The Xbox 360 has never been hugely popular in Japan, but sales have finally dipped to the point that retailers in Japan have officially decided to begin phasing out the console and its games from store shelves to make way for games and systems that, you know, actually sell.
The further decline in sales can be attributed to many factors, but possibly the most fatally damaging has been the 360's lack of popular exclusive games in Japan. Kinect also sold poorly in Japan, so its release didn't provide the boost in sales and system longevity that we saw in the US. Because of this early dropoff of the 360, Microsoft may have trouble finding a way to convince Japanese retailers to carry the successor to the 360 when that time finally comes around, which isn't expected until at least 2014.
The good news is (at least for consumers), with shops looking to dump their current stock, 360 games can be found in bargain bins for as little as 100 yen, and the Halo: Reach hardware bundle has been spotted for as low as 9,980 yen (about $130). And although most physical stores will no longer carry Microsoft's gaming wares, Japanese consumers can still purchase 360s and 360 games online through sites like Amazon.
Aug 18, 2011