Japan is known to some for its many quirks and differences when compared to the rest of the world. And some of those differences were more noticeable at the recent Tokyo Game Show.
Intrepid reporter, Princess Laucha, was hard on the case when Japandaman or Stephanie were playing a demo or gathering freebies to jot down some points that she noticed as she wandered around the show floor.
The gamer ‘station’ set up at Level – 5. In case you were worried that you might catch someones international virus at TGS – don’t be! After every gamer finishes, the attendants wipe clean the headset, the console, the laminated mat with the instructions and re-sets it all up for the next player. Only then does the queue controllers let the next gamer through!
You can’t use the hand dryers in the toilets! Why? Because there is a laminated sign taped across the hand dryers telling you not to use them. This way the toilets don’t get hot and steamy! Instead you may want to follow the Japanese custom of carrying your own small flannel towel to dry your hands. Princess Laucha has a collection just like this Hello Kitty one!
Keeping time! Just so there are no disputes about how much time you get to try your favourite game, NAMCO staff write the time you are to finish on a small section of white board on the side of the booth you are playing at! So if you started to play at 11.30am, they will write 11.40 am on the side of your booth – and all with a bow and a smile 🙂
It’s a “stage” not a performance! We love how the English translation for “next performance” is stage. So for example at most booths where they hosted guest speakers, dances, cosplay characters etc they would advertise it by saying “Next Stage at 12.30pm”. It’s just one of the quirky things we love!
The first officially sanctioned pieces of artwork and screenshots have just been released for the latest in Capcom’s franchise, Ace Attorney 5. Famitsu leaked some images yesterday as well some official media from Capcom themselves. Check them out below, it’s looking great so far.
Looks like a bomb goes off in the court judging by the shot of someone holding a detonation device and the court chambers in ruins? We’ll have to wait and see but Capcom did reveal what the lucky attendees who queue up to play the demo at TGS will receive. The images are blocked out to keep the element of surprise but I’ll do what I can to snag one at the booth.
Square Enix have confirmed that one of the biggest games for the next gen console, the Wii U, will be making an appearance at Tokyo Game Show. The game will be shown during the Square Enix stage event and at this moment, it won’t be playable but they will be sharing new content and new information on the title.
We’ll keep you posted on this one and don’t forget, Tokyo Game Show runs from September through to September 23 with the 20th and the 21st being the press only days.
Console/Portables developer, Prototype, have launched their Tokyo Game Show portal with a couple of games up their sleeves. They will be showing both Kudowafta Converted Edition and Le Fruit de la Grisala both for the PSP and both in playable form.
As well as these new games, they’ve also announced that they will be showing an “extremely new title.”
Looks we’ll just have to wait and see about that one, you can check out their portal site here.
So far we haven’t heard much about Nintendo’s next gen console, the Wii U, making a splash at this year’s Tokyo Game Show but recently a little tease has been revealed on their portal site. A visitor to the site noticed that all the Wii games had the following image to represent them: , seen on this link (http://tgs2012.channel.or.jp/common/images/parts/icon_wii.gif)
The same netizen then added a “U” to the end of it and got this: , as in this link (http://tgs2012.channel.or.jp/common/images/parts/icon_wiiu.gif)
Now we know that their portal site still has some Coming Soon games, could it possibly be a Wii U they’ve been working on? Or it could be nothing and just be an assorted array of images copied into the folder by a staff member. I’m sure we’ll find out soon with TGS only a couple of weeks away now. Nintendo will not be at TGS however third party developers have confirmed Wii U games such as Square Enix bringing Wii U Dragon Quest X to the party.
The following games will be at the both in playable form:
Fist of the North Star Ken’s Rage 2 (PS3/360)
Dead or Alive 5 (PS3/360)
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires (PS3)
Samurai Warriors Chronicle 2nd (3DS)
Nobunaga no Yabou Tendou with Powerup Kit (PSV)
Sangokushi 12 (PS3)
Atelier Totori (PSV)
As for their stage events, there will be a Samurai Warriors Chronicle 2nd tournament, a Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires stage, Dead or Alive 5 exhibition match, Gust special stage with details about the future of the Atelier and Surge Concerto series, a cosplay contest stage and lastly a Fist of the North Star Ken’s Rage 2. Sounds like they have just about a full roster on their hands! You can check out the page with the stage events here.
Another developer, D3, have launched their foray into the spotlight with the opening of their portal site for Tokyo Game Show. They only have two games listed at the moment but they assure that more games will be listed and the site updated.
Currently it only shows Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable for the PS Vita and Dream Club Complete Edipyon! for PS3 but more are on the way.
The big players keep coming to the party and the next big developer to show off their TGS offerings are Sony. They have also launched their portal site for Tokyo Game Show and there are some cracking gems in there across multiple platforms.
They mentioned that these are the games that can only be shown up to September 4th, this seems to suggest that more games will be revealed.
We’ve seen what Namco Bandai are bringing to the Tokyo Game Show and now it’s the turn of another prolific developer, Square Enix. They also launched their TGS portal site and while they haven’t exactly listed what will be playable and what will be in video form, there’s some mighty games in their arsenal for this year’s show.
The following games are a list of what will be shown off in the company’s “megatheatre” video showcase”:
Bravely Default (3DS)
Final Fantasy III (PSP)
Sleeping Dogs (PS3/360/Windows)
Call of Duty Black Ops II (PS3/360/Windows)
Hitman Absolution (PS3/360/Windows)
Final Fantasy XIV (PS3/Windows)
Lord of Vermilion Re:2 (Arcade)
Otome Break! (iOS/Android)
Demons Score (iOS/Android)
It’s a Wonderful World Solo Remix (iOS)
Symphonica Grand Maestro (iOS)
Emperor’s Saga (GREE)
Galaxy Dungeon (GREE)
What the breakdown is of playable games to just videos of games is unknown right now however this is not a complete list so there’s still plenty of time to make a final announcement.
Dragon Quest Monsters Terry’s Wonderland 3D, Gyrozetter and Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 will be featuring in the family corner of the booth as well as Dragon Quest X having its own event.
Namco Bandai is another developer that has joined the flood of software companies showing the public exactly what they’ll have on offer at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
Their newly opened portal site shows off some impressive and games that are being eagerly anticipated by fans everywhere. Some of the playable titles include Naruto Narutimate Storm 3, Tales of Xillia 2, Super Robot Taisen Card Chronicle and one of the bigger games for the Nintendo 3DS, Project X Zone. These will all be shown off in the main booth for Namco Bandai and I personally can’t wait to try out Project X Zone.
There will also be a family corner booth which will see host to Naruto SD, Kamen Rider Chou Climax Heroes, Aikatsu Cinderella Lesson and Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Magnificent Version which is looking awesome for Taiko fans. The site also mentions some “coming soon” games, one for the social games area, two for the family booth corner and a staggering five more for the main booth.
Some of the more high profile games would have to be Digimon Adventure, Saint Seiya Omega, Summon Night 5, God Eater 2, One Piece Romance Dawn and Tokitawa.
You can check out the portal site here and also vote for your favourite booth babe here.