Nintendo may have brought the games, but Sony definitely brought the hardware at their pre-TGS press conference tonight. Launch dates, PlayStation 2 remakes, and lots more was covered at the event, and we've got all the details. If you watched our liveblog you're already up to speed, but if not, here are a few noteworthy highlights of SCEJ's Vita-heavy presser:
Sony's TGS-Updated Launch Calendar
Final Fantasy Type-0 (PSP) -- Oct. 27
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (PS3, PS Vita) -- Nov. 2011
PlayStation Vita -- Dec. 17th, Japan
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, X360) -- Dec. 2011
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom (PS Vita) -- Dec. 2011
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS Vita) -- TBA
Metal Gear Solid HD Edition (PS3, PS Vita) -- TBA 2012
Zone of the Enders HD (PS3, PS Vita) -- TBA 2012
The PS Vita is set for a December 17th launch in Japan! It'll feature 26 launch titles, with quite a few more in the works.
Sony revealed that a 3G data plan in Japan will be 980 yen for 20 hours, and 4980 yen for 100 hours, courtesy of NTT Docomo. However, the cost may be a drawback give the proliferation of cheap data plans in Japan and the sour economy. The ability to play Marvel vs. Capcom 3 over a 3G connection will be nice, but don't be surprised if the non-3G variation proves to be much more popular.
After a long wait, we're finally getting a remake of Final Fantasy... X. What, you were expecting a Final Fantasy VII remake? Final Fantasy X will be a solid fit for the Vita (and the PS3), though the lineup is starting to look a bit port-heavy. Maybe we'll get Final Fantasy XII next?
Also announced were two new Vita titles from Square Enix: Lord of the Apocalypse, an action-RPG; and Army Corps of Hell. Both are set to be launch titles, it looks like.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for Vita, features SCEJ's cat mascots Toro and Kuro as playable brawlers -- in the Japanese version, at least. Also: optional touch-screen controls, and multiplayer over 3G and Wi-Fi.
Hideo Kojima covered the upcoming Metal Gear lineup, while also revealing Metal Gear Solid HD for the PS Vita and PS3. Also: Transfarrance save game support from PS3 to Vita!
Also revealed was the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, which is comprised of Zone of the Enders 1 and 2. Anime cutscenes were shown, although they don't indicate if a second sequel is in the works.
Kojima briefly teased a new game being built on the Fox Engine, but no details were given, naturally.
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You can download and play PSP games on your Vita over PSN! Huzzah!
Japanese video service Nico Nico Douga will be getting Vita support. Not huge news for English-speaking gamers, but should be pretty big for the overseas audience.
And there you have it! What other thrills, spills, and slightly interesting announcements does this year's Tokyo Game Show have in store? Stay tuned!