World Hobby Fair Winter 2015 Report

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Yo-Kai Watch stage

The winter 2015 installment of Japan’s biggest kids-oriented game and hobby festival, the Next-Generation World Hobby Fair, was held at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe on January 24th and 25th.

One of the main attractions of the show was Yo-Kai Watch, a video game series that exploded in popularity last year. Numerous areas of the convention were dedicated to the game, including a special stage area and game demo section. The series’ huge popularity was reflected in the large numbers of children singing and dancing along to the series’ theme songs when performed live. Many exhibitors at the convention, including Bandai, Banpresto, Showa Note, and Ensky, had areas of their booths dedicated to Yo-Kai Watch toys and merchandise.

Nintendo’s Amiibo line of NFC-enabled toys designed to interact with the Wii U also kicked off another trend in games, with several exhibitors displaying similar toys. Bandai Namco Games presented a series of figures designed to work with Wii U title Kamen Rider Summonride; according to the booth representative, players can store their character’s progress on their figure and bring it to their friends’ houses or other locations to continue growing their own Rider.

Girl-oriented arcade games also made an impact at the convention. Aikatsu! (Bandai) and PriPara (Takara Tomy Arts) each had stage events that attracted large crowds, while Konami exhibited Otoka (Heart) Doll, due for official release this spring.

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Banpresto’s Yo-Kai Watch crane game

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Bandai’s Yo-Kai Pad

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Bandai’s Yo-Kai Watch plastic model series

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Bandai’s Jibanyan big plastic model

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Bandai’s DX Yo-Kai Watch

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Bandai’s Yo-Kai soft vinyl series

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“Fujiko F. Fujio Characters Daishuugou! SF Dotabata Party” demos

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“Fujiko F. Fujio Characters Daishuugou! SF Dotabata Party” limited edition merchandise

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Bandai Namco Games’ Kamen Rider Summonride! demo area

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Kamen Rider Summonride! figures containing NFC chips

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Nintendo’s Pokemon battle corner

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Banpresto’s Pokemon crane game Pikachu cushion

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
GungHo Online Entertainment’s Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition booth

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Bandai’s Aikatsu! Booth

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Konami’s Otoka (Heart) Doll booth

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Otoka (Heart) Doll gameplay

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Bandai’s HGBF Beargguy F (Family)

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Bandai’s HGBF Hi-v Gundam Vrabe

Next-Generation World Hobby Fair 次世代ワールドホビーフェア
Nintendo’s Amiibo figures

Link:
Next-Generation World Hobby Fair Winter 2015
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