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Japan's Xbox One launch line-up revealed

Japan's Xbox One launch line-up revealed

Fri 20 Jun 2014 11:47am GMT / 7:47am EDT / 4:47am PDT
Hardware

Titanfall, Tomb Raider and Ryse all included

The Xbox One launches in Japan on September 9 and the full launch line-up of 29 titles has now been revealed.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will only be available as a digital download, according to Kotaku.

  • Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
  • Titanfall
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Battlefield 4
  • FIFA 14
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Strider
  • Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate
  • Onigiri
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Thief
  • Tomb Raider
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Killer Instinct
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect
  • Zumba Fitness World Party
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
  • Child of Light
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • LocoCycle
  • Forza Motorsport 5

22 Comments

Steve Wetz
Reviewer/Assistant Editor

168 377 2.2
Even including a few Japanese-specific titles, the Xbox One launch in Japan will probably go similarly to its other launches worldwide - an initial high sales figure, followed by Xbox One units cluttering the shelves of games stores. And that may be an optimistic prediction! The Japanese have certainly given little love to Microsoft's consoles in the past.

Posted:A month ago

#1

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,134 1,039 0.5
Except the MSX, that is...

Posted:A month ago

#2

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

869 1,277 1.5
an initial high sales figure, followed by Xbox One units cluttering the shelves of games stores
Well one out of two ain't bad. Microsoft is a very smart company and as much as I admire their persistence they know that theres no way in hell the majority of the Japanese market have any interest in their systems because they aren't made in Japan. How bad do they treat the Xbox brand there? If Microsoft outright bought Nintendo(which they could do since they have way more money than them) and started releasing Mario, Zelda and Pokemon games on the Xbox One the Japanese still wouldn't buy it. Why? I'm sure their excuse would be something along the lines of "We never really liked Nintendo games anyway."

Posted:A month ago

#3

Neow Shau Jin
Studying Bachelor in Computer Science

43 53 1.2
that is one very Xenophobic assumptions of Japanese consumer, there are american products that done very well there(Apple comes to mind) . With this launch line-up, I wonder why Microsoft is holding back the Japanese Launch in the first place, there is not even an Exclusive title that cater to Japanese.

Posted:A month ago

#4

Justin Shuard
J - E translator

40 144 3.6
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@Paul

Care to explain away how Apple, McDonalds, Starbucks and a bunch of other American companies got so popular in Japan despite their supposed rampant xenophobia?

Maybe Microsoft's lack of success in Japan could just be because 1) their consoles are poorly built (red ring) 2) their consoles are ugly (what's with the 80s VCR look and power brick?) 3) their consoles have a bunch of services only available in the U.S. 4) their consoles have little to no games that would appeal to a Japanese audience (seriously not everyone likes grimdark big burly manshooters in a sea of grey and brown).

But no, "xenophobia" has gotta be it. >.>

Posted:A month ago

#5

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

869 1,277 1.5
@Neow and Justin--I'm talking about US made consoles, not electronics in general or fast food/coffee chains. As far as I know there haven't been any huge successes sales wise as far as US made consoles in Japan. Some of the games fare alittle better but they don't give the consoles a second glance. I can't really blame them for passing on the 3DO or Jaguar because both of those systems kind of sucked but both the previous Xbox systems were premium gaming machines with tons of good games. You just wouldn't know that if you lived in Japan.

Posted:A month ago

#6

Justin Shuard
J - E translator

40 144 3.6
But surely any xenophobia that may or may not be present would apply to everything foreign, not just video game consoles specifically, right? I just find it kind of a weak excuse for a poorly performing console that is so obviously ill-fitted to what the market is looking for.

Posted:A month ago

#7

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

869 1,277 1.5
Again, I'm just talking about consoles. You can call it whatever you like but comparing sales figures for Microsoft's consoles in Japan and pretty much every other country shows a stark contrast in the aversion they have towards their systems. I get that the original Xbox didn't have an abundance of games suited specifically toward the Japanese marketplace but they remedied that during the 360 era. But despite that the sales figures remained the same or worst than that of the original Xbox. So I don't expect that they will even try much this gen with the XBO knowing that the outcome is a forgone conclusion.

