Xbox 360 hits Japanese net cafes

Far East gamers will soon get exposure to a sampling of the system's lineup, from Ninety-Nine Nights to Dead or Alive 4.

In its continuing effort to ignite demand among Japanese gamers, Microsoft has cut deals with Internet cafes in central Tokyo to add Xbox 360 consoles to their offerings. The company seems to hope that hands-on trials will convert to console sales in the Japanese market, which so far has given Microsoft's next-gen game machine a chilly reception.

The promotion will run from April 27 to March 28, and according to the official Japanese Xbox site, gamers will be able to pick from the following titles:

Dead or Alive 4
2006 FIFA World Cup
Ninety-Nine Nights (N3)
Project Gotham Racing 3
Ridge Racer 6
eM eNCHANT arM
Burnout Revenge
Fight Night Round 3
Pro Yakyuu Spirits 3
Rumble Roses XX
Wrestle Kingdom
Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires
Tsuushin Taisen Mahjong Toryumon
Tengai Makyou Ziria-Haruka Naru Zipangu (a sequel to Far East of Eden: Ziria)

Japanese Internet cafes are different from their US counterparts in that they typically offer a wide range of options in addition to Internet access, including console and PC games, DVD collections, and manga libraries. As such, they attract a wide range of users--a key point for Microsoft, whose recent Xbox 360 publicity blitz has attracted only a small number of core gamers.

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Boubou
Boubou

Manatassi man your analysis is nothing else than a clear and simple display of your complete lack of knowledge. You're trying to judge an entire culture and country using your racists beliefs. First of all I'm sure that you never even had a step outside of your country. You describe the japanese culture as a change disliking culture, still most of the games you're playing have all some kind of japanese origin. Let me just remind you that most of the technology you use today has a japanese origin. isn't technology the best sign of change acceptance and isn't Japan still the most advanced and open to technology country in the world? Conclusion, using nice words don't make you a smart person, but the way you used these words does show the need for you to expand your education even though education won't really help because your case of stupidity seems to be definitive. P.S. just so you know, I'm not japanese or even Asian; I'm just someone who tries to use his brain to produce intelligence and not dumbness like you do.

buffysummer
buffysummer

They aren't selling, like they want to sell

pyth0n13
pyth0n13

the japanese are just not loving microsoft

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

April to March....maybe '06 to '07??

acesion
acesion

yeah i bet rumble roses will do it for them considering that they are probably the largest supplier and purchaser of pornagraphy i mean go to any mall in to japan any store and on the tallest shelf thier will be porn and considering thier hight its only about 5'6" above the floor meaning most americans who visit can clearly see.

viper15
viper15

The_Drake does that say April 27 to MARCH 28? ...how does that make sense? maybe they mean next year idk lol

Manatassi
Manatassi

pencilpusher69: yep but Halo moves plenty of copies not to mention all the other great 1st person and racing and sports and adventure games made in the US or europe. actualy as far as games go the US and Europe have developed a far more interesting and diverse lineup of constantly improving game genra. Take for example the recent Oblivion, now look at what that game has done and look at the vast majority of japanese RPGs. Oblivion could never have been done on previous generations... take any Japanese RPG move the camera to overhead, et voila Chrono triger or any other decent 16 bit RPG is almost the same game. The point is that the Japenese Market is founded on a culture that traditionaly has bred a dislike of change for thousands of years. In comparison to the Japanese the Europeans and Americans are passionate irational and highly expressive culturaly and highly likeley to get verry bored if you dont change. Fact of the matter is the Japanese as a general rule are not particlarly accepting of other cultures, the reason they have a culture that is compatible with ours now is because we dropped 2 nuclar weapons on their cities and then took over their country temporarily during the 2nd world war, but that is a forced state of affairs. Simply put the way that we behave and think seems irrational and childlike to the japanese hence they have little interest in playing games developed by people who they feel think like that.

Rtisan
Rtisan

What a cool idea!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Good Idea....... But no matter what u give, Japanese gamers won't buy 360s that much. So MS should bring those 360s to USA and Europe........

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

Flatline, the reason it's important to do well in japan, is because MOST of the truly great games come out of Japan. Whichever console wins there, will get the best games, whether it's the best seller elsewhere or not. Unless of course, you don't care. Then you can have great European games like Blue Stinger, or awesome american games like Batman Begins, or Madden! Final Fantasy moves units, Psychonauts does not. ;)

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

yeah april 27- march 28? what until next year march? anyway it seems ms is trying everything they can to get japanese gamers in on the 360. well, this one seems to be one of their smarter moves. if they try it they may like it, if they like it they may buy it. simple yet smart

PumaPride3k
PumaPride3k

What's sickening is your baby talk, baby^

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

Kwzy, You ever hear of the saying: "If you fail, try, try again"??? I'm tried of seeing these responses of "give up Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo" to everything the companies try to do......its sickening

OmahaGTP
OmahaGTP

Once the PS3 comes out, and it's revealed how over blown the footage was, gamers from all territories will see the 360's second generation games, and see the PS3's first generation games. Cheaper priced, it's easy to discern what happens next.

