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Microsoft, This is How You Blow Your PS3 Lead in Japan 50°
October 20, 2008 // 6:12 pm - So Microsoft is doing pretty good in Japan. Not great, but good. Good enough to beat the PS3 last month. This is the Xbox 360 display at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara. Back in August, the Xbox 360 sold out in this very store.

If you've been to Akihabara, you know that this is a very large retailer. Lots of shoppers! So for Microsoft to sell out right here is a good sign, and it's great for the Xbox 360's reputation in Japan.

This demo set-up is not. Well, no, the set-up is fine, it's the upkeep. But just as Microsoft starts to gain ground in Japan, an old friend rears...

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ASUS Recalls Eee Box PCs in Japan due to Virus Alert 50°
October 14, 2008 // 7:35 pm - ASUSTek has issued a recall of its Eee box PCs sold in Japan as they contained a dangerous virus. The virus makes the computer run slow and download damaging malware programs from the internet.

Asus' PR department noted that the virus entered the machines while they were downloading the Japanese version software to the computer.

To quote: Taiwan's ASUSTek Computer has announced a recall of its Eee Box PCs that were sold in Japan because they contain a virus.

The virus, known as recycled.exe, resides on the D drive of the machine and once opened, the virus...

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XBox 360 Continues to do well in Japan: What Does it Mean? 50°
October 11, 2008 // 9:12 pm - The Xbox 360 has once again beaten out the PlayStation 3 in Japan. This has been a continuing trend in the Japanese markets, ever since the 360's price cut a few weeks ago.

Though the Wii and Nintendo DS have more than double Microsoft's sales, the fact that the 360 is moving forward looks promising. But what does it mean for Microsoft and gamers?

Let's consider the facts:

1. The Xbox 360 price cut has already bolstered sales in Japan, and rumors have it that Microsoft may cut the price of the 360 Elites even further, as well. We saw what two weeks...

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Sony's Shuhei Yoshida: We want XBox 360 to Succeed in Japan 50°
October 10, 2008 // 11:49 pm - Bet you never thought you'd hear the day that Sony said they'd like the XBox 360 to succeed in Japan, but they recently have said so.

Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, expressed the respective thought as if the XBox 360 sells well, then this will further push the concepts of High Definition gaming to local consumers which can only be a good thing for all companies involved in the gaming market.

To quote: Sony's president of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has said that he wants Microsoft's XBox 360 to succeed in Japan in order to help push...

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Sony Brings New 80GB GT5 and LBP PS3 Bundles to Japan 50°
October 8, 2008 // 9:27 pm - According to the latest issue of Famitsu, Sony will be announce that is release the 80 GB PS3 in Japan. The 80 GB PS3 will be bundled with a DualShock 3 controller and will come in black, white, and silver.

The price for the console is 39,800 yen, the current price of the 40 GB model. There will also be a LBP 80 GB PS3 bundle which comes with 2 Dual Shocks for 44,800 yen.

Famitsu also revealed that Sony will be offering a LittleBigPlanet and DualShock 3 bundle for 7.980 yen.

To quote: One of Sony's big Tokyo Game Show announcements has leaked out early through...

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Microsoft XBox 360 Outsells PS3 in Japan in September 100°
October 3, 2008 // 3:25 am - Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 in Japan in September, beating the rival machine in monthly unit sales for the first time in Sony's home market, a game magazine publisher said.

Strong sales growth came after Microsoft cut prices for its game console last month.

Microsoft sold 53,547 units of the Xbox 360 in the four weeks to September 28, compared with 33,071 units of the PS3, data from Enterbrain showed on Friday.

Nintendo Co Ltd safely maintained its leading position in the Japanese console market, having sold 109,548 units of the...

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Dragon Quest IX Set for a March 2009 Release in Japan 50°
October 1, 2008 // 8:35 pm - Square Enix have announced that Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Sky will be released on March 29 in Japan.

The game, which has been dubbed "Japan's biggest title for 2009", will be shown at this years TGS but won't be playable. Pricing has yet to be set.

To quote: DQIX has endured somewhat of a rocky path before arriving at this final release time frame. The game was originally announced back in late 2006 as being due for a 2007 release. That was later pushed to 2008 as the game saw some changes to its battle system from the originally announced action-oriented system...

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PS3 Firmware Update 2.43 Released; Mandatory in Japan Only! 300°
September 17, 2008 // 1:14 am - To quote Al De Leon (PR Manager, SCEA) via PS Blog:

Hi, everyone, I wanted to give you a heads up about PS3 firmware update (v2.43). Unlike previous updates, firmware v2.43 is specific to the Japan region, and only PS3 users there will be required to install the update. PS3 users in all other regions will not be prompted to download v2.43. However, if you manually initiate a firmware update by clicking on "System Update" under the XMB's Settings icon, the v2.43 update will be available, regardless of where you are located.

Download: PS3 Firmware 2.43...

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