Xbox 360 Arcade equivalent on March 6, giving consumers an entry level option. Actually, the Japanese are getting a pretty good deal with the ¥27,800 ($260) model -- it's $20 less than the model in the States and that's before including respective state sales taxes.
To say that the Xbox 360 has struggled in Japan is an obvious understatement. Microsoft sold a mere quarter million units last year in Japan, compared to the PS3's 1.2 million and the Wii's 3.6 million. The Arcade model may not be Microsoft's great hope to make the Xbox 360 big in the Japanese market, but the company certainly gets an E for effort.