Xbox 360 backward compatibility lacking in Japan

List of playable Xbox games for the Xbox 360 in Japan tops out at a dozen versus 200-plus in North America; more promised in future.


TOKYO--Gamers in Japan that are planning to throw away their current Xbox console when they pick up an Xbox 360 this winter might want to rethink binning the black box. Microsoft Japan has released the list of Xbox games confirmed to be playable on the Xbox 360 in the country, and it's not looking good for Japanese gamers with a soft spot for current-generation games.

While the US list of Xbox games playable on the Xbox 360 has more than 200 titles, the Japanese list only carries 12 games. Microsoft Japan notes that additional titles will be added to the list in the future, so it might be a matter of time before the remaining games from the American list appears.

The list of games confirmed to be backward compatible with the Xbox 360 in Japan is as follows:

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Forza Motorsport
Grand Theft Auto Double Pack
Halo 2
Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack
Jade Empire
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden Black
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3
The Simpsons: Hit & Run

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