Microsoft to triple Xbox titles in Japan

By Derek Sooman on
Microsoft is set to triple the number of Xbox 360 games in Japan. The console has struggled in this country - a situation that Microsoft is seeking to rectify. Takashi Sensui, who became the head of Japan's Xbox operations this month, said that the company was prepared to do whatever it took to ensure that Xbox 360 is a success around the world, including in Japan.

A major part of Xbox's troubles have stemmed from the lack of role-playing games, which are favored here over the shoot-'em-up and action games that tend to be hits in the U.S.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. has made a point of signing on game designers popular in Japan to deliver works like "Final Fantasy XI," set to go on sale later this month.

Microsoft might be in with a chance, certainly in part due to the delay of the sale of the next-generation PlayStation 3 until November.

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