,246] for the week ending March 29."
Worse part is that this is pre-price drop, can't wait to see this weeks numbers
What a nutter. I suppose when you consider Japan vs the US - yeah, it is the smallest gaming market. When you consider Japan as a country in terms of the amount spent on video games per capita and the general size of the videogame industry in general Japan is one of the biggest and influential countries in the world. To even argue otherwise may be an indication of a possible brain tumor or early onset of dementia. Or just a liar. Quite frankly, I'm sick of Soda's crap. Why hasn't he been shut down yet? I don't care if he's pro-Sony or pro-MS...pro-Wii or still playing the Atari 2600, he's the worst kind of poster on game sites. The kind that seems intelligent yet still finds it necessary to make up outright lies to back up his comments.
Unless you actually live in Japan, it's pointless to try to look at Japan numbers and relate to them as they compare to the rest of the world. Japan has always been a completely different gaming culture that the U.S. or Europe. Just look at the top 20 selling games last month for Japan. How many of those have you even heard of? Hell, how many can you even pronounce?
Bioo...hazzzard 5? how the fvck do you pronounce that? Give me a break. Resident evil5, SF4, a couple of DS games, wii fit, Resistance PSP.... Most of their top selling games in the last week of march are all over here too, don't be ignorant. Japan and Euro numbers matter just as much as NA numbers. Dont be so elitist...
Pos Console Name Publisher Monthly Total 1 BioHazard 5 Capcom 428,988 428,988 2 Musou Orochi Z Koei 163,539 163,539 3 Super Robot Wars K Namco Bandai 159,399 159,399 4 Mario & Luigi 3 Nintendo 143,881 472,351 5 Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid Koei 125,246 348,382 6 Sebunsu Doragon Sega 117,653 117,653 7 Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 Sega 100,924 456,316 8 BioHazard 5 Capcom 97,403 97,403 9 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Capcom 92,483 3,043,412 10 Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senjou no Kizuna Portable Namco Bandai 85,844 85,844 11 Rittai Picross Nintendo 78,495 78,495 12 Powerful Pro Baseball 2009 Konami 75,539 75,539 13 Aibou DS Tecmo 70,170 70,170 14 Wii Fit Nintendo 64,665 3,319,988 15 Amagami Enterbrain 55,105 55,105 16 Wii de Asobu Pikmin 2 Nintendo 52,734 52,734 17 Super Robot Taisen Z Special Disc Namco Bandai 49,389 49,389 18 Rhythm Tengoku Gold Nintendo 48,766 1,658,947 19 Taiko Drum Master Wii Namco Bandai 48,701 475,223 20 Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Portable How many of these games even exist anywhere else in the world? Maybe 5? Besides, I never said Japan sales don't matter, I just said that they are completely different from the rest of the world. And yes, I know Bio-hazard is Resident Evil.
i have Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid & Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G & Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senjou no Kizuna Portable (^_^) and waiting to receive my Ryu ga Gotoku 3 & Orochi Z
Wow who discovered this breaking news ? I think 05 might want its story back
Almost expected of a turd console...
PS1 - Foist PS2 - Suckend PS3 - Turd ?
Whether you like the console or not it's a pretty sad day for gaming when a next-gen console falls behind the predecessor of it's competition...
Yeah, I gotta agree with you there. However, the PS2 has way more games tailored for the Japan audience than the 360 does. Gameplay over graphics? Gotta give Microsoft props for their efforts there though. It's not like they haven't tried to address the situation.
Sorry to take the punch out of your comment, but when was the 360 EVER beating the PS2 in Japan? Other than a few minor weeks here or there the 360 has always been behind in weekly sales in Japan. The only thing that can be said about the 360 is that at least it is selling more consistently per week than last year(even in last place). http://vgchartz.com/hwcomps...
The Japanese have really wacky taste in gaming.... I mean don't everyone over there already have a PS2 by now? The PS2 has a large game library, but time to upgrade people! It is like the country is going backwards in gaming, handheld selling better than consoles and now this.
How are they going backwards? The ps3 is selling well...
The wii will never sell more then the ps2 becuase it used old tech at the start of this gen and ps2 used new tech back in the day. there is no way the wii will sell more then the ps2 becuase its already slowing down in sells in japan. The sony brand is gonna dominate. its like a sports record that is so high that it will never be broken.
I never thought I'd see the day when that happened so consistently...
5th consecutive week now, I think this is a foreshadowing of what's to come when FF13 comes out for PS3, heck any good square RPG for PS3. It could give it a permanent hardware boost over the Wii. Games like RE5 and Yakuza have pushed the PS3 past the Wii for 5 weeks so something like FF13 and FFV13 will put it over the top for at least 2 months
IMO is mostly a Wii fault. It's like the Wii hype is begining to die while the ps3 is gaining some serious stem. The upcoming Advent Children Complete with the FFXIII demo will make things better.
