The Tokyo Games Show has been taking place over the last few days, and as one might expect, most of the big news has come from Japan’s two big hitters in the industry, Sony and Nintendo. With a lot of the focus being on the respective handheld consoles the two companies have on sale, this could be an interesting read fro those who like gaming on the go.
- It was Nintendo who had their conference first, so I’ll start with them. It seems that the Big N are very keen to drive on with the recent rise of sales for the 3DS, following price cuts around the world, and address the lack of quality titles currently available for the system. Before the conference they confirmed Mario Tennis 3DS (which will make use of gyro controls), Monster Hunter 4 and a co-op Fire Emblem 3DS game, while during the actual conference Square Enix announced a new 3DS RPG (bizarrely called Bravery Default Flying Fairy…). Nintendo also revealed a new pink colour job for the 3DS – clearly designed to attract more female gamers methinks.
- The big news as far as the hardware itself is confirmed is that the second analogue stick add-on is indeed real. The controversial add-on will be released in Japanon the 10thDecember for 1,500 yen, and will require one AAA battery to work…and a 3DS to attach it to. Not all of the titles that have already been released will be compatible with the add on though. Smooth moves Nintendo. You’ll also finally be able to record videos in 3D following a system update due this November.
- Nintendo also released a smattering of new information for titles already confirmed for the 3DS. Amongst the headlines, Metal Mario and Latiku have been confirmed as playable characters in Mario Kart 7, which will also include a first person mode not seen before in the Mario Kart series. Super Mario 3D Land, Paper Mario 3DS and Metal Gear Solid 3DS also got new trailers and gameplay footage. So basically, if you have a 3DS, it will not be until December time that you will really be able to start maximising the full potential of your console.
- And so now onto Sony’s conference. The first big headline is the release date for the PS Vita: December 17th in Japan. The handheld will release with 26 launch titles, including Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Ridge Racer and Uncharted: Golden Abyss. On top of this, Sony have made the bold promise of having 100 titles available around the launch window. This would make it one of the strongest launches for any console that I can remember. In a disappointing side note, the PS Vita’s battery life will only last for about five hours before it needs recharging. For more details and all the tech specs for the Vita, hit this link.
- And then suddenly out of nowhere – FINAL FANTASY X IS TO GET A HD REMAKE????? Yep, in a move that no-one anticipated, it was revealed that for the 10th anniversary of the game it will be getting the full HD treatment (as quite a few PS2 games are doing nowadays) and will be available on the PS3 and the PS Vita. Not worth buying a PS3 for, but I must say I am jealous. Click here to read my review of the original on the PS2.
- To roundup Sony, they gave out figures of how many PS3’s have been sold worldwide since its release – the answer is 52 million. As a Xbox 360 owner, I find it very interesting to see how markedly the gap between the 360 and PS3 has dropped in terms of sales figures over the last two years – they are both still light years behind the Wii in this generation though in overall sales.
- As I write, Final Fantasy XIII-2 has got its international release dates confirmed: December 15th in Japan, January 31st in America, and February 2ndin Europe. They are also releasing a special edition 320GB PS3 with the game in Japan; no word on whether anyone else will get their hands on it
- Halo Anniversary will be getting a Halo 2 map for its multiplayer mode, and that map is Headlong. It will be renamed ‘Breakneck’, and will get the visual spit and polish that comes with the Halo Reach engine. Could this mean the possibility of more Halo 2 maps in the future for either Anniversary or Reach?
- THQ have revealed a bit more about how you will be able to customise WWE 12 to your own taste. Alongside the traditional creation modes for wrestlers, storylines, finishers and entrances, you can now also create your own arena – so if you want to recreate a vintage WCW or nWo arena, you now can.
- The excellent Red Dead Redemption is to get a Game Of The Year Edition featuring all of the DLC released for the game, set for release on October 14th. If you can’t wait that long, then Take Two have announced that Civilization V will also be getting the GOTY treatment on the 27th September, with a full digital soundtrack and all of the DLC released for the game.
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