Video Game Room

Since Florida Anime Experience’s inception in 2011, we’ve had a “No Halo in the Game Room” policy.  Now, we have nothing against the game itself (and similar franchises) – but Halo is not a Japanese video game.  In keeping in line with the our vision to create an anime convention about ANIME in Florida, we opted to seek out Japanese games and game systems from a variety of generations for our attendees to experience.  Thus, our Video Game Room is part “game room” and part “museum” since you’ll have the chance to see (and play!) many games and game systems that never made it to the United States.


SYSTEMS

PS4Sony Playstation 4 (PS4)
Released in Japan: 2014

The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, formerly Sony Computer Entertainment. The successor to the PlayStation 3, it competes with Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox One, as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles.  The following games will be available:


Wii U

Nintendo Wii U (ウィー ユー)
Released in Japan: 2012

The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics. The system’s primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen. The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display (either providing an alternate, asymmetric gameplay experience, or a means of local multiplayer without resorting to a split screen), or in supported games, play the game directly on the GamePad without using a television.  We’ll have the following games available:


Playstation 3Sony Playstation 3 (PS3)
Released in Japan: 2006

The PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to PlayStation 2, as part of the PlayStation series. It was the first console to use Blu-ray Disc as its primary storage medium. Major features of the console include its unified online gaming service, PlayStation Network, and its connectivity with PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita.  We’ll have the following games available:


Xbox 360Microsoft Xbox 360
Released in Japan: 2005

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft. As the successor to the original Xbox, it is the second console in the Xbox series. Several peripherals have been released, including wireless controllers, expanded hard drive storage, and the Kinect motion sensing camera. The release of these additional services and peripherals helped the Xbox brand grow from gaming-only to encompassing all multimedia, turning it into a hub for living-room computing entertainment.  We’ll have the following games available:


GameCubeNintendo GameCube (ゲームキューブ)
Released in Japan: 2001

The GameCube is the first Nintendo console to use optical discs as its primary storage medium. The discs are similar to the miniDVD format; as a result of their smaller size and the console’s small disc compartment, the system was not designed to play standard DVDs or audio CDs. The console supports online gaming for a small number of titles via the broadband or modem adapter and connects to the Game Boy Advance via the link cable, allowing players to access exclusive in-game features using the handheld as a second screen and controller.  We’ll have the following games available:


 

Playstation

Sony Playstation 2
Released in Japan: 2000

The PlayStation 2 (PS2) is a home video game console that was manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is Sony’s second installment in the PlayStation Series. The PlayStation 2 went on to become the best-selling video game console in history, selling over 155 million units. More than 3,874 game titles have been released for the PS2 since launch, and more than 1.5 billion copies have been sold.  We’ll have the following games available:


Sega DreamcastSega Dreamcast (ドリームキャスト)
Released in Japan: 1998

The Dreamcast was the first entry in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube. The Dreamcast is Sega’s last home console to date, with no successor released since its discontinuation. In contrast to the expensive hardware of the unsuccessful Sega Saturn, the Dreamcast was designed to reduce costs with “off the shelf” components, including a Hitachi SH-4 CPU and an NEC PowerVR2 GPU. Initially released in Japan to a subdued reception, the Dreamcast enjoyed a highly successful U.S. launch backed by a large marketing campaign, but interest in the system steadily declined as Sony built hype for the upcoming PlayStation 2. We’ll have the following games available:


Nintendo-64-wController-LNintendo 64 (ニンテンドー64)
Released in Japan: 1996

The Nintendo 64 (stylized as NINTENDO64 and often referred to as N64) is Nintendo’s third home video game console for the international market. It is the industry’s latest major home console to use the cartridge as its primary storage format, although current handheld systems (such as the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS) also use cartridges. While the N64 was succeeded by Nintendo’s MiniDVD-based GameCube in November 2001, N64 consoles remained available until the system was retired in late 2003. We’ll have the following games available:


PlaystationSony Playstation
Released in Japan: 1994

The PlayStation (officially abbreviated as PS and unofficially, but more commonly known as PS1 or PSX, not to be confused with the PlayStation X console) is a home video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. The PlayStation is the first “computer entertainment platform” to ship 100 million units, which it had reached 9 years and 6 months after its initial launch. We’ll have the following games available:


Sega SaturnSega Saturn (セガサターン)
Released in Japan: 1994

The Sega Saturn is a 32-bit fifth-generation home video game console that was developed by Sega. Saturn has a dual-CPU architecture and a total of eight processors. Its games are in CD-ROM format, and its game library contains several arcade ports as well as original titles. The Saturn was initially successful in Japan, but failed to sell in large numbers in the United States after its surprise May 1995 launch, four months before its scheduled release date. After the debut of the Nintendo 64 in late 1996, the Saturn rapidly lost market share in the U.S., where it was discontinued in 1998.  We’ll have the following games available:


Super FamicomNintendo Super Famicom (スーパーファミコン)
Released in Japan: 1990

Known in the United States as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Famicom is a 16-bit home video game console. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is Nintendo’s second home console, following the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The console introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other consoles at the time. Additionally, development of a variety of enhancement chips (which were integrated on game circuit boards) helped to keep it competitive in the marketplace. We’ll have the following games available:


FamicomNintendo Famicom (ファミコン) with Famicom Disk System (ファミコンディスクシステム)
Released in Japan: 1983 (with the Disk System in 1986)

Released in the United States as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) – the Famicom is an 8-bit home video game console. The best-selling gaming console of its time, the Famicom (NES) helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983. With the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers, authorizing them to produce and distribute titles for Nintendo’s platform. The Disk System was never released in the United States. We’ll have the following games available: