Japanese gamers aren’t happy with PS3 price either.

Nintendo certainly seems poised to win big with it’s Wii console as it’s beginning to look like PS3’s high price tag is going to be a big problem for the console just about everywhere. IGN.com reports that even Japanese gamers think it’s too high:

Responding to the question of which hardware has their greatest interest, 68.8% said Wii. PS3 grabbed 21.0%, ahead of Xbox 360’s 7.2% and the DS’s 3.0%. All hardware, current generation and next, was included in the survey.

A bit more directly, Famitsu asked survey takers which hardware they expect to win the next generation race. The Wii won this vote at 73.0%, with PS3 coming in second at 22.6% and Xbox 360 getting 4.4%.

Survey takers were also questioned on the PS3’s price. In Japan, the base model costs 62,790 yen, a ways up from the PS2’s original launch price of 37,800 yen, and sure enough, 88.4% of responders felt that this was too high. Only 10.9% felt that it was a reasonable price, while 0.7% punks said that it was too low.

If Sony holds firm to the announced pricing then Nintendo may end up making a big comeback. It’s also interesting to note that Microsoft still has a problem attracting much interest in the Japanese market. Sony’s going to need a killer app if it hopes to retain the top spot.

4 thoughts on “Japanese gamers aren’t happy with PS3 price either.

  1. It’s also interesting to note that Microsoft still has a problem attracting much interest in the Japanese market.

    Generally speaking, I blame the fact that Microsoft’s games lack swords the size of small villages, punches that can level a city block, and horrible drawn out dialogue centered around shabby plots.  When will they learn what the japanese look for in games and movies?

  2. Sony can solve this entire problem with one move: the updated PS3 version of “Congo Bongo.”  Maybe “Asteroid.”  Who could resist these classics?

  3. It’s also interesting to note that Microsoft still has a problem attracting much interest in the Japanese market.

    I blame the Xbox’s lack of success with Microsoft wholely taking on the Green Machine as their avatar.

    First person shooters don’t go over well in Japan, and that was the selling point for the Xbox in America – Halo. MS pushed it anyway. There were complaints about the XBox’s ugly colors and horrible stylistic design (the fact that it was colossal and heavy even compared to the somewhat bulky PS2).

    In Japan, it was known for Dead or Alive. Microsoft’s turnaround was to offer a new Xbox with a hug pillow and a translucent purple case.  I’ll grant that with the 360, stylistically it’s a lot better. But now there’s the whole heating/hardware thing to deal with. With Microsoft pushing Halo 2 and 3 as the defacto reason to own an XBox what reason do a lot of Japanese gamers really have to want it right now?

  4. Offering Western games in Japan is like offering calamari ice cream in America. If it takes off, then great, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t.

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