Xbox 360 Hardware Sees Sales Boost in Japan, Thanks to Monster Hunter

The Xbox 360 is enjoying a sudden boost in hardware sales in Japan, thanks, in large part, to the recent release of Monster Hunter Frontier Online, Eurogamer reports. Sales figures in the region for the week ending June 27 feature a significant increase for Microsoft's system; up 17,370 units from 2,060 the previous week.

Sudden hardware sale spikes are not uncommon for the Xbox 360 in Japan, as the console sees slight boosts whenever exclusive titles geared at the Japanese market are released. Similar boosts occurred following the the release of titles such as Tales of Vesperia and Infinite Undiscovery

A port of the PC MMO released in 2007, the Xbox 360 version of Monster Hunter Frontier Online reportedly sold 93,000 units in its first week, leading sales in the region. In the same week, Microsoft had released the new Xbox 360 slim console to retail.

According to Siliconera, Frontier Online ships with 12-months of Xbox Live Gold and a code for 30 days of free online play. Monthly subscriptions to Monster Hunter Frontier Online is priced at 1,400 yen ($16).