Tokyo Game Show

Hands On: 'Street Fighter IV'


Posted October 9, 2008 - By bleahy

The great thing about Japan is that arcades are still very much alive and well. We hit Akihabara, famous for its gadgets and Otaku culture, to try out Street Fighter IV in the arcade. We were then able to compare it to the latest build of the game, which we played on the Xbox 360.

Here's the good news... the home versions of Street Fighter IV will play just as well as the arcade version depending on your controller. Here's the better news... this game is worth buying an arcade stick for and the console versions will include more content than the arcade version.

Hit the jump to read our impressions.

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We were invited up to Capcom's hotel suite to get some hands on time with their games and we were extremely excited about playing Resident Evil 5, which releases in March 2009.

The survival horror franchise that started it all is coming back and will be making its next-gen debut with simultaneous releases on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Click through to read our full report.

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We're here at the Tokyo Game Show 2008, and it's time to see what Microsoft has up their sleeve, as they are prepared to give us a keynote and announce some new stuff while they do it.

12:03 PM - The Last Remnant trailer. We meet the principals, the graphics are kind of awesome, there's some gameplay footage that looks medieval and futuristic at the same time. Some Lovecraftian villains, swordplay, discussions on arrogance. Also, there is a character in this game that is frightfully close to Jar Jar Binks. Also, killer haircuts. Releases 11.20.08. Everywhere.

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The following is what happened this morning at a panel discussion from Tokyo Game Show 2008, featuring some pretty awesome suits. The men in the suits are the President of Capcom, Haruhiro Tsujimoto, SQUARE ENIX's Yoici Wada, and the Chief Operating Officer of Namco Bandai Shin Unozawa, and a moderator.

11:11 AM - Moderator addresses the crowd, and thanks the participants for coming. Talks about the Nobel prize winners that were announced yesterday, and how Japan has awesome scientists, but why is there such economic anxiety? How bad is the economy for the industry? Fukimoto says that there are negative feelings about the economy, but people are always going to need ways to entertain themselves, and to play to escape, so hopefully the economy will not hurt things too much. The key is to release games that cost less and can be played by more people. They need to be aware of the economy and act accordingly, but not to be too pessimistic about the whole thing.

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Konichi-wa, bitcharoo! TheFeed is in Tokyo this week to cover the Tokyo Game Show, and boy, are our arms tired. Here, now is what happened at the opening of the show with the keynote speech, given by Yoichi Wada, Chairman of the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, and President of SQUARE ENIX.

10:30AM - Enya and Sarah Brightman music playing through the room means it's time to get calm, baby! The Tokyo Game Show 2008 is here and we are ready to roll! The English translator in my head tells me to take my seat, and we're on our way.

10:33 AM - And the lights dim. Opening video for TGS, playing on the "rising sun" theme.

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Tokyo Game Show 2008 kicks off tonight (American time) and G4 will be bringing you all the news and highlights throughout the entire convention. Starting tonight, make sure to visit G4tv for our live blogs of all the keynote speeches, panel discussions, and press conferences that TGS has to offer.

Tonight, we have keynote speeches from Squaresoft's Yoichi Wada and Microsoft's John Schappert, a panel discussion with members from Squaresoft, Namco Bandai, and Capcom, and a press conference from developer KOEI. It's all coming to you right here on G4tv.com, starting tonight!

Microsoft's definitely not missing out on this year's Tokyo Game Show, bringing forward titles from the event's homeland, courtesy of Square-Enix, Capcom and more. Check them out:

  • Resident Evil 5 (Capcom)
  • Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope (Square-Enix)
  • The Last Remnant (Square-Enix)
  • Sonic World Adventure (SEGA)
  • Street Fighter IV (Capcom)
  • Ninja Blade (Software)

Of course, titles from other regions will be presented as well with EA's Mirror's Edge, Microsoft's Fable II, Bethesda's Fallout 3 and much more. With Sony's promise to unveil 14 unannounced titles at the event, this year's Tokyo Game Show will surely melt our faces with so much gaming goodness. But be warned, with our extensive coverage of TGS kicking off this October 9, your face may melt too.