stovich
stovich

Flat_Line_____ No company cares for any of it's consumers, no matter what the product is. Only their wallet. And by the way, you do realize that most Xbox consoles don't see American soil until it's boxed and ready for retail, right? Since most production, assembly, and software installation takes place overseas, I'd rather fully support a Japanese console, rather than the Xbox, which is only "American" in name only.

killakb
killakb

we will see if the numbers rise up this week and when they launch the special edition fifa blue faceplates with the system

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

It doesn't matter where M$ puts the 360, the Japanese still won't care.

javeto
javeto

Back to the past with article April 27 to march 28?????? Things are so bad for 360 in japan that they are puting the calendar backwards. Maybe they can take time back to november 22 and ship all the consoles in UK and USA and forget about the japanese

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

Ya know personally I can't figure out why ANYONE cares if it sells in japan cept for the obvious profit gain MS is looking for,but what about us gamers in general? Why would we really care if it sells there does japan give a damn about the US gamers cept for the same reason PROFIT no they don't. So I can't really figure out why people really care that much if it does well and I really can't understand this bashing of a american made console not doing well over there .....why would some of you people back a foreign company like SONY soooo much when they don't give a damn about you?

lordxymor
lordxymor

All we can do is wait o see if a stronger japanese titles line-up can ignite x360 sales. If not then we can conclude that japanese people are pain smart. =P Ps3 rlz!

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Where I'm from, internet Cafe is everywhere. Not everybody can afford a good computer and highspeed internet, you know. Good baiting moves by microsoft nevertheless.

UntoldDreams
UntoldDreams

It's so simple to understand what's wrong. Look at this line up. It's not a strong Japanese line up. It's barely acceptable even months after launch... If I paid you $250,0000 a year (no joke on that) to work at Microsoft to figure out what games we need for Japan and you gave me this list I would fire you on the spot. Too many Gamespot troll-like cavepeople blame the Japanese when it's simply NOT their fault. Ask why some quarter million dollar moron at Microsoft doesn't know what everyone else knows. The Japanese have different taste. It's not hard. Sheesh...

troakun
troakun

What the hell is princecake saying? Incoherent rants are for "scums". On a more intelligible note, this all sounds like a great idea, sounds like just the kind of marketing they need to succeed.

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

Imagine having this at Starbucks, since it seems theres one in every corner here in Houston.

badboy231
badboy231

hey princecake so you mean that japan people want to be obeast

Kwzy
Kwzy

Microsoft accept an advice: Give up trying to sell 360's in Japan!! they are level up people!! they want PS3.... the same as I.... hehehehehehe

abdu4
abdu4

Thats a long time for it to be running, and good luck to M$

Princecake
Princecake

for the guy going for the racist remark - japan is like america wannabe dude - i've read no less than a dozen articles saying so don't jump to those low ass comments when the fact is xbox was never big there hence it leaves bad aftertaste for 360 games wise - it's not their taste either - even if it offers "some" of what they want now it doesn't change the fact that ps3 and revo are around the corner which look like much better investment for what type of games they want. and consider this - if u'r a jap, asking around - no one u know plays or considering buying a 360- would you buy it? i mean - if everyone had a ps3 or revo - u can swap games, challenge each other on the net etc... with 360 - it's more like playing fighting games with 140ms ping with american....and i'm sure it'll be enjoyable racist reasons are for scums - clear and simple

bulldog7
bulldog7

either this actually ends may this year, or it's a really long promotion.

Dups79
Dups79

Good idea. It couldn't hurt :)

REQUIEMAURA
REQUIEMAURA

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bradberry9
bradberry9

Perhaps its april 27th 2006 to march 28 2007. Was that that hard to figure out?

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

It could be that Japanese are racist against Microsoft, because it's American... or they're probably mistrusting, because of the failure of the original Xbox in Japan. Why do they even like Japanese games? Most of them suck, especially other RPGs compared to Oblivion. Maybe Oblivion will open their eyes to the awesomeness of Western Games. lol, I doubt it though...

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

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Ericvon71
Ericvon71

That is cool, it doesn't hurt to try.

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

I guess they have to try something to get them to play the system,and they love their Internet Cafe's....but has it come to this Microsoft??

frankeyser
frankeyser

internet is even available at most of the bars and clubs i go to.

The_Drake
The_Drake

does that say April 27 to MARCH 28? ...how does that make sense?

NinjaSpunk
NinjaSpunk

Internet cafes are all over the place, at least in NYC, and definitely in Japan. Maybe some of the pervs will get hooked on Rumble Roses and pick up a 360. You never know.

skylinedude05
skylinedude05

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nuttysack
nuttysack

Sweet, to bad I'm not in japan to be play'n some of those sweet games

nuttysack
nuttysack

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ryanjtravis
ryanjtravis

That seems like a smart move. Maybe actually playing the games will change their minds...

Fusible
Fusible

They have to try something.