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Role Playing Game Tales of Vesperia Helps Boost Sales

Microsoft's Xbox 360 has outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 in Japan, helped by the popularity of the new role-playing game "Tales of Vesperia," an Xbox 360 exclusive.

Microsoft sold 24,962 Xbox 360 consoles in Japan in the week ended August 10, topping Sony's sales of 9,673 PS3s, according to a Media Create ranking. Both companies lagged behind Nintendo, which sold 38,506 Wii consoles and 60,434 Nintendo DS Lites:

Nintendo DS - 60,434
PSP - 58,501
Wii - 38,506
Xbox 360 - 24,962
PlayStation 3 - 9,673
PlayStation 2 - 8,503

Sales of the Xbox 360 nearly quadrupled compared with the previous week's sales, due to strong demand for the latest game in the "Tales Of" role-playing series developed by Bandai Namco. Both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 have struggled against the overwhelming competition from the Wii, which is a hit in Japan and in many other countries, due to its ability to  appeal to non-traditional video game players.

Microsoft has struggled to make inroads into game-loving Japan, where the market has long been dominated by Sony and Nintendo. Analysts say the original Xbox failed in Japan due to a lack of games that appealed to local tastes. The key to making inroads in to the Japanese market may be role playing games considering the latest sales numbers and with Microsoft aggressively pursuing other RPG franchises, like Star Ocean and Final Fantasy, it will be interesting to see if there will be change in their fortunes. Bandai Namco plans to launch "Tales of Vesperia" in the United States on August 26.

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RE: WTG 360!
By afkrotch on 8/20/2008 4:03:10 AM , Rating: 2
The Japanese need to get over some of their nationalism.

It's just not about nationalism. It's also about views. 360, not Japanese. 360, breaks a lot. 360, lack of games for the Japanese market.

The only games I have seen that were worthwhile in the Japanese market were/are...

Oneechanbara Vortex
Idolm@ster: Live for You
Gundam: Operation Troy

Operation Troy is an FPS, bad start there. Idolm@ster is niche. Oneechanbara Vortex is also pretty niche and it doesn't look much better than Oneechanbara 1 and 2 for PS2. Many of the other games are on other consoles.

Every RPG to grace the 360 has been a failure, for the most part. Trusty Bell wasn't great. Blue Dragon wasn't great. Phantasy Star Universe wasn't great. Lost Odyssey wasn't great. Diaro wasn't great. The list of games to touch the Japanese market just don't have any appeal.

I remember when Blue Dragon had it's big release. They were flying off the shelf. Next day, the ones that flew off the shelves flew back on the shelves as ppl returned them. Even the Limited Edition Blue Dragon 360 bundles went right back on the shelves. This is pretty normal (in Japan) for short games, as ppl can beat them in a day, but Blue Dragon simply failed miserably.

I bought a PS3 before I bought a 360 and majority of my games sit on the PS3. I could care less about Halo, Gears of War, Army of Two, CoD4, etc. Much like the Japanese. Until either Microsoft works out more deals with Japanese developers or Japanese developers find the 360 more appealing, we won't be seeing the 360 ahead of the PS3 in the Japanese market.

Microsoft is playing in a market they don't understand and they know it. That's why they haven't place big hopes on it. Any gains in Japan is a success to them.

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