The Xbox 360 has finally cleared a sales milestone of 1,500,000 units. This feat has taken the console nearly six years to achieve. This divides down to about 300,000 units sold per year since its Japanese launch. That is all types of horrible. In comparison, the Nintendo 3DS has cleared one million sold units in Japan after being released for just four months. In just one month the handheld sold around the same amount of units that it takes the Xbox 360 an entire year to manage.
Because the PS3 and Xbox 360 are supposedly very similar from a hardware perspective, my only theory pertaining to the Xbox’s poor performance in Japan is its lack of relevant Japanese exclusive games. If Microsoft doesn’t change this situation, then the console will never gain substantial footing over there. It would probably be easier for them to just try again with their next generation home console.