Tokyo Game Show 2012: All the games and news, live from Japan

This week the Tokyo Game Show kicks off in the city of Chiba, Japan, about 25 miles southeast of the heart of Tokyo. While the show itself doesn't start until September 20th, our crew flew in early to meet up with local developers and to make sure they're on-site for all of the press conferences that pack the days leading up to the four-day event. We'll be filing live from Japan with news from the show, the press conferences and a bit of inside insight from private studio visits and interviews. Make sure to check back regularly for all of the news coming out of the Makuhari Messe's packed halls for the next week.

Razer Arcade Stick hands-on: a better joystick, even in beta

Gaming hardware maker Razer, known for its keyboard, mice, and headphones, is releasing its own arcade stick built with fighting game aficionados in mind. The Razer Arcade Stick, currently in a public beta test, was announced at last year's Tokyo Game Show, but the controller made a repeat performance this year, appearing largely unchanged from its pre-beta version.

Razer's arcade stick is built with DIY modification in mind. The company plans to ship the stick with standard Sanwa parts — buttons and ball-top stick — but Razer is making it simple to swap in personalized hardware. The...

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'Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2' delivers faster kicks, all-too-familiar punch

There's an understandable sense of sameness when it comes to Tecmo Koei's musou series of action games (Dynasty Warriors, Warriors Orochi, et al.). To the outside observer, these are video games that appeal to mostly Japanese players, typically historical fiction beat 'em ups involving dozens of playable characters slaying screenfuls of hack and slash fodder.

That sameness is more apparent in musou-style game Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2, based on the postapocalyptic martial arts manga that ran weekly in Japan during the mid 1980s. The "2" in the game's title may be somewhat...

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'Gitaroo Man' creator on Japan's cultural iron curtain

Keiichi Yano doesn't seem to like the term "quirky." When asked to describe the sort of games his company, INIS, makes, he pauses for a moment before answering.

"We think about that a lot," he said in an interview with Polygon during Tokyo Game Show this past week. "We ask ourselves that internally. What's an INIS game? What do people expect out of that? The conclusion we've come up with is two things. One is some bit of quirkiness, differentness. I hesitate to say quirky because we actually don't try to be quirky. Sometimes it just happens. But also some bit of originality."

Quirky or...

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Tokyo Game Show 2012 hits record attendance, 2013 convention dated

This year's Tokyo Game Show welcomed record numbers of visitors despite a reduced or nonexistent presence from some notable game publishers, according to the convention's organizers.

The organizers, the Consumer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) and Nikkei Business Publications, also announced that the 2013 Tokyo Game Show will remain at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Next year's event is scheduled to run from Thursday, September 19th through Sunday, September 22nd.

Overall attendance came in at 223,753 for the four-day convention, a slight increase over the previous record —...

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'Bayonetta' and 'Vanquish' developer Platinum Games wants to take its action games to PC

Platinum Games, the developer behind console action games Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and upcoming Wii U game The Wonderful 101, may move beyond dedicated console development to bring its games to the PC, says executive director Atsushi Inaba.

Inaba told Polygon at Tokyo Game Show that making games for PC and releasing them through Valve's Steam service — and funding its own projects through Kickstarter — is something the developer is "very interested in."

Platinum does not currently have any PC games in development, Inaba explained, adding that the decision on which...

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'Over My Dead Body' PlayStation Vita trailer offers a first look at the game's artwork

PSOne Japanese role-playing game Over My Dead Body is getting a sequel on the PlayStation Vita, and although it carries the same title it will be a different experience, according to the game's latest trailer.

The game was announced at the Tokyo Game Show last week by director Shoji Masuda (Patapon, Toki to Towa). The video posted below features in-progress artwork shown at the expo, including several characters, monsters, and locations from the title's setting in ancient Japan.

The first game's storyline focused on a family of demon hunters fated to live only two years in their struggle...

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'The Light Shooter' brings experimental 'light bow' gaming to Tokyo Game Show

With upcoming video game blockbusters like Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed 3, and Crysis 3 prominently featuring bows and arrows as primary weapons, the coming year has been labeled "The Year of the Bow." At Tokyo Game Show, one project took bow and arrow action out of the game and into the real world. The Light Shooter uses a real bow as its controller.

The Light Shooter is the work of Masasuke Yasumoto, an assistant professor at the Tokyo University of Technology, which had a booth showcasing student projects at TGS.

The "light bow" game plays like other first-person light gun shooters....

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‘Tales of Xillia 2’ trailer shows off animated and in-game cinematics

A new trailer for the upcoming role-playing game Tales of Xillia 2 provides a peek at the game's visual style.

The game is a direct sequel to Tales of Xillia, which will release internationally in 2013. Its Japanese trailer aired during the final day of the Tokyo Game Show and contains some spoilers. According to RPGSite, a major plot point in the game will follow two brothers locked in conflict with each other. Producer Hideo Baba has hinted at more playable characters than what's been shown, including familiar faces such as Gaius from the original title.

Tales of Xillia 2 will release...

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Namco announces ‘Macross 30,' coming in 2013

Macross 30, a game sparked from the Macross science-fiction romance anime franchise, will release in 2013, reports 4Gamer.

Namco announced the new title at a stage event during the Tokyo Game Show. Few details are currently known about the game, though Namco did reveal that the 2012 winner of the Miss Macross 30 contest, Haruka Chisuga, will provide the vocals for the theme song.

The Macross franchise, a combination of anime and video games, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Each game has been an exclusive Japan release, with no word on release dates for other regions.

