'94 Tokyo Toy Show
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|'94 Tokyo Toy Show|
|Date: 1994-06-02 – 1994-06-05|
|Location: Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Chiba-ken, Japan|
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The Tokyo Toy Show 1994 (東京おもちゃショー 1994).
This was the event in which the Sega Saturn was first demonstrated, albeit in a very rough form. The console itself was not playable - only a hacked together build of Virtua Fighter could be played on prototype Saturn hardware - a PCB not yet simplified to fit in the console's shell. Everything else was shown as little more than tech demos, or pre-rendered footage. Likewise the Sega 32X was also on show, in a more finalised, but still early state.
Sega was not alone in displaying very early hardware - the PlayStation, in slightly better shape, was also there with a range of barely-playable software, but unlike Sega was in a position to boast about the large number of Japanese third-party developers on its side. Also at the show were prototype versions of NEC's PC-FX, Bandai's Playdia (at the time known as the BA-X) and SNK's Neo Geo CD.
Sega were planning to release Sega Game Gear consoles with coloured shells (in addition to the regular black), and asked visitors to select their favourite out of 16 potential candidates (labled A-M). The presumed "winners", blue, yellow and "smoke" went on sale in November 1994 (with a red variant appearing shortly afterwards).
- Sega Saturn console
- Blue Seed: Kushinada Hirokuden
- Clockwork Knight
- Daytona USA (arcade footage; basic Saturn demo with a hornet driving around a Sega logo)
- Gale Racer
- Kanzen Chuukei Pro Yakyuu Greatest Nine
- Mahou Kishi Rayearth
- Panzer Dragoon
- Pebble Beach Golf Links
- Shinobi EX
- Shinsetsu Yumemi Yakata: Tobira no Oku ni Dareka ga...
- SimCity 2000 (PC screenshots)
- Victory Goal
- Virtua Cop
- Virtua Fighter ("30-40% finished")
- WanChai Connection
- Garou Densetsu 2: Aratanaru Tatakai
- J.League Pro Striker 2
- Ristar The Shooting Star
- The Story of Thor
- Dynamite Headdy
- J.League GG Pro Striker '94
- Kenyuu Densetsu Yaiba
- Mahou Kishi Rayearth
- Popeye Beach Volleyball
- Puyo Puyo Tsuu
- Zool no Yume Bouken
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