Microsoft to hold Akihabara Xbox 360 festival

Games showcase scheduled for October featuring Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary and Dance Central 2.

While Xbox 360 titles haven't ranked highly on Japan's Media Create sales charts as of late, Microsoft is still keen on promoting the system in the land of the rising sun. Its next promotion is an event called the Xbox 360 Appreciation Festival in Akiba: Fall Festival.

Japanese gamers can check out a remastered Master Chief adventure this weekend.

According to the official Web page, the public event will be held at Akihabara on October 16 and will last from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Japan Standard Time. The games featured in this event include Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Batman Arkham City, Kinect Star Wars, Dragon's Dogma, Rage, Dead Island, Onechanbara Z Kagura, Instant Brain, Dance Central 2, Forza Motorsport 4, Labyrinth Cross Blood Reloaded, Michael Jackson: The Experience, and Tropico 4. The company also said that it will be revealing two additional and secret titles in the mix.

In addition, the event will also have stage presentations for Labyrinth Cross Blood Reloaded (1:20 p.m. to 2 p.m. JST), Forza Motorsport 4 (2:20 p.m. to 3 p.m. JST), and Instant Brain (4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. JST).

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OshareKeiji
OshareKeiji

MS doesn't have enough good galges and RPGs in their 360 lineup. They want more sales? Market the titles that the locals are  actually interested in. Just pushing EA, Ubisoft and their own in-house crap won't work. Plus, only allowing online play by getting a limited Gold membership is so old-school that it's not even funny. Save for titles that require those BS online tickets, the PS3 crowd can play online just like that, and for an unlimited time frame, too.

 

The reason I even got an Xbox 360 in the first place (and a JP region one, no less) is largely because of Love Tore (that Kinect galge trilogy by Boost On where you exercise and dance with a 2D anime girl).

 

A little less censorship would be nice too. That anti-pantsu patch they pulled in Galgun ruined what little following they had among the local Akiba Kei crowd. Zombie and alien gore is nice, but 2D girl fanservice is still king.

 

If they can't get past that, then their marketing event is just a waste of time and money.

God_Emporer
God_Emporer

@suprsoldier What, you didn't get enough attention from mommy and daddy, so you troll message boards? Get a life.

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

Wow, the Japanese gaming consoles market is so monopolized I was a little surprised reading the headline. Welp, best of luck M$!

suprsolider
suprsolider

@sladakrobot, Nope, I don't have a XBL account because I HATE Microsoft. I won't buy their POS machine.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@duprsolider-You sound so bitter dude...any chance that you hate Microsoft coz you was banned for life from XBL?

suprsolider
suprsolider

That's right Xbots, thumb down my comment. The Truth hurts. The 360 is a crappy console just like the original Xbox was. Microsoft is a bunch of jerks who have no business being in business.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Good luck Microsoft. Not much luck cracking that market so far, though those are some pretty hot games in that lineup.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I wish someone would tell Japanese developers that Steam exists.

xxKai
xxKai

2 secret titles o:

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

Come to the U.S or Europe...you guys have more fans/consumers here...

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Hmmm...Why do even I know that japanese ppl like dating sims and rpg's at most and Microsoft dont? Idea-Join forces with Sega and work on X360 only Phantasy Star 5! How about a real new Shining Force? Grandia anyone? New Lost Odyssey? New Resonance of Fate? Bring some Enix games and Square Soft games as XB-Arcade titles? I could continue this for hours :) But kudos for Microsoft not giving up the japanese market!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

2 additional secret title Japan only Xbox 360 RPGs? Microsoft will never make headway in the land of the Rising Sun. Halo was never very popular in Japan. Way to dead horse it Microsoft. Japan is Sony and Nintendo strongholds.

redskinStu
redskinStu

"While Xbox 360 titles haven't ranked highly on Japan's Media Creates sales charts" They don't chart at all, actually.

kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

Akiba is near me, so I'll be coming to it. Me and the other 4 360 owners in Japan.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Wishing Mircosoft would announce that we are planning on wasting obscene amounts of money on getting new jrpgs for their system again for the japanese market. Tales of Vesperia, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Eternal Sonata, and a far much lesser extent because Square Enix can't do anything right Star Ocean 4: ;n; those were some good times that all came out in the span of 2 years.

AiGeeEn1
AiGeeEn1

Just a matter of time..till the Japan gets a slice of Microsoft Or Is it The Other way around? lol..

vader501st
vader501st

I hate to say it, but it's as if most of them ever gave a flock about Master Chief's awesomeness. Leave it to those who value him.

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

the reason the japanese dont buy xbox 360s is simple....they dont like FPSes

suprsolider
suprsolider

Microsoft, Japan doesn't want your crappy console. Noone does. Please go away.

Cantido
Cantido

Man what's up with Japan? They hate fun these days.

mrmime777
mrmime777

Microsoft, I don't understand your choice to choose a festival specifically for the country that LEAST wants the Xbox - they've phased it out of hardware and game sales completely in most stores because there's no demand for it! Japan is a country of mostly handheld gamers, and even the native PS3 and Wii are relatively niche compared to handheld systems. I really can't see this festival convincing a whole lot of Japanese people to change contrary to their country's gaming habits, and the reason for MS's choice completely escapes me.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

I will not be going to this...a lot more entertaining things to do in Akiba then going to see a XBOX360 fest...

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

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majestix1988
majestix1988

if only microsoft japan supports its local developers for future localization of 360 games thats why it sucks on other genres~

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Geez, MS. Japan doesn't care about the 360. Give it up already. Why not try selling "I heart USA" shirts in Iran next?

steelmouth
steelmouth

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Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@childe_roland The lineups aimed at Japan they don't really do shooters (although they did like fallout3 which is why rage is there and halo because it's the xboxs main franchise so they need to promote)

Darnasian
Darnasian

Looks interesting....to bad they do this for Japan and not for Europe and North America!

childe_roland
childe_roland

That game lineup is garbage. Where's Skyrim, Battlefield and Dark Souls? What about Mass Effect 3? Brutal...

lilflex1
lilflex1

hope they release a beta on the reach disk like they did with the reach beta on odst