Microsoft's long battle in Japan doesn't show any signs of letting up just yet with news of pitiful sales for the console coming out of the East.
From June 19th to June 25th the Xbox 360 managed to sell a measly 1,169 units compared to the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP which sold 157,022 and 24,737 respectively during the same period.
This will come as a crushing blow to Microsoft who has reiterated their desire to increase their share of the Market in Asia. So far the console has only really managed to stage a solid ground in the US and Europe, but why is this?
we know all why it is so. because this console cant achieve the hype. its only a better xbox (with shinier graphics). i admit the xbox live service is good. but there are far more people who play in single mode, and there it has weaknesses. the most games are on the pc also but with better graphics, and the most games are only fps. thats the real reason, its boring !
I guess it's those strange rules overthere. Only buy stuff that's from here not from the USA also. So they wait for the Wii.
Yes I say Wii. 90% of all Japanese people said the PSZero is too expensive. Guess what they will be buying this Christmas.
Furthermore, I think MS has missed the opportunity by having a killer app for that market specifically. They should have learned from the original XBOX that people from the east don't like FPS or racing games.
What they do like is hard though, lots of story based things. And if you want to score big time, MS should release a game with stripbook drawings getting young female kids being sexually abused. I don't know what's into those Japanese heads, but they like that kind of games. Like also there are so many sexual tinted manga stories. Because it's not done to buy a regurlar playboy with photo's of real naked woman or something like that?!
Anyhow, my conclusion. People from the east have a weird sense of gaming. MS has failed in getting a killer app that lives up to their expectations. Wii will do better. PSZero doesn't have the killer app for Japan either. Warhawk is all about shooting planes, and walking around with a GTA like look. All in PS2 graphics.
I guess Wii will take over Japan big time
i don,t know why ms bother.
Whoo, good thing I have you to form opinions for me, Achira! I mean, what was I thinking playing my 360 for a few hours yesterday. I didn't realize how incredibly bored I was the entire time before you pointed that out to me! You're such a helpful person! Marry me?
Look, people need to stop being suprised at sh!t like this. Japan is one of the most xenophobic cultures in the world and they're already tied to Sony at the hip. I think that at this point, Sony is COUNTING on Japanese sales to hold their heads above water.
the 360 needs diversity. as a PSOne/PS2 and (possibly) PS3 fan who recently purchased a 360, i can honestly say that i appreciate Japan's lack of interest in a system where 95% of its library is shooters (fps' primarily) and sports games. while i have ardently enjoyed GRAW and COD2, i must say that so far i'm unimpressed with the 360's other offerings (or lack thereof). whats even more troubling, when i look at the majority of the big games on the horizon, i come up with Halo 3, GOW, Prey and Thesis, with only Fable 2 to offer anything by way of diversity (Bioshock is hard to say, as it too seems to be primarily a fps with rpg elements; neither does Mass Effect, which it ain't nothing more than KOTOR without the license). thats a lot of carbon-copied games; and thats something Japan doesn't appreciate. if Microsoft wants to suceed in Japan then they need to cater to the japanese interest. if they feel that their current formula of shooters and sports games, mingled with the occasional platformer/rpg/adventure etc. works best, then its probably best for them to pull support from Japan and concentrate on territories where that formula works best.