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    As Xbox One Launches in Japan, Akihabara Gamers Really Aren't Standing in Line

    The sun has finally risen on an uncharacteristically mild September 4th in Tokyo, and stores are finally about to open with their shelves loaded with Xbox One consoles.Yet, perhaps as a sign of changing times, Japanese gamers aren’t standing in line at the gaming mecca of Akihabara like they used to do at previous console launches.The Yodobashi Camera store in Akihabara is the “go to” place to buy a new console in Tokyo, which is why the shop always gets organized to stand long queues. This time, though, it’s simply not happening as you can see from the picture below, shot between 7 and 8 AM by various Twitter users.








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    Wow, that's messed up. It's not my cup of tea, but I would at least think that some folks would be in line. Guess not. Damn. IMO it's a good console, just not for me.

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    Japan is a weird market.

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    Doesn't surprise me. Xbox 360 sales are abysmal over there and even if Japanese gamers mostly favor handhelds or mobile games, Sony and Nintendo have more history for those deciding on purchasing a new console.
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    Quite frankly I'm happy about this. I've grown tired of the Japanese. Their gravitation towards handheld/mobile gaming, their gaming devs (with a few exceptions) suck now and they are letting the Koreans eat their technological lunch. Sales of Wii U and especially PS4, should have had MS cancel it's 3rd foray into the market. They have better potential sales in China than Japan.

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    China is a dead market too now.
    Until Morpheus comes with Summer Lessons that is ^_^
    Xbox will forever remain in 2nd or 3rd place this gen, Nintendo is getting quit the interest in the Wii U now, tho.
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    That's definitely worse than I expected.


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    Well, its japan so that is expected. The only thing they line up there for are the handhelds. Japan has been insignificant for consoles for years now.

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    Why is there such negativity for Japan? o_O

    Japan is the third largest economy, with the tenth/eleventh largest population. System sales in Japan are a result of there being no software support from Sony; and Nintendo at least has their first party stuff churning constantly.

    So when you have Xbox releasing with even less than it's two competitors, you end up with this poor showing.

    When the PS3 launched Final Fantasy 13 was one of the staples of the Sony franchise. You knew there'd be one...eventually.

    Also, China isn't a magic cash market. Much like Brazil and India, they're simply un-tapped markets. China has a GDP per capita similar to draught ridden, poverty stricken African countries. 1 billion people doesn't mean anything if the majority of the population can't even afford the system, nor have the means to play it (China is still a third world country).

    While we're on the subject, Brazil, India, Russia, and China collectively challenge the GDP of the western world, you can expect Sony and MS to move on those territories too when available....ie, as soon as they can.

    But i digress, MS are going to have a hard time selling the XBO in Japan. One would argue, anything MS gets, Sony will get too.
    Added to that the XBO is the size of a freaking bus by Japanese standards.....

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    For clarity, China's GDP is a result of their government and the spread of wealth more than anything (or lack thereof), but my simplification still stands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mickice View Post
    China is a dead market too now.
    Until Morpheus comes with Summer Lessons that is ^_^
    Xbox will forever remain in 2nd or 3rd place this gen, Nintendo is getting quit the interest in the Wii U now, tho.
    I mentioned Wii U and PS4 cuz they aren't doing so hot overall in Japan. If Japanese consoles are struggling, why would they expect an American console to do any better?

    As for the Wii U? It will get sales bumps from games like Mario Kart, but 3rd party is already bailing like they did on Wii. I don't see MS having a problem getting 2nd place this gen.

    As for China? Calling it dead for Xbox? Are you saying it won't do better sales than the 360 did in Japan? With 10x the population of Japan, surely the odds are better in China than Japan for success.

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    Turns out some people did show up. This looks more realistic. Still not many, though.

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    I don't think anyone was expecting it to sell very well there. 360 didn't perform well. Hell, their own home turf console isn't even selling well there.




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    hahahaha, I thought the unpopular american army stationed in japan would buy it at the very least.
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    hahahaha, I thought the unpopular american army stationed in japan would buy it at the very least.
    Lol , I came here to post this, it is magnificent Still laughing actually
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    Well, its japan so that is expected. The only thing they line up there for are the handhelds. Japan has been insignificant for consoles for years now.
    And which one of these 2nd tier countries, countries that people didn't care for the 360 and surely won't care as much for the xbone, will boost up sales by the millions(your words) for the xbone?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Two4DaMoney View Post
    And which one of these 2nd tier countries, countries that people didn't care for the 360 and surely won't care as much for the xbone, will boost up sales by the millions(your words) for the xbone?
    The boost will come over time. Its not gonna happen over night, that's for sure. As for Japan, the enthusiasm level for home consoles has been drying up for years. MS may not do any better than last gen and the competitors aren't doing do great either.

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    lol @ sour grapes comments in this thread.

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    XB1 will never do well in Japan. Japanese folks are loyal, and the Xbox is an American console.

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    It's a shame really, it's a decent console with some really good exclusives as well but I guess it doesn't seem that attractive in their market and what they like to play




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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    The boost will come over time. Its not gonna happen over night, that's for sure. As for Japan, the enthusiasm level for home consoles has been drying up for years. MS may not do any better than last gen and the competitors aren't doing do great either.
    Wii U is posting decent numbers over there and the PS4 will likely get its boost following TGS but Xbox One will never pose a threat to the competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal View Post
    XB1 will never do well in Japan. Japanese folks are loyal, and the Xbox is an American console.
    that's not true. sure some people may have loyalty and all. that's normal but people will buy a product that is well made regardless of where it's from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal King Slime View Post
    Wii U is posting decent numbers over there and the PS4 will likely get its boost following TGS but Xbox One will never pose a threat to the competition in Japan.
    Tell me something I don't know..lol consoles have been falling in Japan is since last gen. Ms probably won't do any better than last gen, and ps4 and Wii-u are anything to brag about either. Not of them have much influence on the Japanese markets. Sony, being a Japanese company, choosing to put more resources elsewhere really speaks volumes on what is happening in that region . Yea, they know Xbox will never outsell them there, but at the same time their numbers are falling too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal View Post
    XB1 will never do well in Japan. Japanese folks are loyal, and the Xbox is an American console.
    Yea, that's part of the reason.
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