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Tokyo Game Show Sees Small Decline In Attendance

While it has been a tradition that every new Tokyo Game Show sees a slight increase in attendance, the world's biggest gaming event took a small step backwards in 2009.

Last year, the show pulled in a total of 194,288 visitors (this includes both press and the public) but this time around, according to the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Organization, the overall attendance number dipped to 185,030. It's not a significant slip but its indicative of the lack of huge news - as evidenced by the low-key keynotes and press conferences - and we should probably note that the same number of industry professionals showed up for the business days. Here's a look at the day-by-day breakdown of attendance; as you can see, it was only Day 3, the opening day for the public, that saw the decrease reflected in the final tally:

  • Day 1 - 27,435 Visitors (2008: 27,305 Visitors)
  • Day 2 - 24,605 Visitors (2008: 24,178 Visitors)
  • Day 3 - 61,138 Visitors (2008: 71,639 Visitors)
  • Day 4 - 71,852 Visitors (2008: 71,166 Visitors)
  • Total: 185,030 Visitors (2008: 194,288 Visitors)

In 2010, show organizers say they will return to the Chiba prefecture's Makuhari Messe convention center, although CESA isn't quite sure if they'll have a three-day or four-day show. Either way, it's going to mark the 20th Tokyo Game Show, so hopefully, they'll have all sorts of big stuff planned. This year, we really didn't have much of anything; the big news actually came a little earlier at GamesCom (PS3 price drop, PS3 Slim, etc.).

9/28/2009 12:35:40 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

A2K78
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 12:57:55 PM
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Seeing how the japanese console market(not arcade/amusement) business is flagging, its quite obvious why the attendence was low.

Overall I highly doubt Namco,SEGA,Konami and Capcom cared given the fact the arcade/amusement business have doing quite well for them.

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englishgolfer
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 12:59:09 PM
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i reckon those that didn't attend were playing on their nice new ps3s and didn't have time.

Last edited by englishgolfer on 9/28/2009 12:59:49 PM

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RustEDalex
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 6:45:38 PM

that or Pokemon

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Jawknee
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 1:07:54 PM
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Still. That's not too bad a turnout.

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Scarecrow
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 1:16:20 PM
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It's a small decline
Amazing how small decline makes it seem "bad"

I also blame the fact that there are too many other game events in Europe

This is really hurting the TGS

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Banky A
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 3:32:17 PM
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:(

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packersfan66
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 3:48:39 PM
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I got the yellow light on my launch 60 gb last night...... :( :( :( :( :(

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Charger7302
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 4:04:14 PM

Please accept my most sincere condolences.....

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kevinater321
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 6:12:30 PM

Please....for the love of jebus...change your pic.

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Jawknee
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 6:46:15 PM

"very niiice"

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Scarecrow
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 9:57:40 PM

Damn
Well, get the Slim my friend

Sorry to hear, but I guess it's inevitable with the older models...

Don't think many Slims get them

By the way, it's $150 if you want to send it back to Sony for repairs

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Lazytrappin
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 7:01:01 PM
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I would like to be able to attend these kind of shows. It would be a blast.

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Scarecrow
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 9:58:16 PM

Same...
Sadly there aren't any game shows here

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Ultimate_Balla
Monday, September 28, 2009 @ 7:07:58 PM
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What's the "Yellow light" you speak of? YLOD?

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Ory2288
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 @ 1:29:07 AM
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I was there on day one. Even with a drop it was an hour wait to play GT5 or Tekken 6. Worth the wait but needed some more chairs.

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___________
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 @ 2:14:18 AM
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why do these things always have to be close to the end of the month.
for once can we have them earlier in the month?
before the 15th.
E3,gamescom,PAX,TGS i was not able to watch any videos from either of those because by the time they were on i was already over my download usage.
and once that happens watching a 2 minute video incurs 5 days of waiting for it to buffer.

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