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'Mega Man Xover' for iOS impressions: it's over for Mega Man

Capcom brought Mega Man's latest side-scrolling action game to Tokyo Game Show, but it might have been better for the Blue Bomber to have sat this show out. Mega Man Xover — or Rockman Xover as it's known in Japan — for iOS does not demo well in such short bursts.

The TGS demo features a level in which the new Mega Man, OVER-1, runs on a conveyor belt-style level. As OVER-1 runs to the right, Mega Man X series enemies, like Metalls and Batton Bones, feed in from the opposite side of the screen. The only controls available to the player are to shoot and jump, with a screen-clearing super...

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Earth Defense Forces 4 does giant alien insect slaying better than ever

The B-movie grade charm of the Earth Defense Force games has always outweighed the series' technical shortcomings. Shooting swarms of gargantuan space ants and giant robots again and again and again tends to be simple, campy fun.

That definitely hasn't changed with the next iteration, Earth Defense Forces 4, based on the Tokyo Game Show demo. But the newest EDF feels like a marked improvement from its most recent predecessors, Sandlot's Earth Defense Force 2017 and Vicious Cycle's Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.

There were a wealth of options available in the limited single-player...

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'Resident Evil Vs.' struggles to capture series magic

Capcom has had some difficulty porting the true Resident Evil experience over to mobile devices. The publishers latest attempt sees them teaming up with GREE to reimagine a mode first introduced in Resident Evil 5. Resident Evil Vs., coming to Android and iOS later this year, focuses on human vs. human battles instead of human vs. zombie.

Resident Evil Vs. relies on touch controls which try their damndest to jam all the controls of a standard Resident Evil game onto a four-inch screen. It isn't pretty. While movement is pretty consistent, thanks to a digital analog stick on the left side,...

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'Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance' pits Raiden against Gekkos and a robot dog at TGS

If the latest gameplay demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is any indication, Platinum Games has created another stellar, extremely challenging action game, blending lightning fast combat with a touch of stealth and tons of style.

The Tokyo Game Show demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance opens in a VR Mission-style training room, a refresher for Raiden that instructs him on the ways of slicing and dicing. After chopping up a half-dozen virtual cubes into tiny bits, Raiden moves into another training room filled with holographic firing range targets.

From there it was on to an extended...

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'Bayonetta 2' would not exist without Nintendo, says Platinum Games

"Would Bayonetta 2 not exist without Nintendo? The answer is yes," says Atsushi Inaba, executive director at Platinum Games. He tells Polygon that Nintendo, the sequel's publisher, was a key partner in getting the game made.

"We are not viewing this as a change of platform," Inaba told Polygon in an interview at Tokyo Game Show. "We were looking for a partner to create Bayonetta 2 and Nintendo was a strong, cooperative partner that was willing to create and grow Bayonetta 2 together [with us]. As a result the platform became the Wii U."

In the wake of Bayonetta 2's announcement as an...

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'Picotto Knights' is like a free-to-play 'Castle Crashers'

There are plenty of games that have been released on the Japanese PlayStation Store that will never make it to western markets. I'm hoping Picotto Knights is not one of those games.

Released in Japan on September 20, Picotto Knights is a Vita-exclusive beat-em-up RPG. The gameplay recalls games like Castle Crashers, with bands of heroes marching from left to right through a series of sidescrolling levels. The big difference between Knights and Crashers, though, is the price tag. Picotto Knights is free to download and play.

In Japan, free-to-play games have practically become the norm,...

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'Assassin's Creed: Utopia' blends city building with turn-based combat

Rather than attempt to recreate the gameplay of the console versions of Assassin's Creed, GREE's upcoming mobile installment, Assassin's Creed: Utopia, goes another way.

Playable at Tokyo Game Show, Assassin's Creed: Utopia blends two disperate forms of gameplay. The primary mode of the game seems to be city building, as the show floor demo began with a familiar, isometric view of what appeared to be a village from the Middle Ages. Gold icons hovering over some of the houses was a telltale indication that taxes can be collected after enough real-world time has passed, but the demo ceased...

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Keiji Inafune explains the origins of 'Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z' and its Western roots

The creator of Mega Man and Dead Rising now has his hands on Ninja Gaiden, after a fashion, thanks to his collaboration with Team Ninja. Keiji Inafune's development company Comcept is teaming up with Team Ninja and developer Spark Unlimited to create Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

Inafune and Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi unveiled the title earlier this week, a console game that will pit ninja against ninja against zombie. Much of the game is still a mystery, but Inafune tells Polygon that the game is already playable and that development is progressing well.

"It's going to be a game that's not...

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Japan Game Awards 2012 honor 'Gravity Rush,' 'Journey,' and 'Mario Kart 7'

The winners of the 2012 Japan Game Awards were announced at the Tokyo Game Show yesterday, with Sony's Gravity Rush for PlayStation Vita winning the highest honors for Game of the Year.

The Game Designers Award went to thatgamecompany's mystical PlayStation Network title Journey, with Beesworks' mushroom-growing simulator Mushroom Garden winning a special runner-up award and Mario Kart 7 claiming an award for having the best sales. The Global Award for Japanese gaming was given to Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 won in the international category.

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NIS America bringing 'Persona 4' to Europe and 'Neptunia V' international

Nippon Ichi is bringing three titles West, including publishing Persona 4 Golden for PlayStation Vita in Europe next spring, the company announced yesterday at the Tokyo Game Show.

