In case you were sitting around wondering what Keiji Inafune’s opinion on Xbox’s lack of popularity over in Japan was, The legendary MegaMan co-creator has weighed in on why he thinks the Xbox never really caught on over in Japan.
“I understand Japanese users don’t prefer Xbox 360, but if I was asked why, I wouldn’t be able to put a finger on it,” he said. “Probably one of the reasons is because PlayStation is a domestic brand in Japan, as a Japanese [person], I think it’s only natural you feel closer or attached more to domestic products and I find myself being that way too.
“When you see two products with similar features and one is from your own country and the other is from foreign countries, it’s easy to pick the one from your own country.”
Inafune went on to say that brand loyalty may have been averted in some instances if Xbox 360 had more console-exclusive offerings on the market. Unfortunately, since “titles are usually developed for multiple platforms,” that wasn’t the case.
With this next round of consoles hitting shelves this holiday season, maybe Microsoft can finally crack the Japanese code and gather a bit more of a following over there. We’ll be sure to let them know that Mr. Inafune has some good ideas.
Source: VG 24/7