Xbox 360 slim sells 15,000 at Japanese launch

Hardware sales jump for Microsoft, helped by cheaper Elite and Monster Hunter release

Microsoft's new Xbox 360 model has sold 15,000 units in Japan during its first week on sale, pushing total sales of the console to 17,370 in the region.

That's a massive surge compared to last week's paltry 2060 units, with the console also helped by the release of Capcom's Monster Hunter Frontier Online which took the number one spot for the week ended June 27.

The console went on sale June 24, meaning sales figures reported by Andriasang only account for four days on the market. The slim model sells for 29,800 with the Elite SKU dropped in price to 24,800.

However, Nintendo's DSi LL was the big seller for the week, shifting over 40,000 units, significantly ahead of sales of the PSP, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

The full hardware chart follows:

  • DSi LL: 41,676
  • PSP: 23,257
  • PS3: 19,578
  • Wii: 19,115
  • Xbox 360: 17,370
  • DSi: 17,306
  • DS Lite: 5209
  • PS2: 1530
  • PSPgo: 845

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
That's a fantastic surge for MS -- they must be pleased to almost catch up with the PS3 and Wii sales for once. It will be interesting to see how long the sales spike lasts for, although I'm sure Monster Hunter will help them.

Does anyone know how well Monster Hunter Tri sold for the Wii in Japan, because I don't remember it making too much of a splash?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Terence, it sold over 500k in the first week and is about 1.1 million now.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 7 years ago
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Private Industry 7 years ago
How many of those 360 "slim" versions where sold as upgrade from the old one?
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Lorn Hole Developer 7 years ago
Only 4 days of sales? If this was a full week the 360 might have outsold the PS3 and possibly the Wii. Wow. Monster hunter topped the chart with over 80K for the 360?
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 7 years ago
Monster Hunter has always been a big seller in Japan so I am not surprised if 360 actually got it on to its platform. Wherever it goes, it usually trigger sales. But it will depend on whether sales will sustain as PSP sales surged when it came out on PSP and then fell again after the effect was gone. So MS will need to have sustainable software that continues to attract the Japanese audience to take advantage of that.
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Unfortunately, the spike will only last 1 week - and even with this it still couldn't outsell the PS3 in the region for the week.

Impressed with the DS selling almost 65k (combined) for the week though...
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Junior Enwright Writer - novelist, game narrative, article writer 7 years ago
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Josef Brett Animator 7 years ago
@ Junior. Please only comment if you have something relatively useful to say. And check your CAPS. It's not practice writing comments like you do...
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James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester7 years ago
Sadly Junior keeps doing this, posting 'rubbish' on a comment threads. Sadly it will end up giving people using student accounts a bad reputation.
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Josef Brett Animator 7 years ago
@ James
I've noticed this isn't the first time he has done this. maybe one of the moderators will take note and amend his account. It would be unfair to tar all students with the same brush (as I was a student not long ago)!
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Richard Westmoreland Senior Game Designer, Codemasters Birmingham7 years ago
Wow, I'm shocked at how low the sales of the PSPgo are. Then again, the cost of the games aren't exactly cheap when you compare them to other digital distribution systems like Steam.
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Johan Ekblom7 years ago
Is not this just what the stores buy? It says nothing about what it actually sells
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