The Tokyo Game Show does not kick off officially until Thursday, so let's take a journey through the event — virtually!
Sony will be hitting the show in full force, showing off titles for the PSP, PS3 and the PlayStation Move. The Sony site is light on features and extras, but does provide a look at the company's spiffy TGS booth. There is a press release at the booth that includes a list of playable games that range from previously-released titles (Final Fantasy XIII) to upcoming games (Gran Turismo 5). Other titles, like the PS3 version of Ni no Kuni, will be in trailer form only.
Likewise, Microsoft is bringing a full line-up of titles to the Tokyo Game Show. The company's TGS site provides a sneak peak at its booth. Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui invites Japanese players to check out Kinect. The site also provides a list of titles that will be playable — including the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360, Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International. Many of the titles — such as Fable III or Halo: Reach — will give Japanese gamers a chance to check out big Western games that have been localized. The website looks like it will feature info on schwag that Xbox Japan is giving away as well as a "photo album" of online photos. The links for those have yet to go live.
Square Enix's Tokyo Game Show site doesn't simply provide a laundry list of titles it is bringing to the exhibition. It has embedded tweets from Square Enix game designers and fans, making the site a virtual meeting place of sorts. The company's TGS line-up page does a clear job of showing which games will be playable and which titles will be in trailer form. Square Enix also has a booth map up on the site.
Sega also incorporates a Twitter feed into its Tokyo Game Show site. There is a notice that Sega plans to do a live broadcast of its stage events. Folks who are not attending can check that out. The site also has a list of all the schwag it will be giving out at TGS — something worth checking out. Sadly, the booth map that Sega provides is rather general.
On its Tokyo Game Show site, Capcom has a handful of newly revealed titles (such as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2), current hit games (MonHun Nikki Poka Poka Ailu Mura) and upcoming games (Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and Mega Man Universe). The site also features all the goodies Capcom will be giving away at TGS. According to Capcom's booth map, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is a good chunk of the Osaka-based company's booth.
The top page for Konami's Tokyo Game Show site makes it seem as though the company only has Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid. Not so! Konami has LovePlus and ProEvo Soccer (as well as Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania). So take heart, because even though Metal Gear Solid: Rising won't be playable, LovePlus Arcade will. Konami will be selling goods at the Tokyo Game Show that include t-shirts, cell phone straps, posters and more.
Bandai Namco's Tokyo Game Show site has flash clips of the titles it will be showing at this year's event. And like Square Enix and Sega, there is Twitter integration. There is even a countdown clock! However, the company has not set its booth map live (at time of posting). At TGS, the company will have an array of goods available for purchase.