We Love Katamari News

Keita Takahashi: Why I left Namco

"I didn't belong there any more."

Katamary Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi has for the first time explained his decision to quit publisher Namco Bandai after 11 years working for the company.

Katamari was comment on consumerism

"I don't use drugs at all" - Takahashi.

At his talk at last week's Game Developers Conference, Namco Bandai's Keita Takahashi revealed that he intended his first game, cult hit Katamari Damacy, to be a comment on consumer culture.

Katamari creator not keen on Wii

Or doing inevitable KD sequels.

Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has revealed that he's not too excited about the Nintendo Wii, on account of it having a funny controller.

Namco says We Kill Katamari

No more, says website.

Namco has put paid to speculation about a new Katamari Damacy game by, er, dissolving the development team and declaring that it won't be making any more.

Katamari t-shirts on sale now

Designed by Takahashi himself.

Do you love Katamari? Then you might be interested in a new range of t-shirts that have been designed by none other than the series' creator, Keita Takahashi, together with his chum Ryo Kimura.

Katamari creator unhappy

Doesn't love his own sequel.

Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has gone on record to state that he was coerced into making a sequel to the game against his better judgement (again) - and that he's not entirely pleased with the finished product.

Katamari PC desktop toy

Cue roll-licking praise.

As those of you who lament my continued employment often note (somewhat perilously given that I have access to the Accounts Management page), we like loud and silly things over here. Imagine our delight this morning, then, when we woke up to be greeted with news of a downloadable Katamari desktop toy from Namco?

Fresh from claiming that Namco basically coerced him into making a second Katamari Damacy game by threatening to do a rubbish one without him, our current favourite game designer Keita Takahashi has apparently told Hardcore Gamer Magazine that he isn't a big gamer and finds most of them boring.

Katamari creator coerced

Into sequel. Naughty Namco!

Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has revealed that he originally had no intention of making a sequel to the game - until publisher Namco threatened to do one without him.

Katamari creator at GDCE

Discussing development process.

Keita Takahashi - creator of cult hit Katamari Damacy - will deliver a keynote speech at this year's Game Developers Conference Europe discussing the game's development process on day three of the event. He will also offer a preview of gameplay innovations featured in his latest project, We Love Katamari, it was revealed today.

Namco says: We Love Katamari

Is the name of the US version of Minna Daisuki Katamari Damacy. Due out Stateside later this year.

Namco has announced that the PS2 sequel to Katamari Damacy will be released in the US "later this year", whenever the hell that is. And it will be called "We Love Katamari", rather appropriately - a reference to the story, which sees the now-popular King Of All Cosmos fulfilling fan requests for more katamari (the rolling stars, y'know).

Katamari Damacy 2 dated, new screenshots

The ball will soon be in our court.

Lonely rolling stars will be flaring up again this summer as Namco reveals that Minna Daisuki Katamari Damacy - or Katamari Damacy 2 for the sake of what little sanity the original left us with - will be released in Japan on 7th July.