Five Kinect Exclusives, Five Other Titles Announced by Major Japanese Studios at TGS

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Adding some major momentum to the Kinect juggernaut was this year’s Tokyo Game Show at which five major Japanese studios announced games exclusive to the system. Here are all the details we have at present. There were 10 games announced in all and some major franchises are getting Kinect games. I believe that it’s a major coup for Microsoft, a non-Japanese firm, to get such a surge of support from the Japanese developer community and shows the true potential of Kinect.

Five Exclusive Titles for Kinect for Xbox 360

Looking for adventure and a rush of adrenaline? Microsoft introduced five immersive, exclusive Kinect for Xbox 360 games available in 2011:

  • codename D (Grasshopper Manufacture, Microsoft Game Studios). From the famed makers of killer7 and the NO MORE HEROES series comes codename D from SUDA 51 for Microsoft Game Studios. You must fight for your life to survive an evil amusement park filled with twisted and eerie creatures. With codename D for Kinect for Xbox 360, you are the controller as you unleash devastating effects to destroy enemies and objects.
  • Project Draco (Grounding, Microsoft Game Studios). The director of the cult hits Phantom Dust and Panzer Dragoon, game director Yukio Futatsugi, brings you an epic 3-D flying shooter. With the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, you will be able to nurture and learn to communicate with your dragon as you develop its skills and train it as a partner in combat. Then join friends* on Xbox LIVE to feel the rush of flight as you take to the skies together and experience breathtaking vistas and engage in thrilling battles.
  • Haunt (NanaOn-Sha, Microsoft Game Studios). Gather friends and family to delve deep into a haunted house dripping with mystery — you’ll need every ounce of your wit and cunning if you hope to unravel the veil of rumors that hide its darkest secret. Dodge traps and outwit ghosts, ghouls and frights that lurk with glee around each and every corner. Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in Haunt, spooky fun for Kinect for Xbox 360.
  • Steel Battalion Heavy Armor (Capcom, From Software). This all-new game revives the fan-favorite Steel Battalion series. With the support of Microsoft, Capcom and From Software join forces to bring this groundbreaking collaborative project to Xbox 360. Manhattan, 2082: In a world where computers and almost all modern technology have been lost, the greatest nations of the world continue to battle for supremacy. The American army lands in New York to begin its first big offensive of a long ground war. Soldiers fire from the trenches as scorched bunkers belch black smoke. As comrades continually fall to the unrelenting crossfire of bullets, the Vertical Tanks make their relentless advance. Experience the battlefield as never before with Kinect for Xbox 360.
  • Rise of Nightmares (SEGA). Rise of Nightmares offers a spine-tingling horror experience that uses the innovative new controls of Kinect for Xbox 360 to give players the ultimate fright. Using their whole body, players will experience fear and tension as never before in this exclusive Kinect for Xbox 360 horror adventure.


Take Aim and Jump in the Ring on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360

Japanese developers Treasure and Spike announced the revival of two beloved downloadable,* controller-based experiences on Xbox LIVE Arcade on Xbox 360 — putting your avatar directly into the fighting ring and bringing arguably one of the best 2-D shooters to international audiences for the first time:

  • Fire Pro Wrestling (Spike, Microsoft Game Studios). Your avatar makes its debut as a pro wrestler! From Spike, creator of the Fire Pro Wrestling series, comes this pro wrestling game for everyone. Customize your avatar wrestler, choosing from a wide selection of costumes, before you step into the arena and run wild. Unlock new moves as you advance your wrestling career. Face off against family and friends in offline and online competitive play modes, including single match and tag teams. Ding-ding, round one!
  • Radiant Silvergun (Treasure, Microsoft Game Studios). The classic scrolling shooter from Japan and spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Ikaruga receives an international release in this revival on Xbox LIVE Arcade on Xbox 360, the first ever since SEGA Saturn. Radiant Silvergun will see the return of the unique seven-weapon system among other fan-favorite gameplay features, as well as improvements, including the addition of a new system to enhance the challenging original chain system.

Home for the Best Games in 2010 and Beyond

The destination for the biggest blockbusters like Dead Rising 2, Fable III and Halo: Reach, Xbox 360 bolstered its impressive lineup with these previews:

  • Body and Brain Connection (NAMCO BANDAI Games). Body and Brain Connection challenges players to exercise both mind and body in the most cerebral and energetic party game ever from the originators of the video game brain training craze. Players of all ages must think fast and act even faster as they answer math, logic, reflex, memory and physical questions using the full-motion capabilities of Kinect for Xbox 360. Featuring over 20 different activities in single-player and multiplayer modes, the game lets up to four friends compete in fun and engaging activities as they strive for the youngest brain age. A daily progress tracker makes sure that players are up to date with their current brain age as they continue to stimulate both mind and body.
  • Child of Eden (Ubisoft). Child of Eden is a multi-sensory shooter that will send players diving into a kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music and mind-blowing visuals that will usher forth yet another landmark game experience from the mind of renowned game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi, its creator. Child of Eden thrusts the player in the center of a battle to save Project Lumi, a mission to reproduce a human personality inside Eden, the archive of all human memories. As the project nears completion, the archive is invaded by an unknown virus. The player’s mission is to save Eden from the virus to restore hope and peace.
  • METAL GEAR SOLID: RISING (Kojima Productions). METAL GEAR SOLID: RISING is the highly anticipated debut of Hideo Kojima’s critically acclaimed METAL GEAR SOLID franchise on Xbox 360. METAL GEAR SOLID: RISING will star Raiden, one of the most popular characters in the METAL GEAR SOLID universe, in a new, lightning bolt action adventure on Xbox 360.
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