I'm guessing the PS3 will stay over the Wii for a few more weeks, with Advent Children complete being released in April, however, don't count the Wii out just yet, remember that there's a Monster Hunter game being released on it, and by looking at what this franchise alone did for the PSP, only God knows what it can do for the Wii. But it's nice seeing the PS3 finally selling in it's motherland.
Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest can't seem to come soon enough.
When Dragon Quest X and Monster Hunter 3 come out the Wii will be proppeled yet again. Same for FFIV: The After and perhaps the rumored Kingdom Hearts 3 =(
@STK You are right there. MH is a BIG franchise in Japan, surely it will sells a LOT of Wii, but IMO that is a good thing, because that would mean that people are buying the Wii for the games, not for the hype. Then if not good games, Wii not sells. :D
bubbles your exactly right. If the wii sells because of good games then what is wrong with that. Some people's hate for abit of electronics is very sad. So what if the wii sells. If you don't like it don't play it.
(enthusiasts) chasing their tails, looking for spin, arguing for nothing, and caring about one of the smallest markets like if it was the holy land of gaming. How`s that e-peen feel when your imagination is so vivid that that you actually get butterflies in your stomach because a console you enjoy is out selling a console you hate? Must be sad to actually care about stuff like this to help fulfill your life. /on topic Here is a new word for you (enthusiast), it is saturation, yes, the wii will sell less and less with time in Japan because more and more people have them, the PS3 will sell more and more because more people want them and great games are coming out for it, the playstation 2 will keep selling because the console is simply one of the most amazing consoles of the last 10 years and easily has the best game library around even compared to all the current next gen consoles. And the 360 is an American made video game console that is actually surviving in the land of the rising sun. Is it so hard to not have a bias around here? or is everything all, my e-peen is bigger then yours with every stupid sales news piece? Seriously, start gaming kids, and stop being brand wh*res. Enjoy the games you like on the consoles you have. And learn to respect each other.
After RE5, there hasn't been much else going on for the 360 over there recently. Perhaps a new RPG or well-known franchise will pick sales up a bit again. Either way, its a tough uphill battle for the 360 over there.
Everything is back to normal...
Lmfao, japanese are nutters..
The question is : why isn't the 360 dead in the other regions yet ? Without the desperate september price cut, 360 would be dead worldwide today. Now we have to wait for the PS3 price cut to celebrate. I guess ads and marketing goes a long way to convince 12-year old dumbass fanboys like PPP and thefart, because I can't see other reasons you would buy a console with no AAA exclusive except Gears 1.5 and Halo 2007. And they PAY for playing online 2007 games, while on PSN you can play 2008/2009 gems like MGS4, LBP for free. I'm speechless.
i expect another xbox360 price cut this September to run off with the lead over the ps3 even further into the holidays.
Where are PPP and themart ? I'd like a comment from them now. Does it mean the 360 is doomed ?
Doomed? Hardly. Japan is not the world, just like PS3 supporters always say "the US is not the world" when US sales numbers come out and PS3 is behind.
Japanese know their stuff
last gen console beating a current gen console :(
yeah, almost as sad as a re branded Gamecube out selling both the 360 and the PS3.
They have finally realized it is cheaper to build a house with regular bricks than with a 360. Why can't Americans be smarter?
No Compelling Games = No Sales
Is anybody suprized that the threesixty cant make it in Japan? If StarOcean cant save it nothing will.
The ps2 has a huge library. People aren't going to get rid of their games if their ps2 breaks. The ps2 has been out forever and I bet some of these sales are to replace worn out systems. Even the best hardware gets worn out after 7 years. Plus, the 360 was never popular in japan except for bursts of sales with the release of a JRPG. Frankly, I admit I used to like seeing the 360 ahead in terms of sales but now that I own both systems, I like ps3 more and these articles have become lame.
ps2 can still play with the big boys
and that all it matters.
well I don't live in japan, so I could not give two sh!ts about the 360 selling in japan
whatever makes you sleep better at night :)
no matter where you live, why would you give two sh*ts about how much it sells anyway? how does it help you?
Xbox 360 is a flop in Japan. PS3 is a relative flop in Europe, definitely in the biggest marekt - USA, and in most other egions. Well, actually PS3 is quite a flop in Japan too...
Is the U.S. and UK. Thats it
That's it? You brush off the US and UK like they are Bulgaria and Peru. The US is, by far, the largest gaming country in the world. The UK is the largest in Europe. The 360 is leading PS3 on the biggest stages in the world.
