Now that Microsoft is spreading its wings and adding a few more regions to its sales docket, we can expect to see more numbers flying in for the Xbox One. For the nation of Japan, though? Well, we almost expected a poor showing from the Xbox brand in the home of PlayStation and Nintendo.
Personally, I didn’t think the numbers would fall this low. Famitsu has it that the Xbox One only moved 23,562 units in its first week at retail. For comparison’s sake, the PlayStation 4 sold 322,083 in its first two days at retail, and the Wii U moved 308,570 during its first two days.
The Xbox 360 sold 62,135 units immediately after launch, and the original Xbox moved 123,929 units when it hit shelves.
You’d have to go all the way back to 1999 to find a launch worse than the Xbox One. That launch belongs to a handheld, the NeoGeoPocketColor clipped in at 18,809 during its first week at retail in Japan.
So, yes, the Xbox One’s launch in Japan has been historically bad. It’s doing much better in other regions, but Microsoft simply doesn’t have a formula for success in the land of the rising sun. That fact is clearly on display with launch numbers like these.