PlayStation 3 action role-playing title Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, the third in developer Compile Heart's series personifying the console wars, is coming to North America and Europe in spring 2013. Generaton of Chaos 6 will be published internationally under the title Generation of Chaos: Pandora's Reflection for PlayStation Portable. This real-time strategy game will be downloadable via the PlayStation...

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'Phantasy Star Online 2' trailers show the game on three platforms

Phantasy Star Online 2 will eventually find a home on PC, PS Vita, and mobile platforms, and trailers for all three were recently released as part of the game's Tokyo Game Show 2012 presence.

The MMORPG, which launched on Japanese PCs this past July, will be ported to iOS and Android devices later this year, and the PS Vita sometime next year in Japan. European and North American audiences will have to wait until early next year to get their hands on the PC version of the free-to-play title, with their portable versions assumedly coming later on as well.

Check out the three trailers below...

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'Remember Me' walkthrough details combat system

The newest Remember Me video, a walkthrough narrated by creative director Jean-Maxime Moris, gives us a look at the game's complex combat system.

Remember Me allows you to build your own combat moves using an interface called the Combo Lab. It may seem limiting to be restricted to only four active combos, but you have a wide variety of fighting moves called "Pressens" to choose from. The Pressens come in four varieties — Regen, Power, Cooldown, and Chain — and the ones you construct a combo with will determine the amount of damage it does, the amount of health it regenerates, and the...

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'Digimon Adventure' trailer brings players back to the series' beginnings

Digimon Adventure for PlayStation Portable will take players back to the series' origins, according to a teaser trailer released by Namco Bandai at the Tokyo Game Show yesterday.

The role-playing game follows the storyline of the animated show's first season from 1999. Players will train their Digimon for combat, breeding them strong enough to save the digital world and take down the series' villain, Devimon.

Digimon Adventure was announced in August and is set to release next year as part of the series' 15th anniversary celebration.

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'Gravity Rush' director hints at a sequel

Keiichiro Toyama, director on Sony Japan Studio's Gravity Rush (Gravity Daze in Japan) for PlayStation Vita, hinted at a possible sequel for the game on Twitter.

Gravity Rush was awarded Game of the Year at the Tokyo Game Show's Japan Game Awards last night, and fans took to Twitter to congratulate Toyama.

"Thank you very much! I will do my best on the sequel," Toyama tweeted in response to fan comments expressing interest in a sequel.

When asked if a sequel was definitely in development, he responded, "That's a secret."

Gravity Rush was released in February in Japan and June in North...

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'EX Troopers' hands-on: the 'Lost Planet' tailor made for Japan

Capcom's Lost Planet 3 is in the hands of Spark Unlimited, the California-based developer tapped to bring the Lost Planet series to a wider, Western audience. For the most part, that game plays like a familiar cover-based, third-person shooter, with some giant mech-driving moments to break up the space bug-slaying action.

But Capcom has another Lost Planet game in the works, EX Troopers, a third-person shooter steeped in Japanese flavor. Where Lost Planet 3 aims for a stylized photorealism and detail, EX Troopers favors a cel-shaded, anime-inspired aesthetic. The stars of EX Troopers are...

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Shintec's SmaCon controller turns your Android phone into a PSP Go (hands-on video)

Shintec is showing off its SmaCon at Tokyo Game Show this week. The unusual name might make more sense once you twig that it's a contraction of "Smartphone Controller" — the device is a Bluetooth gamepad for Android phones. Once attached, it makes your phone look like a PSP Go, or (if you're feeling pessimistic) an Xperia Play. Unlike those devices, though, the controls are permanently fixed below the screen, so you'll need to detach the SmaCon entirely and pop it in a bag if you want your phone to remain in a pocketable state.

The overall feel of the device is much better than a...

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'Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen' expansion announced for 2013

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, an upcoming "major expansion" for Dragon's Dogma, was announced today by Capcom during Tokyo Game Show.

Information about the title will be made available soon. For now, however, fans can expect to see Speed Run and Hard modes added to the original Dragon's Dogma in a free update to be made available before the year's end.

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is scheduled to release in 2013 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


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Shippo motorized tail wags with your brain waves (hands-on video)

If you’re interested in the idea of cybernetic body modification but put off by the excruciating pain, you might want to hold out for Japanese company Neurowear’s Shippo. A follow up to last year’s Necomimi cat ears, the Shippo is a motorized tail that wags in accordance with your brain activity, turning you into a half-dog chimera.

The device, whose name means "tail" in Japanese, uses an inexpensive NeuroSky EEG headset to measure your brain activity while a clip-on pulse monitor measures your heartbeat. The headset uses the data to determine your mental state, which it sends to the tail...

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Hands-on with the Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro

Nintendo may not show up for the annual Tokyo Game Show, but its next hardware add-on, the Circle Pad Pro for the beefy Nintendo 3DS XL made an appearance at this year's gaming show. We had a chance to spend some hands-on time with the XL Circle Pad Pro, which feels like an improvement on the original, awkward accessory that adds a second analog stick to Nintendo's latest handheld.

The extra-large version of the Circle Pad Pro makes the 3DS XL extremely thick, making it feel like one is holding a controller that rivals the size of Wii U GamePad. Despite the chunkiness, the new Circle Pad...

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'Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops' is perfect for those who like winning without knowing why

Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops is playable for the first time at this year's Tokyo Game Show, and I was able to complete an entire mission flawlessly by, well, having no idea what I was doing.

