Record attendance at Tokyo Game Show


Tokyo Game Show -Photo Credit: Patrick Nwadike

MAKUHARI, Chiba — A record single day crowd of 86,200 attended the Tokyo Game Show 2011 at the Makuhari Messe on Sept. 17, the first day the world’s biggest game exhibition was open to the general public.

Organizers opened the show’s doors 30 minutes earlier than scheduled on seeing the huge crowds assembled.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s newly released PlayStation Vita was enormously popular, as it had been during the show’s trade days on Thursday and Friday. The demand to try out the game was so strong that organizers had to impose limits within 30 minutes of the show’s opening on the number of people who could give it a trial to ensure as many as possible experienced the new system.

Game fans had to wait for up to two hours to play some games. About 1,200 tickets were handed out on a first-come basis to try out the Nintendo 3DS game Monster Hunter 3c and were gone within 45 minutes.

Sunday is the show’s final day. Entry is 1,200 yen ($15.60), but free for those in elementary school or younger.

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