TGS 2014: Back with a Revengeance

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Tokyo Game Show 2014 looks like a return to form. Lots of quality gameplay trailers and announcements from the likes of Square Enix, Capcom and Sony. And to think I was about to head over to the land or the rising sun as well.

Be warned. Most of the trailers are in Japanese but you don’t need to understand the language to appreciate the quality of their productions.

Welcome back, Tokyo Game Show.


  • Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam. FFXIII on Oct. 9th. Entire trilogy by Spring 2015 (via Press Release)
  • Tetsuya Nomura no longer directing Final Fantasy XV (via Press Release)


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Persona 5 coming to PS4 as well

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Persona 5 will make its Japanese debut on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 some time in 2015.

I didn’t think it would. I thought Atlus wouldn’t be comfortable to develop for two platforms and port Persona 5 over to the PlayStation 4 after release. I guess I was wrong and Sony have made it easy enough to port to their latest console.

But why? It’s for the western markets. The PlayStation 4 will probably sail past 5 million units sold by the time Persona 5 makes its North American debut. I still have my PlayStation 3 hooked up but not everyone does. Many may traded in theirs in or shoved it into storage. If Atlus wants Persona 5 to make a meaningful splash in the west, it needs to be on the current generation of consoles.

Persona 5 is the last PlayStation 3 new release that I was waiting on. I still have a sizeable back log for the old console, so it will remain in my entertainment unit for quite some time.

Pokemon + Tekken = Pokken

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Pokken Tournament is an upcoming Pokemon fighting game developed by Namco’s Tekken team.

What a weird collaboration.

I’m glad it exists thought. I want Nintendo to continue this trend of lending their properties to other external developers. Now, it’s weird of them to focus only on Pokemon but I guess they didn’t want to step on the toes of Smash Bros.

So who else will make the roster? Will just be fighting Pokemon? I expect both Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee to make appearances. I really hope they stick to fighting type. I would be a weird but awesome story justification for the game.

Pokken Tournament will make its way to Japanese arcades in 2015. I suspect a Wii U version will also be announced for later that year.

Nintendo 3DS Sales Are Fine in Japan

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It looks like the Nintendo 3DS is doing just fine in Japan. After a slow start, a surge of games and a price cut propelled it to the 5 million units sold mark in record time.

It’s good news for Nintendo but I’m sure they would have preferred to reach that goal while making a nice profit on the hardware. Oh well.

The quickest way to production cost savings is with a redesign and I for one cannot wait for it to arrive.

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