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World Hobby Fair Summer 2008 Summer Attended, Conquered

Making it through without beating up any stupid kids.


I managed to get through the summer 2008 World Hobby Fair without "accidentally" stepping on some obnoxious little kid. In my eight years of attending every installment of the bi-annual event, this is the first time I've actually enjoyed myself.

Yep, it's the World Hobby Fair all right! I think the Tokyo Game Show crowd doesn't suck this much because the TGS attendees have to actually pay to get in.

That might be due to one thing: actual games worth playing. The World Hobby Fair is usually light on early game demos. But this latest event, held over the weekend at the usual location, the Makuhari Messe just outside Tokyo, had the following major titles making their playable Japanese debuts:

  • Wario Land Shake
  • Mega Man 9
  • Happy Dance Collection
  • Inazuma Eleven
  • Bomberman Wii
  • Survival Kids Wii
  • Spectrobes
  • LittleBigPlanet

And that's ignoring all the anime filth that I wouldn't touch even if I didn't have to wait in a 30 minute or more line to play.

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What's really surprising is that the show managed this many worthwhile titles without a Square Enix or a Sega. That's right, Sega was absent this year -- and it had a bunch of Sonic games that would have made perfect World Hobby Fair material!

It's not a game, but this solar-powered Doraemobile was one of my personal highlights from the show. I'm going to commission one of these when I become rich and famous.

I played all of the above games except for Spectrobes and LittleBigPlanet. The lines for Spectrobes were super long by the time I spotted the tiny Disney booth. As for LittleBigPlanet, while the demo was in Japanese, I figured it would be just as well to wait for what will likely be a totally new showing at E3.

Stay tuned for impressions! But in the meanwhile, check out all the image galleries on the main channel, featuring many, many pictures of monkeys.

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