One of the challenges of TGS is being a westerner with precisely zero Japanese language skills. Thankfully, most games use familiar symbols to convey objectives and options, rather than requiring literacy. Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops is not one of those games. It was loaded to the gills with Japanese and, since it's a turn-based Metal Gear game revolving around collectable cards, there's a lot of...

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Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro shown off by Capcom at TGS

We've just spotted Nintendo's promised Circle Pad Pro add-on for the 3DS XL here at Tokyo Game Show. Capcom is demonstrating the device alongside Monster Hunter 4, mirroring the original accessory's launch with Monster Hunter 3 (-tri) G last year. As you can see from the photo above, it takes a similar form to the regular 3DS' Circle Pad Pro, but is obviously much larger to accommodate the 3DS XL's frame.

It's a shame that the second analog stick couldn't have been included in the original 3DS or XL revision, and as before this accessory will turn off those who like their handhelds to be...

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DmC: Devil May Cry PC port coming after console versions

PC gamers will have to wait until after the console version of DmC: Devil May Cry hits stores before they get a PC port, a Capcom producer told Eurogamer today at the Tokyo Game Show.

The PC port, which is yet to receive a release date, is expected to arrive after the console release. Capcom US producer Alex Jones told Eurogamer that the reason for the delay was because the PC port is being developed by Polish quality-assurance and localization specialist, QLOC, which has previous worked on the PC versions of Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition and Street Fighter X Tekken.

"I can't give you a...

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'Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops' trailer makes missions a social endeavor

Konami released a new trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops today at the Tokyo Game Show, demonstrating how Metal Gear's missions have been adapted for the social connectivity of smartphones.

Social Ops is coming to iOS and Android devices through GREE, Japan's leading mobile networking company, next year. The trailer, posted below, details undertaking sneaking missions, organizing strategies using series' characters and weapons of mass destruction with the game's card system, and executing defensive attacks and offensive maneuvers in the heat of battle.

Late last week Hideo Kojima...

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'Ni no Kuni' developer Level 5 wants to make more Studio Ghibli games, eyeing 'Castle in the Sky' film

Level 5, the developer behind Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, is interested in adapting existing Studio Ghibli properties into video games, reports Joystiq.

"If there is a potential opportunity to work with them again, yes, we'd like to work on some joint projects with them in the future - if there is, of course, a possibility," CEO Akihiro Hino said in a group interview earlier this week prior to the Tokyo Game Show.

The company has been working with Studio Ghibli on Ni no Kuni, and Hino expressed Level 5 would like to continue making games with the animation studio best known for...

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Sony's highlights from the Tokyo Game Show captured in screenshots

We've put together a gallery of highlights from Sony's lineup at this year's Tokyo Game Show, featuring new screenshots from the company's upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles.

The gallery features a new look at platformer Puppeteer, announced at Gamescom last month and featuring a whimsical, theatrical twist. We've also received new screenshots for Lost Planet 3, Earth Defense Force 4, The Unfinished Swan, and the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, which was announced for release at the end of next month, are getting more face time as well.

Polygon is on-hand at the Tokyo...

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'Demon Tribe' site source code suggests PlayStation Portable, Vita, and Wii U versions

Sega opened the teaser site to new game Demon Tribe, formerly known as Project Omega, shortly after the company's presentation at the Tokyo Game Shows yesterday.

Although the game was previously included in Sega's apps listing, Gematsu notes that the site's source code lists Nintendo's Wii U, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable as launch platforms.

Currently the only known details are that is is an action title in which characters engage in battle by transforming into demons. The text on the site reads, "Fight the demons. Fight until the end."

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Yuji Naka's missing Wii game 'Rodea the Sky Soldier' still in limbo

Former Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka, founder of studio Prope, says his company completed work on its Wii game Rodea the Sky Soldier last year, but he has no idea when — or if — it will ever come out. With the Wii U coming out later this year, Naka seems concerned about the fate of his company's still-to-be-released Wii game, which has no release date and no publisher outside of Japan.

Polygon spoke with Naka at Proper earlier this week, inquiring about the fate of Rodea the Sky Soldier, which was officially announced in 2011 for the Wii and Nintendo 3DS.

"I want to ask the same question!"...

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'Ace Attorney 5' TGS trailer brings the courtroom into 3D

The Ace Attorney 5 trailer from TGS 2012, seen below, shows off the game's new visuals in typical Ace Attorney fashion.

Ace Attorney 5, the first game in the series on the 3DS, features full 3D visuals for the first time, although a cel-shaded look helps to keep the overall art style in line with previous entries in the franchise. In addition, players will be able to study characters who take the stand and watch their faces to figure out whether they're telling the truth.

Ace Attorney 5 currently has no release date. Turn on annotations in the trailer below to see English subtitles from...

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'Box! Open Me' is the biggest little surprise of Tokyo Game Show

Box! Open Me for PlayStation Vita is the next pleasant surprise from Tokyo Jungle team PlayStation C.A.M.P. At its core, the augmented reality puzzle game is simply about the process of opening boxes — wooden crates, metal lockers, and high security safes.

There's a trick to opening each one. The wooden crate, for example, has metal clamps that slam the box's lid shut whenever a player tries to open it. It's also a mimic of sorts, a fanged creature that bites down whenever the player tries to reach inside by touching the Vita touchscreen.

Opening the boxes has another twist: they require...

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GREE CEO's biggest target: developing nations

The games industry has seen some tough times over the last few years, but one company that hasn't suffered is GREE. The Japanese social gaming company has seen tremendous success with its mobile business. In one of the two keynote speeches during Tokyo Game Show, GREE CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka, described one way in which the company intends on continuing that success in the next few years. It seems GREE's future plans for world domination are in developing nations.

