Tokyo Game Show 2011 Recap

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The Tokyo Game Show, obviously hosted in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the two major gaming conventions hosted outside of North America, with the other being Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. As one might expect, the Tokyo Game Show is often awash with Japanese developers and has, in the past, been host to many of the Japanese developers’ game revelations, announcements and declarations.

But with the Japanese gaming industry’s stagnation as of late, Tokyo Game Show has increasingly become home to fewer and fewer announcements, with other conventions, like the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, increasingly revealing those tidbits of news that Japanese developers might have previously saved for TGS.

That said, TGS still is home to a number of noteworthy items so here’s a brief recap of TGS 2011 for those at home.


  • Ni no Kuni, the joint venture from animated studio Studio Ghibli and games developer Level-5, has received an early 2012 release date. And there was much rejoicing.
  • Persona: The Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena, the fighting game based on the popular Persona series, was playable on the floor and there’s even video to prove it.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 will arrive in America on January 31st, with Japan receiving it first on December 15th. In a not-that-shocking reveal, there will also be a PS3 console bundle associated with it to boot. Also, it’s supposedly a far cry from the Internet-like series of tubes that composed the original.
  • Square Enix has announced a remake of Final Fantasy X for both PS3 and the PlayStation Vita. Fans outraged over the lack of a true Final Fantasy VII remake, however, will not be placated even though FFX is definitely a seminal installment in the franchise.
  • Grasshopper Manufacture’s Kinect game, previously known as Codename D, was officially revealed as Diabolical Pitch. Gameplay seems to involve pitching and batting baseballs at demons. For those following along, this is par for the course knowing the developer.
  • Project Draco, from some of the minds behind Panzer Dragoon, for the Kinect seems to be plugging along swimmingly according to Garnett Lee. He also has some kind things to say about the Kinect version of Steel Battalion.


So, not the most exciting conference in the world, but there’s a little something for every taste probably made an appearance.

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