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New PS3, New Inafune Game And More of Last Night's Big Tokyo Gaming News

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Last night Sony kicked off the 2012 Tokyo Game Show with the announcement of the tiny top-loading PlayStation 3.3. We learned of a brand new Ninja Gaiden franchise from Mega Man's Keiji Inafune. We got new PlayStation Vita colors. It's a lot to take in, but that's what round-ups were made for.

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Sony stole the pre-show with the reveal of the second PlayStation 3 redesign since the system launched back in 2006, but they weren't the only game maker in Tokyo town last night with something to prove. Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on the big news out of Japan.

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Sony Unveils a Brand New Model of the PS3 [Update: Now With Official Pics]

Rumoured for some time now, Sony has announced today at its pre-TGS press conference that it will be releasing a new model of the PlayStation 3.
The new model is 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the current PS3 (itself a redesign from the original version), and will come in two flavours: More »


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PlayStation Plus Comes to Vita

Sony just announced at its TGS press conference that PlayStation Plus will also be coming to the Vita, at no extra cost to existing users. It'll be out in November.
The service will work similarly to how it operates on the PS3, with Vita owners able to play free games and get discounts. More »

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Sony Turns The Vita Into a Portable Manga Reading Device

Next month, over 3000 manga will become available for PlayStation Vita owners in Japan, Sony announced today.
Readers will be able to zoom in using the touchscreen, and flip pages with the shoulder buttons. More »

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One New PS3 Doesn't Have a Hard Drive

While missing from Japan and North America's reveals, the PAL announcement for the new super slim PS3 contains something interesting: there's a model that doesn't have a hard drive.
Available only in Europe, Hong Kong and Australasia, and replacing the 250GB model available elsewhere, this... More »

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Sick of Guns and Soldiers and Aliens? Puppeteer is Your Storybook Video Game.

We first saw Puppeteer last month at GamesCom. We're seeing it again this month at TGS.
I don't know who, exactly, is the one spearheading this drive towards unique and interesting content on the PS3, but whoever it is, I want to buy them a beer. More »

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A Close-Up Look at Sony's New Hardware

Today in Tokyo, Sony showed off its latest gaming hardware. There was a slimmer and smaller version of the PlayStation 3 as well as two new PS Vita colors. More »

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The PlayStation Vita Now Comes in Red and Blue

What, you didn't think Sony was going to let a press conference go by without announcing new PlayStation Vita colours, did you?
On sale November 15, Sony will be offering Japanese customers the Vita in Cosmic Red and Sapphire Blue.
Shame there wasn't a gold or purple offered, like we saw last year,... More »

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Japan's Jiggly Ninjas Heading to the PS Vita

We knew it would never be the last we'd heard from those busty ninja girls. Newly announced for the PS Vita, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus -Shinobitachi no Shoumei (rough translation: More »

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In This Gundam Game, You Destroy Toys

Who doesn't love giant robots battling each other? The Gundam series has over 30 years worth of fandom history to its name. Now, with their latest announced Gundam game, Namco Bandai's taking a rather unique approach to Gundam fandom.
Based on the concept of "breakage" and battle damage, the... More »

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Inafune's Next Game "Delayed" Until Spring 2013 (But Here's a Trailer!)

Former Capcom icon Keiji Inafune took to the stage at Sony's pre-TGS press conference to announce that...Sony and his team had decided to delay his upcoming Vita title Soul Sacrifice until Spring 2013.
Well, not delayed. More »

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Hey, Dismemberment Is Back in Ninja Gaiden on the Wii U

They don't call them "Team Ninja" for nothing. Tecmo's development unit, Team Ninja, is working on a new Ninja Gaiden game: the previously announced Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge. More »

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There's a New Ninja Gaiden Franchise. It's Dead Rising Meets Team Ninja.

Earlier this month, a mysterious game called Yaiba was announced by Keiji Inafune. The game is not just an Inafune title. It's a Ninja Gaiden title.
As previously stated, Yaiba focuses on "action", "ninja" and "mecha". More »

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Now that was a boring press conference. I wasn't expecting something as big as E3 or gamescom, but Sony is japanesse compay and I was expecting them to show at least something interesting during the conference.

- They didin't show any mindblowing/system seller Vita game. And the fact that over half the games they showed for Vita are also pleyable on the PSP will hardly help to increese sales of the system (specially with the PSP price drop for japan). And as long as vita doesen't start selling well it will never get decent third party support.

- They didn't show any new Ps3 games, nor did they show new footage from already announced games or did they say anything about the 2 japan made exclusives (that at this point will probably never be released) The last guardian or XIII versus-

- The new Ps3 model does nothing new that the previous models didin't do (if anything it has a very cheap looking cover for the optiacal drive) and it didn't come with a considerable price drop (if anything the cheapest version of the console just got more expensive). For current Ps3 owners it gives no reason to "upgrade" your model, and it brings nothing new to convince people that don't own a Ps3 to get one.

The only use I see for this new Slim v2.0 is for Sony to have lower production costs and win more money with each unit sold. Good for them I guess, but for us consumers it's irelevant