Posted:A month ago

#8

Nuttachai Tipprasert
Programmer

79 60 0.8
I don't see any reasons why Microsoft cannot achieve what Apple can. Before iPod, Sony's Walkman was literally everywhere in Japan. But Apple can make it obsoleted and turn Japan into one of the Apple's biggest market in the world.

Xbox 360 still lacks a lot exclusive contents for Japanese market. While PS3 got FF XIII and MGS 5, 360 got Blue Dragon and other mediocre Japanese RPGs. Being fan of Sakakuchi san myself, it pains me to call his game *mediocre* but it's a fact. And, even MGS and FF XIII became multi-platform titles at the mid of previous generation, it was already too late for 360 to shift the momentum. Most of the Japanese gamers owned either PS4 or Wii (or both) already, they have little to non reasons to buy 360 anymore since most of the game will be available on PS3 as well. And while PS3 still getting exclusive contents till the end of its lifespan, MS had abandoned 360 very long time ago. Granted, the main reason Xbox brand cannot break through Japanese market is because its poor marketing strategy. It's 21st century. Japanese is now more open to foreign products than they were before. They like watching Korean dramas, listening to western musics and buying American electronic devices. So, I don't see any reasons why American made game console cannot be successful in Japan, unless, the company never serious about making it big to begin with.

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Nuttachai Tipprasert on 23rd June 2014 10:43am

Posted:A month ago

#9

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

768 574 0.7
X360 managed to sell 1M consoles in Japan since its release. A low number compared to the rest of the world but a big improvement compared to the first Xbox. We'll have to see what happens with XOne this times. I don't believe it will get over PS4, but I'm curious about if it will be able to improve X360's numbers.

Posted:A month ago

#10

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,134 1,039 0.5
Japan didn't "pass" on the 3DO at all. Sure, it didn't sell well there, but it did have a pretty healthy library for a so-called "bad" system with more games than the US got including some exclusives and a few titles that premiered on the platform before getting ported to others later on.

Some examples from my library (which is NOWHERE near complete, mind you): http://fanboydestroy.com/2011/12/01/gallery-3do-library/

Posted:A month ago

#11

Christian Keichel
Journalist

577 789 1.4
You can call it whatever you like but comparing sales figures for Microsoft's consoles in Japan and pretty much every other country shows a stark contrast in the aversion they have towards their systems. I get that the original Xbox didn't have an abundance of games suited specifically toward the Japanese marketplace but they remedied that during the 360 era.
You mean not buying MSX computers and the Turbogfx shows how xenophobe Americans are? Both system were technically advanced for their time, sold well in Japan and flopped horrible in the US.
But despite that the sales figures remained the same or worst than that of the original Xbox.
The 360 outsold the original Xbox by a wide margin in Japan.

Posted:A month ago

#12

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

869 1,277 1.5
You mean not buying MSX computers and the Turbogfx shows how xenophobe Americans are? Both system were technically advanced for their time, sold well in Japan and flopped horrible in the US.
You obviously missed the entire point of the discussion. It was that the Japanese gaming market shys away from US made consoles(not US products in general) in favor of their native Japanese ones. That means pretty much no US made consoles have been huge successes over in Japan. But here in the US, several Japanese made systems(and US ones) were very successful so saying the MSX and Turbografx sold poorly is pretty much pointless and relevant to nothing here.

