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February 1, 2006

“Ninety-Nine Nights” to save Xbox 360 in Japan?

Posted by David Hunter at 10:16 AM ET.


Microsoft said on Wednesday that it will release “Ninety-Nine Nights,” one of the highly anticipated games for its Xbox 360 console, on April 20 in Japan for 6,800 yen ($58).

Microsoft is counting on the game to drive sales of Xbox 360s in Japan after sales of consoles in the first month fell short of those in the failed launch of the original Xbox four years ago.

While Xbox 360 has the advantage of being the only next-generation game console in the market–Sony and Nintendo both plan to launch next-generation game machines this year–Microsoft had sold 112,657 units as of Jan. 29 in Japan, according to a survey by Enterbrain, the publisher of leading Japanese game magazine Famitsu.

“Ninety-Nine Nights” is being produced by prominent Japanese game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi in hopes of drawing the Japanese gamers. The previous update on Xbox 360 shipments in Japan was 107,800 as of January 15, so that means they’ve moved about 5,000 in the last two weeks. Looks like they’ll need all the special games they can get.

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