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Xbox 360 sales double in Japan following Halo 4 release

By: Moses Abaortae

  |   November 26th, 2012   |  
Experience: HALO by Xbox 360

That’s not saying much though as 343 Industries’ latest game debuted in at number three spot in the Japanese software sales charts.

The latest charts are in with plenty to talk about on both the software and hardware front as an Xbox 360 game manages to make it into the top three for the first time in eons and Sony will disappointed with the Vita’s sales figures…again.

Starting things off on the Halo 4 front and the game, as mentioned earlier is one of three games to debut in the top three. Selling an impressive 603,064 units in its first week is Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the Nintendo 3DS. The game is followed by Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires on the PlayStation 3, which sold 70,102 units in its first week.

However, the most impressive figure has to be that of Halo 4 as Japan is usually not very welcoming towards western titles, especially first-person shooters. The game managed to sell 39,312 units since its release, enough for a third place debut.

It may not match the game’s US release figures but it speaks volumes of the game for having sold as many copies as it did in Japan.

The only other new entry in the chart was Silent Hill: Downpour on the PlayStation which amassed a total of 13,516 units since its release.

On the hardware from though, Nintendo will be more than pleased after seeing the sales figures of their 3DS console nearly doubling from 93,989 units sold in the previous to a staggering 187,077 units. The increase in sales can be attributed to the fantastic response from fans towards the latest instalment in the Animal Crossing series.

In second place, losing over 3,000 units in sales is the PlayStation 3, which sold 18,043 units in the previous while the PlayStation Portable also saw a decline in its sales when compared to the week prior. The PSP now stands at 12,076 units sold in the past seven days.

However, there is more bad news for Sony on the PlayStation Vita front as the console still struggles to sell in the numbers the consumer electronics giant would have wanted. The Vita barely managed to reach the 4,000 units sold mark and it will be interesting to see how the sales figures stack up next week.

The Xbox 360 also showed a commendable increase in sales as well, as it sold twice as many units in the previous week than the seven days prior to that. The console managed to sell 2,908 units, which is a huge improvement from its previous figure of 1,339.

Microsoft isn’t minting money in Japan but at least the chart during the next presentation will have a nice spike to show.