The Play Station Expo '95 took place in the B building of the Harumi convention center on October 7 and 8. There were 53 vendors with booths showing off their latest Play Station games. There was a main stage where some vendors had special shows, and several vendors had various small events inside their booths. Some of the events, displays, and new games are described in more detail below.
The seiyuu related events that were held at the main stage or vendor booths were as follows.
Main StageThere were events every hour at the main stage. Human, Namco, Xing, Capcom, Electronic Arts Victor, Zoom, Asmik, Acclaim Japan, Techno Soft, Tohoku Shinsha, Takara, General Entertainment, and Sony Computer Entertainment had events. The main stage was set up at the end of the building, and they allowed 250 people per event. The event area was fenced off, but it was possible to stand behind the fence and watch. At most of the popular events, there were at least 100 people standing behind the fence watching.
Human's event was a talk and song show by Inoue Kikuko, the voice actress in the game Twilight Syndrome.
Namco held a Ridge Racer game tournament, and they also had some sexy dancers perform a dance on stage.
Xing had a talk show by Komori Manami, who sang the theme song to the 3x3 Eyes game.
Capcom held a Street Fighter Zero game tournament.
Electronic Arts Victor held a Hi-Octane time attack. Hi-Octane is a 3D racing (and battle!) game where you can choose among the 6 vehicles, and 4 visual angles. The game goes on sale 1996.01.12, and the cost is 5800 yen.
Zoom held a Zero Divide game tournament.
Asmik's event was a Lupin III quiz contest and a talk show by Shimamoto Sumi, the voice actress for Claris in Lupin III Cagliostro's Castle.
Acclaim Japan's event was a talk show by the creator of the game D no Shokutaku (D's Dining Table).
Techno Soft's event was an introduction to the game Reverthion and a game tournament.
Tohoku Shinsha's event was a talk show by Shimamoto Sumi.
Takara had a Toushinden 2 game tournament.
Arc System WorksArc System Works had a very small booth, but they called two seiyuu guests Inoue Yoshiko and Hirose Yukari. Over the course of two days, they held five events. Inoue Yoshiko sang two songs, the opening and ending songs to the game Wizard's Harmony, Kitto Kanaerareru Mirai and Zutto.., and Hirose Yukari dressed up as a character from Wizard's Harmony.
They also had game tournaments for their game EXECTOR, a 3D robot shooting game, where the winner was given a free copy of the game!
Arc System Works also has a WWW page at http://www.arcsy.co.jp/, so those with Internet access can get information about their new games.
AsmikAsmik had a large booth and was showing off Lupin III Cagliostro's Castle - Reunion - (an adventure game based on an original story), Sidewinder (a 3D dogfight game), Hard Rock Cab (a shooting game), and Volken Cratzer (a real time RPG).
The Lupin III Cagliostro's Castle - Reunion - game will take place 16 years after the anime movie. Claris is now the queen, and Cagliostro Castle was a monument park. The player is a tourist who visits the castle, and he gets caught in the incident. So the player has to save Claris with Lupin. The secret treasure of Cagliostro was supposed to be the Roman ruins at the bottom of the sea. But there was another treasure deeper down!?
The game will have lots of information from the anime movie in various locations. You can click on some parts of the wall to see the original story boards drawn by Miyazaki Hayao. You can click on some other parts of the wall to see some flashback scenes from the movie. There will be a encyclopedia database with information about the characters, guns, cars, and other items.
Also the castle will be recreated with computer graphics. Even parts of the castle that were not revealed in the movie will be completely reproduced in the game.
The sales date and price has not been determined yet, and this game is co-produced by Asmik and Tohoku Shinsha.
BandaiBandai had a large booth and was showing off Macross Digital Mission VF-X, Captain Tsubasa J (a soccer game), and Ultraman Invader (the classic space invaders game with Ultraman characters).
They passed out Macross posters to the first 5000 people who went to their booth, and Macross creator Kawamori Shoji came for a signing session. The Macross game was only 5% complete at this time, and it is planned to be in the stores in the spring of 1996, for 6800 yen. It will be a 3D shooting simulator game, where the player can choose the VF-1, VF-4G, VF-11B, VF-17D, VF-19A, and VF-22 Valkyries.
