CESA Announces First Round of Tokyo Game Show Titles
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, Ni no Kuni to be on playable display at September's big event.
And just like that, the Tokyo Game Show is upon us! Show organizers CESA began today the first step in its annual buid up to the show with the first round of exhibitor and game announcements.
According to CESA, the big September show is confirmed to have titles shown from 55 companies and organizations as of August 18. Current title count numbers 493, with CESA able to share the identity of 456 of these today (August 19).
The software figure breaks down as 41 titles for DS, 17 for Xbox 360, 12 for PlayStation 3, 11 for PlayStation Portable, 8 for Wii, 130 for cell phones, 76 for PCs, and 161 listed as other.
These figures, and the total software figure, shouldn't be taken as final figures. They lack, for instance, Sony, Microsoft and Square Enix. CESA usually provides a second round of title and exhibitor announcements leading up to the show. Even following that, many titles aren't revealed until the show opens its doors for the press.
It should also be noted that, as usual, the 456 titles include mobile games and student projects. Contributing to the 360 figure are a number of student projects for Microsoft's XNA developer program.
Those who hope to see all the titles listed by CESA can check the Japanese language press releases at the event official site. The console and portable titles listed by CESA are as follows:
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- Samurai Warriors 3 (Wii)
- Trinity Souls of Zill 0'll (PS3)
- Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid Special (PS3, X360)
- Winning Post 7 2009 (PSP)
- Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Unmei no Labyrinth Aisou-ban (PSP)
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
- Undead Knights PSP)
- Again Eye of Providence (DS)
- Quantum Theory (PS3)
- Professor Layton and the Flute of Malevolent Destiny (DS)
- Inazuma Eleven 2 Fire/Blizard (DS)
- Ni no Kuni (DS)
- The Little Battlers (aka Danbol Senki, PSP)
- Bayonetta (PS3, X360)
- Resonance of Fate (PS3, X360)
- Valkyria Chronicles 2 (PSP)
- Puyo Puyo 7 (PSP, Wii, DS)
- Kentoushi Gladiator Begins (PSP)
- Class of Heroes 2 (PSP)
- Way of the Samurai 2 Portable (PSP)
- Wizardry The Labyrinth of Lost Souls (PS3)
- PixelJunk Shooter
- PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe
The English names for "Professor Layton and the Flute of Malevolent Destiny," "The Little Battlers," and "Wizardry The Labyrinth of Lost Souls" were provided by CESA as "tentative" titles. It's unclear if the English names can be taken to mean that the games are scheduled for release in English-speaking territories, or if the names were merely placeholders provided by the Japanese publishers.
Outside of the software list, a list of exhibitors provided by CESA provides a few additional hints about product displays.
Konami promises to show off a playable demo of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker for PSP. More details will be posted at the company's special TGS site.
Sony Computer Entertainment promises simply to show off PlayStation 3 and PSP software. Sony usually announces its product just ahead of the show.
Q Games is making its first appearance at the Tokyo Game Show. In addition to the above PS3 PixelJunk games, it will also have playable setups for PixelJunk Shooter and the PSP version of PixelJunk Monsters.
Namco Bandai promises video footage and playable kiosks for its Fall 2009 to Spring 2010 titles. The focus will be on Tekken 6 and on the Gundam series, but we can also expect the latest Dragon Ball and Tales of series games. Namco Bandai will also host D3 Publisher in its booth this year, as the two firms are now part of the same group.
Ubisoft promises simply to show its latest product.
Level-5 looks like it will have a giant booth. The company says to expect 250 DS systems setup for play. Ni no Kuni, Inazuma Eleven 2, Layton and the Flute of Malevolent Destiny will be among the playable titles.
TGS kicks off on September 24. The first two days of the show are press and business only, with the last two days opening up to the public.