Tokyo Game Show Sees Record First Day Attendance
86,200 attend on first public day. Major titles run out of tickets within 30 minutes of show's opening.
Tokyo Game Show organizer CESA has released attendance figures for the show's first public day. Some 86,200 people visited the event on the 17th. This is the highest single day figure ever for the show.
Popular attractions this year included PlayStation Vita, Monster Hunter 3G and Final Fantasy XIII-2. The Vita demo area in Sony's booth saw the lines for its various kiosks temporarily closed off within 30 minutes of the show's early 9:30 opening. Monster Hunter 3G and Final Fantasy XIII-2 used a ticketing system, where those interested in playing had to obtain a ticket at the start of the show. The 1,200 Monster Hunter 3G tickets ran out within 45 minutes of the show's start. Final Fantasy XIII-2 was even quicker.
Games that didn't have tickets required lengthy waits in standard queues. In Capcom's booth, Sengoku Basara 3 Utage had players waiting 180 minutes for its PS3 version and 120 minutes for its Wii version. Resident Evil Rvelations commanded 150 minute waits. Dragon's Dogma commanded 140 minute waits.
Stage events, most featuring appearances by major voice actors, were also popular attractions. Namco Bandai and Arc System Works ran out of hte 1,200 tickets for their Idolmaster 2 and BlazBlue stage events almost immediately after the show's opening.
The previous record holder for single day attendance was 2006 with 84,800. That year saw the playable debut of the PlayStation 3.
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