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Microsoft Pushing Xbox One in Japan with “Great Thanksgiving” Events in Tokyo and Osaka

by on June 6, 2014 10:25 AM 124

Microsoft just announced that it’ll hold a series of events in Japan to push the Xbox One in the archipelago of the rising sun.

The events, called “Xbox One Great Thanksgiving“, aim to raise awareness for the launch of the Xbox One in September and to thank Japanese gamers “for their expectations.” They’ll be held in Tokyo on June 21st and June 22nd and in Osaka on the 28th.

The events are open to everyone and attendees will be able to experience Xbox One games first hand. In addition to this, an invite-only event limited to 100 attendees named “Xbox One Premium Night” will be held in Tokyo on the evening of the 20th.

In addition to this, Electronic Arts also announced that Titanfall and Battlefield 4 will be launch titles in Japan for Microsoft’s new console.

Will Microsoft manage to pique the interest of Japanese gamers with the Xbox One? They sure have an uphill battle in front of them.

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  • They Call Me Senpai

    I’m sure that the Japanese are aware that it’s launching, they just don’t care.

    • BlackestNight63

      Lmao

    • GameDev345

      To run a buisness, you have to actually put in some effort, so kudos to MS

      I do agree it won’t end up well

      • They Call Me Senpai

        I know that, I’m just saying that launching their system with tons of fanfare won’t change anything.

        • sergeantnorider

          And the fact that you would discourage then from trying is the reason you sir are a loser. Fans of free enterprise believe that anyone should be able to try any business with their own money. We applaud risk takers. Guess we know where you stand Ivan.

          • GodGamerDerp

            He’s stating the fact that the vast majority of Japanese don’t care and won’t buy an Xbox no matter how much MS tries to market it.

            You’re making baseless assumptions.

          • sergeantnorider

            Not really. A fan of free enterprise would simply wish them good luck. Says a lot about you when you try oppose people trying new things that don’t affect you one way or the other. Guess my Taliban analysis has more support.

          • GodGamerDerp

            You have no clue what you’re talking about. You want to remain in denial of reality, apparently.

            Here’s more reality for you: Xbox One will never catch up to PS4 in global sales.

            You’re mistaking people stating facts and reality for “people who want MS to shut down”. You know, like the misterxmedia cultists and microsoft shills keep screaming for Sony to go bankrupt?

          • They Call Me Senpai

            I’ve eaten soup less dense than you.

          • sergeantnorider

            Seeing how buddy buddy you and Derp the twerp are, I’m sure you’ve eaten a great number of things Reginald. ..lol… now wipe your mouth. ..

          • Sucka Free

            flagged

          • sergeantnorider

            So we are against free speech and free enterprise. Time for you to buy a plane ticket Ivan.

          • Sucka Free

            You don’t have free speech here, troll. You have to behave according to the rules.

          • Sucka Free

            Besides, sinking to that level just shows that you have nothing to contribute to an intelligent conversation.

          • sergeantnorider

            Intelligent conversation? Is that what you call you and Derp and the rest of your posse going from one Xbox article to the next trying to cyber bully them into conformity? Please. As I told you before you’re a cancer to this hobby. This article should hold no interest for you and here you are ready to shout down anyone not towing the line. You’re just not accustomed to someone returning the favor. Classic bully mentality. Thing is. .. in school I used to love to beat down bullies. Still do. Always cowards underneath it all.

          • Sucka Free

            I’ve already explained my position, but let me ask you this: Why are you attacking the PS4 in an Xbox topic? If you were on topic we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.
            But I bet you got your ass kicked every day in school, that’s why you run your mouth on the internet.

          • sergeantnorider

            Here’s a pro tip genius: don’t tell lies related to the course of the conversation when the entire conversation has been recorded above. The first comment on the article (not surprisingly) was an insult by Senpai (a Sony fanboy). Try again.

            P.S. I would curb stomp your ass dude. I don’t hold a shed of fear for you idiots. You only talk big in packs (like most cults). Separate you from the herd you ain’t much. I’ve watched the cyber bullying go on long enough.

          • Sucka Free

            It wasn’t an insult, it was an observation. and it was on topic before you came along and started pushing your weight around. You were totally welcome to add a counter observation but that seems to be beyond your abilities. You have nothing meaningful to contribute to the topic. You are just a disruption.