People that keep bringing up Xenophobia obviously aren't reading what I've been typing. For example, if I don't like french fries, french toast or french pizza, that means that I don't like those particular French foods. Or maybe I dislike all French foods but that doesn't mean I dislike all of France's culture or anything else. It just means I'm not down with their cuisine. And it's the same thing with the majority of a country not liking another country's video game consoles. It doesn't mean they dislike everything about that country, it just means they dislike or don't favor certain products. The fact that I needed to explain that in 2014 is ridiculous.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 24th June 2014 9:40am

Posted:A month ago

#13

Christian Keichel
Journalist

577 789 1.4
You obviously missed the entire point of the discussion. It was that the Japanese gaming market shys away from US made consoles(not US products in general) in favor of their native Japanese ones. That means pretty much no US made consoles have been huge successes over in Japan. But here in the US, several Japanese made systems(and US ones) were very successful so saying the MSX and Turbografx sold poorly is pretty much pointless and relevant to nothing here.
Just like americans don't watch foreign movies, germans mostly drive german cars and drink german beer and people from france don't buy foreign cheese, where's your point?
Whenever a country has a strong industry on it's own, foreign competitors are having a hard time. The only reason, why Nintendo, Sega and later Sony were successful in the US was, that there was no real competition from US products at that time, during the last generation when the 360 was a real competitor many US consumers opted for the American solution, instead of the Japanese console.
And while you are right, that Japanese video game consoles were successful in Japan, this argument doesn't apply to the MSX/MSX II systems, as these machines weren't consoles, but home computer systems and despite their success in Japan, US American consumers ignored them completely, just as they ignored UK's ZX Spectrum and Amstrad computers, which were successful in several countries in europe (and were the best selling home computers in the UK for years). When it came to computers, US consumers never bought anything foreign. How is this different to the situation Non-japanese video game consoles are facing in Japan?
if I don't like french fries, french toast or french pizza, that means that I don't like those particular French foods.
Neither french fries, nor french toast, nor french pizza are french foods,
I can't really blame them for passing on the 3DO or Jaguar because both of those systems kind of sucked but both the previous Xbox systems were premium gaming machines with tons of good games. You just wouldn't know that if you lived in Japan.
It boils down to Halo, Fable and Forza, 99% of the games successfull on the 360 were available on the PS3 as well, so why should this be an argument for a Japanese consumer? FPS aren't big in Japan (just as Visual Novels or Dating Sims aren't big in the US or Europe), Fable never lived up to it's hype and clearly wasn't as attractive as Final Fantasy to the general public (on a global scale as well) and Forza never was a competition to Gran Turismo (neither in Japan, nor on a global scale). Leaves the Japan only offerings that MS financed like Blue Dragon, but obviously this game wasn't enough to set the Japanese 360 market on fire, even more, because MS obviously lost any interest in the Japanese market after 2007.

Edited 5 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 24th June 2014 11:42am

Posted:A month ago

#14

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,134 1,039 0.5
To be fair, Christian, as someone who grew up in the 70's and 80's and had gamers all around to talk with none of us had even heard of the MSX and other computers you'd mentioned or even thought about importing them because we were either raised on consoles or if we did any computing or gaming on PC, it was on what we had here (something IBM-ish, A TRS-80, one of the Atari PC's and so forth and so on). There really wasn't much in the way of researching some of those computers unless you knew someone who owned one or someone who knew about them and could help id deciding what to buy.

(Okay, that and the pricing back then was pretty crazy to import a computer into the US)

Hell, I WISH I had a Spectrum and a few MSX models when they were initially released because I'd have been ahead of the pack and happy about that. I also wanted an Amiga, but just never got around to buying one (despite the shop I worked at having a boxed CD32 on a shelf we sold the week I wanted to buy it and an old Amiga no one touched that I think got tossed on my day off - boo!)

I didn't grab my own used MSX until around 2000 and when I started buying games for it, I was blown away by how good many were. I've recently been reading up on the Spectrum and I'd love to take one for a spin one day or at least try some games on either an emulator or buy one of those retail PC game packs I've seen on a few import sites...

