After going on sale earlier this month in North America, Kinect finally launched in Japan. How'd it go? Just like you'd think.
Kotaku makes pointless articles.
someone should send kotaku these http://b.imagehost.org/0104... http://d.imagehost.org/0475... http://d.imagehost.org/0417...
We'll simply have to wait a week or two and then see if it did good enough for Microsoft.
if them pics are correct then microsoft may finally crack japan but we will have to wait and see
Those pics make it look like a lame turnout.... The funniest is the middle pic. There's an area in the middle with barriers for the line with about 15 people in it. All around the outside are people just looking at the line. So the line for Kinect more interesting than Kinect itself lolz. At least in the West Kinect had decent day one sales due to preorders and novelty value. r.
I thought they were fans of..... http://www.youtube.com/watc...
The supposed scene from actual Akiba shops, as photographed by 2ch and not the mass media:
theres was more people in the line for cod in my small town (9 000 peoples) than this line....IN JAPAN
@ryuzu the third pic already said 150+ peoples on the line @varodor http://d.imagehost.org/0096...
xzibit dont need games he got shroomz http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Where is the crowd ? There is more people at Mc Donalds.
150 People. It's more than a console war, it's a culture war. You can't sell US vidéo games to Japan.
nice try. Yodobashi is always busy like that. i travel to japan at least 2 times a year and that is one of my usual stops. do you see what the Japanese are doing in the article picture? they do that when they don't want foreigners around. Kinect is a foreign object.
I bet it only recognize one avatar out of the bunch, when a family member or friend plays with the kinect.
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Simply click the little + next to "kotaku.com" and click "WTF?" and "No". I hate reading anything by Kotaku. Even if it's unbiased, I just hate their staff. Try emailing one of them. They'll reply with the dickiest response possible. Their readers are just as worse too.
Sounds like you got banhammered, diddums. Nb if everyone seems like a prick maybe you should check the common denominator.
Some people actually like Kotaku. They're the Otaku gamer's website!
Both Japanese and US games do not sell well on an install base of 1 million. Even with the superior port of Bayonetta. Which MAKES no sense. You can't just buy a console and have no games for it? Going by that logic, how do you think KINECT would fare? -End statement
Bayonetta was patched heavily with the help of Sony - that choked the need for a 360. r.
The only thing that was fixed were the loading times. It still has the framerate drops/tearing and runs at 30 fps instead of 60.
With such a small install base, that MAY look like a lot, but really it isnt. Lets give a few days and see some real numbers... By the way...that third pic...if I understand it correctly, thats YodoBashi Camera in Akihabara...theres around 150 people on the line.
I tried to play Bayonetta but I had to stop. The story and the characters were way too much for gameplay to cover for. I sold my Bayonetta and it sits up there on my xmb with 10% trophies on it. That game is ****. This is what people raved about a while back? WTH?
Sony didn't do anything with Bayonetta, it was a rumor some PS site started but was quickly shot down by a SEGA Community Manager. The idea that Sony would help a single developer program their game properly when there are so many other, more high profile titles that could benefit is simply ridiculous!
ms should have known this the install base isn't big in japan for 360
THE japanese actually have brains not to go for the new product that sucks and care about good software
The product does not suck. I'm guessing you never even tried the thing. Give MS all the crap you want but this product is good and this product has potential. It's the Japanese loss if they want to ignore it. It seems like Japanese retail sets anything Xbox up to fail over there. But hey Japan is at the top of their game. Japan dev's are making more money then ever and they've got the gaming market down to a tee.. NOT Last time I checked many Japan dev's from Capcom to Square are losing their asses year after year. I hope the Japanese market will sustain them because much of the rest of the world is pouring their money into the western developers and market.
Actually if i remember correctly there was an interview with Hideo Kojima in which he talked about how Western games are paving the way to the future and most Japanese developers are dragging their asses. http://news.softpedia.com/n...
I bet lots of people will return it once they found out it doesnt work in small places. LMAO
They have in the United States. We have had three traded in at my store. (GameStop)
Shame they don't do refunds.
Out of how many sold?
This is why - http://gizmodo.com/5691556/... $500,000 for that.
This actually looks really cool ! ( it is funny ,.. but looks cool except his mom is there :) privacy issues
I wonder... Even if you knock the house over, onto it's side...will there be enough room for Kinect?
So. Damn. Cool. Soooooo cooool. Wow.
you can also see pictures from the Konami release of Dance Evolution for Kinect, (Dance Masters) at the Konamistyle store in Tokyo. They are also selling Kinect sensors/Kinect 360 bundles. Naoki Maeda was also there. http://www.famitsu.com/news... http://www.famitsu.com/news... http://www.famitsu.com/news...
Japanese players are smarter than us Americans.
I agree they are. They care about great fantastic software not gimmicky expensive casual accessories.
@stealth20k exactly, and that is why they went with the wii and ds this gen.
