As Tokyo Game Show grows closer, more and more pre-show press conferences and events are being held. One of the latest ones was from Konami, and here's what went down at the event:
— Konami President Fumiaki Tanaka took the stage to welcome everybody, then passed the stage off to executive producer of game contents Katsunori Okita.
— A new Nintendo DS game was announced by Okita, an adventure title called Time d note the interesting fact that Konami has a series of health clubs across Japan that they run, complete with the Konami name branded on them. That fact not only explains the announcement of a game like Anywhere Pilates, but the fact that Konami is integrating its e-XAX and e-Amusement services to allow people to transfer data between home and the clubs. It doesn't mean much if you're not in Japan, but it's still interesting news.
— Online contents production executive producer Kazuya Takahashi took the stage. He talked about several mobile games, including Metal Gear Solid Mobile, World Soccer Winning Eleven Mobile 2, and Silent Hill The Escape, which supports motion control. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they have phones with motion control in Japan, and if anything threatens the Wii remote's status there what so ever, it's those phones and not the Sixaxis controller. Tokimeki Memorial Mobile, Quiz Magic Academy Mobile 2 and future mobile versions of Rumble Roses, Air Force Delta, and Suikoden are also announced, but none of these games will likely ever make it outside of Japan. Such a shame.
— And now, we move on to Winning Eleven and Pro Evolution Soccer, which get quite a bit of time at the press conference. They deserve it, though since Winning Eleven Productions executive producer Shinji Enomoto notes that 370 million copies of Pro Evolution Soccer and Winning Eleven have been sold during the series' lifetime, 15 million of that in just the last year. Wow.