There has been a lot of news coming from the Tokyo Game Show this year. We've heard about Metal Gear and Phoenix Wright and a host of other games for and from Sony and Nintendo, as we have come to expect.
And yet the console and handheld games that so many of us are fans of make up just a tiny minority of what's on display at the TGS this year. IGN broke down the numbers, and created a list outlining how many games are at the show by platform. The numbers are surprising:
iOS/Android Phones & Tablets: 365
Other smartphones: 142
PlayStation 3: 57
Nintendo 3DS: 34
PlayStation Vita: 24
Xbox 360: 24
Wii U: 2
That's a total of 715 games. It's likely that some titles appear counted multiple times; for example, a game released for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 may well appear as three games (the list doesn't specify). Even so, that list says rather a lot.
Of the 715 games being shown, 507 are for iOS, Android and other smartphones and tablets. That's a total of 71 per cent of the Tokyo Game Show. Handheld games on the PSP, Vita, and 3DS add up to 12 per cent of the show, at 88 games, and all four set-top consoles (including both the Wii and Wii U with the 360 and PS3) plus the PC combined add up to just 120 games, or 17 per cent of the total.
It is true that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are both winding inevitably into the ends of their cycles, likely to be replaced in the next year or two with new hardware, which in turn will likely cause developers and publishers to push out new games and franchises. Perhaps the 2013 TGS will be overflowing with new console game announcements. Those games of the future, though, will almost certainly be announced alongside, as opposed to instead of, the ever-growing cavalcade of mobile games.