            Threats of physical violence? That is a whole lot of lame. but in a battle of wits, I am more than your equal. But that’s not hard to do

          • sergeantnorider

            Given that this is an Xbox article, the observation was intended and indeed received as an insult. The tone of it alone suggest he was not here in search of civil discourse. Logic dictates that if he is as certain of that observation as he claims, he has no reason to confront Xbox fans (the audience most likely to be reading the article) with such a tone of arrogance. Let’s not be coy shall we-his purpose for being here was the same as yours-to bully Xbox fans into conformity. There is not a single constructive reason you can come up with for why you are here. You just weren’t ready for someone to stand up to you. Well expect the unexpected because not everyone will turn to run from the mob. Especially a mob wearing pencil skirts and eye liner. Lol.

          • Sucka Free

            I am here because I am a gamer, and I have the right to be here
            I don’t need anything more than that. What about you? You go on about supposed attacks on the Xbox or the fans, but when was the last time you actually had a real discussion? Where is your love for the Xbox? All I see in your history is a lot of negative crap targeted against people who you disagree with. I said it before, if you don’t agree with him, you should have posted a counterpoint to what he said.

            Besides, it’s true. MS has no hope in Japan. Its a western console, even the Playstation is in decline for it’s shift to focusing on western gamers. Is this really news to you?

          • Sucka Free

            Anyway, this is all you get from me, I’ll not help you poison the topic any further, troll.
            You are not fooling anyone, people like you are what is wrong with gaming these days.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            I’m not trying to bully anyone into anything, merely stating a fact: Japan doesn’t care about the Xbox. As for confronting Xbox fans, I only did so after you and the other guy attacked me. Now I’ll ask you to please explain how uyou’ve come to believe that I wasn’t here in pursuit of civil conversation, when my comment was entirely civil.

            And I’m here because I’m a gamer, that’s the only reason I require to read and comment on any article whether it be related to PS, PC, Xbox or Nintendo. And what mob are you standing up to? If anything, you and that other guy are the mob, evidenced by the fact that you attacked me for no reason.

            Also, congratulations on trying to insult us by referring to us as women. You’ve now hit the trifecta of pathetic.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            The small dogs tend to bark the most.

          • Sucka Free

            They do.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Yeah, a Sony fanboy who’s defended Microsoft and Nintendo on more than one occasion. And you can stop pretending, we all know that you’re soft and couldn’t fight your way out of a pillow fort.

          • sergeantnorider

            This from an idiot who essentially refers to himself in third person. Dude you’re overcompensating for something. So I’m not too worried. Lol.

          • Sucka Free

            Of course you’re not worried, your at home, safe in your anonymity

          • sergeantnorider

            Funny I don’t see a jpg of your drivers license posted here either. Lead, follow, or STFU. My version. :)

          • Sucka Free

            That’s my point. what is there to be afraid of? You’re the one calling other people cowards and acting like you are doing something meaningful with your trolling:


            “You just weren’t ready for someone to stand up to you. Well expect the unexpected because not everyone will turn to run from the mob.”


            “You only talk big in packs (like most cults). Separate you from the herd you ain’t much. I’ve watched the cyber bullying go on long enough.”


            “Thing is. .. in school I used to love to beat down bullies. Still do. Always cowards underneath it all.”

            Wow, what a specimen you are…

          • Alter

            Capcom’d

          • They Call Me Senpai

            First a gay joke, now a penis joke. Can’t say I’m surprised, you have nothing even remotely intelligent to retort with, so you fall back on 5th grade tactics. I actually used to think that you weren’t the typical Microsheep, but all you’ve done today is show me that I was terribly wrong.

            And please explain to me how my username is indicative of how well endowed I am, because I can refer you to every girl I’ve .ad intercourse with and they’ll all be more than happy to squash your childish assumption.

            Actually, why are you even thinking about my genitals? That should be the furthest thing from your mind and this conversation.

          • Sucka Free

            Yeah, I took him seriously at first too but he showed his true colors last night.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            He’s really making an ass of himself now, though. A gay joke, a penis joke and now a girl joke.

            If he had nothing intelligent to say, then he should have kept quiet instead of trolling.

          • Sucka Free

            There should be a “bechdel test” for fanboys in the forums:

            1) are there two or more fanboys having a conversation
            2) is that conversation about their own console….

          • They Call Me Senpai

            I took it as a compliment. I’m drunk, yet I still forced him to resort to a cheap gay joke. My day is officially made.

