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Published on August 20th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Japan Sells Out of Xbox 360s; Pigs Fly South

Okay, so the pigs flying south part isn’t true. Everything else, though, seems to be all fact.

If you would’ve told me a week ago that the Xbox 360 would be selling out in Japan of all places, I would’ve looked at you and laughed. Seriously. Well it’s a good thing that I’m not a betting man, because Tales of Vesperia has done the unthinkable: extinguished Japanese stores of their Xbox 360 stock.

Here’s the official press release:

To all customers

We truly thank you for all your patronage in the past.

Currently, the Xbox 360 is sold out, and retailers are unable to restock their supply. This is a result of our own sales targets being exceeded by the actual customer sales. We deeply apologize for this inconvenience to our customers, retailers and business partners.

Here at Microsoft, we are moving forward quickly with console production, and plan to ship the standard Xbox 360 model out this September. Furthermore, we will sequentially be shipping out the Elite and the Arcade models. We ask that you please patiently wait until the console is shipped.

We truly thank you for your patronage hereafter.

Home and Entertainment HQ

Wow! Considering the fact that neither the Xbox or the 360 has sold all that well over there, this is a serious accomplishment. It looks like the JRPGs that have been slowly becoming multiplatform and over to the 360 – especially the exclusives – has gone a long way toward getting the 360 a bit of respect overseas.

What’s going to happen when the other JRPGs hit the market? You know the ones: Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Infinite Undiscovery, and The Last Remnant. Yea, those.

Wouldn’t that be the day? Judging by the looks of things, it may just happen…

Official Microsoft Statement [Xbox Japan]

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