Tokyo Game Show

A lot of readers are clamoring for more information on Kingdom Hearts 3. Some readers are hot for more details on Final Fantasy Versus XIII. One reader idiotically asked why TheFeed hasn't asked Yoshinori Kitase about Versus XIII. Some of you will be getting your questions answered, as Square Enix director/designer/deity Tetsuya Nomura has revealed what the company will be showing off at Tokyo Game Show 2009. Andriasang has translated an interview with Famitsu that said:

"Additionally, Nomura said that Square Enix probably will not show new footage of titles that are further off, including Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy Agito XIII, and The Third Birthday.

On a more positive note, Nomura's comments do appear to confirm playable FFXIII and Birth By Sleep at the show! Those two alone should make a trip to the Square Enix booth worthwhile."

Final Fantasy Versus XIII Versus Japanese Trailer »

Gamers waiting for the big Kingdom Hearts 3 announcement will have to wait a while longer. Players wanting to see more Versus XIII in action will be disappointed. The genius that wanted Versus XIII answers from Kitase needs to understand that it would have been moronic to throw those questions at him.

I know this isn't what some of you wanted to hear, but I'm totally down with FFXIII and Birth by Sleep at TGS. How do you guys feel? Excited? Disappointed? Meh?


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X-Play Fall Specials: Gamescom

This fall, X-Play takes you to the biggest gaming events in the world, and brings you exclusive, inside previews and information about the most highly-anticipated game titles before their release. We’re covering BlizzCon, Halo: ODST, Pax 2009, Modern Warfare 2, Tokyo Game Show 2009 and much more.

Don't miss any of X-Play's fall specials.  It all gets started as X-Play presents Gamescom 2009, starting Monday, August 31st at 6:30PM. Catch a preview of Mass Effect 2, Castlevania, Star Wars: The Old Republic and a hands-on demo of Dirt 2.

And then, make sure you stay with us through the fall, as X-Play brings the world of gaming home to you. Here's the schedule.

  • BlizzCon - September 4
  • PAX 2009 - September 8 & 9
  • Halo: ODST - September 10
  • Brutal Legend - October 1
  • Tokyo Game Show 2009 - October 6, 7 & 8

In the meantime, check out G4tv.com's Gamescom coverage here.

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker

While the latest trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker just being shown at the Konami Press Conference at GamesCom, we’ve caught wind that the game will see its first playable debut at Tokyo Game Show 2009. This isn’t all too surprising, however. Historically, a Metal Gear Solid game will see a short trailer debut at E3, then at Games Convention in Leipzig (now which is GamesCom in Cologne) see an expanded trailer, and then the following Tokyo Game Show that same game will be playable. History will most likely repeat itself again this year.

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It's only been a few months since Sony revealed its plans to take motion controls in a new direction on PlayStation 3, but the company isn't willing to start talking about the games it has in development yet. At its much-anticipated GamesCon 2009 press conference, Sony showed a highlight real demonstrating potential ideas for its motion controller, but said it wouldn't talk specifics until Tokyo Game Show.

Tokyo Game Show 2009 runs from September 24th to 27th. G4 will be there!

Katamari Damacy Creator Joins TGS Sense Of Wonder Night Jury PanelIf you’re a fledging indie-game developer, nothing could be more valuable than being able to show your work to established and respected professionals during some industry-sponsored showcase of some kind, preferably in Japan. Fortunately for you, just such an event will be taking place on September 25 at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show.

The second annual Sense of Wonder Night gives independent game developers the chance to present their games to a panel of jurors, with the winner receiving the approval of their peers and free Business Day entry to TGS 2009 on September 24 and 25.

Plus, as reported by Gamasutra, fans of the bizarre and trippy Katamari Damacy series and Noby Noby Boy for the PlayStation 3 will be especially pleased to know that the twisted mind behind those games, Keita Takahashi, will be one of the showcase jurors. (You know what that means. The more insane your game, the better off you'll be.)

Submissions are being accepted from now until August 16. If you’re interested, be sure to check out the Sense of Wonder Night’s official site for all the details.



Koei and Tecmo Merger Finalized


Posted November 18, 2008 - By Sinden Lee

Pending shareholder approval, Japanese game makers Koei and Tecmo have announced their merger.

The new holding company will be called Koei Tecmo Holdings. It will retain Tecmo's current CEO and chairman, Yasuharu Kakihara as its chairman, and current Koei chairman, Kenji Matsuhara will be the new CEO.

Both companies will remove themselves from the Tokyo Stock Exchange listing before they open under the auspice of the new name on April 1, 2008.