          • Alter

            none here stopping MS from playing their “little” gamble. we just analyzing the situation and making speculation how it’s gonna end ;)
            *cheers*

          • sergeantnorider

            Why even speculate? Why even care? How does their attempt affect your gaming? Seems like your goal is to bully folks into not being too hopeful. I think that your basically cyber bullying and I’ve seen the effects that can have. Not a fan. So I will object to it whether it’s a “square”thing to do or not.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            “Seems like your goal is to bully folks into not being too hopeful. I think that your basically cyber bullying and I’ve seen the effects that can have.”

            Looks like your goal is to label everyone a bully while twisting what others are saying to justify your trolling. And it’s probably a good thing you don’t get paid to think, because no one here is cyber bullying.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Xbone is dead worldwide. :)

          • They Call Me Senpai

            No one is against free enterprise or speech, but we are against little ankle biters who like to make gay jokes in a desperate bid to insult someone. But feel free to keep sidestepping the fact that you’re an idiot by claiming that people here are against freedom of enterprise and speech.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Oh wow, a gay joke. Those are completely unheard of on the interwebz. I mean, I’ve heard that they existed, but I never thought anyone would use one against me.

            Seriously though, you just completely obliterated any chance of anyone here taking you seriously. As for Derp and I being buddy buddy, that’s to be expected when we shared the common goal of trying to educate children such as yourself.

          • sergeantnorider

            Not sure being taken serious by a cult was my goal.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Oh yeah, they did recently change it’s definition to “group of individuals who don’t have rocks where their brain should be.”

          • GodGamerDerp

            The only thing you’re doing here is spreading lies, hatred, and ignorance.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            The only loser here is you, my friend. Never did I say that they shouldn’t launch the Xbone in Japan, I merely stated that holding big events won’t change the fact that very few Japanese gamers want an Xbox.

            How you came to the ridiculous assumption that I’m not a fan of free enterprise is beyond me. But I can tell that you’re definitely not a fan of reading comprehension or common sense, otherwise you wouldn’t be embarrassing yourself like this.

          • Sucka Free

            Just flag his ass an move on. He’s trolling, no point in every trying to reason with him

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Not sure I can flag comments from my phone.

          • Michael Norris

            Japan is a lost cause for MS,i don’t see the point into marketing in that country.

    • Stranger On The Road

      Too early to tell, 3 (timely) exclusive VNs have been announced and 3 (assumed) JRPGs to be announced next week.

      That being said, not many people have extra space for a VCR nowadays. But if MS can secure timely exclusives, this could change and people will find a place for it.

      All that matters though, if MS can help fund localizing those titles to English; they will find a loyal fan in me :-)

      • They Call Me Senpai

        JRPG’s and an abundance of VN’s didn’t seem to help the 360, so I doubt it’ll help the Xbone. Especially not after the reception the announcement of those VN’s got, but I guess only time will tell.

      • GodGamerDerp

        Xbox 360 regularly sells 300-400 consoles a month. I don’t think it’s too soon to tell.

        • Fweds

          But we all know the last gen Xbox didn’t do well there we are talking about this gen.
          The PS4 is doing terrible there and is being outsold weekly by the PS3 so they don’t like the PS4 either, interestingly it may all have a lot to do with the fact that the PS4s media capability is Zero whereas the PS3 has a lot in common with the Xbox One and has plenty of media features.

    • Fweds

      I don’t see it doing any worse than the PS4 there which is as good as dead already.

      The Wii U is doing to the PS4 exactly what the DS has done to the Vita, they released Infamous there last week but it was still outsold by the WIi U and this week Mario Kart 8 will put the finishing touches to the PS4s early demise there.

      • MTM2

        The PS4 isn’t ‘as good as dead’ in Japan, it’s a slow launch for sure but that coincides with the lack of JRPGs and Japan-orientated titles for the PS4.

        Give it time…

      • They Call Me Senpai

        Considering that the PS4 doesn’t have any big Japanese releases, it’s doing much better than it should be and is far from dead. And the DS isn’t doing much of anything to the Vita, so you’re right in that regard.

        As for the PS4’s supposed “early demise,” that’s not gonna happen. In your dreams, maybe, but not in the real world. Once devs start releasing big exclusives later in the year, the Wii U will fade back into the ether.

        I don’t even see why I replied to you, everything you’re saying is completely baseless and indicative of how wishful your thinking is.

