The 2009 Tokyo Game Show has just wrapped, and new attendance figures revealed by Japanese trade body and event organizer CESA put this year's total at 185,030 guests.
According to a breakdown from consumer weblog Kotaku
, this is 52,040 attendees on the event's first two industry-only days, and 132,990 on its second two days, open to consumers.
This represents, however, a fall in attendance over last year's event, which saw 194,288 attendees. In 2008, attendance over 2007 rose modestly; 2007's total was 193,040.
Gamasutra was in attendance at this year's event; some highlights of our TGS coverage are as follows, with more interviews and impressions from the event on their way in the days to come:
TGS: Japanese Execs Analyze Reaching Western Market
At the same Tokyo Game Show event where they discussed the post-recession game biz, execs from Capcom, Konami, Namco, Square and Sony addressed Japanese companies' attempts to expand into the Western market.
TGS: Epic's Mike Capps On Developing Epic-Style
Epic Games president Mike Capps delivered a presentation called "The Secrets of Epic Games" at Tokyo Game Show's second day, delving into the processes that have led to the studio's success -- particularly concentrating on the Gears of War
TGS: Sony's Hirai Talks Motion Controller, PS3 Slim
In his TGS keynote, Sony's Kaz Hirai examined the future of the PlayStation platform, revealing 1 million PS3 Slim sales in 3 weeks, and showcasing the PS3 Motion Controller hardware.
TGS: Kojima, Japanese Creators Explore Natal
At a special Microsoft panel at Tokyo Game Show, Japanese design notables including Konami's Hideo Kojima discussed possibilities for Microsoft's Natal, suggesting blue-sky approaches to the next-gen controller.