While it has been a tradition that every new Tokyo Game Show sees a slight increase in attendance, the world's biggest gaming event took a small step backwards in 2009.
Last year, the show pulled in a total of 194,288 visitors (this includes both press and the public) but this time around, according to the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Organization , the overall attendance number dipped to 185,030. It's not a significant slip but its indicative of the lack of huge news – as evidenced by the low-key keynotes and press conferences – and we should probably note that the same number of industry professionals showed up for the business days. Here's a look at the day-by-day breakdown of attendance; as you can see, it was only Day 3, the opening day for the public, that saw the decrease reflected in the final tally:
In 2010, show organizers say they will return to the Chiba prefecture's Makuhari Messe convention center, although CESA isn't quite sure if they'll have a three-day or four-day show. Either way, it's going to mark the 20th Tokyo Game Show, so hopefully, they'll have all sorts of big stuff planned. This year, we really didn't have much of anything; the big news actually came a little earlier at GamesCom (PS3 price drop, PS3 Slim, etc.).