Japan scores FIFA-themed 360

Microsoft rides World Cup fever with new FIFA Xbox 360 bundle; package includes limited-edition faceplate, EA's 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.

TOKYO--With the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany just months away, Microsoft is looking to capitalize on World Cup fever as the Xbox and Xbox 360 have been named the official game consoles of the international tournament. In Japan, where soccer has always been popular, the company is collaborating with FIFA, Adidas, and Electronic Arts to release a limited edition Xbox 360 bundle themed around the World Cup.

Today, Microsoft said it would release a limited edition Xbox 360 bundle--the Xbox 360 Blue Limited Edition: 2006 FIFA World Cup--alongside the launch of Electronic Arts' 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany soccer game on April 27 in Japan.

The bundle will feature the console, several accessories, and a copy of the Electronic Arts game. The console will also be tricked out with an Adidas Japan Blue faceplate featuring the colors of Japan's national soccer squad. The bundle will be limited to a shipment of 10,000 units. It will be open priced, meaning that it doesn't have a MSRP, but some online retailers are selling the package for around $430.

The items to be bundled in the Xbox 360 Blue Limited Edition: 2006 FIFA World Cup package goes as below.

Xbox 360
Xbox 360 hard drive (20GB)
Xbox 360 wireless controller
Xbox 360 media remote control
Xbox 360 HD AV cable
Xbox 360 LAN cable
Xbox 360 AC adapter
Xbox 360 Adidas Japan Blue faceplate
Adidas Japan Blue original bandana
2006 FIFA World Cup Germany game from Electronic Arts

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Thorpe89
Thorpe89

This is also making its way to Europe.

BorgMind00
BorgMind00

I find it funny how so many people claim it won't sell in a country they have never been to and to a culture that they only know about through import anime, movies and games. The Japanese happen to be very big on soccer [someone else mentioned], very big impulse buyers, very big on change [as it pertains to entertainment anyway]. I think the package will do pretty well, considering that it's a limited edition release also. Those that will buy an Xbox 360 will definetly pick that one up. I will agree with an earlier post however which stated that perhaps Winning Eleven 9 would have been a better choice since the games popularity surpasses EAs FIFA in certain territories. My other comment pertains the quality of EAs games on the XBOX 360. EAs games so far happen to be some of the best as far as XBOX 360 games are concerned. I'm not saying that they've been great, "must haves", revolutionary or anything of the sort, but they've been good releases. Need for Speed: Most Wanted was just a simple port, left much to be desired and over all could have been better. EA really buckled down with the releases of Fight Night :Round 3 and Burnout Revenge however, the Fight Night being the better of the 2. They do deserve some recognition though.

xEviLLyAMuSeDx
xEviLLyAMuSeDx

Eh, I'll skip on the 'advertisement made into faceplate' thanks. Maybe they should have thrown in some Pepsi controllers and maybe a Pizza Hut Memory card! YEAH! /lame.

fmcuk
fmcuk

Reading all those complains about the FIFA X360 bundle, I realize this: It is hard for Americans to know nobody cares about "American Football" outside USA. Soccer (the REAL football) it is the world's most popular sport. Learn to accept it.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

it seems that these people aren't fooled by shiney box and little else. good riddance micro$haft, take your average games and your ongoing fee-collecting and your 5 million new lines of code, then go jump off a cliff.

SemiMaster
SemiMaster

You know, at first I thought this was an April Fools joke... but there were posts from Mar 31st. Sounds like a day early. Strange marketing move.

ezridax19
ezridax19

why does japan get all the cool stuf???

sgt_tickles
sgt_tickles

Pretty neat idea. If the game is better than RTWC 06 then hopefully it will do well. For all you haters out there, MS is just exploring different marketing strategies and tayloring them to a specific audience. Hence football is big in Japan, so WOW lets bundle a special edition 360 and exploit Japan's obscene patriotism to their national team. Brilliant I say. But the figures will tell. Plus dont complain too much, at least you have customised FIFA WC covers for the upcoming game....in aus we will get generic one :(

solidsoldier1
solidsoldier1

wow i can already see this budle on ebay selling for some pretty amount

GamerDudeB3
GamerDudeB3

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umaque
umaque

HEY ONI.... THAT'S MICROSOFT PROBLEM NOT YOURS JUST STAY OUT OF IT AND TRY NOT TO CARE TOO MUCH THEY DIDN'T USE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR PARENTS FOR THAT MATTER GOD I HATE RACIAL COMMENTS !!!!

umaque
umaque

' That's true, they did think mini-disc was "all that". I'm getting sick of all this trying to win over the Japanese news all the time. Who cares? I don't. It's kinda funny how a culture who tries to look like us, act like us, make movies and music like us can't stand products made by us. I mean, do the majority of the Anime characters you see really look asian to you? I love the Japanese culture, but Microsoft, please give it up. They don't like you ' HEY ONI YOU'RE REALLY COCKISH JUST SHUT UP AND STOP BEING A FANBOY

sizzlingdviper
sizzlingdviper

Perhaps Microsoft should make a Pokemon styled 360,cos A lot of Japenese games seem to be cartoon style graphics such as pokemon.A lot of Western gamers wouldn't touch their style games with a bargepole.

stefan_vaziri
stefan_vaziri

Ummmmmmm, did anyone else notice that this bundle (including a faceplate,game,bandana,hd av cable,ac adapter is 430...only 30 dollars more than what we all payed at launch for simply the console and hd? WTF

kickedchaos12
kickedchaos12

whoa.. this is pretty cool, i've never seen this before.. where do u get the faceplate?

