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Tokyo video game show gets under way at Makuhari Messe.

MAKUHARI, Japan, Sept. 22 Kyodo

A three-day trade fair featuring new video game software by 63 makers got under way Friday at the international trade fair venue Makuhari Messe in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

A range of new software for use with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s PlayStation 2 video game consoles, for which buffs have complained of a lack of variety in game software, are likely to draw close scrutiny during the show, organizers said.

The manufacturers of video game software are set to offer a range of software for use on the compact monitors of the Internet-capable i-mode mobile phones of NTT DoCoMo Inc., said the organizers at the Computer Entertainment Software Association (CESA).

CESA, which groups video game software makers in Japan, has set aside Friday for the press preview and for industry professionals who want to examine the total of 400 software products on exhibit.

The software can be examined by the public on Saturday and Sunday, the organizers said, adding they expect at least 150,000 video game buffs to visit the trade fair.

Sega Enterprises Ltd., which is competing with archrival Sony on the strength of its Dreamcast video game console, will stay away from this year's trade show, the ninth of its kind, the organizers said.

Square Co., which has drawn lots of video game buffs with its Final Fantasy software, will also not participate, they added.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Date:Sep 25, 2000
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