As I left off in part 1, I was able to walk around Tokyo Game Show without any problems. I was able to check out practically any game I wanted to, talk to every booth I was interested in, and shop at any stall in the merchandise area without having to worry about anything being sold out. That all changed once the "public days" began. I actually skipped Saturday of the event due to all of the horror stories I've heard from colleagues and friends about the overcrowding. With over 100k in attendance on Saturday, I believe they were right.
I finally went on Sunday in order to meet up with one of my cosplay favorites, Vampy Bit Me, as well as check out the Capcom Cup Qualifier at the Mad Catz booth. If Saturday was packed with over 100,000, then it must have looked exactly like it did on Sunday. Once again, it was announced that each weekend day had over 100k each in attendance, a TGS record. You can see in the slideshow just how packed it was. I almost gave up moving immediately and sat at the Mad Catz booth until the qualifiers ended. I was shocked to find out that Daigo Umehara, Infiltration and Justin Wong had been eliminated already by the time I got settled. I watched as Haitani made a miraculous comeback against Juso, followed by an entertaining Fei Long mirror match between former Evo champion RZR Fuudo and self proclaimed 2D god MCZ Mago. Mago went on to win the match and fought Haitani tooth and nail down to the final match. In the end it would be Haitani and his Makoto winning the qualifer.
Before TGS ended, I was able to sneak in a few games at the Sega booth and snap some final pictures. I played Puyo Puyo X Tetris, and much like the title suggests, it pits the puzzle games Puyo Puyo Tetris. You pick which game you want to play and challenge either the computer or an online opponent. Pretty much the battle rules are similar, you just choose what puzzle game you prefer. I also tried out a music game called Song Set 575. It was similar to other music games like "Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan" or "Elite Beat Agents" in the US.
Once that was done, the show had ended and it was time to pack up. At this point one of the interesting things at the conclusion of the show was the ceremonies each booth did. I was told that I missed all of the opening ceremonies on Thursday, but it was similar to this. Each of the major booths held a little thank you speech and then had a parade of their models. Understandably, huge booths like the Sega and Gung Ho booths next to me had huge lines of models lined up and marching around. Since it was my first time seeing this, I was too dumbstruck to whip out my camera and snap photos, but I'm sure others did and have them posted up.
Overall, I had a blast at Tokyo Game Show. If I had any complaints, it would be that Nintendo did not have a booth. Otherwise, it was well worth the wait for me to make it to my first TGS. I'm hopeful that I can make it back again. In part 3, I'll be talking about the arcades I checked out in Tokyo. If you enjoyed this article, then please subscribe to my Arcade Games column. Check out my Video Game Babes and Action Figures columns as well. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and my Blog for more news about anime, games and other events in Houston.