For a long time Konami had the exclusive rights to the J League and all Japanese teams for their Winning Eleven series, so that's probably a big part of the reason why. I believe Japan is the only country in which Winning Eleven would consistently outsell FIFA.
Understood. I believed that even though PES (Winning Eleven) sold better over there it would still have decent sales (does MLB have decent sales over there or lack of J-League also makes it a no go for Japan?)
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"
Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."