hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

AOU 2011: Impressions, gallery and videos from Japan

9:47 PM on 02.19.2011 // Dale North

Every year the AOU Amusement Expo is held in Makuhari Messe, the exact same place where Tokyo Game Show is held. It's the same building, but AOU only takes up a little corner of the building in comparison. The arcade business still seems to be doing well in Japan, and this year's AOU seemed to have a pretty good turnout with a lot of fun games to try. 

Below the jump you'll find a quick overview of what was shown at AOU 2011 as well as some images and video. Enjoy.

Namco Bandai

Namco Bandai was scary this year with their no picture policy. Still, as you'll see in the gallery below, I managed to snap some shots before being run off. The main draw at this booth was Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which drew lines all day to its massive stage. Off to the side of that, on their main drag was a presentation stage and a full-body Gundam game that had security running at you if you got near with a camera.

Away from the main attractions they showed Super Mario Bros. Wii Coin World, a four-player coin pumping game. Namco Bandai also showed Maximum Heat, a racer that used flip-down 3D glasses to bring you further into the race. Unfortunately, this game gave headaches. 


Sega had a massive booth with lots of games to appeal to all types. Away from their large Let's Go Island 3D area was a booth full of their top stuff, Border Break Air Burst, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Version A and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. VF5 had an all-day tournament running and Border Break had lines that snaked around the booth and down the hall.

Sega's fighter Chaos Code drew lines of curious fighting fans. Post play, Sega handed attendees surveys on the game. The survey I got asked impressions of aspects like sound, graphics, challenge and so on. 

A networked Mahjong game debuted at the show, and players lined up for hours to try it out. MJS Network Mahjong seemed to get a healthy bit of the promotion budget for the show!

A row of networked Shining Force Cross: Raid cabs was also quite popular. Watching versed players control both the touchscreen and controls was quite impressive.

Sega's racing spectator games have gone insane with the production value. I got stares when I laughed out loud at the opening movie for StarHorse 3. I kid you not: All the great horses of history flew up to the sky as stars, and then, together appeared out of the ether, bathed in light, as a surround sound soundtrack swelled and spotlights on the display cabinet flashed. I thought I was going to cry. StarBoat was equally epic, and featured beautiful graphics, as you'll see in the above video.


Taito had a bunch of silly things showing, including a two-person personal arcade karaoke booth and super high-tech darts. Light gun music game Music GunGun 2 was one of my favorites, but the biggest lines were for two rows of Vewlix cabinets. Some were showing off new network play features, but most were showing fighter Aquapazza: AqualPlus Dream Match. There were huge lines waiting to get in on that one. 


As we mentioned earlier, the big attraction at Konami was Love Plus. Around the back of the same booth, hundreds of people packed in to hear Japanese celerbrities talk about their impressions of new Bemani games, with Guitar Freaks XG2 and Drum Mania XG2 being the highlights


AOU 2011 was a great show. It made me happy to see that arcade games are still thriving somewhere. I look forward to next year's show.

Photo Gallery: (39 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys

Dale North, Former Dtoid EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DaleNorth Tips
I am Destructoid's Editor-In-Chief. I love corgis. I make music. more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

kolten2 avatarkolten2
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
I'm pretty sure you guys know what game I'll be playing tomorrow. One of THE hottest games of the season. That's right, I'm talking about Lunch Truck Tychoon. Kojima ain't got shit on me, mukkas!
Flegma avatarFlegma
Playing Project Zero 2 on Wii. One should hope PZ5 got more sensible controls - twisting the Wiimote left/right to turn the camera does not make sense.
Barry Kelly avatarBarry Kelly
"When you are not playing the game or choose not to join the defense, your FOB will be defended automatically by your Security Team and security devices." Yeah, I think I'll just avoid the FOB functionality in MGS V
Snaveage avatarSnaveage
PSA: If you're picking up Phantom Pain tomorrow, put the kids down for a nap, turn off your phone and tell your partner to pipe down - the opening hour deserves your undivided attention. Enjoy!
extatix avatarextatix
If you like your hentai VNs [url=""]cheap.[/url] Or even [url=""]cheaper[/url].
VeryImportantQuestion avatarVeryImportantQuestion
Just read that SquareEnix have applied some weird mutation of crowdfunding mechanics to the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided preorder. I know the last blog I wrote mentioned how big publishers try to pervert these systems, but to think it's already this far gone.
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
First in line to grab MGS V tomorrow. Close to my house, so it looks like I can eat and sleep comfortably. No one else seems to be waiting at my mailbox. Neighbors are getting suspicious.
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
[img][/img] Sometimes, life is good as a ghost.
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
You know what, I'm just gonna come out and say it. I hope MGSV fails. It won't train wreck by any means, but I hope it's a huge financial failure. Nothing against Kojima, but #fuckonami
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
MGS V unlocks for me tomorrow at noon.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Since my blog using this is basically useless, I still wanted to share it. [img][/img] CAN YOU DIG IT!?
Manchild avatarManchild
I don't think you should be able to say #Fuckonami if you are deciding to support their product anyways. I don't often agree with boycotting and am not condoning that, but get your story straight and show a little consistency.
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
When the band began to play the stars were shining bright. Now the milkman's on his way and it's too late to say good night. So, Good Morning! Good Morning!
IDrawOnTape avatarIDrawOnTape
I'm guessing all rock bands in the world must have stopped making music videos this year, since I read fall out boy's "Uma Thurman" won for rock video of the year. I can only assume there were no other nominees.that's the only rational explanation.
RatCasket avatarRatCasket
dtoid discussion has been awfully bitchy these past couple of days. knock it off. its just video games.
StripyTrousers avatarStripyTrousers
Just posted my first Dtoid Community blog. Hello all!
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Good Morning Good Morning We've talked the whole night through Good Morning Good Morning to you Good Morning Good Morning It's great to stay up late Good Morning Good Morning to you
Daniel Lingen avatarDaniel Lingen
Agent9 avatarAgent9
gonna help my mom move and pack some things. what it means is I'm gonna sit and get yelled at whether I do or do not do something. I can't be the only one with a picky parent that expects nothing less than clairvoyance (-_-)
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -