The state of Expos in Australia :(

2 days off work means more reviews to come for my new buddies over at Otaku Fuel…I’d kill to be going to Anime Expo ’11 but once upon a time I wanted to go to Tokyo Game Show and that ended up happening last year πŸ™‚ Thanks once again to Aussie Gamer for the press hookup so I’m guessing if I play my cards right, I’ll end up at Anime Expo sooner rather than later. We really are starved for these kinds of expos in Australia, I mean, sure we have Supanova, Armagedon and Manifest as the three big ones but the space they occupy is minute compared to what takes place overseas. I’m fairly certain those three expos are the only big ones unless I’m missing one? The point being that while these shows do draw big names from the entertainment world, I’d give my left nut for something more anime/manga/J-pop culture related with a bigger emphasis on cosplay…maybe Japandaman needs to do something about this. Get some sponsorship happening, pay for some big names to come Down Under and get some people dragging themselves to a proper big show with vendors peddling their wares, the whole works. Good Smile Company, Max Factory and then maybe even Japanese pop culture blogger himself, Danny Choo. I’m sure he’d love it down here and people would definitely come from interstate to see him judging by the amount of Australian visitors to his site. And if we’re going that path, maybe even have a Japanese car culture section where Itasha would be introduced to the masses. If you don’t know what itasha is or what it means, have a click here or here.

But I digress as EB or Electronics Boutique themselves are planning an expo themselves at the end of the year, which in lieu of going to TGS this year, may be a distinct possibility on the Gold Coast. Link here to the website for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about.

Of course something of this undertaking would require massive planning and I’d be doing market research for a lonnnng time to make sure this thing had the best chance of success and I’d probably call it Japania or something like that πŸ™‚ So who’s with me, does anyone want to see a massive event like this here? So instead of us flying overseas, which we’d still do, it’d be great to see international fans coming here for the expo!


TGS 2010 swag

Program Guide for TGSThe one on the right has a code, I think for a pc game demo?Awesome dvd with crazy trailers and developer interviewsAdvertisement for Anime World, tv channel K-On!
Xbox 360 guide
   Basara 3 Wii ad
     Gamania - the developer I had an interview with the following day but couldn't make it :(

TGS 2010 swag, a set on Flickr.

My collection of TGS goodness from 2010, probably most prized possession is the Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 hologram folder…really like that one!! And anything Monster Hunter is always welcome!

My TGS (Tokyo Game Show) reel

I was fortunate enough to attend the Tokyo Game Show last September while I was in Japan with my wife and family. On the side I contribute to an Australian gaming site called Aussie Gamer who managed to “swindle” a couple of press passes for myself and the Laucha. I did a bit of filming using my iPhone and only last night managed to finally compile it together using iMovie for iPhone. It’ll be in two parts as YouTube won’t allow me to post a vid longer than 15 minutes so this is the first one and admittedly probably the more interesting one as well!! All the games in the vid have now been released but it was great to see and play Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Vanquish, 360 Kinect, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and many more titles πŸ™‚ The 2nd vid will go up in the next few days.

The TGS 2010 Post Pt. 2

>More pics from TGS 2010!



































































Vids all done!!

Been uploading my TGS videos to YouTube and they’re all done so links coming soon πŸ™‚

The TGS 2010 post!!

>You asked for it and waited patiently (thank you for that) so here in this post, you’ll find Japandaman’s impressions, pics and videos of the recent Tokyo Game Show 2010 πŸ™‚

The Kahim Makuhari station where the Makuhari Messe hall is, where TGS was staged. This station was about a 20 minute ride from Tokyo station and that was on the express line or else you’d be up for a leisurely 35 min ride, as I found out with Laucha, on the way back.

Straight away we knew we were in for a different experience…this was taken at the train station when we had just gotten there and it was run by Capcom. How often do you see a game company running anything at your train station???


A row of banners advertising the gaming goodness that waited inside πŸ™‚


Hmm…Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood…looking good, the recent mutiplayer beta on PSN was pretty impressive as well.

