TGS '07: Namco Bandai offers saiyans, sponge baths

Publisher of Dragon Ball Z and Ace Combat series shows off a diverse lineup to pack in attendees.

TOKYO--Every booth at the Tokyo Game Show is bright, loud, and full of people, but Namco Bandai's was brighter and, more importantly, fuller than most. That's because the company has so many licenses that are especially popular in Japan, such as Dragon Ball Z and Gundam. The booth also housed a slew of interesting role-playing games, not to mention Time Crisis 4 and Ace Combat 6.

With that in mind, it's hardly any wonder that showgoers were lined up a dozen deep to get in, or that the screen above Namco Bandai's stage had at least 200 viewers, even when it was blank. They were all gathered to see new trailers and info for upcoming games, as well as whatever stage shows the company might have in store for them.

From what we saw, Namco Bandai's stage presentation didn't quite compete with those of nearby booths, featuring a taped performance of a Japanese pop star, rather than a live show like the one going on at neighboring Tecmo. But at TGS, the games are of first and foremost importance, and Namco Bandai's booth had those in spades.

The company's big licenses were all in attendance, including a multiplayer demo for Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation Troy (or Mobile Ops: The One Year War, as it will be known in North America) that had players battling through a cityscape from the cockpits of Japan's favorite giant robots. We also saw a new Ace Combat 6 mission and got destroyed online before checking out Dragon Ball Z: Sparking Meteor for the Wii and PS2. This upcoming anime-fighter looks to put the Wii's motion controls to good use, as you do battle as or against nearly every character in the entire history of Dragon Ball Z. While the game may miss one or two, the number of playable characters we saw was intimidating.

For families who want to play games together and get in shape, there was Family Trainer. This Wii game will have one or two players competing in short events with both the Wii Remote and a footpad. Or, for families who would rather sit around, Beautiful Katamari was also on display.

Namco Bandai's booth also featured a couple of the weirder titles at the show, including Duel Love, in which you wipe sweat off a naked boy with a sponge. There was also a suggestive Ar tonelico II trailer featuring a provocative kiss between two female characters, and an extremely aroused flower. At the 2007 Tokyo Game Show, you could say that Namco Bandai had a little bit of everything.

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31 comments
Scope-Eye51
Scope-Eye51

I bought the Xbox 360 just for one reason, and is just for this game if not I wouldn't never have bought it, I'm a huge Mobile suit GunDam fan.

XSniperX21324
XSniperX21324

Well with mobile ops and how fun the demo was, I think it will be good or at least entertaining, alot better than crossfire.

SWATMAN4
SWATMAN4

Im a huge gundam fan and have been disappointed with the most recent US releases except for DW: Gundam, a mediocre game with good entertainment. Im hoping that Mobile Ops will set the bar for future Gundam games in america. the japs are too stuck on the prerequisites of thier country and not others.

felshs
felshs

i dont really like gundam and Dragon ballZ. Digimon is the best one they got. i miss Digimon world 1 so much...........i love that game.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

I don't see why the japanese like gundam games so much. They're so terrible! :?

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

last paragraph is for the ladies in japan ... not anyone else ... relax!

mixhawkeye
mixhawkeye

WTF is with duel love and the sponge thing?!?! i don't want to wipe sweat off little naked anime boys! Nor would i want to do that with little naked girls either! How about give me a game which doesn't require me to act like a pervert.

lettuceman44
lettuceman44

@last paragraph ......................wtf............

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

I'm actually hoping Ar Tonelico 2 makes it to the US. Granted NIS will probably be the ones to publish it here like the last one. Sure the first one was simple but it was addicting.

Razzi65
Razzi65

where's TEKKEN 6????????????????

Kuja_tribal
Kuja_tribal

Okay so you went to Namco Bandai's booth... WHERES TALES OF SYMPHONIA!?!?!? Trailer Plox

ZagZagovich
ZagZagovich

2 vass86 Don't worry. I'm sure they are going to make one after Sparkling! Meteor.

Davids_4_Life
Davids_4_Life

lol dbz rocks but that game with the sponge n a naked baby... ok no.. kiddy fiddlers game!

diablobasher
diablobasher

Man i'm well behind on my JRPGs, i've only jusy gotten around to getting Rogue Galaxy and Digital Devil Saga, i still neet the other rediculously long named Megaten games, and theres more! Some DBZ on 360 would be kinda cool.

gcps2master
gcps2master

yeah, we need a DBZ on 360 to get some nicer graphics and online

vass86
vass86

shame the next DBZ game isn't being proper next gen :(

captainfork
captainfork

The article started off good, got better, and then made a suddenly weird turn...I didn't see that one coming.

nevi
nevi

OK, it was good and everything. It has it

encore36
encore36

Where was Tekken 6, BOO!

Luwker
Luwker

13th of november..... tenkaichi 3...... Im pratically killing myself

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Ace Combat 6! Woohoo!!!! Huh? Other games? Can't that company see I'm trying to fantasize?

leesius
leesius

i think this game cud be 8 or 8.5 if they make it a 9 it wud shock me

XxgAmErXX6655
XxgAmErXX6655

:):)Yeah man DBZ rocks!!!! Cant wait for DBZBT3!!!!! Yeah!!!:D:D

x-wing20
x-wing20

mobile ops will turn out just fine.

mephisto009
mephisto009

"including Duel Love, in which you wipe sweat off a naked boy with a sponge. O_O There was also a suggestive Ar tonelico 2 trailer featuring a provocative kiss between two female characters, and an extremely aroused flower." o_O a flower.....