Tokyo Game Show 2012 kicks off with surge in mobile games

The Tokyo Game Show 2012, one of the world’s top gaming industry events, kicked off Thursday in Chiba Prefecture, with developers unveiling an increased number of titles for smart phones, at a time when sales of console games are slowing.

During the four-day video game software and hardware expo at the Makuhari Messe convention center near Tokyo, 209 companies from around the world will showcase a record 1,043 titles, according to the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association.

The annual event is expected to draw roughly 195,000 game fans, with 1,609 booths open for hands-on experiences of new titles and other products, the organizer said.

The event will be open only to the media and gaming industry for the first two days, then to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s game show sees a surge in the number of game titles for mobile platforms such as Apple Inc.’s iPhone, as social networking games further increases their presence.

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