CESA, organizer of the Tokyo Game Show, has announced record attendance figures for this year's event, which drew to a close yesterday.
Over its four days, the show welcomed 207,647 attendees, a new record and the first time attendance has surpassed the 200,000 mark. Last year's event had a total attendance figure of 185,030.
The first two days of the event, which are set aside for industry attendees, recorded numbers of 24,764 and 24,229 respectively, while the latter two days, which are open to the public, recorded 81,469 and 77,185.
To close the event CESA, held the Future Division ceremony for its annual Japan Game Awards. The Future Division awards are given to the best ten forthcoming games voted for by Tokyo Game Show attendees over the first three days of the event. Attendees were able to pick from 183 titles due for release in the next twelve months.
The winning games are:
* Idolmaster 2
(Namco Bandai, X360)
* El Shaddai
* Gran Turismo 5
* Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
(Square Enix, PSP)
* Ni no Kuni
* Final Fantasy XIV
(Square Enix, PC/PS3)
* Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
* Yakuza Of the End
Highlights of Gamasutra's coverage of the event include Kinect spokesman Kudo Tsunoda explaining why he believes Kinect Sales will 'Blow Away' iPad
, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios organization, discussing his views on Move
, Team Ninja head of development Yosuke Hayashi inviting comparisons
between the company's new work and its old, and EA's COO John Schappert on being the number one publisher on the iOS App Store