There was also a girl dressed up as Super Sailor Moon, who was passing out flyers for the Sailor Moon game which is being planned for a Spring 1996 release.
Bandai Toy SalesThe Bandai Toy Sales division had their own little booth, and they were showing off the game ZXE-D Legend of Plasmalite. This game comes with little model robots that you attach to the game, and this changes the fighting ability and strengths of the robot. Also the pilot character designs are done by the famous manga artist Egawa Tatsuya. The sales date and price of this game has not been determined yet.
Coconuts Japan EntertainmentCoconuts Japan Entertainment had a large booth and was showing off King of Bowling (a bowling game), Striker (a soccer game), Angel Graffiti (a high school love story simulation game) and Team 47 Goman (a polygon robot 3D fighting and action game).
They also held some events inside their booth. On October 7, they had a Striker game tournament. On October 8, they invited voice actress Tomizawa Michie (one of the characters in the game Angel Graffiti) who held two talk shows.
Angel Graffiti is a high school romance simulation game with character designs by Matsumoto Izumi and scenario by Terada Kenji (the combination that did Kimagure Orange Road). The game will have voices by Onodera Mariko, Amano Yuri, Tomizawa Michie, Shinohara Emi, Kasahara Rumi, Orikasa Ai, and Shimamoto Sumi. This game is planned to go on sale this winter, and the price has not been determined yet.
HumanHuman had a medium sized booth and they were showing off four games: The Firemen 2 (an action game where you put out fires), Twilight Syndrome (a horror adventure game), Hyper Formation Soccer (a soccer game), and Puppet Zoo Pilomy (a puzzle adventure game where you create your own animals using various animal parts).
The Firemen 2 is an upgraded version of the Super Famicom game The Firemen, and is an action game where you put out fires. Because of the capacity of CD-ROM, this game has multi-scenarios and multi-endings, and many more stages with beautiful graphics. It also has a lot of dialogue by the voice actors: Utsumi Kenji, Furukawa Toshio, Ohta Shin'ichirou, and Touma Yumi. It is planned to go on sale in December for 5800 yen.
Twilight Syndrome is planned to go on sale at the end of the year for 5800 yen, Hyper Formation Soccer went on sale 10/13 for 5800 yen, and the sales date and price for Puppet Zoo Pilomy has not been determined yet.
They also had three talk shows on October 8 where they called the very popular voice actress Inoue Kikuko and Otakki Sasaki, the director of Kikuko's radio show. Each event was limited to 50 people, as that was the number of people who could fit inside the booth, and there was a mad rush to get the tickets to the events. Fortunately they limited each person to one event, to allow more people to see the events.
Media EntertainmentMedia Entertainment had a medium sized booth, and they had seven events over the course of two days by voice actresses Ono Ayako and Nagashima Yuko. The events were simple quizzes (based on their game Disc World, a fantasy adventure game) and a ping-pong ball sweeping game (based on their game Kyuiin, a left to right scrolling shooting game), with the voice actresses emceeing the events. The winners got a Kyuiin desk-top calendar.
Riverhill SoftRiverhill Soft had a small booth, and they were showing off Sotsugyou II Neo Graduation (a "grow your cute" simulation game), and Blue Chicago Blues (a two CD adventure game with lots of movie images). They had two girls dress up as the characters in Graduation, and they were passing out flyers for the games. Sotsugyou II Neo Graduation went on sale 10/27, for 5800 yen.
Tohoku ShinshaTohoku Shinsha had a large booth, and they were showing off Pal (a monster RPG with special effects visuals by Amemiya Keita), Lupin III (an adventure game based on the movie Cagliostro's Castle), and Slime Shiyou! (a life simulation game). They also had a guy dress up as the monster from Pal.
Xing EntertainmentXing Entertainment had a medium sized booth, and they were showing off Wolf Fang (a robot shooting game), Kaitei Daisensou (a 3D submarine shooting and adventure game), Gussun Oyoyo (a cute puzzle game), and 3x3 Eyes (an adventure game with the characters from 3x3 Eyes). They also held some janken contests where the prize was a cute doll of the submarine in Kaitei Daisensou.
othersKonami, Capcom, Namco, and other large companies just displayed a lot of their games and let the people play them. Every vendor had lots of colorful flyers to advertise their new games.
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