I’ve got high hopes for Sony and Nintendo at TGS 2013

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I’m ridiculously excited for an event I’ll only partially understand. The 2013 Tokyo Game Show is September 19-22, 2013, and I can’t wait for the announcements. I suppose it’s because both Sony and Nintendo really have something to prove at TGS 2013, and I can’t wait to see what both companies have planned for their consoles and handhelds.

Though really, Sony is my main draw at TGS 2013. The PS4 is coming out in a few months, and that means the show will be rife with new games for the system. There’s a 50/50 shot that we’ll actually get any of them, but it’s still exciting to see what Sony and other, third party developers have planned. I won’t lie, it would make my day if The Last Guardian appears, Final Fantasy XV is playable, or Persona 5 is announced, but I won’t be too disappointed if all three are completely absent. After all, this is a momentus occasion. New consoles don’t appear every day and Sony’s going to go out of its way to make sure the PS4 is well represented at TGS 2013 and makes a bright, first impression.

tgs 2013 vita tvStill, as excited as I am about the PS4 showing at TGS 2013, the Vita potential is even more intriguing. I think this is the year it comes into its own, thanks to a redesigned base model and Vita TV. Sony is going to have 14 Vita games at its booth this year, three of which are also playable on Vita TV, and that’s a fantastic way to start a season. Not only that, but it seems like other companies, not just indies, are finally deciding it’s worth it to support the Vita and that this is a console that needs some love. Of course, the otome fan in me is most excited to see what’s going to show up on the handheld at TGS 2013, since one of the new, Japanese Vita bundles comes with Idea Factory’s Hakuoki: Kyoukaroku and Amnesia V Edition, two dating sims for women. I’m sure that TGS 2013 dating sim section will have more than a few Vitas available. Perhaps there’ll even be a Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 4th [something] announcement!

Still, as excited as I am about all of the potential Sony TGS 2013 offerings, I’m intrigued to see what Nintendo has planned. The Wii U is in trouble, and it needs fantastic, first party games to convince people to buy in, thus showing other developers and publishers that it’s worth making games for the console. TGS 2013 is the perfect time for Nintendo to step up. I wouldn’t be surprised if that Wii U, Pokemon fighter game makes an appearance. Though really, it’s impossible to guess. Nintendo hasn’t released a list of games it’s bringing to the show this year yet, so it seems we won’t know what’s coming until Thursday.

I just get this feeling that TGS 2013 is going to be the start of something good, something big. The Vita is hitting its stride, Sony’s bound to use the event to psych people about the forthcoming PS4, and it could be Nintendo’s chance to really blow people away with Wii U game announcements. This is going to be a big event, and we should all be waiting with baited breath.

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  • Stealth

    why would nintendo show up? they own japan

  • Killer7

    Unfortunately, Nintendo does not go to Tokyo Game show, which I think is a missed opportunity for this year to stir up Japanese consumer and media interest in Wii U 1st party titles. This is especially when PS4 is not coming out in Japan this year. Nintendo should have taken advantage of that fact because its the only other game system that presents a major threat to Japan’s home console market.

    Anyway, you shouldn’t honestly even expect any major third party Wii U-related game announcements given the track record of previous Tokyo Game Shows. It’s just practically non-existent. The only Nintendo console that may have some presence there is of course, the 3DS, but I’m not so sure we’ll hear anything big.

    Nintendo has preferred to hold its own seperate Fall Media Conference event instead of going to Tokyo Game Show. However, it will be attending this month’s Eurogamer Expo and last year’s Fall Media Conference was held in September, so we are do for a new Nintendo Direct video presentation to highlight the upcoming Fall 1st party game releases as well as some of the titles coming out in 2014. However, it is doubtful that we’ll hear about any new big projects. Nintendo just needs to seriously promote its Fall lineup because so far, we’ve only seen one game trailer for titles like Super Mario 3D World and DKC: Tropical Freeze ,and these games are coming out soon.