        • GodGamerDerp

          It’s called “utterly delusional”.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            I know, I was trying not to hurt his feelings.

        • Fweds

          Oddly enough I commented due to the first post which was yours because it was baseless and indicative of how Wishful your thinking is

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Actually, the past 2 Xboxes failing in Japan show that my thinking is far from baseless, and is in fact, quite accurate and far from wishful. But keep blinding yourself from the truth, it doesn’t bother me one bit.

            Oh, and nice comeback. Though there’s something very familiar about it.

      • GodGamerDerp

        Right, Xbox won’t do any worse than PS4. It’s going to do A LOT worse.

        PS4 will pick up in Japan with FF15, Kingdom Hearts 3, etc.

        Even PS3 and Vita are outselling PS4 in Japan, Wii U having a temporary sales bump because of Mario Kart doesn’t mean much.

        • doplerradar

          Isn’t Kingdom Hearts 3 and FF15 going to be on Xbox One too.

          • You are flat out wrong

            No one’s buying them on the Xbone.

      • Alter

        wow.. PS4 is a dead console and it is selling like 20k more than Wii U this week even without any exclusive title. LOL

        • Fweds

          Do you know the difference between being dead in Japan versus not dead everywhere else ?.

          • Alter

            errr… no, you can’t be dead and alive at the same time afterall. LOL
            PS4 haven’t finished its warms up as simple as that.

          • GameDev345

            Yeah he does, as he was only talking about Japan

          • Fweds

            Really !!, so how come the Wii U is the one that sold 20,000 this week in Japan NOT THE PS4 that sold 6,000.

          • Sucka Free

            Wow, you are really having a hard time staying on topic. But since you have to go there, we know the Wii U did well this week. Good news for everyone as far as I’m concerned. Mario Kart 8 gave it a shot in the arm but overall, the PS4 and the XB1 are still kicking it’s ass. Hopefully they have some follow up to keep them in the game

          • GameDev345

            The WII U did not sell 20000 in Japan this week, the last Famistu showed WII U go at least 1000 units above PS4 due to Mk8 coming out and even with that PS4 with hardly no games is competing with a console that was released 2 years ago

        • GodGamerDerp

          Yeah, no.

      • Shadow Rebirth

        because:- 1) Japanese prefer handheld(same as me ^^)
        2) Other than Yakuza Ishin(i wish it get localized T_T), there’s no JRPG in PS4.

    • Fweds

      Well done Mr mindreader on telling us what the whole Japanese population think.

      • GodGamerDerp

        The denial is strong in here.

        • Fweds

          Why are you so focused on every bit of Xbox news and only posting negative comments there ?.
          It’s very strange behaviour.

          • Sucka Free

            why are you talking about the PS4 in the Xbox news forum?

      • They Call Me Senpai

        You don’t need telepathy when you can easily look back at how the Xbox and Xbox 360 sold in Japan. And I use the term “sold” very, very loosely.

        • Fweds

          And you don’t need telepathy to see that in Japan the PlayStation has been in steady decline since the PS3 was released.

          • Sucka Free

            No comparison, if the Playstation is in decline there, then the Xbox has fallen off of a steep cliff

          • Fweds

            It’s not MS home turf though is it, look how many units Sony sold weekly with the PS2 and now look where they are already with the PS4 after only a few months, down to 6,000 per week.
            It has completely collapsed there.

          • Sucka Free

            It’s for the same reason, as Sony focuses more on the western gamer, the popularity of the console will naturally decline, just like the Xbox is a completely western console. And don’t talk to me about collapsing, for one thing you are not linking any statistics, for a second there are no games on the console that a Japanese gamer would want to play right now. 2 years from now we wont even be talking about this

          • Alter

            If both Wii U and PS4 failed, then how can you so sure that Xbox One will fly ?

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Far from the truth, PS3 is performing more than admirably. You’re gonna have to try a lot harder if you want me to take this seriously.

            Parroting everything I say is a good start.

  • BlackestNight63

    Good luck to MS, but I don’t see this doing well.

  • theodor70941

    Japan don’t care about xbone.

    • Fweds

      They obviously don’t care about the PS4 either.

      • They Call Me Senpai

        They care enough to buy it even though it has very few Japanese games. Troll harder, my friend.

        • Alter

          Exactly, many Japanese bought PS4 just because it’s PS3 successor based Famitsu, though i forgot the link.

