For all of the Japan-crazed otaku that frequent this site, there is an event on the horizon that will have them reaching for their sailor wands and hopping in their Gundams. September 15th through the 18th, the Makuhari Messe International Convention Center in Tokyo will host the annual Tokyo Game Show, with the first two days set for business and the final two days for the public. Games from many developers will be showcased there, as well as many scantily clad cosplay girls and guys, keeping the salivating fans busy between booths, not that there will be any shortage of games at the booths to occupy their time.
Namco Bandai is boasting a pretty sizable line up for Tokyo Game Show this year. While Xbox 360 seems to be getting no love in Japan this, there are still a few multi-platform games, with the majority of those being 3D fighting games. First in line is Soul Calibur V, the creatively named 5th installment in the Soul Calibur series. For fans of Naruto, the latest installment in the Ninja Storm series will be shown, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations. Returning to the fighting game scene also is Dragonball Z with their latest, Dragonball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi. The only multi-platform title known at this time that is not a 3D fighting game is a return to an older series, the well known dog fight simulator Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
Sony seems to be getting a lot more attention than any of the other systems this year from Namco Bandai. The sequel for their most popular Japanese title, Idolmaster 2 has been moved to releasing on the PlayStation 3 from its previous home on the Xbox 360. Also being showcased for the PS3 is a new installment in the Gundam series, Gundam Extreme Vs. Gundam games have not had the best luck on next generation consoles, but the fighting games have always offered the thrill of the “which is better” aspect, allowing them to enjoy some success. Also coming to the PlayStation 3 is the another popular fighting game, Tekken Hybrid, a collection of Tekken titles including Tekken Tag HD, an HD remake of the original game. Tekken: Blood Vengeance and a juiced up demo for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with a small collection of playable characters will also be there. The PSP has many titles to look forward to as well, with its own Naruto title, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact, and a rhythm game based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion universe, Rebuild of Evangelion: 3nd Impact.
Nintendo does not have a lot to look forward to from Namco Bandai, but it has enough systems to make up for the lack of any one of them getting a lot of attention. The Wii of course has mostly family oriented games like the aptly named Family Fishing and Go Vacation. The DS is looking forward to a new One Piece Title, One Piece: Gigan Battle 2, as well as seeing the rebirth of the original pet simulators with Tamagotchi Collection. For the 3DS, the title selection is a lot slimmer, with the biggest titles being 3D remakes of older games like Tekken 3D: Prime Edition and Ace Combat 3D.
Game titans Square Enix has a lot to offer this year as well, with many playable demos for highly anticipated games. There will be three Final Fantasy titles, each for a different platform, and each with playable demos to be expected at the event. First, for PS3 and Xbox 360 is the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s marginally successful game, Final Fantasy XIII-2. Next, for the PSP comes Final Fantasy: Type-0; originally named Final Fantasy Agito XIII, the new title will be one of the only PSP games to come one two UMDs. Finally, for the 3DS there is Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, the rhythm game with Final Fantasy characters. Also being seen at the Square Enix booth for the 3DS will be Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, the 7th installment in the Kingdom Hearts series with story connections to the much anticipated Kindgom Hearts 3.
Square Enix will also be showcasing demos for Bethesda and Ubisoft in their booth. Playable demos for many of the titles will be available, giving Japanese fans a taste of Western games. Among these playable demos is Assassin’s Creed Revelations, the fourth installment in the series, as well as the upcoming post-apocalyptic game Rage.
Capcom’s Tokyo Game Show line up is a bit smaller than usual this year, with only a handful of titles getting showcased. Dragon’s Dogma, an action RPG where a group of fighters set out to kill a mysterious dragon, is one of the more anticipated titles that will be making an appearance. Not one to be left out of the fighting game scene, Capcom is going two have to major titles to offer. First, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, a rehashing of the next gen fighting game, with new characters and new game modes. Second, keeping with the Vs. theme is Street Fighter X Tekken, where two of the biggest fighting game franchises go head to head in an all out brawl.
Also expected to make an appearance in the Capcom line up will be Resident Evil Revelations, a return to survival horror gaming set in between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, which would be delightful news if it were coming out for anything other than the 3DS. Also on the way for a different handheld is Monster Hunter Diary G, a PSP sequel to the original Monster Hunter Diary.
Sony will, by far, be showcasing more games than any other company. Their booth will be overflowing with goodies for PSP, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The Vita, of course, is expected to steal the show with over thirty-one games set to be displayed, while the PSP is only showing off a few titles, and the PlayStation 3 bringing its own heavy lineup out to be admired and enjoyed.
A large number of the PlayStation 3 titles on display are going to be sequels of one sort or another to games already released, with barely any original titles on the way. For fans of guns and shooting, there will be demos of Battlefield 3, the much anticipated and very gorgeous third part of the Bad Company series, as well as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the third installment in the life and times of Drake, the treasure hunting crime fighter. The HD remake of the original anti-terrorist game Metal Gear Solid will be shown as well.
For those more interested in the hack and slash lineup of PlayStation 3 games, fear not, for there is plenty of bloody goodness to be found. Team ICO will be showing off their re-release collection of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, giving new players a chance to play through these two game classics. Also seeing a port to the PlayStation 3 is the God of War Origins Collection, containing the two PSP titles God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta on one disk, giving fans more god killing action for the PlayStation 3. One of the biggest titles that isn’t a port or a remake this year is going to be Ninja Gaiden 3, the third installment in what is one of the most difficult and fun series on the PlayStation.
The PSP lineup is understandably slim, as this year is obviously more focused on ushering in the latest system from Sony. With titles like Hatsune Miku: Project Diva, a rhythm game featuring the popular vocaloid character of the same name, and Frontier Gate, a monster hunter style game with a turn based system, there is not a lot to offer, but what they do have looks to be popular.
The big show stealer this year will be the PlayStation Vita. With many original titles like Gravity Daze -a new adventure game featuring a gravity-shifting teenage girl- and Asphalt: Injection -an arcade style racing game with tons of high flying action-, there will be no shortage of new titles to ogle at. As well as the original titles, there will be plenty of Vita version of older titles, such as Dynasty Warriors Next -another addition into the one vs. many hack and slash game series- and BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend -an expansion of sorts to the last BlazBlue title- there is definitely a lot to look forward to from Sony over the course of the event.
Remember, this is just a preview! There is bound to be many more exciting things to witness at the actual event, and probably even things that have changed since the release of this article! Be sure to keep an eye out for more on the event, and be sure to keep reading for more news on everything that gamers need to know.