Wide shot of the Makuhari Meese Hall in easily 30+ degrees weather…the Laucha and I were sweating profusely needless to say by this point.

The shrine that is the Tokyo Game Show 2010
Gamania had a cool booth inside which I think I got pics of but their freebie bag was pretty big as well. I don’t know how I managed to fit it into my suitcase.
Not sure which booth this was but I remember thinking the graphics were very colourful and vivid!
Xbox 360 demonstrating what will likely be a Japan only game…it did look pretty crazy and will likely induce an epileptic fit just by looking at the case the game comes in…the screen action was very hectic!!
A personal fave of mine…Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the Sony PSP…actors dressed as Felynes? Nice touch, Capcom πŸ™‚

A Felyne with its handler πŸ˜‰

Sora from the Kingdom Hearts Universe

Back in the days when Square was still called Squaresoft.

Some upcoming games…can’t wait for KH: Re-coded…looked great! And The 3rd Birthday following on in the Parasite Eve series is eagerly awaited…who doesn’t love Parasite Eve?? The 3rd Birthday will be a PSP exclusive, trailer below.


Konami booth but no Solid Snake 😦 Sega in the background, got a great booklet from Sega with a dvd which I still have to view.

Another colourful booth who’s name eludes me…

Taking a break from all the excitement. Laucha and I decided to grab some lunch followed by a new experience…ice cream from a vending machine. We can personally vouch for the strawberry one and the chocolate swirl…delicious!!

A few may notive that the TGS looks empty, that’s because we went on one of the press days meaning it’s closed to the public. There were still people there but not as many as the public days which my pics below will attest to.

This was there on the first of the two, open to public days…people were clamouring to take pics so of course I joined the masses and started snapping πŸ™‚

Further up, leading to the hall, was this mascot from an IT supplier shop that had a temporary booth nearby. Big suit, in 34 degree heat? Yeah, I’d be smiling too…

The very long walk from the station to the Makuhari Messe Hall with no shade in the sun was painful but at least there was pretty scenery πŸ™‚



This is what I meant by the huge crowds on the public days…the queue in the background…imagine that times 5 times as long!!

More queues and I honestly didn’t have the strength to wait, by myself, in the heat for God knows how long to get it. I’m not too fussed though, it’s not like I won’t be going to another TGS in the future and the next will one hopefully have some sweet 3DS games πŸ™‚

Farewell Makuhari Messe for this year and thus began the long trek back to Kahim Makuhari station. I think I may have more pics from my camera as these are all from my iPhone. Will double check and make a new post after this one soon also with videos especially the Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 footage *drool*


Some pics from TGS 2010

>I haven’t crawled up and gone to sleep under a rock but I did spend 11 days with my family in Japan!! Spending most of our time in Tokyo, Asakusa and 2 days in Kyoto and Osaka…a major highlight was gaining entry to the Tokyo Game Show using a press pass. Not a scalped or forgery but a real one from my work with, thanks Gamer!! Some pics below and more pics to follow πŸ™‚


Kahim Makuhari station. The hall where TGS was held was a stone’s throw away πŸ™‚
Banners with featured games, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, a big highlight for the PSP.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood…looking tasty!!
A far off shot leading up to the hall…keen spotter will note the dark corners on the top of the pic…never take pics with your iphone in a case!! Lesson learnt πŸ™‚
Shot of the logo for this year’s event…I bought a t shirt with a similar logo on it which a lot of the Japanese kept commenting on days after the event.
Gamania had an awesome booth inside the hall, pics soon in next post. I did have an interview arranged with them but it was on one of the open to the public days…biiiiig mistake as half of Japan was there and entry was impossible 😦
Xbox 360 had a massive booth, as you do, and this game looked impressive. Didn’t play it but I remember watching it with my mouth open!!
From memory, I think this may have been the Gamania booth as they’re a pc only developer which I am not but their games did look really sweet.
More pics and video will follow shortly!