What Do You Want From TGS 2009?

By Ishaan . September 23, 2009 . 5:14pm

Last year’s TGS was somewhat of coming-to-terms event for Japanese developers. An opportunity for them to regroup and think about their plans for the coming years. The event was kicked off with a speech by Yoichi Wada, president of Square Enix and also the chairman of the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) in Japan.


http://www.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/tlr.jpg Wada pointed out factors such as resistance to adopting outside technology and sharing ideas as one of the primary reasons behind the deterioration of the games market in Japan. He also pointed out the lack of any real cooperative user community like the modding community in the West. His speech was then followed up by a keynote from Microsoft’s John Schappert, who boasted a plethora of Japanese support behind the Xbox 360, including Star Ocean: The Last Hope and The Last Remnant.


Last year, it seemed like Microsoft would stop at nothing to win over Japan and it seemed like their console was the one on everyone’s mind. This year looks to be notably different. While Microsoft have committed to new TGS announcements, the real presence at the show will be Sony, who are set to outline their PlayStation strategy going forward in keynote by Kaz Hirai.


http://www.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/ffxiii.jpgThis should be a source of comfort for larger Japanese publishers as the PS3 pricedrop hopefully means they now have a platform on which they can publish their high-definition games and actually hope to have them sell in Japan.


It’s interesting to see Sony finally going back to their roots and presenting the games that made the PlayStations a success in the first place. We have a new Level-5 game in the form of White Knight Chronicles 2, the new Gran Turismo, Team Ico’s The Last Guardian and of course FFXIII, which is set to release in Japan this year. And then, there’s that motion-control wand that we’ll hopefully see implemented in an actual game at the event. Given the popularity of the portable systems in Japan, one would hope to see the PSP receive a little push, too.


No doubt Sony is going to be the star of this year’s TGS. The question is, what else can we look forward to?


Last year’s show brought us a confirmation of No More Heroes 2, which was one of the high points for me personally. This year, I’m looking forward to seeing if we hear of anything related to DSi-exclusive games. The newer model has been consistently outselling the DS Lite by a very wide margin since its release nearly a year ago. We’ve already seen the first DSi-exclusive in the form of Monster Finder and one would hope that at least the smaller Japanese developers would show an interest in taking advantage of the platform before the bigger ones show up to compete. That said, I would be a little surprised — and disappointed — if Square Enix didn’t at least touch upon their DSi support at TGS.


http://www.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/ninokuni.jpg While last year’s show seemed to have a humbling cloud of depression hanging over it following Wada’s keynote, this year seems to be a lot more optimistic. Sony is finally attempting a comeback. You’ve got SEGA kicking some major ass with new games like Bayonetta and End of Eternity, and those are just the games that they’re publishing. Level-5 and Square, similarly, are also spearheading the new I.P. effort with games like Ni no Kuni and NieR.


Level-5, of course, are one of Japan’s fastest growing developers and one to keep an eye on. Their president Akihiro Hino is set to deliver a keynote at TGS this year and you can’t possibly go wrong with more Ni no Kuni and Inazuma Eleven. Maybe we’ll also finally see the console versions of both franchises. He will be joined on stage by Yakuza producer Toshihiro Nagoshi, so the odds of a Yakuza 3 localization announcement are looking better everyday, too.


Marvelous Entertainment also deserve a nod. They’ve published some of my favourite games in the last year and I’m curious to see what else they have up their sleeve. Oh, and there’s always that slim chance that we’ll see Persona 5.


But overall, I suppose I’m looking forward to more portable support, seeing as how that’s where I get the majority of my gaming done nowadays and that great portable games are Japan’s true strength at the moment. It always really excites me to see developers really pushing portable systems and trying to make games that are larger in scope on weaker hardware.


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  • xemnas

    Im looking forward to tales info..like a confirmation of Graces and Vesperia ps3..hopefully i FFXIII demo will be released to the public and announced as well.

  • Randgriz

    I hope we get some friggin news on Rainy woods!

    • Hraesvelgr

      Oh yeah, I forgot about that game… Last time it was mentioned, they said it’d be released late 2009 or early 2010, right? Wonder if it’ll get pushed back again…

  • banballow

    It’s all about Konami, and their surprise announcement of Rumble Roses XXX.

    … no seriously, I want a new Rumble Roses.

  • Is MMV even there this year? There was a report of them lowering costs by cancelling some attendances and some assumed thast would include TGS, plus I haven’t heard any plans for them to be there. :'(

    They’re only new games at TGS were unsurprisingly Wii games (NMH2 retail, and Disciplne WiiWare), hope they finally show a new Wii game soon!

    MMV has been very light on new Wii announcements this year, all we had was:

    Reel Fishing: Angler’s Dream, Harvest Moon: My Little Shop, and Reel Fishing Challenge. The first for retail, the rest for WiiWare.

