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Xbox 360 Japan launch sales estimated at 44,000

Failing to crack key market

Microsoft's Xbox 360 console sold just under 44,000 units in its first two days on sale in Japan, a market research company said today.

The Xbox 360 was launched in Japan on Saturday and Media Create, which collects data from point-of-sale systems at major retailers, estimated weekend sales at 43,970 units. Software sales were 47,191 units, it said. That compares unfavourably with the 2002 launch of the original Xbox console, which achieved sales of 106,867 consoles and 156,601 units of software at launch, according to Media Create.

The company said the initial software lineup and particularly the postponed launch of Dead or Alive 4 affected opening weekend results. The console launched with six software titles. Media Create said it expects hardware sales to grow significantly once DOA4 is available. The software will be released on 29 December, according to maker Tecmo.

The sales data was provided in Media Create's weekly game hardware and software ranking, which covered the period from 5 December to 11 December.

For the week Sony's PlayStation 2 sold 45,893 units. In the handheld gaming space Nintendo's DS sold 299,328 units and Sony's PlayStation Portable sold 86,403 units.

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