Xbox 360 Bundle For Japan Includes *Four* Games, One Of ‘Em Is Monster Hunter

By Spencer . May 9, 2012 . 12:47am


Microsoft has a new value pack for Japan and this bundle, designed for hardcore gamers, includes four games. For 29,800 yen ($373) you get:

  • Xbox 360
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • Wireless controller (liquid black color)
  • Headset (also liquid black color)
  • Halo Reach download code
  • Fable III download code
  • Gears of War 2 download code
  • Monster Hunter Frontier Online
  • "Eversleep" one handed sword
  • "Cloth series" armor for a gunner or swordsman
  • a three month subscription to Xbox Live gold


In Japan, a standalone Xbox 360 with a 250 GB hard drive costs 29,800 yen ($373), so Microsoft is adding a significant amount of extras. The four game value pack comes out on May 23.

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  • CirnoLakes

    Monster Hunter? Yes.
    Gears of War, Fable III and Halo Reach? No.

  • Shadowman

    This might help boost the sales up with monster hunter. GOW, Fable 3, Halo Reach who gives a crap about those games.

  • well, at least they’re still trying over there. . . as futile as it seems, you gotta give them that credit.

    Still, it’s funny how we’re probably never going to ever get something like this for the US.

    Oh Monster Hunter on HD consoles. . . how you still elude us so. . .

  • Aoshi00

    That’s a good deal.. but  I don’t play MonHun and have the others alrdy except Fable 3.. otherwise it’d be a good chance to upgrade my 1st gen Jpn system.. a Jpn Star Wars bundle would be way too expensive.. this looks like matte black surface (not shiny) that used to be the 4Gb right?  Think I’d hold off getting a Jpn system till 720..

  • Guest

    Why do they bother putting a Japanese only MH title on a niche system in Japan when they could make more money selling it on the PS3 in Japan as well as globally?

    • Hraesvelgr

      Cash deal…?

    • Code

      It was a Microsoft cash payout to port Frontier to the 360, that’s why. In an effort to try and keep the system afloat in Japan Microsoft has thrown a fair amount of money at companies for exclusive deals.

      • Guest

        I see but it just seems real desperate since this is the 8th time this game has been released on the 360 over including bundles. Just how much cash are they throwing out to Capcom to keep this attempt alive and how many times till they realize its not working? And no U.S. release whatsoever yet Dragon’s Dogma is getting a lot of marketing here..kinda similar

        • Code

          Yep it is desperate, Microsoft has been hurting in Japan from day one, and they have pushed hard to try and hang on/turn things around. As far as the releases, it’s not simply re-releasing the same game; Monster Hunter Frontier, basically has yearly expansions. Likely it’s been part of the original contract, that MHFO and any future expansions would also get a 360 release. 

          But as far as a english release; they don’t have to explain anything to anyone, it’s Capcom’s decision what it does with Monster Hunter. Does it suck, yeah, but for whatever reason they’ve decided to pass on an english Frontier release.

    • Because MH Frontier is a port of a PC title. The 360’s architecture is very similar to PC, so moving the game over was far easier than it would have been to do the same for PS3. Also, it’s not like they aren’t making money off the 360 version. The game is subscription-based and is a steady source of revenue.

      • Guest

        hmm okie. Still doesn’t explain why they never tried to bring it over to the U.S. for PC and 360. In any case this seems like its not working since they’ve tried to bundle this with the console there so many times…

  • Definitely worth it. Imo, much better than the 99usd pack they’re releasing in the US.

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    So, this is pretty much the “C’mon, guys, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAASSSSEEEE buy one” pack. The only thing left for Microsoft to do after this is to just pay Japanese people to buy 360’s. 

    • Pope The Rev XXVIII

       The 360 has sold about what the Mega Drive Sold in Japan So :P

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        If you’re really going to try to argue that the 360 sold well in Japan, you live in a world of fanboyism I can’t even comprehend.

        Look, kid, I own a 360, even if I prefer my PS3. I’m one of the millions and millions of Americans who helped it become the big seller it is today. But you’d have to be living a world of delusions to think the system sold well in Japan.

        • I just want to point out, that I’d have more fun with a Mega Drive than with a 360. Mega Drive was a great console, despite its sale numbers.

      • Locklear93

        Right, what the Mega Drive sold.  When video gaming was still quite niche, and the game industry was a tiny fraction of the size it is today.  Times have changed; the same sales figures aren’t considered successful anymore.

      • tridus

         Now if only the market hadn’t grown substantially since then, making what was a successful system back then be a failure today…

  • …it will go if they got exclusive of Idolmaster 3 but now…….oh well its a desert of nothingness

  • Monsta Hunta? dat might do it.

    • Guest

      This is the 8th time they’ve released this game to the 360 in Japan including bundles… -_-

  • Code

    Now I’m curious if they are including any free subscription with Monster Hunter, because I know to play the 360 version on top of Gold, you had to pay for a Hunter’s License o~o; Not that I’m interested, just curious if the game’s pricing scheme has been changed any opo;

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Isn’t he Xbox 360 dead in japan?

  • thebanditking

    Not sure why they bother at this point, I mean lets face it the 360 has at most 24 months left on shelves and if after 6 years you can’t convince people to buy one it may be time to throw in the towel and move on.

  • AzureNova

    No thank you Microsoft.

  • It’ll probably be smart to bundle it with games that appeal to the Japanese audience, than you know, shooters….

    • SirRichard

      Judging by Operation Raccoon City shifting over 200,000 units in short order, I daresay shooters have some appeal over there.

      •  But I dont really think that you can credit those sale numbers for the Genre, rather than for the Franchise.

        • SirRichard

          That’s true. For a different, lesser example, if I remember right, Binary Domain did alright with around 100,000 units shifted. Japan’s not as big on shooters as Western territories, but they do have their appeal there.

          •  Cant deny that. I cant say though whether the shooters will boost anything, considering I dont really know how good the 360 Service for those games is there and how good they sold before.

  • thaKingRocka

    That is an insanely good package. I doubt anyone will really care, and that’s a shame.

  • Wow, four old games! No, it won’t work. First off, the price needs cut severely. Second, they’re going to pretty much have to make it free to play in Japan. But, Microsoft is too damn cheap for that. :3

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