Yea right japanese wouldnt know a good game if they played it. Mass effect? Dragon age? Gears? Uncharted? Nope. Generic teen rpg #143637 yes. They used to be on the top before the west (ms) got in gaming. Best jrpg Lost Odyssey by Ms. Best wrpg Mass effect (ms). Ms made wrpgs popular to console folk with kotor, morrowind, oblivion. Ms made fps popular with halo. Ms made tps popular with gears. Japan was only the best because they had no competition. Now that the west has a console that lets western dev shine, japan doesnt look so good.
... http://www.iqleague.com/gro... @ below: I thought that was kinda crazy too. Who knows how accurate that data is. But I also don't know what makes you believe Einstein had a low IQ...
what You believe papua smarter than us. even Einstein don't have high IQ
That site isn't an accurate representation. It's just taking data from people that took stuff on that site and from their own test, not a representation of true IQ.
Libya is the smartest nation in the world lmao.
:o Australia is number 68! Now that's sad. :((( We have smart people -thinks- I can't think of one right now.. But I am sure we do.
people who disagree with you are usually not smart
Japan is the land of handhelds. I don't see why people argue over console sales there.
Because Wii and PS3 still sell millions each year perhaps? Except MS of course.. As for the topic trust these bunch of fanboys who run Kotaku to write an article on this.. It's not gonna crack Japan. What I don't get is these pics all of a sudden.. I remember the pics a couple of weeks ago from Japan the demo booth was constantly empty and nobody looked interested yet all of a sudden they interested? Which is it?? Considering its Japan I would say its failed and only a couple of stores actually got a queue.
Its really not a Kinect problem. Japanese are loyal to their own. Microsoft has had to battle against that since day 1 with the xbox. Its not a reflection on the quality of the product, but a reflection up on our cultures.
Well apple doesn't seem to have that problem,.. You sure It is not a quality problem?
I can see they have a few similarities, but in this regard its a bit different scenario. Apple was one of the first pioneers the personal computer and does not have a current/big japanese competitors like sony and nintendo in that market.
This is not a dig at those who prefer the xbox brand! But seriously, be rational. If the xbox 360 hasn't been able to break into the Japanese market, why would you believe that an add-on that requires the xbox 360 would change that fact? I'm not saying none would sell, because some will buy kinect. But for those expecting it to change the gaming landscape in Japan, that's just wishful thinking! Truth be told the "Move" controller hasn't been the mover, and shaker that we thought it would be! They have their preferred motion controller already, and it's called the wii.
Who said it was going to change the gaming landscape in Japan?? As far as I know besides a few dev's like square and capcom who have lost most of their mojo nobody give's 2 squirts about Japan when it comes to Xbox. They've always been insignificant to Xbox. All those exclusives from Japan that MS wanted on Xbox have done nothing for the brand. MS has wised up and has stopped the bending over for the devs over their because their games don't move product in their country or the rest of the world. Their "xenophobic" nature is making them irrelevant. That's why you have long time Japan dev's like Kenji Inafume leaving Capcom and jumping ship, Tecmo falling to pieces without Itagaki, etc.. Their market is eating itself alive.. These old schooler dev's see it coming and are jumping. Hand helds and a few major titles still get the Japanese excited but consoles have been on decline in a big way their.
The japanese are really picky!
I dont think it will do well in Japan cause the Japanese dont really like the 360
lol if you know the band X Japan it looks like their doing the symbol http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Japanese know they stuff. The Kinect is a $150 weekend of standing still while flailing legs. Then it goes right next to the Wii in the "I don't use this stuff" section. The difference between the Kinect and Wii is that the Wii had Super Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and other core games that actually work with the device. The Kinect has games involving kicking balls, petting fake animals, and riding on rafts down rivers. NO THANKS.
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what a surprise!
Are Japanese apartments even sized to deal with Kinect properly?
when black friday is so close. you could of spent that money and got 10 or more games on black friday, whole new systems, or new pc parts and electronics. kinect is a waste and you all will eventually realize you were dumb for the purchase. What a sloppy waste of cash.
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I have heard off hand that MS is restricting cutsey ecchi games on the 360 now that Kinect is out. Imagine dating sim in Japan that allows you to make gestures to a 2D school girl.
Here's a good point I remembered - where are the Japanese going to find 6ft of room in their tiny homes? ;)
Meanwhile, the rest of the world is eating them up. Seriously, WHO CARES about Japan anymore? Everyone knows they are a bunch of xenophobes that dont like ANYTHING unless it's from Japan. Japanese sales of Microsoft products will never factor in or effect my products here in the U.S, so if they wanna live in a bubble, let 'em, I dont care.
It's a whole different gaming world over there, I don't think I'll ever understand it no matter how many articles I read....
Clearly a lot of you failed to notice the obvious title change. Reported.
The Japanese use their brains while shopping, a skill some media-controlled nations don't have.