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Touch My Katamari Review

The King is dead.

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Touch My Katamari Review

Touch My Katamari Review

The King is dead.

The first two Katamari games, produced by future playground designer Keita Takahashi, were memorable for inventing a new style of play while railing against rampant consumerism. Players rolled a sticky ball across carpets and pavements gathering up the flotsam and jetsam of everyday existence, and the ball would grow in size until it could roll up the carpets and pavements themselves - and then cars, houses, fields and eventually countries. They were funny, beautiful and intelligent games with gorgeous soundtracks, and we loved them dearly.

Once it became clear the joke was lost on his employers, however, Takahashi buggered off to do something else, and without him Namco Bandai proceeded to make so many sequels and to produce so much merchandise that the metaphor eventually consumed itself. So much so, in fact, that if Takahashi were to come back and make a new Katamari game today, it would probably have to include a level where you do nothing but roll up new Katamari games.

Artistically the series has pretty much snookered itself. Still, that's never stopped the games industry before, and so here we are with Touch My Katamari for PlayStation Vita.

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Namco announces 3 Vita launch games

Namco announces 3 Vita launch games

Katamari, Ridge Racer, Shinobido lined up.

Namco Bandai has confirmed it will have three games on shelves for the PlayStation Vita's European launch next year.

You'll be able to grab oddball collect 'em up Touch My Katamari, ninja assassin sequel Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen and console launch perennial Ridge Racer when Sony's new handheld arrives on 22nd February.

A full European launch line-up for the system hasn't been announced yet, though Japan gets the following titles when it goes on sale there in December:

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Katamari creator resurfaces with Glitch

Eccentric MMO launches today.

Glitch, a cute free-to-play browser MMO from a team that includes Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi among its ranks, launches today, developer Tiny Speck has announced.