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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.

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


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)

Source : Media Create

Last Updated: March 2, 2009


  1. WitWolfyZA

    March 2, 2009 at 15:10

    When will it be released in SA thats the thing…


  2. Geoff

    March 2, 2009 at 16:29

    Looking towards the end of April.


  3. 2Three

    March 2, 2009 at 19:51

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


  4. Geoff

    March 2, 2009 at 20:06

    Then I have done my job… 😉


  5. WitWolfyZA

    March 3, 2009 at 09:14

    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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