    Last year they announced Rune Factory Frontier, Arc Rise Fantasia, Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga, Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, and of course NMH2 and Discipline, quite the difference. :(

    As for other publishers. I want Namco Bandai to announce Klonoa 2 for Wii, and FINALLY reveal Sword of Legendia for Wii. Ha, like that will ever show up, it will at the same time as Kirby Wii. >:(

  • TyeTheCzar

    XBLA, PSN, WiiWare.
    Or all of them in a single release; PC-98 games included.

    Melty Blood.
    In America.

    And of course the DC and PS2 games on PS3.

  • MisterNiwa

    I want Persona 5, period.

    • QBasic

      Enough Personas. I think it’s time a real SMT game warrants an announcement.

      • CleruTesh

        I read in Nintendo Power, I believe, that the recently announced DS SMT game is actually the next SMT flagship title. Just so you know.

        • QBasic

          Nintendo Power. The same magazine that confirmed Traverse Town and Pinnochio’s World in 358/2 Days. XD

          Realiable source you got there. XP

          In all seriousness though, it’s not a “flagship title” of sorts. It’s a spin off…but a direct spin off. Where as Digital Devil Saga, Devil Summoner, and Persona are what I’d call “alien spinoffs”, Strange Journey is an “immigrant spinoff”, like SMT if…, or NINE.

          • vall03

            Its true, iirc, there was a Famitsu interview(not sure with whom though) that Strange Journey really is a true SMT flagship title. I dont have the link now though since I think it was last month. Im not expecting you to believe me though, but Strange Journey IS the next SMT.

          • QBasic

            If it doesn’t have a IV at the end of it’s SMT…then it’s not a flagship title.

    • CleruTesh

      More likely, we’ll get Persona 3: OMG Edition. Exclusive to cell phones, with a third playable hermaphroditic character.

  • JeremyR

    I’d really like to know more about the upcoming PSP minis. For something that is supposed to start in about a week, there’s surprisingly little hard info on just what is available, and when it will be available.

    And ditto the call for another Rumble Roses game. This time for PSP! (Well, maybe not, though I actually own both of them…)

  • I’m half way through Yakuza 3 and loving every bit of it. I wouldn’t mind double dipping for it. I hope theres an announcment for Tales of Vesperia on PS3 for NA. Everything mentioned in the article are of course games I’m also looking forward to.

  • Ereek

    It’s not happening, but I’d still like TLR on my PS3, with the improvements that the PC version had.

    I need more information on the new Parasite Eve. This is easily one of the titles I’m most excited for.

    Maybe a new Suikoden from Konami?

    In my ultimate, implausible, wildest dreams I’d like a new Breath of Fire and a new Skies of Arcadia.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Eh, outside of a US release of something like Tales of Graces, I don’t really care much about TGS. Then again, I haven’t really been following it, so I have no idea what’s “expected”.

  • robopon360

    Hope they announce some new Mistwalker games and RPGs for Xbox 360

  • epy

    A new Suikoden please! And no spin-off, or a handheld, but Suikoden VI in full blown HD glory. I don’t even care if it’s 360 exclusive (mainly cause it will show in PS3 a year later with more stuff) but someone make it!

    A new Breath of Fire would be awesome, at this point I don’t care if they make the series go portable as long as it’s not dead.

    Besides those far-fetched expections, I’d like Vesperia PS3 confirmed. I know Graces is coming sooner or later, I mean, come on. The Last Remnant for PS3 would also be good news, but Wada’s comments pretty much killed that hope. I hate Wada btw.

  • doctorfumanchu

    ONIMUSHA or nothing!

  • EvilAkito

    I use to be all over the idea of a new Suikoden, but Tierkreis really shot down my interest in the series. Konami will have to earn it back by making Suikoden VI at least as awesome as V.

    What I’m really hoping for is more info on Metroid Other M, but since Nintendo hates TGS (and they hate giving us information about their upcoming games), I’m not counting on it.

    • I’m dividing my time between Prime Trilogy and Mana Khemia 2 atm. Goddamn, Prime 1 feels so oppressive…I’d forgotten how much. It’s like everything around you is hostile and unforgiving.

      The differences between 1 and 3 are so apparent when you play them like this. I think I like 3’s art-direction better overall but 1 has a lot more exploration and item-hunting. The music in 1 seems more techno-ish while Prime 3’s was more haunting and orchestrated (thinking of Skytown here).

      Sorry, been looking for an outlet to rant. Can’t do a write-up with TGS going on and I saw your comment about Other M. :p

  • amari17

    In Order

    1. Suikoden VI
    2. Persona 5
    3. Apollo Justice 2 (Gyakuten Saiban 5) (Phoenix Wright 4 maybe?)

    Got tired of the whole FFXIII love going on, ugh great graphics doesnt neccessarily mean a great game people!!

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