TOKYO — Sept. 20, 2006 — Today at the Tokyo Game Show 2006, Microsoft Corp. delivered information on
new and improved entertainment experiences for Japanese gamers, including
details of the Xbox 360™ library of nearly 110 high-definition games available
this holiday season in Japan,
which will include the highly anticipated “Blue Dragon” from Microsoft Game
Studios. Microsoft also paid tribute to NAMCO BANDAI Games and “Pac-Man,”
announcing that the first “Pac-Man” World Championship will be held in early
2007 using Xbox 360 and Xbox Live® Arcade.
Microsoft also revealed details of other entertainment offerings enabled
through Xbox 360, with availability date and pricing provided for the Xbox 360
HD DVD player in Japan,
as well as news of an update that will allow the Xbox 360 console to output
full 1080p games and video.
At the best-attended gaming convention in the world, Microsoft showcased
games that will boost the Xbox 360 software library in Japan to nearly
110 titles by holiday season 2006 as well as more titles coming well into 2007.
The Xbox 360 games showcased include “Blue Dragon” (Microsoft Game Studios),
“Lost Planet: Extreme Condition” (Capcom), “Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2” (Tecmo
Inc.) and the newly announced “Trusty Bell” (NAMCO BANDAI Games), and a host of
anticipated Xbox Live Arcade titles. For 2007, Microsoft also announced a
pipeline of great games that include the epic role-playing game (RPG) “Infinite
Undiscovery” (Microsoft Game Studios).
“The key to winning the hearts and minds of the Japanese market is great
games, and this great lineup demonstrates that Xbox 360 has those games in
spades,” said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive
Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft.
“Our lineup of role-playing games from the acknowledged masters of the genre is
proof positive that there has never been a better time for Japanese gamers to
jump in and pick up an Xbox 360 system.”
Many game titles, including the much-anticipated epic RPG “Blue Dragon,”
will be playable for the first time in the Microsoft® booth at the
Tokyo Game Show. Other playable titles include “Lost Odyssey™” (Microsoft Game
Studios) and “Viva Piñata™” (Microsoft Game Studios).
Xbox Live Arcade and the “Pac-Man” World
With the creator of “Pac-Man,” Toru Iwatani, onstage, Peter Moore announced
that Microsoft and NAMCO BANDAI Games will host the first “Pac-Man” World
Championship in early 2007. The top 10 players in the world for “Pac-Man” on
Xbox Live Arcade will compete for the title in New York City. More details, including how to
qualify for the championship, will be made available in the coming months.
Continuing its tremendous momentum, Xbox Live Arcade has also announced in Tokyo a host of exciting
new games, including some that will be exclusive to the Japanese market. Gamers
will have the opportunity to try a host of new games on the show floor,
including the classic side-scroller “Contra” (Konami Corp.), the space-shooter
“Gyruss” (Konami), the enemy-popping classic “Dig Dug” (NAMCO BANDAI Games),
arcade favorite “Track & Field” (Konami), “New Rally-X” (NAMCO BANDAI
Games) “Rush’n Attack” (Konami), a favorite 1980s side-scroller, and the inimitable
“Ms. Pac-Man” (NAMCO BANDAI Games). In addition, the Japan-exclusive Xbox Live
Arcade game “Yie Ar Kung Fu” (Konami), one of the very first fighting games,
was announced for release in 2007.
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player and 1080p Support
Microsoft announced pricing and availability details for the Xbox 360 HD DVD
Player in Japan.
The accessory will launch on Nov. 17, 2006, priced at ¥19,800 (estimated retail
price), and will come with an Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote.
“Xbox 360 and the HD DVD Player together deliver the most powerful and
affordable games and movie system for Japanese consumers,” Moore said. “The freedom to choose their
entertainment experiences is extremely important for consumers as they enter
the next generation.”
In addition, Microsoft announced that its fall software update, scheduled
for release later this year, will allow all Xbox 360 consoles around the world
to output game and movie content in 1080p resolution.
Demonstrating its pledge to democratize game development for tomorrow’s game
developers, Microsoft announced that four Japanese universities will use its
XNA™ Game Studio Express software in educational material and research within
their course offerings. The XNA software allows hobbyists, students and
independent game developers to create games for Windows® and, for
the first time, Xbox 360 with the goal that user-generated games made with XNA
will arrive on Xbox Live Marketplace. Tokyo
and Osaka Electro-Communication University
join the dozens of universities worldwide that have pledged support for
Microsoft’s XNA vision and are recognizing the potential of XNA Game Studio
Express as an educational tool. As a result, these four schools will integrate
XNA software into their game development curricula, labs and games-related
“As I turn my attention and passion toward teaching the next generation of
game developers, I am thrilled with XNA Game Studio Express and related
products,” said Toru Iwatani, a lecturer at Tokyo Polytechnic
University and original
creator of “Pac-Man.” “I believe that these products are attractive and
effective because they create a development environment that matches the skill
level and area of expertise, widening the entry of future developers into game
XNA Game Studio Express beta was made available to users worldwide on Aug.
30, 2006. The final version of XNA Game Studio Express will be made available
this holiday season.
About Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is the most powerful video game and entertainment system,
delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox Live online
gaming network and unique digital entertainment experiences that revolve around
gamers. Xbox 360 is expected to have a catalog of 160 high-definition games by
the end of 2006 and to be available in nearly 40 countries by the end
of 2007. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/xbox360.