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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Tokyo Game Show: Hottest in Years

Tokyo Game Show: Hottest in Years

"As the first day of TGS 2005 comes to a close, we take a look at the day's events and offer our first impressions of an all-round satisfying show.

So, Kikizo's team made it out to Japan earlier this week without crashing on a desert island full of monsters - but the good news is that, so far, TGS 2005 has been one hot event.

Without a doubt the centrepiece of the week so far has been this morning's Nintendo super-hyped announcement. Following a keynote presentation by Xbox chief Robbie Bach that focussed on Xbox 360's Japanese launch strategy, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata took to the stage in front of an excited, perhaps anxious media gathering, to reveal what we all wanted to see, but didn't necessarily expect...

The controller for Nintendo's next console, Revolution, has been the most closely guarded secret the industry has known in recent years; Nintendo itself was perhaps a little surprised, albeit contented, as it sunk in that not a single leak has taken place in the hours leading to the announcement. When the controller was revealed mid-way through Mr Iwata's speech, there was no rapturous E3-style whooping or applause. This is Japan, after all - things are sensible here, people form a line for trains and stuff. But there was a genuine feeling of intrigue and, undoubtedly, shock among attendees." [more]

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