Denki News

July 11, 2006

No Xboxes please, we’re Japanese

Filed under: Japan, Video Games — icruise @ 7:13 am

I don’t want to belabor the point I made in an earlier post, but on a recent outing here in Japan I went to a number of stores that sold video games — some new, some used. The state of Xbox consoles and games was pretty pathetic. As you can see in the picture above (taken at a Book Off store, which sells used books, CDs, DVDs and games) used Xbox consoles are going for around $35, while PS2s are selling for amazingly high prices — some as high as $150. Admittedly, there were some GameCube systems that weren’t much more than the Xboxes, but it shows just how popular the PS2 is in relation to these other two systems. It also makes me think that the Xbox 360 has an almost impossible task ahead of itself in trying to compete with the PS3 in Japan. If the Wii can come in at a reasonable price, Nintendo may be able to carve out a niche as a casual console/second console, but the Xbox is expensive enough to make it unlikely for most people to have one in addition to a PS3.

Stock of Xbox games was pretty bad in the retail (non-used) game stores. I can’t recall seeing any original Xbox games, and while most places did have some Xbox 360 games, there were only 8 or 10 available. Also, they were all selling for full retail price (around $60) while many of the Xbox 360 launch titles are now being discounted in the US, at least online. And as if to drive the point home, DSFanboy reports that this week only 8 original Xboxes were sold in Japan. Still, when you think about it this isn’t that surprising since if my informal survey is accurate, hardly any stores carry new Xboxes anymore.

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