Video games are a huge part of Japanese pop culture and many popular games all over the world today originated in Japan. Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, and Sonic the Hedgehog are just a few examples of well-known masterpieces that have entertained millions across the globe for decades. For fans of games and otaku culture, then, the Tokyo Game Show is an event you don’t want to miss.
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The show of 2016 had a record high of 271,224 visitors and had plenty of new releases on show including a brand new Virtual Reality corner where people could try the cutting-edge development of futuristic game technologies. There was also a “Look Back on 20 Years History” and “The Future of Entertainment” areas where people could learn about the past and future of games and what the industry has in store.
The number of businesses, gaming companies, and visitors surpassed records from the previous year and the number for 2017 is only expected to increase. With new releases, development of VR technology, and the latest Japan gaming news, this event is well anticipated.
The Tokyo Game Show 2017 has its public days on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last admission at 4:00 pm). It will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, which is also a venue where music festivals are held.
The event is likely be held indoors so the weather won’t affect the schedule. The event will be livestreamed to viewers all over the world, meaning that as well as the tens of thousands expected to physically attend, there will be fans in various countries watching.
Exhibitors to the show include some of Japan’s biggest gaming companies such as Capcom, SEGA Games, Bandai Namco, and Konami. There are also many overseas companies attending such as Coatsink and Boneloaf from the United Kingdom, CoolGames and Paladin Studios from the Netherlands, and Daedalic Entertainment from Germany.
Each contributor will have stalls featuring news on titles, and chances to play video games. Various awards for new titles, both AAA and indie, will be announced at the event including the Best Sales Award, the Grand Award, and Game Designers Awards.
Visitors are also permitted to cosplay as their favorite characters, but be sure to pay attention to the rules as they also cover costumes and props.
There are a few rules customers are asked to adhere to in order to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everybody:
- If you’re bringing a baby, please don’t bring a stroller as the area gets crowded.
- Refrain from using handheld devices with the internet such as iPhones and Smartphones as it can interfere with the event equipment.
- It’s prohibited to arrive at the venue the night before to wait for the doors to open. Please arrive on the morning of the show.
- If you’d like to play Z-Rated games, please bring proof of age.
- Smoking is prohibited at the venue except for special areas.
- Long items that are 50cm or more, regardless of material, are prohibited. Umbrellas are allowed if the weather is rainy.
There are also some specific rules for cosplayers. Click here to see them.
Tickets can be bought in advance on their Website for 1000 yen for one day. If you plan on going on both public days, you have to buy one ticket for each day.
If you’re unable to book tickets online, you can also buy them at the door for 1200 yen for each day. Children of elementary school age or younger can enter for free, but they have to be accompanied by a paying adult.
Merchandise is available at the Tokyo Game Shop official store at the venue. These include t-shirts, keyrings, bags, mugs, caps, and more. Be sure to take plenty of cash with you to avoid disappointment.
This exciting event is more affordable than many game shows in other countries and it seems there will be plenty to do and see at one of the biggest gaming events in Japan in September. Get ready to play some awesome games, find out the latest gaming trends, and grab some merchandise at the Tokyo Game Show 2017!