Just check the sales in Europe. Xbox is outselling PS3 even in this traditional SONY-oriented territory. Also, SONY fanboys love to compare different countries with absolutely no reference to the actual sales of hardware. You ignore UK - just check the sales of consoles and software in UK and Germany or France. The difference is staggering. You love reering to Japan, although it's current;y a really small part of the world's market and the sales of ALL consoles are decreasing fast in this country.
You just changed this from 360 vs PS2 in Japan to 360 vs PS3 everywhere else. Nice.
1 million, ya in 3 years 1 million. really IMPRESSIVE lol EDIT: ohh, i forgot to mention at 199$ or less lmao hahaaa
Why hasn't Arron Greenberg responded to this?
japanese knows xbox 360 is a piece of junk. all i can say, "good on you!"
HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAH AHHA Shadow man @ girly damage control! YOU NOOB ROFL
crap? thats what i said when i got the red light and thats what i said when i sold it
Ain't that a shame. Microsoft better hurry up and secure another jrpg...because a console of nine years is currently kicking it's butt.
The asian market though isn't the smallest, they use the japanese numbers to represent the rest of the asian market since for some reasons it is hard to get solid stats from most other places in asia. Hence the reasons microsoft have been trying so hard in japan, they wouldn't be trying if it was JUST for japan.
;-D ;-D ;-D ;-D (No words Needed!!!)
360 has no chance against the PS2.
How does this affect me as a buyer when I still can get Resident Evil 5, SF4, Tekken 6, and Final Fantasy 13 on my X360. Last I heard, PS2 can't play these games. Oh, I am sooo missing out on a Jap Date simulator on the PS2. Lets be real people, this is Japan we are talking about. A culture that has a very differnt taste in gaming. See how most of the best sellers are all on DS and PSP. How about we post a article about how x360 is beating the PS3 and PS2 in America. And lets not forget the 8 millions lead WW over the PS3. How do you Sony guys Spin that? Well, this is N4G so it won't be too difficult for the Sony lovers to SPin.
It'd be a real travesty if the 360 couldn't beat the 9 year old PS2 in sales now. I'm sure Sony is just crying out their soul that the PS2 is at 140+ million, but is now losing in monthly sales to the 360. You know another thing 360 beats PS2 at, total losses due to RROD. Go team 360 (-_-);;!
And you care about the sales in America because...you are living there???
But the very fact that the PS2, after almost 10 years on the market, is still selling is why we get games like Persona 4 are being developed and released in the West.
seems every culture embraces sony and nintendo worldwide. seems that they embraced 100 million ps1 systems,137 million ps2 systems,22 or so ps3 systems and 50 million psp systems for sony. same with nintendo and millions of consoles and portables sold worldwide. what's microsoft's excuse? also,you play a game that's no longer horror or made by the original team.sf4 is better played on ps3 with the D-pad.tekken hasn't arrived and ffiii won't be coming anytime soon. oh,and lets not forget,those sales of 360 in america are countered by sales of ps3 in japan and worldwide at a higher price. so you tried to spin it too by excusing a next gen system getting outsold by a nine year old system.it's like getting beat by gameboy. good thing your neutral xdf. apocalypse.................
youre right. 135 more million to go if youre still counting. Wow, this sales stuff is fun when I have the ps2 on my side, yummy.
Poor poor M$...
You funny dude. It took you like what 3 hours to write that little poem of yours. "seems that they embraced 100 million ps1 systems,137 million ps2 systems,22 or so ps3 systems and 50 million psp systems for sony. same with nintendo and millions of consoles and portables sold worldwide. what's microsoft's excuse?" you said, "22 or so PS3." LMFAO. Last time I checked Microsoft doesn't have a portable system and is the new kid on the block with only the xbox and x360. That is like saying Microsoft is milking Halo when in fact from 2001 to present there are only 3 Halo games and a Halo Wars. Oh, all the Halo games are Best Sellers even though they don't SELL in Japan. Using old data to support your claim...Hey might as well throw in Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn in there as well while you are at it. Since you using this like American Idol popularity contest, why the PS3 is still in dead last even though they SOld like billions and billions of consoles before and the SOny brand is so popular and stoppable? Alsoyou said "sf4 is better played on ps3 with the D-pad." OK, FPS are better to play on the 360. The Trigger and placement of the L-Analog stick is horrible. At least x360 has the option of you know buying an Arcade stick or SF Fightpad (problem solve). :) "tekken hasn't arrived and ffiii won't be coming anytime soon" WOW, at least you got something right. Tekken 6 and FF13 sure ain't coming out for a long time for both PS3 and x360. "Hand Claps"