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Japanese 360 sales return to normalcy

After witnessing the oddness that was record breaking Japanese console sales thanks to Tales of Vesperia's release and the subsequent 360 sellout in all of Japan, we actually had a glimmer of hope that the 360 would finally get a foothold in the Japanese market. But, depressingly enough, the record console sales were just that, an oddity. Console sales this past week sorta flat-lined back to their low numbers from the astonishing 25,000 console sales to a sad 7,258, making the 360 Japan's least purchased console last week. It's entirely possible the weak sales are due to the console shortages, but we aren't getting our hopes up. Japan still and will forever hates the 360 ... it's the truth.

[Via Joystiq]

Japanese Xbox 360-tan ... tan?

If you're familiar with Japanese drawn "-tan" then you're smarter than the average bear. If not, we'll explain. Japanese -tan are colorful female anime characters drawn to depict a certain object, subject, or group. One of the most popular -tan depictions are the OS-tan girls inspired by various operating systems. Got it yet? ... Japanese anime girls that depict a certain subject matter. Anyway, Over at Dark Diamond they run a weekly blog post about non-other than gaming console-tan! This weeks blog was about Xbox 360-tan, decked out in lovely 360 logos, cables, and even a wireless controller arm! Dark Diamond describes her as:

a fun loving character and very social, she spends a lot of time online and has a very competitive nature. She's often picking a fight with PS3-tan. As distant relative to the other OS-tans from Microsoft she tends to suffer from occasional instability.

Not to start a mini-fanboy war here, but everyone knows that Xbox 360-tan could totally kick Nintendo Wii-tan's ... erm ... bum.

[Via Digg]

TGS: HD-DVD for $170, $250 Core w/ Blue Dragon

More 360 news out of Tokyo, Microsoft has announced that the HD-DVD drive for the 360 will launch November 17th at a price of ¥19,800 ($170). This pretty much confirms the oft speculated $200 price when the device ships stateside -- then again, Microsoft is rather fond of giving the Japanese insane price cuts.

Speaking of price cuts, Microsoft also announced that they will be releasing a new core system bundle in Japan this holiday. Priced at ¥28,900 (~$250), the new core comes with a copy of Blue Dragon. That's right, for half the price of the low end PS3, the Japanese can get a copy of Hironobu Sakaguchi's latest. Futile or not, Microsoft is going to war in Japan. Stay tuned for more TGS goodness.

360 at the Tokyo Game Show:
1080p for the 360!

TGS: 1080p for 360! [update 1]

Joystiq has some rather astounding news from the Tokyo Game Show today. A software update later this year -- we would guess the scheduled fall update -- will add full 1080p capability to your Xbox 360. Still no word of an HDMI cable, though. Right now this is only via component or VGA. Still, Microsoft is promising immediate upscaling of all existing games and DVD movies. Huh, it looks like the 360 is capable of "True" high definition after all. The question is: can it play games in 4D? Stay tuned to X360F and Joystiq for more breaking TGS info.

Update: Changed confusing image.

First next-gen Tenchu screens

JeuxFrance has some sub-standard looking screenshots from the first next-gen Tenchu game. Details are sparse, but one thing is painfully clear: It's going to take more than lame graphics and a create-a-ninja mode to reverse this series quiet slide into stealth irrelevance?

[Via Xboxic]

Zegapain XOR demo out in Japan

Lucky gamers with a...cough...Japanese Xbox Live account can now download the demo for Zegapain XOR. It's 280mb -- just small enough to fit in a Tokyo apartment.

By the way, when will the game gods feel our Zegapain and bring titles like this to American shores?

[Thanks Lolersticks]

Microsoft launches Japanese PR Blog

Here's a thankless way to make Microsoft's payroll: running the equivalent of GamerScoreBlog for Xbox Japan. Undeterred, Shigeo Tatsumi and the marketing team in the Land of Low Expectations recently launched a new employee blog and a community site called Xbox Friends. Here's hoping they find a few.

Ninety-Nine Nights not worth six night rental?

The Japanese import version of Ninety-Nine Nights gets a narcoleptic early review from Gamebrink. Could it be this long-awaited title is "broken" and "barely worth a rental"?:

  • Graphics are nice
  • Music is good
  • Crowd Control is mindless but fun if that’s your kind of thing
  • Boss fights are dreadful
  • Engine is broken when it comes to one on one fights
  • There is no gameplay balance
  • No checkpoints
  • No Story
  • No lip-synch in cutscenes and the animation is jerky for some reason
  • Fairly short game with limited amount of stages
Tons of enemies and frustrating  boss fights? Sounds like Dynasty Warriors meets Kameo. It sickens me to hear the word broken when describing any 360 game, especially one that has chance to win some Japanese fans.

[Thanks Sense]

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