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Japanese Xbox 360s going slow

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on 13 December 2005

A new independent study conducted by Enterbrain, in the latest issue of Famitsu Magazine, revealed that less than half of the estimated 159,000 Xbox 360 consoles that were available on day one in Japan were sold in the first weekend of sale.

The company goes on to say that they estimate that only about 62,000 units were purchased on December 10 and 11.

In perspective, that is also less than half the 123,000 units original Xbox units that were sold in the first three days of sales in February 2002.
Of the Xbox 360s that were sold the most popular game was Namco's Ridge Racer 6 and Rare's Perfect Dark Zero.

On the defense, Munetatsu Matsui, editor-in-chief of Famitsu Xbox 360, says that
"There is just one reason for the slow sales -- the postponement of the launch of the Dead or Alive 4 game.  Xbox may have started out slowly but sales will likely gain momentum in January when new titles like 'Enchant Arm' come out".