Nintendo will be a major participant in this year's Tokyo Game Show, Kotaku has learned. This will be the first time since the show's inception in 1996 that Nintendo will participate with a booth at the show.
Traditionally, Nintendo has sat out the Tokyo Game Show. Sure, company prez Satoru Iwata gave the 2005 TGS keynote in which he unveiled the Wii-mote, but the company has never had an actual booth. Rather, it has focused on its own events like Space World and Nintendo World.
But this TGS is going to be different: Nintendo will have an actual booth. A big booth at that. Multiple, highly placed insiders confirm that the company will be in attendance, which is one of the reasons why TGS is four days this year instead of three.
Why Nintendo's sudden appearance? Square-Enix's Dragon Quest IX. Every time a Dragon Quest game has been shown at TGS, the event belongs to DQ. With Nintendo landing a major coup and getting DQIX on the DS (and it's gonna sell a gazillion copies), the company has decided to put in face time.
What does this mean? Madness. Long lines. And more madness. Rest easy, the DQIX demo will apparently be available via DS download. That means no waiting for three hours plus! An official announcement is expected in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
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