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#44 Real Issues, Real Voices, Real Japan Podcast – The Return of the Tokyo Game Show

Daniel Robson and Arielle Busetto outline how the Tokyo Game Show has changed since the pandemic, such as the difference in scale and new things to look for.

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Listen in as Daniel Robson and Arielle Busetto chat with the JAPAN Forward editorial team from the Tokyo Game Show exhibition venue at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

After being forced by COVID-19 to close its doors to the public and instead offer a virtual online event for two years, the Tokyo Game Show once again welcomed the world to come in and play.

In 2019, there were 655 exhibitors from 40 countries. This year, there were 605 registered exhibitors representing 37 countries. The numbers reflected the game show’s return to near normalcy in 2022. 

PC and Nintendo Switch titles led the way with the most offerings at the show. However, virtual reality (VR) gaming has seen a huge increase since 2019, and PlayStation VR2 made its presence known at the show, alongside Meta Quest 2.

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