On our first full day of the Tokyo Game Show, it was impossible to overlook the incredible amount of activity brimming within the capacious halls of Makuhari Messe. Over 200 companies from 19 countries operate 1600 booths at Tokyo Game Show 2012 under the official theme of “Spreading Smiles Through Games.” There were certainly many smiles as Mad Catz team members Hajime “TOKIDO” Taniguchi, Kenryo “MAGO 2DGOD” Hayashi, and Daigo “The Beast” Umehara showed up for an impromptu kumite against brave souls willing to step up to the plate (only to get knocked out of the fireball park by an umeshoryu).
While perusing the multitude of booths, we were taken aback by the diversity of the exhibitors, hailing from Chile, Denmark, Indonesia, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam, and even Iran. Tokyo Game Show is truly the United Nations of video game developers.
Though Tokyo Game Show has historically been the mecca for console games, recent statistics show a shift toward different platforms. This year, the figures are 265 Smart Phone Games (iOS: 139, Android: 126), 100 iOS Tablet, 34 Nintendo 3DS, 57 PlayStation 3 games, 30 PSP, 24 PS Vita, and 24 Xbox 360 games.
The top three genres were Role Playing (148), Action (112), and Simulation Games (96), while Online Card Games (48) managed to surpass Sports (31) games for the 4th and 5th spots.
If you’re not in Tokyo (which is probably most of you), check out our gallery from the first day of festivities for the Tokyo Game Show 2012!