In the past, he said, "copyright and pricing issues meant that games were centered around developed countries." These countries...

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Meet the new bad guys of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance's rogues gallery of sleek, sexy cyborgs gets a little attention in the latest trailer for the action-oriented Metal Gear spin-off from Platinum Games and Kojima Productions.

The Tokyo Game Show trailer for Revengeance gives Metal Gear fans a long look at three of the game's evil cyborgs: the heavily-armed Mistral, the burly Sundowner, and Monsoon, the sai-wielding soldier who may present the biggest challenge for Raiden, because the guy comes pre-sliced.

The Japanese language trailer contains bits of cut scene from the TGS demo of Metal Gear Rising:...

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Life after Sega: The Sonic creator talks about being free of the hedgehog

Yuji Naka cemented his name in the history of video games by programming the original Sonic the Hedgehog. But Naka, once defined by his time at Sega, has now been outside of the company for nearly six years, after forming his own studio, Prope. And it seems he couldn't be happier.

"One of the reasons I left Sega was, if I stayed there, I would have had to just make Sonic games," he told Polygon in an interview at Prope's Tokyo headquarters. "Right now I don't have to make Sonic anymore, so I'm enjoying that freedom a lot."

Since his departure from Sega, Naka has explored that level of...

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'Tank! Tank! Tank!' lets Wii U players become a tank-crushing Kong

Japanese "battle party" game Tank! Tank! Tank! will bring its four-player tank battles to the Wii U — pitting tank against tank — armed with an all-new game mode named "My Kong."

The asymmetric multiplayer mode gives one player control of both the Wii U GamePad and a massive robotic ape hellbent on tank destruction. Three other players control a bright green tank with a Wii Remote, launching turret fire at the rampaging Kong. While those three must work together to grab power ups while avoiding robo-ape punches.

The player driving the Kong simply wreaks havoc, punching the ground,...

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Sony's HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer looks good but wears bad

One of the major attractions at Sony’s multi-floored Tokyo Game Show booth is its revamped HMZ-T2 3D head-mounted display. We got to spend a few minutes with it and the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for the PS3, and while we can definitely see the appeal of the immersive 3D experience Sony’s offering, having a large display unit strapped to your head for extended periods of time may not be to everyone’s taste.

It's lighter, but it's not light

Sony says the new unit is a little over three ounces lighter than the HMZ-T1 unit we saw last year, and while the difference is...

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'Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney' trailer shows gameplay from upcoming 3DS title

Capcom and Level 5 released a trailer for their joint 3DS game, Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney at the Tokyo Game Show today.

The trailer is in Japanese only and shows cutscenes and gameplay elements. The trailer also shows conventions from both games included in the game, from the puzzles that Professor Layton solves around town to the courtroom antics of the Ace Attorney.

Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will be released in Japan for the 3DS on November 29th. A version for North America and Europe has not yet been announced.

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Sony shows off new slim PlayStation 3 at Tokyo Game Show (photos and video)

We're on the ground at Tokyo Game Show 2012, and our first port of call was Sony's booth to see the newly slimmed-down PlayStation 3 that the company announced yesterday. The unit isn't dramatically smaller than the previous PS3, which itself wasn't a huge cut down from the launch model, but the cumulative downsizing still impresses — I have an original unit at home, and instantly started thinking about the space I could save beneath my TV.

The ridged design on top hides a top-loading disc mechanism; slide the right section over the left to reveal the disc tray, then slide it back to...

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'Okami HD' coming to North America October 30th

Okami HD will be coming to North America on October 30th via the PlayStation Network, Capcom announced today at the Tokyo Game Show.

The high-definition remake of the 2006 Clover Studio classic will be exclusive to the PlayStation network and sell for $19.99. The game will also be upscaled to 1080p, feature trophies, and support PlayStation Move.

Okami HD's gameplay trailer can be viewed below.

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'Injustice: Gods Among Us' to launch April 2013

Injustice: Gods Among us – the new fighting game based on the DC universe from the developers of Mortal Kombat – will receive a global release in April 2013, it was announced at the Tokyo Game Show today.

The fighting game by NetherRealm Studios will feature the likes of Batman, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Nightwing, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and more.

Injustice: Gods Among Us will release in April 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.

The Tokyo Game Show trailer can be viewed below.

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'Ni No Kuni' is more than just looks

It's incredibly easy to be instantly charmed by Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The game is, after all, gorgeous. But there's a surprising amount of depth hidden beneath some of the best art design the RPG genre has ever seen.

That Ni No Kuni looks great should come as no surprise. It was envisioned by the minds over at Studio Ghibli (whose output includes such anime classics as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away) working with Level-5, the studio behind the Professor Layton franchise. The common thread in all of the above? Incredibly charming art design.

Ni...

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Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition Artorias content coming to consoles October 23rd

The "Artorias of the Abyss" content pack, released exclusively with Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for PC, is coming to Dark Souls for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 23rd for North America and the following day for Europe and Australia, reports CVG.

The content includes the boss battle with the fallen knight Artorias the Abysswalker, as well as three more boss battles, new maps, armor, weapons, spells, non-playable characters, and an enhanced online player-versus-player mode allowing players to organize battles among themselves.

Namco also said that the pack will include...

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'Tekken Tag Tournament 2' for Wii U has Nintendo's blessing, Mario's overalls

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada says the Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is designed to perform much like its PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 equivalents. That means the same number of characters, the same modes, and the same two-on-two tag team battles.

