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XBox Japan 'Accidentally' Uploaded Final Fantasy XIII Page

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280w ago - In the West, Final Fantasy XIII is a multi-platform titles, announced for the PS3 and the Xbox 360. In Japan, it is not. Something that makes this Xbox Japan Web site image perplexing.

This image appeared ever so briefly earlier today, before it was taken down. It's a Japanese Final Fantasy XIII page for the Xbox 360 – which has not been announced for the region where it's apparently a Sony exclusive.

Square Enix and Sony have been cross prompting PS3-only-in-Japan FFXIII with the game's demo appearing on the Blu-ray version of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete.

To quote: Try loading the [Register or Login to view links] now, and you'll turn up empty-handed. According to Microsoft, this was all a mistake, and the Western Final Fantasy XIII page inadvertently ended up on the Japanese site.

Xbox Japan PR told Kotaku, "The FFXIII page you pointed out was actually accidentally uploaded onto the Japanese Web site during Web management operations and has now been taken down. There is no change to what has already been announced that this title will be released in North America and Europe."

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E3 2009: Black Wii, Red Nintendo DSi Announced for Japan

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281w ago - Japanese gamers will soon be able to buy a black Nintendo Wii and red DSi console.

Nintendo has announced it will release the long-rumored black Wii console on August 1st in Japan (the same day as the Monster Hunter 3 release).

It was also announced the red DSi will be available on July 11th.

No information has been given about a Western release of these new colors yet.
 

PlayStation 3 is the Best Selling Gaming Console in Japan

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286w ago - Sony must be pretty pleased with its performance on its home market and thinking about how it could replicate it all over the world.

The PlayStation 3 has become the best selling gaming platform in Japan, probably because of the release of the Blu-ray version of the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie, which is packed with a demo version of the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII.

The PlayStation 3 has seen an increase of 42,000 units in sales, to reach 62,527, a number normally reserved for the Nintendo DS or for the PlayStation Portable. The Advent Children Blu-ray movie sold more than 270,000 units in its first week on shelves, which is extremely impressive compared with the best sold videogame of the week, which only moved 142,000 units.

The Nintendo DS is in second place, selling 44,725 units as the phasing out of the DS Lite, which is being replaced by the DSi, continues. The PlayStation Portable saw a dip in sales of less than 1,000 units, reaching just over 40,000 to stay in third place.

Worryingly for Nintendo, the Wii is also continuing its descending trend, with the home console only selling around 13,000 units, which is about 2,000 down from last week. It's now in fourth place, just ahead of the Xbox 360, which sold 8,652 units in one week. There are over 8 million Wiis...
 

Japan Bows Down to the PlayStation 3's Dominance!

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287w ago - Price drop or no price drop, the PlayStation 3 has been slaughtering other consoles on its home turf. In fact, it's doing so well that it has actually managed to outsell the Nintendo Wii for 2009.

The current year-to-date figures put the PlayStation 3 at 447,700 units sold, while the Nintendo Wii is at 431,833 units sold.

The constant wave of heavy hitter games, as well as the release of Advent Children on Blu-ray, have given the console a hefty boost in weekly sales. You can view the performance of each console down below for the week of 04/13~04/19.

• PlayStation 3 - 62,527
• PSP - 40,065
• Nintendo DSi - 38,287
• Nintendo Wii - 13,221
• Xbox 360 - 8,652
• Nintendo DS - 6,438
• PlayStation 2 - 4,230
 

Sony's PlayStation 3 Outsells the Nintendo Wii in Japan

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289w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 has outsold Nintendo's Wii console in Japan for the first time in 16 months.

To quote: Last month, Sony shifted 146,948 units of the PS3 compared to 99,335 Wiis, reported publishing firm Enterbrain.

While some suggest it could signal the end of Nintendo's dominance, others think it is unlikely that the PS3 will threaten the Wii's popularity globally.

Meanwhile, Nintendo's revamped DSi console sold 92,000 units in the UK during its first weekend of sales. It makes it the fourth biggest ever console launch.

Experts see the dominance of the PS3 during March as a temporary blip rather than a sign of Nintendo's decline.

Microsoft however only shifted 43,172 units of its Xbox 360 during the same period. Games such as Resident Evil 5 and the latest version of action adventure Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 are credited with driving demand for the PS3 in Japan.

But Wii sales remain extremely buoyant. During March global sales of Nintendo's Wii console passed 50 million, making the Wii the fastest-selling games console in history, surpassing the PlayStation 2.

"PS3 hardware sales picked up due to brisk-selling software. But I don't see any drastic change in the industry landscape," Okasan Securities analyst Masashi Morita told the AFP news...
 
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