Though E3 is widely regarded as the biggest of all the global game conventions, the Tokyo Game Show has always provided us with our last big game news push before the fall gaming season really kicks off. Though TGS has played host to plenty of important announcements before (it's practically the home of the price drop reveal), this year's TGS has the potential to be one of the most epic ever. A lot of rumors are flying around what might be said and revealed at this year's event.
Here are the top five reasons why you should be paying attention to this year's Tokyo Game Show.
5. Final Specs (and Perhaps a Price?) for Wii U
Though Nintendo chose E3 to reveal the Wii U console, we still don't know a whole lot about the hardware. Will it feature quad-core processors as rumored? Will it support more than one Wii U controller? And what about that Wii U screen? Though we all know the basic facts about Nintendo's new console, we don't know anything about the console's tech specs, or any features beyond just playing games. TGS will probably be the place where Nintendo announces what we can expect from the Wii U in terms of technical capability. And perhaps we'll even get some confirmed games for the system while they're at it.
But beyond finding out more about what we can expect features-wise from Nintendo's new console, TGS could very well be the place where Nintendo will tell us how much the Wii U will cost. They have a year to sell the system to us, so if it's going to be expensive (and all signs point to this unfortunate reality), Nintendo should announce the price point soon so they have time to justify it to consumers before launch. Admittedly, I wouldn't hold my breath for a final price point, but it would make sense for Nintendo to make the announcement at TGS to give it plenty of time to sink in.
4. Vita's New Features
And speaking of new consoles, the PlayStation Vita is poised to get a full showcase at TGS. We've already seen the unit in action—and we were certainly impressed—but the rumor mill has been swirling about unannounced features, including an ability to use the Vita as a controller for the PlayStation 3, Wii U-style. Sony will definitely have the home-field advantage in Japan (where the PSP was more of a hit than it was in North America) so if they are trying to make a big final push before this fall's launch, Japan would be the place to do it.
3. The Sequels You've Been Waiting For
If there's one thing that this year's E3 was extremely light on, it was new game announcements. Pretty much everything we saw on the show floor had already been announced, and aside from games on new consoles, there weren't many "current-gen" surprises at this year's event. However, this year's TGS looks to have plenty of new game announcements that will be coming to your consoles before the next generation officially starts. Among the titles rumored to be coming to TGS? How about Resident Evil 6, Borderlands 2, and the Metal Gear Solid HD collection? OK, maybe that last one isn't technically a sequel, but it's still something that gamers have been looking forward to, and it has been heavily rumored to be unveiled at this year's TGS.