How many Xbox consoles have been sold in Japan over the past 20 years?

How many Xbox consoles have been sold in Japan over the past 20 years?

20 years after the release of the first Xbox to Japan, what sales report can we draw up for all the Microsoft consoles launched on the Japanese archipelago? A necessarily timid statement which tends to testify to a glorious generation long past.

In Japan, the very first Xbox had been marketed on February 22, 2002, between the United States and Europe. A first attempt which had resulted, in the land of the Rising Sun, in total sales approaching half a million. Next, or rather very high, the PS2 was the queen with more than 21 million consoles sold in its native land. And this before the 3DS and then the Switch come to dislodge it from its throne.

The Japanese magazine Famitsu has taken stock of the Xbox brand since the release of the first machine in Japan. And we observe to begin with that on February 6, 2022, i.e. in 20 years, very exactly 2,345,975 Xboxes were sold on the archipelago. Note that all Xboxes are affected, up to the latest Series models.

Xbox sales in Japan: Dead or Alive 3, best software performance

In the detail of console sales, the Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s greatest success in Japan. The Xbox Series have already exceeded the installed base of Xbox One, but given the weakness of the latter, the performance is more symbolic than anything else.

  • Xbox – 472,992
  • Xbox 360 – 1,616,128
  • Xbox One – 114,831
  • Xbox Series X/S – 142,024

And if the best-selling Xbox game in Japan is a fighting title, which moreover appeared on the original Xbox, it is obvious from the rest of the ranking that %Microsoft’s efforts to attract Japanese players to Xbox 360 had more or less paid:

  • Dead or Alive 3 (Xbox) – 271,149
  • Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope (Xbox 360) – 208,521
  • Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360) – 204,305
  • Blue Dragon (Xbox 360) – 203,740
  • The Last Remnant (Xbox 360) – 154,493

No Lost Odyssey, which is obviously a shame when you know the quality of the title of Mistwalker / Feelplus. While it was expected that Microsoft would return to the charge for the current generation after Sony’s western shift, for the time being, the American manufacturer has not brandished any Japanese exclusivity, at least on a large scale, for its Xbox Series.

Source: Famitsu (via VGC)

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