Tuesday, June 10, 2008

360 Bringing RPGs to Japanese Gamers

Everyone knows that the Xbox 360 isn't selling too well over in Japan, so far they've sold just over 600,000 units to date. Now Microsoft is bringing Japan the games it thinks will help get them a better foothold on the gaming culture there.

There will be 6 new RPG games making their way there in the next year to year and a half. These include:

Star Ocean 4 (Square Enix)
Infinite Undiscovery (Square Enix)
Last Remnant (Square Enix)
Tales of Vesperia (Namco Bandai)
Mass Effect (Bioware)
Fable 2 (Lionhead)

This is a great list of games, but will it be what Microsoft needs to break into that market? My opinion is no. I don't think it's the games that is holding the console back. I think it's just that it's American made, so Japanese gamers are sticking with the Japanese made consoles. I guarantee that if a new Japanese gaming console came out tomorrow it would sell better than the Xbox 360 is doing right now.

Last Remnant is also getting the star treatment like Blue Dragon got, where the Japanese version will come bundled with a 20GB hard drive and some bonus stuff. Here's a better idea Microsoft, why don't you do American gamers a favor and give us the hookups like you do for the Japanese gamers. I guess it's the old business model of treat your potential customers better than your actual customers.

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