Tokyo Game Show 2023 ended spectacularly today at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world gathered to attend the final day of this year’s showcase. Anime Corner spent all day at the event – until the doors were closed to try to get in as much gaming spirit as possible.
Shortly after the general public was granted access to the main exhibits, the booths quickly became crowded with eager individuals, resulting in wait times of up to two hours just to get a chance to play the highly anticipated titles before they vanish until their official release. Sega had a busy day pushing the marketing of Sonic Superstars, which was their biggest game there. Sega also had a small booth dedicated to Demon Slayer – Sweep the Board – a party game where you can play as and against your favorite characters such as Tanjiro and Nezuko. Tanjro himself came out to greet players as they stood in line for the demo.
Crowds were heavy around the Sega and Atlus main stage where every few hours there was a mini show dedicated to featured TGS showcases. The Sonic show presented the charismatic Sonic himself joining forces with the Sonic Team cheerleaders, while Atlus showcased electrifying performances by Persona 5 cosplayers, as they danced to the mesmerizing tunes from the game.
Fate/Samurai Remnant stole the show at the Koei Tecmo booth with long lines of eager fans. Square Enix brought half a dozen games for demo play to their TGS booth, and each one of them was jammed packed all day.
Outside the big developers, TGS also had a huge space for indie developers from all over the world to show off their titles. This year’s indie show floor was expanded for 2023 as 2022 was an overall smaller event due to the pandemic. TGS also featured a sizable exhibit for Korean indie developers to come together and advertise their games. Little Witch in the Woods, a comfy and whimsical game from the Korean company Sunny Side Up had a display with merch such as buttons and tote bags.
The cooler weather on Sunday allowed for a comfortable cosplay area outside the indie showcase exhibit. Cosplayers from Genshin Impact, Atelier Ryza, Persona 5, Final Fantasy VII, and Hololive were quite popular. Photographers and cosplayers were able to move around quickly and energetically in the mild temperature.
Anime Corner will continue to report more on Tokyo Game Show throughout the week.
Thumbnail Caption: Persona 5 Cosplayers at TGS on Sunday Afternoon