Further news coming out of Microsoft's pre-TGS press conference is that the company has announced that a further 110 games for Xbox 360 will be available in Japan this coming Christmas.
The company shows no signs of slowing down its marketing push in Japan, despite pitiful 360 sales in the country since launch. The games line-up is heavily weighed towards the Japanese gamer's favourite genre - the fantasy role playing game - with trailers showing off Mistwalker's Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. Also, the recent announcements of Tri-Ace's Infinite Undiscovery and Namco Bandai's Trusty Bell were wheeled out as evidence that serious Japanese RPG developers are continuing to back the 360.
"Our line-up of role playing games from the acknowledged masters of the genre is proof positive that there has never been a better time for Japanese gamers to jump in and pick up an Xbox 360 system," said Peter Moore at the conference. SPOnG is experiencing a strange sense of déjà vu, as we're pretty sure we recall Moore saying the same thing to uninterested Japanese gamers, at around the same time last year. But hey, we can't knock them for trying!
Forgetting for a moment the RPG fruits of this embarrasing courtship, perhaps the most interesting news tidbit is that Microsoft and Pac-Man legend Toru Iwatani have announced plans for a Pac-Man World Championship. The upshot being that the top ten players on XBLA will be brought together in New York City later in 2007 in order to find the worldwide Pac-Man champion. SPOnG predicts the winner will be somebody without children, a partner, a day job and a social life.
More from Microsoft's showing at the Tokyo Game Show when it kicks off this coming Friday.