But seeing Paul from Tekken wearing a full Mario costume, a bright red hat resting on his huge hair stack, and Steve Fox in a Starfox costume makes the Wii U version feel immediately superior.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition will include at least eight Nintendo-themed costumes, letting Kunimitsu wear Samus' Zero Suit and Asuka...

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Turtle Beach unveils Wii U headsets

Headphone makers Turtle Beach today announced a new line of officially licensed Wii U headsets.

The Ear Force NLA and Ear Force N11 for the Wii U were created in collaboration with Nintendo and are being shown off this week at the Tokyo Game Show.

"We are very excited to be working with Turtle Beach to launch the N11 and NLa for the new Wii U," said Steve Singer, Vice President of Licensing, Nintendo of America Inc. "We look forward to fans having a high quality audio experience with our newest console."

The Ear Force NLa, which comes in black and in white, was created to work with the G...

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PlayStation Store is getting a makeover this October

The PlayStation Store is getting a makeover this October to tie in with the launch of the recently announced PlayStation 3 slim re-design, PlayStation Blog AU confirmed today.

The re-design of the Store is said to make it simpler to find and download content, according to the official post.

"To tie in with the launch, PlayStation Store for PS3 is set to get a new look from October 2012 too, making it even easier for you to find and download the content you love from the comfort of your sofa."

In North America, the re-designed slim console will be available on September 25th in its 250GB...

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'Dead or Alive 5' getting day and date digital release on PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3 owners will be able to download the full version of Dead or Alive 5 the same day the game releases in stores, according to developer Team Ninja.

Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi announced the digital release of DOA5 at the developer's "Team Ninja Night" in Tokyo. Hayashi added that the Xbox 360 version won't see a digital release alongside the retail version, adding that a downloadable version via Xbox Live Marketplace won't be available until three months after launch.

Hayashi then said, "If you want [the downloadable version] earlier, tell Microsoft."

Dead or Alive 5 will be...

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'Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge' for Wii U to get free downloadable content, new 'ninja skills'

The Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3 will be superior in some ways to its already released console predecessors, Team Ninja says, with the addition of new "Ninja Skills" and free downloadable content coming after release.

Ninja Skills will let players level up weapons and nin-po — Ryu's ninja magic — as well as add new moves, like the "Guillotine Throw" to Hayabusa's long list of attacks. The developer also officially confirmed that kunoichi Ayane will be playable in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, which is planned for release alongside the launch of the Wii U.

"Kunoichi Ayane, the image of...

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus coming to PlayStation Vita in early 2013

Team Ninja announced a port of Ninja Gaiden 2 for the PlayStation Vita at an event in Tokyo tonight, saying that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus will be released early next year.

The Ninja Gaiden developer released a Vita port of the original Ninja Gaiden Sigma for the launch of the PlayStation Vita. That game was known as Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus.

The studio will also release a Ninja Gaiden game for mobile phones through platform holder Mobage this week in Japan.

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'Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z' brings Team Ninja and Keiji Inafune together for a bloody new adventure

The zombie-slaying ninja game from Keiji Inafune, revealed simply as Yaiba recently, has been officially unveiled by its full name, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z — a spin-off of the main Ninja Gaiden series. Developer Team Ninja announced the game at a pre-TGS event, revealing an unexpected side story involving their most famous ninja.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a collaboration between Inafune's company Comcept, Team Ninja, and developer Spark Unlimited (Lost Planet 3), whose logo was shown prior to the game's teaser trailer. Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa appeared briefly in the trailer.

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'Puppeteer' shows off scissor-based platforming in latest trailer

Sony revealed the latest trailer for the upcoming theatrical platformer, Puppeteer, during this year's Tokyo Game Show 2012, showing off new platforming gameplay and in-game scissor-cutting.

The footage, which is one minute longer than that shown in the game's original announcement trailer shown at Gamescom earlier in the Summer, offers a longer look at some of the puzzles, monologues from the title's villains, as well as variations on scenes shown in the first trailer.

Puppeteer is being developed by Sony's Japan Studio for the PlayStation 3.


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Soul Sacrifice coming to PlayStation Vita in Spring 2013

Soul Sacrifice, game designer Keiji Inafune's current project, will be released on the PlayStation Vita in Spring 2013, it was revealed at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference today.

The co-op action game about choices, consequences, power, and sacrifice has been described as a cross between Monster Hunter and Dark Souls, and will be released in Japan and North America next year.

Inafune announced last week that he is also working on a zombie-oriented action game called Yaiba, but few details have been revealed.


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PlayStation Plus coming to PS Vita in November

PlayStation Plus, the subscription service that supplies PS3 owners with a steady stream of free and discounted games, will become available to Vita owners from this November. You'll only need the one subscription for both consoles, so if you already use PlayStation Plus the Vita service will be free to you as long as you remain a member.

Like the PS3, the Vita will get an Instant Game Collection — a rotating selection of full games to download for free, though no titles have been announced yet. There'll also be the same cloud storage functionality for game saves, automatic trophy...

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PlayStation Vita gets a Manga Reader and Live Broadcast app

The PlayStation Vita in Japan is getting an app that will allow users to read manga on the device, and another app that will allow them to broadcast to Japan's Nico Nico Douga video sharing website.

The Manga Reader App allows readers to view manga in full color in a double-page spread. Users can zoom in on panels, view the manga in portrait orientation, and users will be able to purchase comics from the Sony Reader Store.

