Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

The Tokyo Game Show smashed all (TGS) records again this year, bringing a whopping 222,600 people to the massive convention center to play games, dress up and check out the PS Vita.

Our own Brian Ashcraft and Luke Plunkett were there from the first day to the last (yes, even the on the weekend) to write about every little bit of it. Here's their latest.

Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

The Year E3 Went to Japan and Tried to Kill the Tokyo Game Show

With the Tokyo Game Show having just wound up, I thought today would be a good time to look back to 1996, when for the first and only time it wasn't the only major gaming event held in Tokyo.
For one year, and one year only, it had competition in the form of E3. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Ico HD Looks Like the Game's Third, and Best, Release

With the games to be released internationally over the next two weeks, the Tokyo Game Show was our last chance to check out both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus in HD before they hit the shelves.
Sadly, I didn't have time to get to Shadow of the Colossus (it was a little busy in there), but I was... More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Cosplay at the Tokyo Game Show is a Sweaty, Dangerous Mess

Saturday was hell. The Tokyo Game Show convention halls overflowed with 86,000 people. Not everyone was there to game. Many had something else in mind: More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

How PSP Games Will Get a Second Lease of Life On the Vita

A big problem with PSP games like the Grand Theft Auto titles was the fact the old handheld only had one thumbstick. Now that the Vita has two, and can play old PSP games, Sony is looking at a backwards fix for that.
"Downloadable PSP games will play on the Vita", Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei... More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

The History of Video Game Consoles (Brought to you by TGS)

Tucked away in a deserted corner of the Tokyo Game Show was this enormous timeline, charting the history of both video game hardware and of TGS.

You can contact Luke Plunkett, the author of this post, at plunkett@kotaku.com. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Let's Watch the Most Beautiful PS Vita Game of the Tokyo Game Show

Sumioni is one of the most striking and arresting games I've seen in a long, long time.
Last week during the Tokyo Game Show, Acquire's Luke Rideout showed me the game. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Get Ready To Fall in Love with Lumines All Over Again

Monster Hunter is now synonymous with the PSP. Back in late 2004 and early 2005, that wasn't the case. Monster Hunter was a PS2 game, and Sony was still convinced that the PSP was its new Walkman. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Metal Gear 3D, Zone of the Enders Coming In 2012

Soaking up the adoration of the masses at a Tokyo Game Show stage presentation over the weekend, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima dished out some release information regarding two of his company's upcoming remakes.
First, Metal Gear Snake Eater 3D. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Good Meat Sets the Tokyo Game Show Ablaze

At the Arc System Works booth, Tokyo Game Show attendees could do more than watch players duke it out in Persona 4 The Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena. They could also watch Ushijima Ii Niku (aka Ushijima "Good Meat"), one of the country's most famous cosplayers, duke it out with cameras.
Cosplaying as More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

This Game Knocked My Socks Off at the Tokyo Game Show

Sumioni, aka "Ink Demon", is a stunner. Looks can be deceiving, and looks aren't everything. Thankfully, Sumioni's beauty is more than skin deep.
At its heart, Sumioni is an old school 2D platformer. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Dragon Quest Monsters Coming to the Nintendo 3DS

According to Square Enix, the first Dragon Quest Monsters (AKA Dragon Warrior Monsters) is being remade for the Nintendo 3DS. [DragonQuest.jp] More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Japan's Wildest Gaming Designer Wanted To Be in America's Wildest Game

If Tomonobu Itagaki, the hard drinking cigarette smoking game designer behind Devil's Third, were a video game, he'd be Saints Row: The Third. No wonder he wanted to lend his voice to the game. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Tokyo Game Show Is Also about Chinese Arcade Games

Chinese arcade games with characters named "Lancelot" or with sharks that can drive and are dressed like pirates with some sort of Native American headdress. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Why Japan Never Got Rock Band

A few years back, Rock Band exploded in North America. In Europe. In Australia. It didn't in Japan. There must be a reason for that.
There is. The game was never released in Japan. More »


Tokyo Game Explosion Day 4: From Massive Crowds to Plentiful Play

Booth Companions Make Gaming Easier in a Glass Box

Those hoping to check out Sega's Binary Domain at this year's Tokyo Game Show, got the opportunity to play the game in small rooms with large windows overlooking the show floor. More »