(Image via Famitsu)
AOU 2008 is over now and one thing is certain – there is still plenty of interest in arcades despite the presence of the Nintendo Wii in people’s homes. The lines for games were quite long with an expected 120 min. wait for Street Fighter IV and Konami reported wait times with 140 min. and 180 min. with multiple cues. Over 2,000 non-trade visitors stopped by the event (people that were just there to play games) and overall the show was a success. Now we just need to find out which games you can expect to see Japanese arcade companies send overseas.
Also via The Stinger Report and Amusement Japan is a look at the many booth babes that were one the scene to assist attendees to their needs. e3 may no longer be around to bring these girls to the console gaming scene (although there are other shows for them to appear at) but between ATEI and AOU they are plentiful at arcade shows. From pirates (right) to Chun Li to whatever else, help was there.Hit the post break for the collection that is safe for work (unless they have something against Japanese girls in sometimes funky costumes).
Finally if you’re looking for a ton of links to various Japanese sites reporting on the event, AM Net has collected practically everything onto one page. The only problem is that you have to deal with lousy internet translators but there are plenty of pictures to browse through on the various sites if that’s all you care for.