The lights are on
The Tokyo Game Show will be held in September, and among its confirmed participants is Microsoft, which skipped 2012's show.
You can check out the full list here which has been translated by Gematsu here. Sony, Namco Bandai, and Sega among many others are confirmed, as well as Nintendo's traditional absence.
Microsoft has always struggled in the Japanese market. On the advent of the Xbox One, maybe Microsoft is trying another strong push to break in.
[Source: Gematsu and Joystiq]
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Sony and Nintendo ruled Japan. soooo.... yeah. Microsoft wont get any good from them.
Probably a wise decision on their part- one, I would hope, to be the first of many to come. Of course, they could be doing this for all the wrong reasons, much like they have been doing a lot of things lately.
I have the same "what the hell?" thoughts for both Microsoft and Nintendo.
For one, Microsoft might as well give up--Japan obviously doesn't want their giant American boxes.
For Nintendo, just, what the hell? The big show they've got going on at the Mall of America this month is nice, but... Then again, they aren't interested in playing by anyone else's rules.
They needed to in order to provide another public platform to push out info, you don't fight a war by sitting on the sidelines. You dive head first into enemy territory which they clearly are considering Sony's fervent chokehold on Japan. I applaud th effort , but I just want to see what gets put to the forefront and what other games they have in development. Plus lets get some damn release dates and launch lineups from both.
Didn't they say that Asia isn't even getting the console til late next year? Why even bother. Sony and Nintendo own that territory.
I hope. Microsoft shows off new japanese IPs at the Tokyo game show!
They come groveling back
I do not think it is a good idea for Microsoft to return and try to promote the Xbox One there. I have a very strong feeling it will do poorly. Their configuration and policies are not to the liking of Japanese people in general.
*looks at Nintendo* What the heck are you doing? I know you get alot of Japanese games but would it hurt for you to show up, man? *looks at Microsoft* Good for you! Even though a vast majority of Microsoft's fanbase couldn't care less about Japanese games... there are still some people in the fanbase that loves Japanese games. So thats good! The Xbox One did manage to get Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy XV after all. The sales for those two games are gonna be interesting...