Will this make a dent to the Xbox One’s misfortunes in Japan?
It looks like Microsoft are going to try and take another crack at the market. This time around, they will be bundling the Xbox One S with Minecraft. This is actually a surprisingly smart and relevant move, given that Minecraft remains perennially popular in Japan- it is the highest selling Vita game of all time in the country, and the Wii U version has been persistently charting ever since its launch there, too.
As a matter of fact, the Wii U version of Minecraft is now the highest selling Microsoft published game of all time in the country- maybe that’s what alerted Microsoft to the wisdom of doing this.
Regardless of the reasoning, Japanese gamers can now pick up an Xbox One S with Minecraft included, and 500 GB of on board storage, for ¥29,980- the same price as a PS4, with the latter not coming with any games included. It’s a good deal and value proposition- but with the Xbox One not getting just about any other game that Japanese gamers care about, I don’t know how many will actually bother biting.