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Xbox selling well in Japan

It’s common knowledge that Microsoft’s Xbox has had a pretty miserable time of it in Japan, where the console is regularly outsold by the ancient PSone. In the wake of a recent price cut for the console, along with the new Project Gotham Racing 2 bundle however, the console has captured almost seven percent of the market share in the last week. Not bad eh?

Less than 8000 units were shifted, but that’s still an impressive gain for a console which usually fails to reach a one percent market over there. The Project Gotham Racing 2 bundle thought to be responsible for the sales also features a copy of Halo, two control pads, a DVD kit and two months free subscription to Xbox Live – pretty generous at the Japanese equivalent of around £105.

It seems that Microsoft are desperate to crack the land of the rising sun by any mean necessary…

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