Another Tokyo Game Show is upon us, and you know what that means? More crazy, “only in Japan” shenanigans.

Tokyo Game Show is happening right now in Japan, and while it’s cool to read all of our previews of cool new games and gadgets from the show floor, sometimes it is nice to actually see that show floor. Especially in Japan, which is known around the world for its very… offbeat humor and style. As they say, “only in Japan!”

Starting with something fairly tame, a World of Tanks tank parked right outside the exhibition hall.

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Once we get inside, we’re almost immediately greeted by this gigantic airship promoting JRPG Granblue Fantasy.

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Capcom had built a full courtroom replica to show off Ace Attorney 6

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These crazy video game themed sneakers came in four flavors – Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, and PS4.

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One of these things is not like the other…

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This was some MXC-style game where contestants had to stand on a tiny box while giant inflatable balls were thrown at them.

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Sony had a giant “AI-controlled” Trico to promote The Last Guardian.

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To promote its upcoming Attack on Titan game, Koei Tecmo showcased both a giant Titan head, and an interactive Titan display that fans could impose their own face onto.

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It wouldn’t be Tokyo Game Show without at least one giant Gundam head.

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Megaman energy canisters that are actual energy drinks. Brilliant!

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Also in the merch area, the Humanoid Fleece dudes from last year were back again.

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PlayStation VR was playable for the first time since being rebranded from Morpheus. Check out my impressions here.

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Tokyo Game Show – the only video game trade show where it is acceptable to promote your game via anime girl body pillows.

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One of the coolest little pieces of tech I saw at the show: Picocassette is determined to bring back the video game cartridge in this world dominated by digital downloads. It plugs into your smartphone’s earphone jack, and is preloaded with a variety of games.

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So this gigantic chair was here for reasons unknown. It seemed to be attached to the booth underneath it, but no-one was working there.

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Speed chess! Really hard to describe this, but it’s essentially chess with no turns. You move as many pieces as you can, as fast as you can, with the only limiting factor being that each piece has its own individual “cooldown” period before it can be moved again. Here’s a video of it in action.

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This little indie game was called Giant Robot Simulator. You’d put on an Oculus Rift, which would give you the viewpoint of the robot you’ll see, standing in front of a small town. It was a really neat use of VR technology.

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I’ll leave you with this gentleman, promoting his indie chicken race game, Poo Pride.

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That’s all for now! Stay tuned for our Cosplay highlights gallery, and be sure to check out all the rest of our coverage from the show.

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