While the western hemisphere slept, over in Tokyo our Kotaku East team swarmed the first day of the 2012 Tokyo Game Show, gleefully carrying off the latest news, previews and rumors from the show floor.

I woke up this morning completely overwhelmed by the amount of stories our eastern contingent published last night. Here's a handy round-up so you aren't.

The Tokyo Game Show Has Begun

While Sony got things off to an unofficial start last night, today sees the actual opening of the showroom floor for the 2012 Tokyo Game Show.
The event runs for four days, and over that time we'll play a ton of games, see even more and check out all the other stuff TGS is known for, from Japanese... More »

Might the West Actually Give a Damn About Monster Hunter 4?

I doubt it. But bless Capcom and Nintendo for trying. Here's the TGS trailer for the upcoming monster battler, which is coming out for the 3DS. More »

Dante is Still Punching Bill O'Reilly in the Face

We first saw this back at GamesCom, but here in these new screens for Capcom's upcoming DMC, we get to see Dante once again playing some chin music for a conservative news pundit who is totally not Fox's Bill O'Reilly. More »

Take That! It's A New Trailer For Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney

As if I wasn't going to play the heck out of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney already, straight out of TGS we've got a new trailer for the game that makes it look better than ever. More »

Kingdom Hearts Is Getting Remixed in HD for the PS3 [Update]

Square Enix is bringing the first Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days to the PS3 in HD as part of a new KH compilation called Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. More »

Ace Attorney 5's New Trailer Makes Phoenix Wright Look Even Cooler

You'd expect the first 3D Phoenix Wright/Ace Attorney game to look in motion.
And whaddya know, it does. Tastefully done, Capcom, you've done a great job maintaining the art style of the DS games while spicing things up a little for the 3D-capable hardware. More »

Final Fantasy XIV's TGS Trailer Both Dazzles and Bores

Bombastic cinematic sequences mixed with a few too many shots of characters running awkwardly through empty fields...this can only be a trailer for the once-fundamentally-broken Final Fantasy XIV. More »

Okami HD's Still Looking Colourful as a Vomiting Rainbow

You know, as nice as it'll be having this in "HD", the more I think about it, the more I don't understand why this isn't a Vita game. Because of the brushes, man. More »

The Soundtrack to the New Devil May Cry, Compressed Into a Single Trailer

If I had to pick the kind of music that the new, younger Dante would listen to in Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry reboot, it would... yeah, it would be pretty much this.
Wonder what happens in the game to make him grow up to look like a guy who listens to Joy Division and old Yngwie Malmsteen... More »

Tekken's Mushroom Battle Mode Gives Tekken a 1-Up

Namco's Tekken series is making the leap to the Wii U. The fighting game favorite is one of the first big games slotted for the console. But does it pack enough punch on the Wii U?
To cater to Wii U players, Nintendo and Namco have tailed the Wii U edition with loads of platform specific goodies,... More »

First Look at Professor Layton's Last Adventure

Professor Layton's adventures are coming to an end, apparently. And they announce that fact proudly in the demo for Professor Layton and the Legacy of The Advanced Civilization A (レイトン教授と超文明Aの遺産). More »

Gameplay Footage of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney

Fresh from the TGS showroom floor, here's some gameplay footage of upcoming 3DS title Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney.
Apologies for the noise, but, you know, this place gets busy. More »

I Had No Objections to My Time With Ace Attorney 5

Today at the Tokyo Game Show Kotaku was able to experience 15 minutes of tense courtroom drama with the first playable demo of Ace Attorney 5.
In the demo, Phoenix finds himself defending a young girl accused of bombing a courtroom with a bomb hidden in a stuffed animal. More »

In Monster Hunter 4, You Control Insect Minions

A demo of Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS was up for play at the Tokyo Game Show, and here's how the 15-minute gameplay was. They provided me with 3 different quests with a ranging difficulty of easy, medium and hard, and a premade set of armor for each of the special weapons in-game. More »

Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney Plays Like Two Different Games

Announced last year, Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney is a Level-5 and Capcom crossover between the two logic-based series. Kotaku was on-hand today at the Tokyo Game Show to try the first playable demo of this highly anticipated game. More »

The Brand New Metal Gear Solid Rising Revengeance Trailer (And Its Sexy New Bad Guys)

At Tokyo Game Show 2012, Hideo Kojima revealed the latest trailer for Metal Gear Solid Rising Revengeance. In the new trailer, 3 new enemy bosses are revealed. More »

Mega Man Fans, You Might Not Want to Watch This

Mega Man fans, if this doesn't show you how little Capcom now thinks of its once-great franchise, you aren't just living in Denial, you're the town mayor.
This is the first trailer for Rockman X Over, the iOS game the publisher is using to "celebrate" the character's 25th birthday. More »

The Last Guardian Still Lives, Promises Sony Developer

Noticeably absent from Sony's press event yesterday was The Last Guardian. The game was first announced in 2009. Since then, fans have been waiting for the finished title to emerge. More »

That City Building Assassin's Creed Spin Off Is Actually Fun

Assassin's Creed Utopia for iOS is a new take on the world of Assassin's Creed. As previously mentioned, you build a 17th century colony and watch it develop right up to the American Revolution. More »

In Soul Sacrifice, You Kill, Help, or Troll Your Friends

As the game title itself emphasizes, moral choices regarding sacrifice is Soul Sacrifice. Magic is not cast with spells or mana, but with sacrifices. You have two sets of three different kinds of magic that are constantly available to you to fight with, but every time you cast it, you must make an... More »

Rez's Creator Has Left Games Development "For Now"

Sad news for fans of games like Rez, Lumines and Space Channel: Q Entertainment's Tetsuya Mizuguchi (pictured) has stepped away from active game development.
Seems since the release of Child of Eden in 2011, he's been pursuing studies, and while he's still employed at the studio he helped found, Q... More »

Checking Out The New Metal Gear Made for Social Butterflies

With Metal Gear Social Ops, Metal Gear is returning to smartphones! This time the game is a tap-based card game in which you sneak from point A to point B, pulling off "Stealth Chains" as you go. More »

Hideo Kojima Might Work on the Metal Gear Movie Script

In late August, a new Metal Gear Solid movie was announced. This wasn't the first Metal Gear project Hollywood had seen: back in 2008, there was another MGS film that never got off the ground. More »

Today I Played Taiko no Tatsujin With Virtual Gangsters

The Yakuza series of games have always been serious, testosterone-filled stories about hard men kicking each other's asses, broken up sporadically by mini-games, activities, and general fooling around. More »

Introducing Metal Gear...Twitter?

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima loves Twitter. He's always tweeting up a storm. He loves Twitter so much that his studio now has its own Twitter app, called Metal Gear TW. More »