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TeamXbox: Tokyo Game Show 2008 Wrap-up

TeamXbox writes: "Covering the Xbox at the Tokyo game show is about as easy as being a tailor in a nudist colony. Or so the joke goes. In reality, Microsoft had a big showing this year, making big Halo-related announcements, filling the Makuhari Messe Convention Center with their games and otherwise doing their best to take the Land of the Rising Sun by storm. Makes sense after all, MS has made no secret of their desire to get bigger in the Japanese market, the one place in the world they're having trouble getting a really solid foothold.

The numbers suggest really slow growth in the market for the console, but you wouldn't be able to tell that from the games on display at the show. According to a handy handout from the event staff, of the 879 games on display at TGS this year, approximately 7% of them were for the Xbox 360. That's twice as many as the PS3 had. Of course the biggest presence was for handhelds including the Nintendo DS which accounted for 18.7% of the title and mobile phones which clocked in at 18%. That should not only tell you what kind of show it is, but what kind of market Japan is. They are a nation of commuters, and I defy you to get on a crowded train and not see multiple people playing games on one of those two devices."

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