Posted:A month ago

#15

Christian Keichel
Journalist

577 789 1.4
Greg, I don't blame any American for not buying Japanese or European home computers, that's not my point, I find it understandlable, 8 Bit home computers in the US were the Apple I+II machines, the TRS 80 and the Atari 8 Bit computers, that was my point. There were enough home made computers already on the shelfs, so that there was no need to import foreign ones. It's the same with consoles in Japan, why buy a Microsoft console, built with the american customer in mind, when you can buy a Sony or Nintendo console, that was built with the Japanese customer in mind?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 24th June 2014 8:00pm

Posted:A month ago

#16

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,134 1,039 0.5
Ah, got it. Although, I always got a kick when we'd get a few Japanese customers coming into the game shop I worked at who'd load up on Atari games, Vectrex stuff or other things partly because of the "cool" factor. It was also funny to see them often amused or baffled by design of the original model NES and SNES because in contrast, the Famicom and Super Famicom were a lot better looking in a few ways... :D

Posted:A month ago

#17

Christian Keichel
Journalist

577 789 1.4
Yeah, it seems the old Atari stuff has a universal appeal and the Vectrex simply is a cool device, hands down :)
Be careful, if you pick up a Spectrum, I just tried mine and the keyboard membrane was dead, common problem with these machines today. The material they are made of wasn't built for eternity or more then 30 years, whatever comes first. There are replacement membranes available from various retailers, if you plan to pick up a Speccy you should order one right with the machine.

Posted:A month ago

#18

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

869 1,277 1.5
Just like americans don't watch foreign movies, germans mostly drive german cars and drink german beer and people from france don't buy foreign cheese, where's your point?
Again, this has nothing to do with anything discussed. Americans don't watch foreign films? In what universe do you live in? I live in the US and have bought nothing but Japanese cars my whole life, now on number six. According to your logic I must automatically hate everything American made because I refuse to buy American automobiles.
during the last generation when the 360 was a real competitor many US consumers opted for the American solution, instead of the Japanese console.
Yes but many more US consumers bought the Japanese made Wii and the Japanese PS3 sold on par with the 360. Here in the US most consumers don't care where a video game system is made, they just want to play video games. In Japan they prefer their native Japanese systems. Theres nothing wrong with this and it was my original point that you and others have somehow awkwardly confused with the word "zenophobia". You are of course wrong with that assumption.
When it came to computers, US consumers never bought anything foreign. How is this different to the situation Non-japanese video game consoles are facing in Japan?
Is that really how it is today? That Americans won't buy Japanese made computers? Nope. They buy anything they like, regardless where it comes from.
It boils down to Halo, Fable and Forza, 99% of the games successfull on the 360 were available on the PS3 as well, so why should this be an argument for a Japanese consumer?
You do realize that there are Japan region only 360 games correct? That Halo and the other first party games weren't the only things released in Japan right? Ever heard of Catherine? Death Smiles? Those are two import 360 games that eventually came here but there are several others that never came here. Among the genres they cover that appeal to Japanese gamers are: rpg's, date sims, idol sims, bullet hell shooters, etc. They even got a train simulator over there for the 360. I will admit that the majority of third party titles was released on both systems but you can say that for both the US and Japan and yet US and Japanese systems sell much more evenly in the US than they do over there in Japan. I'm not complaining, just making a simple observation.
Leaves the Japan only offerings that MS financed like Blue Dragon
Like I already mentioned above, that isn't even remotely close to being true. Just because you aren't aware of the majority of what was released for the Japanese market doesn't mean that they only received what was eventually ported over here to the US or UK.

Like I originally said, the Japanese just prefer playing their own native systems. This doesn't mean they automatically hate everything US made. It means excatly what I said: they would rather buy a Sony or Nintendo system than a Microsoft one because those systems are made in Japan and Microsoft's isn't.

