Microsoft launched its Xbox 360 in Japan recently, merely weeks after the United States launch of the product. According to a survey conducted by Enterbrain, a company that publishes Japanese gaming magazine "Famitsu," less than half the 159,000 Xbox 360s available on the first weekend were sold. Only 62,000 units were sold on December 10th and 11th, which is also less than half the number of original Xboxes sold upon its launch in 2002.
Munetatsu Matsui, Editor in Chief of "Famitsu Xbox 360," pointed to the recent delay of Dead of Alive 4 as the only reason for slow sales. According to surveys, 61.9% of readers plan on purchasing the game. Some stores have even reported cancellations of preorders or customers requesting to reserve the system for purchase on the game's new release date, December 29th.
News source: Reuters