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HALO 3 Big in Japan

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Xbox 360 sales in Japan have been an on-going gag of game sites, blogs, and podcasts for quite a while now. Everytime news comes up about the 360 in Japan, little coy chuckles are shared, and then shoulders are shrugged because in the new new current gen video game market it’s just not as much of a factor anymore. But for all the hype leading up to HALO 3, I would NEVER have predicted this EVER.

Media Create Sales 9/24 – 9/30 (Japan’s software sales stats.)

1) Halo 3 (360) 59,000 copies
2) Pokemon’s Mysterious Dungeon: Toki (DS) 55,000
3) Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (PSP) 54,000
4) Tamagotchi (DS) 54,000
5) Pokemon’s Mysterious Dungeon: Yami (DS) 46,000
6) Bleach Blade Battlers 2nd (PS2) 31,000
7) English Test 2 (DS) 28,000
8 ) Yu-gi-oh Duel Monsters GX (PSP) 28,000
9) Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3) 27,000
10) Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops + (PSP) 25,000

I know that one of those 59 K copies was mine, and two others were friends of mine. I am not certain of this, but from memory, I believe it’s only the second time that a 360 game has cracked the top ten. The last game being Gears of War. I’m sure the glowing Famitsu scores might have helped with HALO 3 sales, since advertising was no where near the level it was across the ocean. The other shocker is a PS3 game on the list! Not only a PS3 game, but a year old western RPG!

Another thing I have noticed is that while North America (and other places? not sure) has three different HALO 3 SKU’s , Japan seems to have only one. It’s the Limited Edition version that comes in a metal tin and has a bonus disc, but is selling for the usual price of a typical 360 game here. So not a bad deal.


Written by Bill

October 4, 2007 at 3:46 am

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  1. […] Digger wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptEverytime news comes up about the 360 in Japan, little coy chuckles are shared, and then shoulders are shrugged because in the new new current gen video game market it’s just not as much of a factor anymore. But for all the hype leading … […]

  2. So, are Japanese copies of the Limited Edition also coming out scratched? That would teach Japan NOT to cozy up to a Western FPS!

    Anyway, not that this was a long shot, but I had predicted Halo 3 would be the turn-around for the Xbox 360. Although I never expected its success to reach Japanese shores!

    And I still don’t understand all the complains fans and non-fans alike have about Halo 3… it is the best Halo so far! I also think it is the last successful FPS we are gonna see.


    October 5, 2007 at 2:05 pm

  3. Really? No hope in Unreal 2007, Haze, Killzone 2, Team Fortress 2, or anything like that?


    October 5, 2007 at 6:30 pm

  4. Nope… the only thing that keeps the FPS genre alive today in the consoles, in my opinion, is the established online communities. And that’s only on life support. Any new FPS, even if made better, will only segment these communities further more until you won’t find anyone to fight against and everyone is bored of the single player experience.

    RPGs and casual games are all the rage right now with the new generations… that’s where Bungie and other developers should invest next! They should wait another ten years until they bring out the next FPS…


    October 5, 2007 at 7:40 pm

  5. Wow, that’s pretty astonishing. I would never have thought that Halo3 would be doing so well, but the fact that Oblivion’s still there just speaks of how good that game really is.


    October 5, 2007 at 8:01 pm

  6. It’s not hard to imagine that FPSs have peaked because the crowd is pretty much the same. I will say though, if PC gamers start coming to consoles, the FPS might thrive. Might. Otherwise, FPSs don’t dominate anymore anyway. But there is still success to be found in the genre, i believe. It’s far from dead. People still play older ones, there’s no reason they can’t pick up a newer one.

    About Japan: who knew?


    October 5, 2007 at 10:55 pm

  7. Ryan: Just so there is no confusion, Oblivion isn’t still there, it started there. It only just came out for the PS3 in Japanese. Originally they weren’t going to make a Japanese version of the game, but it turned out there was enough interest that they decided to translate it after all. It just took a long time.


    October 6, 2007 at 10:46 am

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