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Kinect's Japanese sales figures paint dismal picture

Just 114,000 sold in its first year

It will come as no surprise that Kinect hasn't had a great opening year in Japan.

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Despite holding the lead over Sony's Move controller in global sales, the motion sensing bar has only managed 114,000 sales in Japan since its November 21 launch in the region.

That's according to figures released in the latest issue of Japan's Famitsu magazine, which break down the device's dwindling monthly sales as follows:

November 2010: 27,800
December 2010: 43,200
January 2011: 14,800
February 2011: 5,040
March 2011: 3,160
April 2011: 2,100
May 2011: 1,910
June 2011: 3,470
July 2011: 2,980
August 2011: 2,460
September 2011: 1,900
October 2011: 3,333
Novemebr 2011: 1,980

Kinect's global figures are far more encouraging. It sold an average of 133,333 units per day - a total of eight million units - in its first 60 days on shelves, between November 4, 2010 and January 3, 2011, and went on to hit ten million sales in March.

However, as PlayStation Move sales reportedly close in on Kinect's, publishing giant Ubisoft has called Kinect's holiday-season-focused sales spurts 'unhealthy' and has suggested Microsoft should rethink its motion control software release strategy.

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]

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