Microsoft Mission Division Hints At Another Xbox 360 Game

By Spencer . March 4, 2010 . 12:38am


Microsoft’s amusing, but fictitious Mission Division are assigned to negotiate with popular video game series and bring them to Xbox 360. They got a monster from Monster Hunter to stamp a contract and that’s how Monster Hunter Frontier became an Xbox 360 game.


A new Mission Division short are teases a “new” title. The only clues we have are a napkin scribble and Morito, one of the mission division members, calling it a robot thing. Whatever series is represented by this sketch is coming to the Xbox 360 very soon.


I put “new” in quotes because it might not be a reveal. The Xbox Mission Division also posted a video sketch for Nobunaga’s Ambition: Tendo where they negotiate with Nobunaga to come to the Xbox 360. The game is out in Japan today so it’s not an announcement. Still, you watch to it. It’s funny! See video number 3 on the official mission division site.

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  • Xeahnort

    How lame, Which company do this kind of stuff ?

    no wonder they´re losing japan

    • Hraesvelgr

      What? Get out, those videos are freakin’ hilarious. Besides, a lot of Japanese advertising is ridiculous and over-the-top like that, so it’s not like they’re they only ones who do stuff like that. Or are you just hatin’ on the 360 ’cause it’s cool?

      • Joanna

        I have to admit, those videos are really funny, especially the Nobunaga’s Ambition one. xD And I’m not a fan of Microsoft, so that’s saying a lot.

    • Depends on what you would call losing – yes, dead last in sales when comparing the three consoles, but if you consider that Japan actually has quite a bit of exclusive titles for the 360 and a few of them being quite notable, that’s a win in my book, at least.

      Check it out, on Play Asia’s newsletters, each week I see a couple new titles for the 360 in Japan, some with even with LE packaging. For the PS3 there are the usual titles we come across at some point, maybe even already played. For the record, I don’t own either system (Japanese region or otherwise),yet, but I am impressed that there are developers establishing some bases with their games on the 360 in Japan no matter how small it is now. You have to start somewhere, right?

      On the other hand, over the years I’ve seen Japanese fans and even game designers like Tomonobu Itagaki and I believe Keiji Inafune at last years Tokyo Game Show expressed their lack of confidence in Japanese games in general, particularly in their future, so we’ll see how that goes.

      • endaround

        Also you need to compare it to where they came from. The Xbox had no presence in Japan, given that MS ahd had a huge increase this generation.

    • gar3

      “How lame, Which company do this kind of stuff”

      Um, SEGA and the Dreamcast in the beginning over in Japan come to mind.

  • Nobunaga is not amused. Not surprising to see he’s a hard sell.

    Interesting, and apparently true enough concept, haha! They can grab some interesting characters, so I wish them the best.

  • Hraesvelgr

    You know, I’m really hoping that with Tendō being released on the 360 along with the PS3, they’ll release it in North America… Koei’s strategy series are pretty much the only games I can get into from them these days, but alas, they’re a hard sell…

    • gar3

      I still regularly play my NES, Genesis and SNES KOEI strategy games, heh. In fact recently when I’m not playing Endless Ocean 2 on the Wii I’ve been dumping time into Lord of Darkness on SNES.

  • thebanditking

    I wonder what that is? Looks like a monster from one fo the Power Ranger episodes I watched as a kid. A “robot thing” huh? Could be something to do with Gundam or Robotech. Or it could be promotion for Front Mission which has never been on 360 before but is now.

    Either way I don’t think anything is going to change Microsoft’s image in Japan, their sales have improved largly becuase of a few niche titles and a niche market of Japanese who want to try a more western system. That being said its done little to reverse their fortune, even big name western titles like Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto fair much better on PS3 and the standard Japanese releases are either short lived (Star Ocean and Tales) or fall well below PS3’s initial sales and then off the sales charts altogether (Resonance of Fate, Bayonetta).

    Though this does not really bother me, I don’t really care if 360 is successfull in Japan. I not rooting for Xbox to become the dominant global console brand (I don’t know why some seem so hell bent on this happening) as I see it 360 is successfull enough from a global standpoint and so is Playstation and Nintendo. Each region has its “favorite” and thats fine as I did not buy a 360 out of some misplaced anger towards Sony and did not support it this far to have Xbox erase PlayStation from gaming (though it sure seems like some people want this). I owned the original Xbox, which was considered a complete failure in Japan and yet it was home to Panzer Dragoon, Jet Set Radio, and Shenmue along with characters like Blinx and Voodoo Vince (man I miss those days). That to me is the difference between an ignorant fanboy and a multiplatform owner. I don’t care if Xbox is a failure in Japan, and looses to PS3 in Europe. I did not buy a 360 to have it replace PlayStation I bought one to have it be another Xbox.

  • Aoshi00

    I get a server error when I click on the link… guess I’ll have to wait till it shows up on Jpn Live. The drawing looks like the orange spiky monster from Lost Planet 2.. Nobunaga Tendo looks interesting, but I’ve always been more of a Three Kingdoms guy (pre-ordered the Red Cliff blu-ray).

    Off to play Espgaluda 2 now, just came in the mail yay! Thought it was Heavy Rain :(… I root for the 360 in Jpn since it’s the underdog :)

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