Japan Demonstrates RPG Lust, Buys 360s En Masse

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JapanXbox Square-Enix, renowned RPG architects have released the latest highly anticipated game in the Star Ocean series in Japan. Star Ocean 4 : The Last Hope – an Xbox 360 exclusive – topped the Japanese sales charts last weeks. Xbox 360 sales, fuelled by Star Ocean’s exclusivity have surged, beating not only the PS3 but the Wii as well.

Microsoft’s move to secure exclusive RPG certainly haven’t harmed it’s standing in Japan – sales generally skyrocket in the week following a high profile exclusive RPG release. While Microsoft’s successes in Nippon are fleeting, it does seem the fiercely-territorial Japanese are starting to warm to the 360. Of course they have to – their favourite games are only available on Microsoft’s western console, forcing them to “Jump In”

Japanese hardware and software charts (courtesy of Media Create) after the jump.

Hardware
DSi – 41,839
PSP – 29,552
Xbox 360 – 25,334
Wii – 16,973
PS3 – 16,149
DS Lite – 9,975
PS2 – 5,029

Software

1. スターオーシャン4 -THE LAST HOPE-(同梱版含む) – Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope (360)
2. マリオ&ルイージRPG3!!!  – Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (DS)
3. アイドルマスターSP パーフェクトサン – Idolmaster SP: Perfect Sun (PSP)
4. アイドルマスターSP ミッシングムーン – Idolmaster SP: Missing Moon (PSP)
5. アイドルマスターSP ワンダリングスター – Idolmaster SP: Wandering Star (PSP)
6. シャイニング・フォース フェザー – Shining Force Feather (DS)
7. モンスターハンターポータブル 2nd G – Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP)
8. セイクリッド ブレイズ – Sacred Blaze (PS2)
9. ストリートファイターIV – Street Fighter IV (PS3)
10. Demon’s Souls (PS3)

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Source : Media Create

Last Updated: March 2, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • WitWolfyZA

    When will it be released in SA thats the thing…

  • Looking towards the end of April.

  • I agree, the picture is mostly unrelated, however I’m not at all displeased :cheerful:

  • Then I have done my job… 😉

  • WitWolfyZA

    Such a far way.. And I love my JRPG’s so much too… Oh wel Last Remnant will just have to do for now.

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