Edited 4 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 25th June 2014 5:08am

Posted:A month ago

#19

Christian Keichel
Journalist

577 789 1.4
Again, this has nothing to do with anything discussed. Americans don't watch foreign films? In what universe do you live in?
You don't seem to be aware of the box office situation of foreign languarge films in the US, in the history of the US box office 1 foreign languarge movie has managed to make more then 100 millio US$ (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 2000). With it's 128 million US$ box office revenue, this movie currently take rank 363 in the US all time charts, the next foreign language movie in this list is Life is Beautiful (57 million US$, 1998), this isn't enough to be among the 500 highest grossing movies in the US. Again, I don't blame anybody for not seeing foreign language films, but to say it's not true, that US consumers don't watch foreign movies, when only 1 of the top grossing 500 movies is a foreign language movie is a bit of a stretch.
live in the US and have bought nothing but Japanese cars my whole life, now on number six. According to your logic I must automatically hate everything American made because I refuse to buy American automobiles.
Again, I don't say this has anything to do with "hate", I say, strong national industries make it hard for foreign competitors. I don't know if you are aware of the US automobile market (something you brought up, not me), but the 3 companies with the biggest market share in the US are GM, Ford and Chrysler and their combined market share is close to 50%.
Yes but many more US consumers bought the Japanese made Wii and the Japanese PS3 sold on par with the 360.
The 360 outsold the PS3 in the US by a wide margin.
Is that really how it is today? That Americans won't buy Japanese made computers? Nope. They buy anything they like, regardless where it comes from
I talked about the situation in the 1980s and the argument was, that US consumers had no interest in buying non-US home computers, because the US competition was so strong, that there was no need for that, I honestly don't know why you say today it is different. Besides I am not aware of "japanese made computers", which PC Vendor comes from Japan (Canon and Fujitsu come to my mind, but they are hardly relevant in any market in the world right now), while the US PC market is - of course - mainly in the hands of US companies. So yes it still is so today.
You do realize that there are Japan region only 360 games correct?
You are aware, that I even metioned one? Catherine is a multiplatform game and Death Smiles is an extreme niche title, how can you honestly expect the typical Japanese customer to buy a 360, because of an exclusive Cave Shmup. The last time a Shmup did decent numbers in Japan was when Gradius V was released and even then it was unusual for this kind of game. The Japanese offerings for the 360 were few and mostly not of high quality like the Strike Witches game. They usually got low scores in Japanese magazines and aren't considered as reasons to buy a 360. There were no exclusive One Piece, Gundam, Super Robot Wars, Final Fantasy, Dynasty Warriors games. These are some of the top selling franchises in Japan during the last generation and most of them were PS3 exclusive. Here is a list of Japanese Visual Novels, just check how many of them are available for the 360 and how many are available for the PS3. The 360 in Japan never could match the PS3 when it came to Japan centric content.

Why do you think Japanese gamers didn't bought the 360? I ask, because I still not fully understand your point. My argument is, they don't buy non-japanese consoles, because the Japanese offerings are so strong (e.g. they have more games Japanese gamers are interested in), that foreign competition has a hard time (like it is with foreign cars in Germany, foreign language movies in the US, non french cheese in France).
All you say is "They prefer playing their own native systems", that's true, but that's not the reason, that's a fact, nobodies arguing about. and it is clearly not what you said In you initial post when you wrote:
"If Microsoft outright bought Nintendo(which they could do since they have way more money than them) and started releasing Mario, Zelda and Pokemon games on the Xbox One the Japanese still wouldn't buy it. Why? I'm sure their excuse would be something along the lines of "We never really liked Nintendo games anyway." "

Edited 9 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 25th June 2014 10:22am

Posted:A month ago

#20

Shane Sweeney
Academic

349 250 0.7
Some of Japans most popular brands are American. The myth of racism centric consumerism in Japan is entirely false. Sure they have a healthy dose of anti Americanism like the rest of the world, but just like the rest of the world that doesn't stop American brands from dominating.

