Kinect sales total 114,000 units in Japan so far

Microsoft has said in the past that its Kinect motion sensor add-on for the Xbox 360 console has been a huge seller. It sold a whopping 8 million units worldwide in just the first 60 days since it was launched in November 2010. But that sales success has not translated over in Japan, a country which has yet to embrace Microsoft's Xbox business as a whole.

According to a new report on the Andriasang.com web site, just 114,000 units of the Kinect sensor have been sold in Japan during the device's first year on sale in that country. Indeed the story says that 71,000 of those units were sold in November and December of 2010 with sales decreasing rapidly in 2011.

Aside from Kinect Adventures, which was bundled with the Kinect sensor, the biggest selling Kinect-supported Xbox 360 game in Japan is Forza Motorsport 4 with 24,900 units sold.

It's clear that Microsoft still has a long way to go to convince the video game audience in Japan, home of two of the three big console makers in Sony and Nintendo, to try out the Xbox 360 console, even with the innovative Kinect sensor. Unfortunately. Microsoft might have to endure some losses in Japan in order to continue to make game publishing deals with Japanes-based publishers such as Namco Bandai, Capcom, Konami and others.

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*yawn*

Kinect would never have been here if it wasn't for the Wii, and now that it has, it's kind of redundant. How OBVIOUS can a Me-Too cash-in attempt get?

The tech is ****in impressive, but not for extensive gameplay. Game execs need to understand this: YOU'LL ALWAYS NEED BUTTONS. Nothing replaces tactile feedback. For sufficiently meaningful control and interaction you're gonna need buttons, and that's also why the majority of games on buttonless touch phones will always be crap.

The average size of common Japanese rooms / apartments may also play as a factor as to lack of adoption and space required for the kinnect.

Nice to see that there's atleast one country in which the people are smart enough to see that kinect isn't worth wasting money on due to it being a super-gimmick with no ability for proper games.

Blackhearted said,
Nice to see that there's atleast one country in which the people are smart enough to see that kinect isn't worth wasting money on due to it being a super-gimmick with no ability for proper games.

You seriously need to read the definition of fanboy....the fact that you somehow can label people as being smart or not based on purchasing a video game peripheral is beyond understanding.

Blackhearted said,
Nice to see that there's atleast one country in which the people are smart enough to see that kinect isn't worth wasting money on due to it being a super-gimmick with no ability for proper games.

According to who?

Blackhearted said,
Nice to see that there's atleast one country in which the people are smart enough to see that kinect isn't worth wasting money on due to it being a super-gimmick with no ability for proper games.

/facepalm

It has nothing to do with Kinect, but the XBox itself. Japan is the land of Nintendo and Sony, the Xbox isn't popular at all there and never has been. It's all about the style of games available and Microsoft has never gotten it.

TRC said,

/facepalm

It has nothing to do with Kinect, but the XBox itself. Japan is the land of Nintendo and Sony, the Xbox isn't popular at all there and never has been. It's all about the style of games available and Microsoft has never gotten it.

I guess I must be part Japanese then. I haven't been too impressed by the crapload of generic Shooters and PC ports that litter the 360. The "style" of games are terrible, in my opinion. Besides generic shooters out the ass, it is loaded with stuff available for PC or PS3. To top it all off, they have the balls to charge for online play for rehashes and games available to play for free on other platforms. No thanks.

My Xbox 360 (Elite w/ 120 GB) gathers dust, while my Wii and PS3 get all the playtime. Yes, I know I'm in the minority, but a lot of people aren't big fans of the Xbox in the USA, either.

Tomer2000 said,

You seriously need to read the definition of fanboy....the fact that you somehow can label people as being smart or not based on purchasing a video game peripheral is beyond understanding.
What's so hard to understand? If you get suckered into a ridiculously gimmicky device that really can't bring anything to real games, then it shows that you may indeed not be the smartest one out there. And considering a much, much smaller percent of japanese owners bought the thing that us owners did, i'd say it kinda fits.

In fact you can see a similar thing with the ds and 3ds line. The japanese people are smart enough to know that the ds is at the end of its life and the 3ds is what you want to buy if you're buying a nintendo handheld(as that's where any good new titles will be). Yet americans haven't been smart enough to figure that out yet and the original ds is still selling quite a bit.

Also, the only fanboys here are the ones who're delusional enough to defend kinect.

Its just not really gunna happen in japan.. its kind of the same thing as Windows Phone it Canada since like 50% of all smartphones up here are still Blackberries.. Its going to be hard for microsoft to break through..

I have always wondered if Microsoft and Sony would come to some sort of deal to use a similar kinect system so that games and applications could just be made for the single sensor instead of being differentiated