The Xbox 360 Experiences A Mid-Life Crisis In JapanBrian Ashcraft2/09/11 2:00amFiled to: Culture smashOriginalCultureXbox 360Brain and body connectionRyuta KawashimaNamco BandaiMicrosoftKinectTop1371EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink The Wii is easy to peg — family-friendly and fun. The PS3 is also easy to categorize — slick and high-tech. But in Japan, the Xbox 360 has a category of its own. And that's starting to change.AdvertisementIt was former Dead or Alive designer Tomonobu Itagaki who is quoted as saying that nobody buys an Xbox 360 in Japan by accident. Whether or not he actually said this is somewhat besides the point, because it's true. While Microsoft had (and still has) a very mainstream product in the West, for years, Xbox Japan has catered to a very niche fanbase, finally selling a million total consoles sold in Japan in spring 2009, while rivals the PS3 and the Nintendo Wii had already hit that mark in the first year that they were released.