Hinting on another title featuring the legendary soldier, a new project named Metal Gear Solid Existence emerged from Konami's trademark database.

According to SiliconEra, Konami has also registered the title Existence alone, without the Metal Gear Solid 4 precursor. Just like Kojima's masterpieces, very little is known about this project, but it may indicate an unveiling at this year's Tokyo Game Show, starting this October 9 through 12.

Perhaps Existence could point to yet another Metal Gear Solid title expansion, similar to Metal Gear Sold 2: Substance and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistance. With another one on the way, expect us to give you all the Metal Gear sustenance you need and more with our Tokyo Game Show coverage when the convention kicks off at the Makuhari Messe in Japan.


You can't tell us that you're a fighting game connoisseur if you haven't played at least one of SNK's King of Fighters game series. If the names of Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Iori Yagami and Mai Shiranui don't ring a bell, then you won't understand our utmost appreciation that King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match will soon be hitting the Xbox Live Arcade.

SNK's classic brawler debut at the XBLA was revealed through a leaked games list for this year's Tokyo Game Show. Although no pricing or official release date has been confirmed yet, this is more than enough to get us excited for some old school SNK fighting. King of Fighters '98 was originally released in the arcades then ported over to the Sega Dreamcast and PS2.

Tokyo Game Show 2008 will begin this October 9 through 12, and we'll bring you the latest news right from the floors of convention so don't miss it!


Team Ninja Brings Three To TGS


Posted September 4, 2008 - By jmanalang

Under the new leadership of Jin Hasegawa, the developers of Ninja Gaiden II are set to introduce three brand new titles at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Hasegawa has been Team Ninja's sensei since July 1 after the departure of Tomonobu Itagaki.

Although details of the new games are still under wraps, IGN reports that they will be under the action genre--one of Team Ninja's expertise. We're just happy to see these talented guys crank out more titles even though Itagaki's presence is no longer around. In more recent Tecmo news, the company's reviewing Square-Enix's "friendly takeover" bid and has until today to decide whether they will merge with the Final Fantasy makers or not.

Tokyo Game Show 2008 will kick off this October 9 through 12, and we will be there to bring you all the latest news, exclusives as they come up so don't miss it!


Japan's hosting its own technological "Oktoberfest" with an insane amount of companies attending this year's Tokyo Game Show. And the best thing is, we will be there for you, bringing everyone the latest news, exclusives and much more! Check out some of the big names attending this year's convention at Tokyo:

  • Capcom
  • SNK Playmore Corporation
  • NAMCO Bandai
  • SEGA Corporation
  • Square-Enix
  • D3Publisher Inc
  • Electronic Arts

And we emphasized some, because including the companies above, there are over 99 exhibitors participating at Tokyo Game Show 2008. Surprisingly, Nintendo's name is absent from the list but both Sony and Microsoft are listed. Tokyo Game Show 2008 kicks off this October 10 through 12 at the Makuhari Messe in Japan. Make sure you hit the source for the full list.



We are all aware that Japanese cell phones are light-years ahead of the ones found in the United States.  One of the cooler things on display at this year's Tokyo Game Show was Katamari playable on your cell phone.  Let's see the iPhone do that.  Also, stay tuned for after the mobile demo for a Japanese version of the Beautiful Katamari trailer.

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Remember Lair?  No one was all that impressed including the X-Play review which you can watch here.  During TGS, we had a chance to chat with Factor 5 President and Lair Director, Julian Eggebrecht, who discusses game development for the PS3 and responds to the harsh criticisms of the sixaxis motion control and the difficult gameplay. 

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New 'Soul Calibur 4' Trailer


Posted September 27, 2007 - By bleahy

Soul Calibur is finally going next-gen and will be hitting the PS3 and 360 in early 2008. Feast your eye-things on this trailer, for real.

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Didn't make it to Japan for Tokyo Game Show? Don't worry. Your friend Adam Sessler knows how expensive a Trans-Pacific trip can be. That's why he's here in this week's edition of Sessler's Soapbox to show you what it's really like at the biggest gaming conference from the Land of the Rising Sun. Why spend thousands of dollars on a trip to the Far East when you can get it all just by clicking on video.

Watch, and be enlightened...

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