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Tokyo Game Show TGS2005: Playstation vs Microsoft XBOX vs absent Nintendo DS

Nintendo wins on mindshare despite traditional absence from TGS

Tokyo Game Show TGS2005: Battle of the console and handheld platforms, while native mobile game applis on the path to disrupt

by Gerhard Fasol

Here some highlights of this year’s Tokyo Game Show TGS2005:

SONY vs Microsoft.

At last year’s TGS2004 Microsoft’s XBOX exhibit was pretty low-key in a secondary hall. This year, at Tokyo Game Show TGS2005, Microsoft moved with a much bigger exhibit up into the prime position of the main hall right next to (current) market leader SONY Computer Entertainment (SCE)… While in 2004 and before, SCE was the uncontested leader of the market, Microsoft is not accelerating efforts with XBOX-360. While SONY’s PSP is fantastic, it’s being outsold in Japan by Nintendo’s DS…

XBOX at Tokyo Game Show 2005

Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file):

XBox as a broadband home entertainment machine:

XBOX home entertainment system at Tokyo Game Show 2005
XBOX home entertainment system at Tokyo Game Show 2005

wLAN hotspot for PSP (SONY PlayStation Portable) for game sharing and
download. However, with a little bit of software, PSPs could be used to hold VOIP telephone
calls via these (or other) wLAN hotspots:

SONY Playstation WiFi spot at Tokyo Game Show 2005
SONY Playstation WiFi spot at Tokyo Game Show 2005

Japan’s game industry consolidates

This year is the first appearance of merged BandaiNamco, which used to be separate companies until recently:

Bandai and Namco merged - at Tokyo Game Show 2005
Bandai and Namco merged – at Tokyo Game Show 2005

The following figure summarizes some of the recent mergers in Japan’s game software industry:

Consolidations and mergers in Japan's game industry (Tokyo Game Show 2005)
Consolidations and mergers in Japan’s game industry (Tokyo Game Show 2005)

SONY staff greeting customers at the end of the first day of the show
(while greeting customers there were facing Microsoft’s impressive Xbox360 exhibition area…):

SONY at Tokyo Game Show 2005
SONY at Tokyo Game Show 2005
SONY at Tokyo Game Show 2005
SONY at Tokyo Game Show 2005
SONY at Tokyo Game Show 2005
SONY at Tokyo Game Show 2005

For a summary, see: Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file):

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Tokyo Game Show TGS2004 (Sept 24-26, 2004): breakthrough for native mobile games

Mobile phone games at the center of TGS2004

by Gerhard Fasol

Docomo at the center of attention with JAVA native mobile games for i-Mode

The annual “Tokyo Game Show” sets trends and is a must for game professionals and fans. More than 100 companies exhibit.

This years highlight is the SONY “PlayStation Portable” – PSP – to be introduced towards the end of 2004. SONY prepared a huge arena with an gigantic models of a PSP hanging overhead where visitors to the show could try out advance models of the PSP.

SONY also displayed the new “Gran Turismo 4” game, the release is scheduled for Dec 3, 2004. “Gran Turismo 4” was not the only car racing game at the show, we counted at least three more in this hugely popular category.

Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file):

Docomo dominates Tokyo Game Show TGS2004 with JAVA native mobile games for i-Mode

The DoCoMo pavillion highlighted 15 of the most important i-Mode game partners. These 15 were selected from over 4000 i-mode content partners. Games are one of the most important sectors on the i-mode menu – many customers are driven by games to buy the next handset upgrade. Therefore DoCoMo has a great interest in mobile games. DoCoMos focus at the game show were games for the 900i FOMA/3G series.

SONY previews PSP – Playstation Portable:

SONY PSP mock up for Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
SONY PSP mock up for Tokyo Game Show TGS2004

In a stunning arena around a gigantic hyper-real model of the PSP PlayStation Portable (PSP), visitors try out the PSP. PSP is announced to be released towards the end of 2004.

SONY PSP arena previewing the PSP at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
SONY PSP arena previewing the PSP at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004

SONY offered a preview of “Gran Turismo 4” representing the enormously popular segmet of car racing games with realistic landscapes and surroundings.

SONY's Gran Tourismo at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
SONY’s Gran Tourismo at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004

DoCoMo presented an intense show of 15 key i-mode partners focusing on games. The map immediately below shows the lay-out of DoCoMos exhibition area, together with small pictures of the main display of each of the 15 DoCoMo partners

NTT DoCoMo exhibit at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
NTT DoCoMo exhibit at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004

One of the most important DoCoMo game partners is Square Enix with the best selling Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy is a “role playing game” where the player joins a group of fighters. This photograph shows the Square Enix presentation in the DoCoMo display. Square Enix also had its own presentation area – complete with models, preview area, shows etc.

SquareEnix at DoCoMo's exhibit at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
SquareEnix at DoCoMo’s exhibit at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004

“Rumble rose” is the most spectacular representative game of sexy games – Rumble Rose is about women wrestling…

Rumble Rose at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
Rumble Rose at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004

ATLUS shows stunning color and illumination effects.

ATLUS at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
ATLUS at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
ATARI at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
ATARI at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
ATI at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004
ATI at Tokyo Game Show TGS2004

Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file):

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