This graph depicts the amount of software sales in Japan and as we can easily see the pie chart on the left (2008) has a larger wedge for the Xbox 360 than the pie chart on the right (2007), no wait that means it is improving… So it must be the hardware sales where the issue lies.
In 2007 the Japanese bought 257,841 Xbox 360’s but in 2008 the Japanese only picked up 317,589 units… so again it’s improving…Â
Okay so the original article was pointless but it did give me a pretty graphic and yet another excuse to rant about Japan, now don’t get me wrong I have nothing against Japan and would love to go and visit the place someday. However I don’t put it on the gaming pedestal that others seem to.
Yes the Japanese market used to be vital to the industry and you couldn’t win the gaming war without winning in Japan, however things have changed now and Europe and America have both overtaken Japan in gaming importance. Microsoft gives Japan a lot of attention and it does sometimes feel like that budget would be better spent in other under funded countries.
Either way history is going to repeat itself as the Wii is obviously going to win the war and take Japan along for the ride.
Last Updated: February 18, 2009