Made in Japan: Highlights from the 2010 Tokyo Game Show

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Right about now, hordes of crazed Japanese gamers are storming the Makuhari Messe convention center, where the Tokyo Game Show happens every year. The show opens to the public on the weekend and most of the major publishers have rolled out their big announcements. Want to know the TGS news that excited us the most? Keep scrolling.

Crazy and cute

Asura’s Wrath
Details were scant on this new title from Capcom, but it seem to be riffing on epic mythological action in vein of God of War, but with what looks like a angry Buddha giving the planet a bad touch. It’s apparently coming for 360 and PS3.

Ni No Kuni
Hayao Miyazaki’s animation studio teams up with the development studio that makes the Professor Layton games and comes up with sheer beauty. Players will control Oliver, a boy who ventures to another world in the hopes of resurrecting his dead mother. The stunning visuals look like you’ll be inhabiting a living, breathing interactive version of a Studio Ghibli movie. This can’t come soon enough.

The Last Guardian
Sony announced that The Last Guardian will be arriving during Holiday 2011. The newest title from beloved developer Team Ico showed off some gameplay in a new trailer that debuted this week. The game’s young hero and his hybrid companion will be working in tandem… TO TRY THEIR BEST AND MAKE YOU CRY. Seriously, it’s a cute contest between this and Ni No Kuni. And we’re all winners.

Zombies where you expect them and where you don’t:

Dead Rising 2 – Case : West
The next installment of Capcom’s zombapocalypse series arrives in two short weeks but that didn’t stop the publisher from unveiling an add-on chapter to Dead Rising 2. Frank West–the first Dead Rising’s photojournalist  hero–returns to lend a helping hand to new enemy-of-the-undead Frank West. Like the Case Zero prelude, Case West will only be available on the Xbox 360.

Yakuza: Of the End
Sega’s Japanese mobster games haven’t set the world on fire in the West but they’ve been suprisingly quirky. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe the new Yakuza game, though. The shambling brain-eaters are one thing but the gangster with the gatling-gun robot arm totally takes Of the End into a new orbit. The next Yakuza game may be a lot of things but I don’t thing boring’s going to be one of them.

Superior Kinect-ion, or Japan’s doing all the cool Kinect games, huh?

Rise of Nightmares
Sega does goofy horror in their House of the Dead lightgun games, but this Kinect game looks like it actually might scare you for real. Get ready to play Silent Hill in first-person mode, kids!

Codename D

If you’ve ever played one of Suda51’s games, then you know the guy has a love of weird, grindhouse shlock. But this Kinect title looks bizarre even for him. The hero appears to be lobbing flaming baseballs at psychos dressed in sports-team mascot gear in a dilapidated amusement park. Which, with Kinect, means YOU will be throwing those flaming baseballs at at psychos dressed in sports-team mascot gear in a dilapidated amusement park.

Project Draco
If you loved the Panzer Dragoon games on the Dreamcast–riding a giant dragon into combat? What’s not to love?–then the newest concept from that series creator will be both familiar and exciting. Project Draco will apparently use the Kinect’s motion-sensing features to let you control the huge firebreathers. Look for it next year.

Reboots, re-inventions and re-issues:

Radiant Silvergun
This arcade game landed on the Sega Saturn system in 1998 but has since become a rare and pricey item on the eBay circuit. But original developer Treasure is remaking it for the Xbox, where it’ll feature online co-op and revamped graphics.

Don’t recognize the guy with the short, brown hair kicking demon ass? He’s supposedly the new version of Dante, the stylish demon hunter from Capcom’s Devil May Cry series. The franchise reboot is being handled by Ninja Theory, the developers behind PS3 launch title Heavenly Sword and the upcoming Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

We pegged the re-release of these PS2 favorites earlier this week and the newest details from Sony say that additional content will be in the package. You’ll also be able to play the newly-remastered classics in 3D, too.

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