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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Xbox 360 Sales Start Slow in Japan

Xbox 360 Sales Start Slow in Japan

Free Image Hosting at"A survey conducted by Famitsu magazine has revealed that less than half of the estimated 159,000 Xbox 360 consoles that were available in stores in Japan were sold in the first weekend of sale.

Only about 62,000 units were purchased on December 10 and 11, according to an independent study by Enterbrain, which publishes leading Japanese game magazine 'Famitsu'.

That is also less than half the 123,000 units Microsoft sold of its previous generation Xbox in the first three days of sales in February 2002.

'There is just one reason for the slow sales -- the postponement of the launch of the 'Dead or Alive 4' game,' said Munetatsu Matsui, editor-in-chief of Famitsu Xbox 360.

The study revealed the most popular game was Ridge Racer, followed by Perfect Dark Zero." [more]

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