The Reader Store will open in mid-October and there will be more than 3,000 manga available at launch.

The broadcast app allows users to broadcast to Nico Nico Douga...

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PS Vita getting new 'cosmic red' and 'sapphire blue' colors in Japan

At today's Tokyo Game Show press conference, Sony announced a pair of new colors for its Vita handheld in Japan. Starting November 15th the device will be available in both "cosmic red" and "sapphire blue," bringing the total number of colors available in Japan to four. Unfortunately, there's currently no word on whether or not the new colors will make their way to the rest of the world, so for now we'll all just have to look at Japanese gamers with envy.



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'Valhalla Knights 3', 'God Eater 2', 'Toukiden' and more announced at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press event

Japanese publishers Marvelous AQL, Bandai Namco and Tecmo Koei announced a slew of new titles for Sony's PlayStation devices at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference today.

Marvelous AQL confirmed three new titles that are in the works for the PlayStation Vita: Valhalla Knights 3 will be available for 6,980 Yen on February 28th, 2013, Oboroge Muramasa will cost 4,980 Yen and be available on March 28th, 2013, and Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus Shojotachi no Shomei will be out on February 28th, 2013.

Tecmo Koei announced Toukiden for the PSP and PS Vita. Both will have cross-platform play....

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PlayStation Mobile titles go on sale October 3rd, Sharp and Fujitsu join as hardware partners

Back at E3 Sony rebranded its Playstation Suite mobile gaming initiative to PlayStation Mobile, and the company has now announced it will begin distributing content to certified devices through the PlayStation Store on October 3rd. Aimed at Android-based smartphones and tablets, PlayStation Mobile games will be available in nine different countries at launch, including the US, UK, Japan, Canada, and France. Around 30 different titles will be present to start with, from both Sony and third-party developers. According to Sony, the titles will be priced between 50 to 850 yen (approximately...

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'Hot Shots Golf 6' to have Cross Buy in Japan

'Hot Shots Golf 6' will have Cross Buy support, it was announced at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference today.

Sony announced Cross Buy back in August, a system where players receive the PlayStation Vita version of a game for free if they buy it for their PlayStation 3.

The Cross Buy initiative is kicking off with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Sony confirmed back in August that Cross Buy will extend to titles like Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. Today Sony confirmed that Hot Shots Golf 6 is also receiving Cross Buy support in Japan....

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2', 'Yakuza 5' and 'Rocksmith' dated for Japan

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Yakuza 5, Ubisoft's Rocksmith, and Fist of the North Star have all been given release dates in Japan, it was announced during Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference today.

During the press conference, Sony confirmed that Biohazard 6 (Resident Evil 6 in the west) will release on the same day as Japan's launch of the new PlayStation 3, Fist of the North Star will be out on December 20th, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be out November 22nd, Hot Shots Golf 6 on November 22nd, Sports Champions 2 will be out November 29th, and Ubisoft's Rocksmith will be out November...

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Sony debuts redesigned slim PlayStation 3 console, coming as bundle September 25th

Sony announced a new PlayStation 3 at its Tokyo Game Show press conference today.

The console comes in Charcoal Black and Classic White with a 250GB and 500GB version. The black console will be out in Japan on October 4th, and the white console on November 22nd.

In North America, the 250GB console will be available September 25th and be priced at $269.99. It will come as part of a "limited edition" bundle that includes the "game of the year" edition of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and a credit for $30 worth of content for the game Dust 514. The 500GB version will be available on October...

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Sony to livestream their Tokyo Game Show press conference

Sony Computer Entertainment of Japan will be live-streaming their Tokyo Game Show press conference today at 1pm JST/9pm PST.

The press conference will stream via NicoNico and viewers will need to sign up for a NicoNico account in order to view it. The stream can be accessed here.

SquarePortal has a step-by-step guide on how to sign-up for a NicoNico account here. (Alternatively, Polygon signed up by heading to their English portal, niconico.com, and it appears to have worked.)

The website currently displays a timer counting down to the press conference. A button is expected to appear at...

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'Project X Zone' detailed in 16-minute Japanese trailer

Project X Zone, the 3DS RPG mash-up from major publishers Capcom, Sega, and Namco Bandai, received a fairly comprehensive 16-minute-long trailer preceding its upcoming appearance at the Tokyo Game Show.

The trailer lays out everything the game's prospective players could possibly want to know, like how the tag team battle system plays out, and which characters from the three companies' respective franchises make appearances. On that latter note, the trailer does not disappoint: Starring characters include Resident Evil's Chris Redfield, Space Channel 5's Ulala, Dead Rising's Frank West,...

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Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive dev plans to unveil new game at TGS

Team Ninja, the developers behind the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series, plan to announce a new title at this week's Tokyo Game Show, according to a tweet from their official account.

The team noted through the tweet that they announced Dead or Alive 5 at least year's Tokyo Game Show and that they plan to announce a new console game at this year's show as well.

Dead or Alive 5 is due out later this month for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Team Ninja, formerly headed up by Tomonobu Itagaki, is also working on Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for the Wii U. While the team has mostly worked...

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Game Republic's Yoshiki Okamoto says he's 'retired' from making console games

Video game creator Yoshiki Okamoto, the man behind Time Pilot, 1942, Final Fight, and Street Fighter 2, says he's retired from the business of making console video games.

Following the closure of his studio Game Republic, where he developed moderate successes like Folklore and two Genji titles for Sony, the famed game designer and producer tells Polygon he's now working on mobile games. His first mobile title, a "secret" game, he says, will be released in the near future.

