Xbox 360 Being Phased Out of Japan Altogether

"Edge is reporting that retailers in Japan are to stop stocking the Xbox 360,
essentially ringing the death knell for the console in the region.


The retailers in question cite the console's continuing poor performance
as justification - the Xbox 360 has suffered a 46.7% year-on-year drop
in sales, and has sold just 72,721 in Japan since January. That's less
than a tenth of what the PS3 has managed. All in all, the Xbox 360 has
sold 1.5 million units in Japan since launch, as Microsoft reported in
June.


Geo, one of Japan's leading game and anime retailers (and a real geek's
paradise), is "drastically scaling back its Xbox 360 business",
according to the Edge report. It is also claimed that other retailers
are going to stop stocking it all together: at Yamada Denki, Tokyo, the
report states that "the company is removing hardware and software from
the majority of its stores nationwide, and is selling off its remaining
stock at a heavy discount. It will still sell the console and games, but
only in selected stores where the system continues to be sufficiently
popular."


Anybody who has been to a Japanese games store in the past few years
will have clocked that the Xbox 360's presence is barely noticeable,
with games relegated to back shelves and bargain bins. The console's
most high-profile exclusive in the region, The Id@lmaster 2, a game in
which you train up a nubile pop starlet, has now been ported to PS3,
which is certainly a contributing factor in the console's failing
fortunes.


This does not have good implications for Microsoft's future in Japan, as
any successor to the Xbox will have to struggle against retailers'
perceptions. However, Microsoft remains committed to the region - the
company recently appointed a new boss of the Japan division, Takashi
Sensui. But will he be fighting a losing battle?"

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My opinion is that the Japanese hate Western influence and are ultimately hurting themselves in the video game industry. It has gotten increasingly apparent this generation in video games however. I used to love them, but frankly I'm tired of their unchanging idiosyncrasies (both in style and gameplay) and outdated graphics engines.

 

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Japanese only buy Japanese , im not surprised.

Not only that, they love their Sony products.

This is not at all surprising.  I think there is about the same number of 360's total in Japan, as is sold in the US in one month.

The 360 has a plethora of EXCLUSIVE Japanese 'shmups' such as: Mushihimesama Futari, Deathsmiles, ESPgaluda, Raiden IV, and Dodonpachi (to name a few). PLUS there's a bunch on the XBLA: Triggerhearts, Trouble Witches Neo, Ikaruga, Raystorm, and Radiant Silvergun (to name a few). The console's a dream come true for any 'shmup' fan, but they're quite rare and often region locked so they're VERY pricey and HIGHLY sought after! The 360 isn't totally bad in Japan, see? :)

As long as they continue with the stupidity of having to pay a fee to use all the features that the PS3 already has for free, they will continue to fail this badly in Japan. Their options are

Console A: Pay a fee to unlock most of it's features, including something as basic as online play.

Console B: Console developed by their homeland that features pretty much all the features console A has but for free.

If you're from Japan where western games are out of the equation because they don't interest you, the answer as to which console you buy is obvious.

[quote user="Varakharne"]

Japanese only buy Japanese , im not surprised.

[/quote]

While you may have been able to make that case a while back... Now that the PS3 has passed the 360 in Europe (and the Wii has dominated both), it's more like only Americans buy the 360.

[quote user="Varakharne"]

Japanese only buy Japanese , im not surprised.

[/quote]This is my wife, whenever possible.  It's almost like she's trying to keep their economy going by herself.

Really bad, i don't get why the hate if true ...because there are worst thing made in A or B and never got kicked for the western market IMO.

then we in the US should phased out all japaness brand out of our stoer in retrun

I love Japanese food.

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