flynow
flynow

Anyone know if the Japanese Xbox360 system is able to play American game discs? I heard that the PS3 is going to be region free. That's hot.

smityjoe69
smityjoe69

That's true, they did think mini-disc was "all that". I'm getting sick of all this trying to win over the Japanese news all the time. Who cares? I don't. It's kinda funny how a culture who tries to look like us, act like us, make movies and music like us can't stand products made by us. I mean, do the majority of the Anime characters you see really look asian to you? I love the Japanese culture, but Microsoft, please give it up. They don't like you to oni. by the way japanesse people have there own culture. they just take wat good american things there is and makes them better. as for films just coz japnesse films have high special effects doesnt mean they are copying the amercian. anyways who copied the japnesse in films kung fu and other martial arts. japnesse films are a art. amercian ones are only superfacial films to make money. u say u love the japanesse culture then why diss it. japnesse can see good products when they r shown to them. their just isnt good games for japnesse people on the 360. their mostly action and fps shooting games which the japanesse dont like. this is not an attack on the 360 i have one its just the 360 has no chance in japan coz their simply isnt japnesse friendly games for it.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

"Woe. Kravyn81. 360 is getting spanked in Japan. They need to do something, and fast. This is in the realm of the doable." - DiscGuru101 Exactly. And do you know why? Because the Japanese are smart! The first Xbox bombed in Japan and MS did everything short of giving away systems for FREE and they still croaked. Now they're following the same path while still IGNORING their home market who, BTW, saved their asses with the last Xbox, yet the USA never gets any special treatment. Oh! Whoopty doo! A "Halo" edition Xbox. How many special events and Xboxes did they create solely for the Japanese market? They make me sick. I hope the Japanese keep snubbing the 360 and I hope it bombs abysmally over there. Maybe, just MAYBE, MS will get the message and start catering to its home market instead of pissing away time and money on a market that doesn't give a crap. It's a blatant insult and slap in the face to every customer who was dumb enough to buy a 360.

thefutureofball
thefutureofball

Quit giving japan all the cool stuff MS and let us have some they dont even like you

veracity024
veracity024

Fifa was a crap game. dont bundle that!

KoVeRt
KoVeRt

Since when did Yoda start working for MS? "Impossible Is Nothing"

TraiklinX3
TraiklinX3

this is a good april fools joke story. oh wait, you mean it's not? I can't tell when a stie tries to incorperate joke story's in with the real story's because they think it's cool for a day.

DarkHero1
DarkHero1

Why the hell do the Japanese get all the good stuff when they don't even appreciate the Xbox 360.

thefbz
thefbz

I am waiting for PS3 but I'd love to have a FIFA WORLD CUP GERMANY theme XBOX 360.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

It's a nice colour. Maybe they'll release it here?

waraga
waraga

microsoft's 360.Doing this will be the key in the battle in wining the console war it is very important and i would like to prise petter more for his wonder full idea.go go 360 showthem all.

FFgalaxy
FFgalaxy

lets just hope we can get a decent soccer game on the 360

FFgalaxy
FFgalaxy

lets just hope we can get a decent soccer game on the 360

MetaMods
MetaMods

WTH, we get nothing living in USA. Japan always get awsome stuff. I am moving to Japan.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

I don't see why people are getting so upset. A soccer Xbox won't sell well here. Besides we received a limited Halo system that never saw light in Japan for the first Xbox. You act like MS hates you because they haven

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Good idea, but won't help. Maybe make a blitzball themed one...

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

Xbox 360 has flopped in Japan, even more than the original Xbox did when it launched. The only way all 10,000 units will sell out withen 3 months is if it becomes a really popular import for North American and European collectors.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

And 99% of special theme package have Ugly art plasterd on it rather than doing a simple desgin like this. Filling the console with uneven character wall paper is not a way to make it look good.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

I don't care about FIFA or most sports period but that is one nice looking face plate Just the type I have been looking for for mine.

BZSIN
BZSIN

Football (soccer, pffft) is big in Japan. EA and it's FIFA games are not. They are more into their Pro Evo (Winning Eleven). They have taste.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Woe. Kravyn81. 360 is getting spanked in Japan. They need to do something, and fast. This is in the realm of the doable.

Mr_Flatulent
Mr_Flatulent

It irks me that we here in the U.S., long time supporters of Xbox stuff (and the ones who basically saved MS's butt with the Xbox) never get any special treatment. It's like they ignore the obedient, helpful child and instead reward the obnoxious, mean kid instead. I don't get it . . . oh, wait, I do--MONEY!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

And we see history repeat itself with MS pissing on its home market while bending over backwards to a market that doesn't give a crap. Way to treat your home fanbase, MS. And that is exactly why I now hate MS.

automaticsnake
automaticsnake

the 360 selling bad in japan so they trying to find a way to make it sell better.

mamad_raiss
mamad_raiss

I read a news that MS is going to relaunch XBOX360 in late june . I can't understand japanese .why they don't buy this super amazing product? it's like we don't buy japanse cars or tvs and other japanese products because we are not japanese? let's be honest

tremo01
tremo01

God why aren't they selling those in Europe??? They would sell like crazy...

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

"TalesOfGazayan Poor Microsoft trying so hard in a country were it's not wanted. With Adidas logos it looks more like a ShoeBox than an XBox. (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator Posted Mar 31, 2006 1:22 pm PT " u're a funny one! I still believe it's a nice move. The day That MS flurishes pemanently in Japan will be the da that MS and Square Enix give birth to Final Fantasy XIII or XIV one the XBox 360 (exclusively!? that'd probably be too much to hope).