There’s no doubting that the Tokyo Game Show is the biggest yearly event in Japanese gaming, but those who can’t get up to Tokyo for the September event have had a second option for the past few years: the Games Japan Festival. Set in Osaka, a two hour Shinkansen ride from Tokyo, this year’s event took place over the weekend.
In all, 21 companies had 88 games on display at the event. While most of the titles were identical to their Tokyo Game Show builds, there were a few updates, and some new games all together.
Microsoft was pushing Xbox 360 in one of the last large-scale event before the system sees release on 12/10. Sixteen titles were on display through 24 kiosks. Perfect Dark Zero (a launch title) and Project Gotham Racing 3 (set for January) made their playable Japanese debuts at the event, each with two kiosks. PDZ could be played split screen with two players, while PGR3 showed off its Japanese side through its Shinjuku course. Ninety-Nine Nights (set for January) and Kameo also had two kiosks a piece. Ridge Racer 6 was shown in updated form over the TGS build, as was Taito’s World Airforce, which was on display for the first time with its new name, Over G.
Other X360 games on display included Every Party, Enchant Arm, Need for Speed Most Wanted, FIFA 06, Wrestle Kingdom, Dynasty Warriors 5 Special, NBA Live 06, Call of Duty 2, Dead Rising and King Kong. Tetris (a launch title) wasn’t shown. Also missing was Dead or Alive 4. Tecmo’s fighter is still scheduled for Japanese launch as of this writing and is actually playable at Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Lounge in Tokyo.