Key players from both companies appeared in a press conference where Mr. Matsuhara said they will focus to create global brands.

Koei Tecmo is expected to hit sales figures of ¥700,000 million  (US $7.25 million) by fiscal year 2011.



The cosplayers at Tokyo Game Show are legendary for the amount of effort and detail they put into their costumes. While we were there, we shot some footage in "Cosplay Alley" that we wanted to bring to you.

Take a look and see what costumes you can spot. Let us know what you see in the comments section.

Tokyo Game Show 2008 Cosplay Montage »

Here is the Microsoft Keynote address from Tokyo Game Show 2008, featuring John Schappert unveiling some new news about XBox Live, the new XBox Experience, as well as some choice Halo news and trailers. Also, Graeme Devine walks us through a demo of Halo Wars.

It's pretty awesome, so we wanted to make sure you got a chance to see it. It's about 50 minutes, so make sure you take a potty break before we leave. Enjoy!

Microsoft Tokyo Game Show 2008 Keynote Speech »

At Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios were nice enough to invite us to a fancy hotel suite (with terrible acoustics) to check out a campaign mission for their upcoming Xbox 360 real-time strategy game, Halo Wars.

We apologize for the poor sound and background noise of journalists furiously typing on their laptops, but we think the video is worth watching anyway.

Graeme Devine, the lead writer on the project, discusses the mission, gameplay mechanics, and more. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section.


Tokyo Game Show 2008 Halo Wars Presentation (Cam) »


We bet that Japan's CESA had a hard time picking the "best" titles from last week's Tokyo Game Show 2008 because there were just too many good ones to pick. Here are the 12 titles that stood out among the stellar roster of games (via Kotaku):

What's your pick for the best title from Tokyo Game Show 2008?

Get ready for a full hour of X-Play tonight, as Adam and Morgan bring you more coverage of Tokyo Game Show 08, followed by our Fallout 3 Special.

First, Adam and Morgan continue their unprecedented coverage of Tokyo Game Show 08 by bringing you a World Premiere Exclusive look at some multiplayer footage of the highly anticipated title, Gear of War 2, as well as First Looks at Quantum Theory and Resistance: Retribution. Also, we'll bring you All Access coverage on White Knight Chronicles.

Then, Adam and Morgan continue their World Premiere Tuesdays by bringing you an in-depth look at the highly anticipated RPG title, Fallout 3. We'll bring you Exclusive footage, as well as interviews with Fallout 3 mastermind Todd Howard and the entire Bethesda team.

X-Play has everything TGS and Fallout 3 Tonight, starting @ 8PM ET, only on G4!


This October, you don't have to take a flight to Japan to experience the Tokyo Game Show. X-Play is taking you there!

shines the spotlight on the latest innovations in the gaming universe and brings you exclusive hands-on demos, behind the scenes coverage, and world premieres of the titles pushing the boundaries and exploring new styles of play and presentation. Morgan Webb hits the floor with coverage of the largest video game expo in the world. Plus, get a glimpse of the Japanese pop culture and latest trends in technology.

Tokyo Game Show, Gaming's future starts now! 4 straight days of coverage, Beginning Monday, October 13th @ 8PM ETOnly on G4!


Tokyo Game Show starts October 13th »


Hey, Mr. Hardcore Gamer: When you update your Xbox this November 19th, but you don't want to have an avatar, because little cartoon representations of yourself are for babbies, you're out of luck. You will be required to choose an avatar.

But don't worry, according to Microsoft says it's possible to make an avatar that is "badass," plus, you can choose a pre-made one at random and never use it--but we have a feeling you will give your avatar a spin when no one is looking. No matter how hardcore you say you are, you won't be able to resist the urge to play with yourself!

Another interesting piece of info about avatars: Although clothing and accessories will be free at launch, they may start charging as time passes.


Among the many annoncements coming out of the Tokyo Game Show is this gem from Sony: The company plans to launch a PlayStation Portable wi-fi Store where you'll be able to download every first-party title available for the system.

The Wi-Fi store will open in Japan on October 15th. The first games include Secret Agent Clank (11/20), Patapon 2 (11/27), and LocoRoco 2.

Now for the bad news: There are no current plans to bring the service to North America or Europe.

At the Tokyo Game Show last night, Sony announced a couple of new, adorable characters you'll be able to play as in upcoming PlayStation 3 platformer LittleBigPlanet. Sackboy Solid Snake and Sackboy Sephiroth are on the way!

Awww, adorable!

LittleBigPlanet is a PlayStation 3 exclusive that comes out this on October 21st.


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