Tokyo Game Explosion Day 1: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Gold Vitas, Good 3DS News!

Tokyo Game Explosion Day 1: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Gold Vitas, Good 3DS News!

We’ve got a guy who speaks Japanese and one who speaks Australian tearing through Tokyo Game Show, eyeballing Hideo Kojima, playing the prettiest PlayStation 3 game they’ve ever seen, and soaking in all the news from Tokyo Game Show 2011.

Here is all the top news from the last 24 hours of TGS…



Manhandling the Nintendo 3DS’s New Second Slide Pad for the First Time

OK, it’s ugly. We know that, but how does it feel in the hand? Today at the Tokyo Game Show, I checked out the brand new second slide pad for the Nintendo 3DS. More »

PS Vita


It’s a Gold PlayStation Vita! (And a Red One, a Blue One, A Green One…)

Giving us a taste of the inevitable future, Sony is showing off at this year’s Tokyo Game Show what the PlayStation Vita looks like in a range of colours that aren’t its standard black.

Those colours range from glossy red to sky blue to what I can only describe as “Pimp’s Coinpurse Gold”. More »


This PS Vita Game Sure Looks Hellish

Square Enix, makers of Final Fantasy, is coming out strong with PS Vita. Besides an HD Final Fantasy X remake, Square Enix is also working on original titles like Army Corps of Hell.

What a great title! More »


Welcome Home PS Vita. Your Look at the Vita’s Start Screen.

When Sony first unveiled the PS Vita earlier this year in Tokyo, it showed the PS Vita’s home screen, called the LiveArea. We’ve seen it before. Thing is, we’ve never seen it at this resolution. More »


Here’s What PlayStation Vita Box Art Looks Like

Spotted at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show booth, this fine copy of Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the upcoming PlayStation Vita. I like the blue! it also blends in nicely with the newer PlayStation 3 game boxes.

Dead or Alive 5


First Video of Dead or Alive 5 In Ninja on Ninja Action

Career ninja Ryu Hayabusa is going to have a busy year, now that Team Ninja has officially unveiled Dead or Alive 5 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the form of this “pre-alpha” gameplay trailer.

The star of Team Ninja’s Ninja Gaiden 3 is also prominently featured in our first look at Dead or… More »

Dragon’s Dogma


Stab Giant Animals In the Face In Dragon’s Dogma

Capcom’s swing at a Western-themed RPG, Dragon’s Dogma, has a new trailer. That headline up there? It’s not lying. More »

Diabolical Pitch


This Kinect Game is Like George Romero’s Great American Pastime

Wii Sports was a mirage. At first glance it seemed the perfect sports game, all action and technique, no button-mashing. A few hours in, though, and you saw it for what it was: More »

Final Fantasy XIII-2


Final Fantasy XIII-2 Gets Its Own PlayStation 3 and A Release Date

Square Enix is releasing the sequel to Final Fantasy XIII in Japan this December. It’s called Final Fantasy XIII-2. To commemorate that release, Sony will release a sequel to the PlayStation 3 Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Edition.

Releasing alongside Final Fantasy XIII-2 in Japan will be the… More »



Do You Know Whose Voice Haunts This Game?

Haunt is the latest title from Masaya Matsuura, the designer best known for Parappa the Rapper.

Haunt is an Xbox Live title for Kinect. It’s set in a haunted house with players fending off ghosts and shining a torch down creepy hallways. More »

Ni No Kuni


I Think I Just Played the Prettiest Game On the PS3

What determines somebody’s “best-looking” game on a system is a subjective thing. Some will prefer clean lines, others copious effects. Me, I can do without either if a game just has great art.

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli’s Ni No Kuni on the PS3 has amazing art.

Given the contributions of Japan’s… More »

Ninja Gaiden 3


After Ninja Gaiden 3’s ‘Consequences’, Ryu Will Never Be The Same

Look, if you don’t want to be on the receiving end of Ryu Hayabusa’s Dragon Sword, don’t join an anti-ninja mercenary force, “mate”. That said, it looks like even the star of Ninja Gaiden 3 is dealing with the psychological impact of spilling so much blood from katana-fodder of past Ninja GaidenMore »

PixelJunk 4am


Turn Your PlayStation Move into a Club Happy Glow Stick

4am is the latest title on Q-Games’ PixelJunk brand. Details about the game are scant, even though there is a debut trailer. It promises that players can “freely shape the sound to perfection” and then broadcast that sound to the world. More »

Project Draco


This Isn’t Your Father’s Panzer Dragoon

Project Draco is the latest title from the designer behind Panzer Dragoon.

The game is a sci-fi yarn in which humans colonized an unnamed planet inhabited by dragons. More »

Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact


Does Evangelion Have Much of a Sound Impact?

Venerated anime Neon Genesis Evangelion is being reborn on the PSP as Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact.

The game is being developed by Grasshopper Manufacture of No More Heroes. More »



Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show Booth Is…Look Out, Giant Chocobo!

As you’d expect, Square Enix’s booth at this year’s Tokyo Game Show is one of the biggest and most popular, even on this first day, which should be quiet. More »


LIVE from the Tokyo Game Show 2011 Keynote, Starring Square Enix’s Yoichi Wada!

The main in charge of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and the many, many remakes of previous games in those series, Yoichi Wada, big bossman at Square Enix, is officially kicking off Tokyo Game Show 2011. More »

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Sony’s Tokyo Game Show Booth, In Living Colour

Can’t make it to the Tokyo Game Show to check out Sony’s massive, Vita-heavy booth? No, probably not. The next best thing to being there, then, are these pictures of the place!

While there were plenty of playable PS3 units on station, as far as branding went, this year’s booth was all PlayStation… More »


Pole-Dancing Is Not Subtle Marketing, Tokyo Game Show

The Tokyo Game Show has never been averse to showing a little flesh to get attention for a game or publisher. That said, it’s normally done as tastefully (and politely) as barely clothed ladies hawking entertainment products can hope to be.

Something these guys seemed to not give a shit… More »


Tokyo Game Show Shaken by a Small Earthquake

This afternoon, just as the Tokyo Game Show was grinding to a halt for the day, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Japan. There were no immediate injuries according to early reports.

The quake was 225km east of Tokyo, and the quake was felt at the Makuhari Messe, where TGS is held. More »


This Might be the Funniest Thing We’ll See All Week

This trailer for Tekken on the 3DS was shown at yesterday’s Namco Bandai showcase in Shinagawa. While the game failed to spark much interest, this footage of Street Fighter boss Yoshinori Ono and Tekken’s lead man Katsuhiro Harada brought the house down. More »


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