Namco Prepping Katamari Tribute For Japanese PSN
Few expected the Katamari series to have such a tremendously positive impact in North America; the quirky Japanese concept of rolling up everything from thimbles to skyscrapers was almost too nutty to comprehend. But it was received extremely well, and the first two installments really wowed PS2 owners.
Unfortunately, PS3 owners had difficulty understanding how Namco Bandai could make the third entry, Beautiful Katamari, exclusive to the Xbox 360. Perhaps they're recognizing their oversight and making amends with the likes of Katamari Damacy Tribute, which - as we far as we understand it - is a collection of former titles. It has been revealed in the recent Famitsu and reported by PS3Center, and apparently, designers are shooting for a "new visual expression" as The Prince and his wondrous Katamari will be displayed in glorious 1080p HD for the very first time. It will be a PSN offering and it's set for release in Japan later this year, although we have no evidence of a worldwide PSN launch. As of right now, we suggest you PS3 owners start crossing your fingers, because we promise that Tribute will be one of the best options available on the Network. If you've had the pleasure of playing any of the previous iterations, you'll likely agree with our advice.
We'll let you know if a North American and/or European confirmation shows up at some point, but until then, if you have a Japanese Store account...well, we don't condone that, but you're good to go. ;)
3/24/2009 John Shepard