          • Fweds

            Here I will do the work for you

            PlayStation 4 had a solid launch weekend in Japan, selling 322,000 to the PlayStation dedicated. But shortly after that, sales declined drastically, and kept declining over the next weeks.
            It is now down to 6,000

          • Sucka Free

            You’re trying too hard. We already know that Japanese reception for the PS4 was lukewarm, not surprising since all of the games are west centric.

          • Alter

            yep, that’s exactly why they delayed Japan’s launch.

          • Sucka Free

            Even with the delay, there’s still not much for them yet. Japanese tastes are very different from ours

      • GameDev345

        The console has moved units with only knack avaliable, I think they care

  • WingsOfChicken

    I lived in Japan for 4 years for business…they do not care for eastern technology. And I also noticed that the Japan vs China conflict is completely nothing if you look at the consumers views on each country – not the government’s views on each other. The PS4 will sell tremendously in China and Japan. The Xbox won’t sell.

    • GodGamerDerp

      No console is going to sell tremendously in China.

  • PixelEdged

    Don’t they already have PS4?

    • GameDev345

      lol nice

      Honestly the only the next gen console with a chance of doing well in Japan

      Units basically sold without a game

    • Fweds

      Yes they do and it’s flopped.

      • PixelEdged

        So did the PS3 when it came out but look at how much PS3 sold compared to 360 in Japan and come back :)

        • Fweds

          But the PS4 was expected to do well in Japan it did Well for the first week but declined instantly the following week and weekly sales have quickly dropped between 5 and 7 thousand and in their home country that is terrible.

      • Negi Springfield

        Flopped due games that does not appeal to the Japanese Audience.

        But once Japanese games start to come in.. It`ll do fine or great.

        • They Call Me Senpai

          Even without Japanese games, the PS4 is selling well. The same couldn’t be said for the Wii U, though.

          • Fweds

            What planet are you on ?, last week in Japan the Wii U outsold the PS4 despite Sony releasing Infamous that week, it is now being outsold there by the Wii U and the PS4s numbers are falling NOT stabilizing.

            This week for Japan is something like
            WII U 20,000
            PS4 6,000

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Infamous is a Western game, so it’s not surprising it didn’t do much for sales. Not to mention that one or 2 weeks of good sales doesn’t really mean much when it was severely underperforming even when it was the only next-gen console in Japan.

            Once Japanese exclusives start being released for the PS4, the Wii U will once again drop in sales.

      • They Call Me Senpai

        No it hasn’t, stop trolling.

        • Fweds

          The very first poster on this XBOX ONE NEWS ITEM was trolling and took this news straight off topic and I believe that was you.

          • They Call Me Senpai

            I wasn’t trolling, your insecurity only caused you to think I was. Nor did I take this off topic. Microsoft is holding these events to raise awareness for the Xbone and that’s exactly the topic I commented on.

            Someone seems a little upset that they can’t get the better of a drunk man.

          • Sucka Free

            whatcha drinking?

          • They Call Me Senpai

            Silver Horse Vodka.

          • Sucka Free

            What he said was true, the Xbox has never done well in Japan. It’s not trolling to point that out

      • GodGamerDerp

        You have no clue what you’re talking about. Typical.

      • Sucka Free

        Saying it flopped is kind of harsh. It just didn’t do as well as it did in the west

      • superkarma

        Can’t be worse than the 360 not being able to hit 2 million sales in 9 years.

  • Jacks Hit

    Yeah sure Japanese gamers will be excited for BF4 and TF, they got to have some miracle Japanese oriented exclusives to sell something in Japan.

    • Alter

      On top of that, I’m sure a few people interested in BF4 or TF already bought it for another platform.

  • True_Fan

    XB1 taking over Japan confirmed!!!!

    • Guest

      in your dream

    • superkarma

      Adorable.

    • You are flat out wrong

      LMAO. Keep trying.

  • Mikail

    Well Microsoft could have just hold Dead Rising on PC before XBOX One launch in Japan, Japanese people love zombie and Horror games. The would have been score a big sales there if its still exclusive on console.

  • Alter

    遅すぎやろーーーwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • GamerLegend

    Xbox needs to convince me that they can get Japanese games(not imports).

  • Natan Cifuentes

    A for effort. You never know till you try, but i doubt it’s going to boost sell numbers.

  • MTM2

    wwwwwwwwwww

  • JerkDaNERD7

    Phantom Dust and Project Nagano will help both markets.

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