Prospective pet owners: we're delighted to announce that you'll be able to adopt a beautiful baby wolf-god this March. Capcom will release Okamiden, the ever-adorable DS sequel to Clover Studio's Okami, on March 15 in North America and March 18 in Europe.

In the US, pre-ordering Okamiden from GameStop will get you a paintbrush stylus and a screen cleaner with Okamiden artwork. While we think it's a missed opportunity to produce any Okamiden goods that aren't a) puppy-shaped and b) huggable, the stylus is pretty neat. We'll shake our heads while we pre-order.

Capcom is also giving away prizes like Chibiterasu plushes, a 3DS and more, to people who play its Goblin Mask Facebook game, in which you doodle new faces on your photos.
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Capcom is happy to announce March 15, 2011 as the launch date for Ōkamiden, a picturesque action adventure game on the DS. Today, we are also excited to tell you about the exclusive GameStop pre-order offer, Goblin Mask Facebook app and contest and box art reveal.
The limited run GameStop pre-order offer gives gamers the essential tools to play the game – a touch screen instrument in the shape of a paintbrush and a custom screen cleaner featuring original game art of the adorable wolf pup, Chibiterasu (Chibi) and Kuni, a young swordsman. Only 20,000 of these items will be available and people who pre-order the game (MSRP $29.99) will receive both at the time of software pick up early next year.

Gamers can enter to win a 3DS, a copy of the game, Chibiterasu plushies, and other cool prizes while testing their painting skills with the new Goblin Mask Facebook app, which is available by clicking the Goblin Face Graffiti tab at http://www.facebook.com/Okami. The app is based on a challenge that Kuni and Chibi encounter in the Demon Market where they draw a face on a cloth in order to pass through without being recognized. Utilizing the Graffiti functionality actively used by 4.8 million people on Facebook, now you can draw funny or scary faces on any photos of your friends in traditional Okamiden style.

Be sure to join and check in on the official Okami Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Okami for the latest game news and information, including a first look at the new box art. Also drop by Capcom-Unity, the official Capcom blog, which features blog entries and other news from the Okamiden development and marketing teams at http://www.capcom-unity.com. For more information and assets, check out our press center at: http://press.capcom.com
About Okamiden
Taking place nine months after the events of Ōkami, Ōkamiden will follow the adventures of Chibiterasu – a young sun god who is summoned to protect the land. Chibiterasu will join forces with a rich cast of characters to fight off a new threat that has leeched the world of its vibrant color again. Beyond the battles, Chibiterasu and buddies will come to realize their inner potential and accept the kinship that comes with being the children of great heroes and gods.

Using their stylus, players will wield a celestial brush controlled by Chibiterasu. This powerful tool can attack enemies, paint helpful objects and structures into existence and help Chibiterasu perform exceptional feats that will change the world before the player's eyes. Chibiterasu's partners in the game will have unique abilities of their own that help the player conquer puzzles and face an onslaught of perilous challenges. By blending vivid myth, artistic action and the innovative Nintendo DS, Ōkamiden has all the makings of a handheld classic. Ōkamiden takes the best elements of the Ōkami series and combines them with invigorating new features delivering an extraordinary adventure sure to please fans of the series and newcomers alike.

Thanks,
The Capcom PR Team

This article was originally published on Joystiq.