"I have retired," Okamoto said during an interview in Tokyo this week. "That's what I'm told to say [by my boss]."

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GREE bringing 'Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops,' 'Assassin's Creed: Utopia,' and more to TGS

GREE, a platform for social and mobile games, will bring more than 30 titles to the Tokyo Game Show, the company announced recently.

GREE is set to have a major presence at the convention, with plans for 16 of its own games and 17 partner titles to be available there.

The in-house GREE titles are Animal Days, Aqua Arcadia, Bleach Soul Masters, Dragon Ark, Driland, Lost in Stars, Manteka Hero, Million Derby, Monpla Smash, Naruto: Ninja Masters, Petit ☆ Planet, Puffy Puppy, Toy Cafe, Wacky Motors, Wacky Pilots, and War Corps.

Third-party GREE titles will also be at TGS: FIFA World Class...

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'Tokyo Game Show Detectives' brings PS Vita augmented reality contest to TGS

Tokyo Game Show attendees who bring their PlayStation Vita to the show will be able to take part in an augmented reality game, Tokyo Game Show Detectives: Find the Missing Female Spy, at Sony's booth this year.

Tokyo Game Show Detectives is a free application that can be downloaded from the Japanese PlayStation Store. Using the Vita's AR features, players must track down the spy — disguised as one of the many attentive booth "companions" — by scanning the PlayStation booth for clues.

Those who successfully identify the spy will have a chance to win 2,000 yen in credit from the PlayStation...

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Tokyo Game Show exhibit hall will include platform and audience-specific areas

The official Tokyo Game Show website posted the show floor map for this year's expo today, showing an exhibit hall packed with exhibitors and including several areas separated by platforms and audience.

The Makuhari Messe convention complex will feature special areas dedicated to family-oriented games, school video game program exhibits, and hardware. The show floor will also include three areas new this year, dedicated to PC games, social and smartphone games, and up-and-coming Asian game developers.

A full list of exhibitors can be found on the show's website.

The Tokyo Game Show will...

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance leads Konami's Tokyo Game Show 2012 lineup

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance tops the slate of games Konami is bringing to the Tokyo Game Show later this month, though social and mobile titles comprise the majority of the list.

The newly announced Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is not scheduled to appear at the show.

Konami's booth will feature only two console games: Revengeance and Zone of the Enders HD Collection. The latter will be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but Revengeance will be a PS3 exclusive in Japan. Two PlayStation Vita titles, DJMax Technika Tune and The Forest of Isuserata, will join them there. Two other...

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Sony demoing PS3 games with head-mounted 3D display at Tokyo Game Show

Select PlayStation 3 titles will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show with Sony's upcoming HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer, the company announced today.

The HMZ-T2 is Sony's follow-up to last year's HMZ-T1 headset, offering 720p high-definition visuals in stereoscopic 3D on its twin 0.7-inch OLED screens. Unlike the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, Sony's device does not offer head-tracking technology — it's simply a wearable 3D display.

Here's the full list of games that are scheduled to be playable with the 3D headset:

  • Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • S...

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Sony unveils TGS line-up, includes 'Street Fighter x Tekken' for Vita and 'Phantasy Star Online 2'

Sony will be showing off a long list of games at this year's Tokyo Game Show, with the booth being divided into three zones: games for the PS Vita, PlayStation 3, and PSP.

The list is expected to grow between now and TGS. Below are the games that will be available on the show floor.

PS Vita ZoneMalicious Rebirth
• Picotto Knight
• Sakurasou no Pet na Kanjo
• Fate/Stay Night [Realta Nua]
• Legend of Heroes Zoer no Kiseki Evolution
• Street Fighter x Tekken
• Atelier Totori Plus
• Nobunaga no Yabou with Powerup Kit
• Silent Hill Book of Memories
• DJ Max Technika Tune
• Phantasy Star...

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'Hitman: Absolution', 'Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn' to be shown at Tokyo Game Show

Square Enix revealed its Tokyo Game Show line-up today, with Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Symphonica: Grand Maestro, and The World Ends With You: Solo Remix for iOS making the list of games to be shown at the Mega Theater later this month.

The publisher will also be showing a number of iOS/Android games as well as portable games that are exclusive to Japan. Demons' Score for iOS (with the Android version only being released in Japan) will be available for attendees to play, along with Final Fantasy III on the PSP, Emperor's SaGa on Gree, and Dragon...

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TGS unveils logo and tagline

Tokyo Game Show (TGS) unveiled its new logo and tagline for its 2012 convention today.

The event, which is expected to draw more than 200,000 visitors, is being promoted with the slogan "Spreading Smiles Through Games" and is accompied by a design by illustrator Ippei Gyobo, who has designed the logo for the third year running.

The illustration shows a stylized woman emerging from the world of video games, reaching out a hand to invite players into her world. Her outfit is made of futuristic gaming devices.

The show runs from September 20-23 at Makuhari Messe. The first two days are open...

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Tokyo Game Show 2012 Gets Live Video Feed, e-Sports Tourney

You won't need to catch a flight to watch this year's Tokyo Game Show. For the first time in its 22-year history the video game expo will offer an official live channel streaming video from the show floor and exhibitor stage performances, the organizers said today.

The video streaming channel is one of the ways the organizers are trying to "convey the excitement of Tokyo Game Show to international game fans," according to a press release put out this morning. The release also notes that the show will run from Sept. 20 to Sept 23 this year.

The Tokyo Game Show topped 220,000 people over...

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