The Xbox as a brand just simply does not appeal to Asia as a whole, every territory in Asia treats the Xbox brand very negatively. It's not just Japan, look at South Korea. The original Xbox launched with the Rock along side Bill Gates, how did anyone expect a lot of the world to react? Hell, besides America, England and Australia the Xbox brand has done awfully. Look at France, Russia or Germany - the Xbox sales are not as bad as Asia but they are up there.

Even when I bought an Xbox 360 I felt like I had to apologize to my snobby indie game friends by saying "I didn't buy Halo, I bought it for Blue Dragon." They cultivated a brand around frat boys, shooters and sports titles. While that might work in English speaking territories, and admittedly most games on PlayStation are also on Xbox - marketing is king. The Xbox brands greatest strength is its greatest weakness world wide.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Shane Sweeney on 25th June 2014 1:39pm

Posted:A month ago

#21

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

869 1,277 1.5
You don't seem to be aware of the box office situation of foreign languarge films in the US, in the history of the US box office 1 foreign languarge movie has managed to make more then 100 millio US$ (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 2000). With it's 128 million US$ box office revenue, this movie currently take rank 363 in the US all time charts, the next foreign language movie in this list is Life is Beautiful (57 million US$, 1998), this isn't enough to be among the 500 highest grossing movies in the US. Again, I don't blame anybody for not seeing foreign language films, but to say it's not true, that US consumers don't watch foreign movies, when only 1 of the top grossing 500 movies is a foreign language movie is a bit of a stretch.
All you said was "Americans don't watch foreign films", there was no mention about the box office. And in the general sense me and millions of Americans watch foreign language films quite regularly, especially on netflix, hula plus and other streaming sites. If you count anime movies then tens of millions of Americans have been paying big money for Japanese(foreign) anime films for atleast two decades, long before streaming even existed.
Again, I don't say this has anything to do with "hate"
But you and two others very freely said that my original argument was based on zenophobia. You do know what that word means right?

Xenophobia: noun, intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.
The 360 outsold the PS3 in the US by a wide margin.
True but we are talking about Japanese sales figures in comparison with the rest of the world. Obviously the 360 outsold the PS3 here because any system can do well in America, just like this gen the PS4 is already outselling the XBO.
I honestly don't know why you say today it is different. Besides I am not aware of "japanese made computers", which PC Vendor comes from Japan
I said today is different because this year(2014) US consumers are just as likely to buy a US made console as they are a Japanese one. And they are also just as likely to buy a Japanese laptop/tablet as they are to buy a US one. Have you not heard of Sony and Toshiba made pcs/laptops/all-in-ones/tablets?
The 360 in Japan never could match the PS3 when it came to Japan centric content.
I like how you try to change your arguments in mid-flight because thats not what you said before. What you really said was:
Leaves the Japan only offerings that MS financed like Blue Dragon,
Which I already proved wasn't true. Of course the PS3 had alot of Japanese centric games but so did the 360 in Japan, something that you weren't even willing to admit before. According to your inital post the Japanese had nothing to choose except for Halo, Fable, Forza, Blue Dragon and the other two exclusive rpgs. But as already stated, they got a bunch of date sims, idol sims, 2D shooters, train simulators amd other Japanese centric titles were released there. And that wasn't all the genres but my point was that they did indeed receive alot of Japanese centric content but the majority of it never came out here.
Why do you think Japanese gamers didn't bought the 360? I ask, because I still not fully understand your point.
You could have just looked at my first post for that. It would have saved me alot of time.
All you say is "They prefer playing their own native systems", that's true
Of course it's true. I'm not sure why there was any need for a discussion over that. As for the part of my inital post that you quoted, thats in line with the many excuses the media has reported about why the Japanese never got an Xbox, such as: it's two big for their small apartments, it translates to the no-box, it will steal their children in the middle of the night, there were no games made for Japanese taste, etc. And then the excuses continued with the 360. You said yourself that the Japanese have very strong products which is why they prefer them so you don't think they would stop supporting Nintendo franchises if they became owned by an American company?

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 26th June 2014 1:30am

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