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It is now all but confirmed that Japanese retailers are beginning to phase out the XBOX 360. Poor sales are surely to blame, with games being put in ‘Bargain Bins’ and prices drastically reduced on all Japanese stock. It’s beginning to look a lot like the XBOX 360’s days are numbered in the gaming hub of the world.

As for sales, the 360 sold 1.5 million units in Japan over it’s lifecycle. This may seem like a descent amount, although when you realise that that’s over a 7.5 year life span, you will begin to get the picture. The PS Vita has already shipped between 600 and 700k units in just 3 months of release.

The sad part of the story is, Microsoft invested time and a lot of money into bringing top Japanese titles to this system, and making many of them exclusive. Tales of Vesperia and Star Ocean 4 are both examples of titles that never hit the big time in Japan due to low sales of the system they were designed around.

If you’re Japanese and you own a ‘360 don’t worry, you haven’t got a totally raw end of the stick- games are on sale for as low as 100 yen (1.40 USD). This has basically opened up a world of opportunities for those who don’t own the system yet- cheap system- insanely cheap games. It’s not hard to see why so many gamers are envious of the Japanese.

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The much loved Japanese Pokemon franchise, Pokemon has two new titles on the way. Pokemon Black and White 2 were announced on the TV show Pokemon Smash in Japan, by series producer Junichi Masuda. It has been given a release date somewhere in the month of June this year in Japan. There is currently no word on release dates for the rest of the world, but given the world-wide popularity of the series, I don’t expect there to be much of a delay.

The title is going  to be released on the Nintendo DS, which is surprising given the push for the 3DS to become more popular. Nonetheless, due to the names currently given to the games, it is believed that they are going to be direct sequels to Black and White. There is a good chance that they are going to be renamed at a later date, although for now Black and White 2 sounds just fine.

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As for story twists, all we can be sure of is that there is going to be two new legendary Pokemon, which seem to look like an updated sprite from Reshiram and Zekrom. I am pretty pumped for these new titles- I’ve been a Pokemon fan since I was about 8.