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Xbox has sold 2.3 million consoles in Japan over 20 years

New report from Famitsu notes milestone, a majority of that figure are Xbox 360 units

A new report has shared that Microsoft has sold around 2.3 million Xbox consoles in Japan since the original console arrived in the country.

The figure comes from Weekly Famitsu magazine, which marked the 20th anniversary of the console's Japanese launch, as spotted by VGC.

Of that total, 1.6 million were Xbox 360 sales, the firm's most popular console by a significant margin.

The consoles sales for each generation as are follows:

  • Xbox - 474,992 units
  • Xbox 360 - 1,616,128 units
  • Xbox One - 114,831 units
  • Xbox Series X/S - 142, 024 units
  • The report also unveils the best-selling titles in Japan. Dead or Alive 3 for the original Xbox came out on top with over 271k sales, followed by the 360's Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope with around 205.5k sales.

    The top 5 best-selling titles are as follows:

    1. Dead or Alive 3 (Xbox) - 271,149
    2. Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope (Xbox 360) - 208,521
    3. Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360) - 204,305
    4. Blue Dragon (Xbox 360) - 203,740
    5. The Last Remnant (Xbox 360) - 154,493

    Ahead of the release of the Series X/S, Xbox boss Phil Spencer stressed the importance of a global launch, and said prior to the console's release that the firm intends to do "a much better job" reaching players in Japan.

    For the first time in the console's history, Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X/S in Japan on the same day as the console's western launch. It also launched Xbox Cloud Gaming in the country back in September.

    The console still lags behind Nintendo and Sony in terms of sales; the Switch has sold over 20 million units in Japan since its 2017 launch, while the PS5 has crossed the one million milestone.

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