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Officially confirmed earlier this week, the first screens of Beautiful Katamari Damacy are rolling in (see what we did there?). The handful of screens show off what we've all grown to love about Katamari Damacy: giant balls of stuff. The image above contains a katamari that has grown to a size of o...

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A recent issue of Famitsu has confirmed one of the gaming industry's worst kept secrets. That's right, Beautiful Katamari Damacy is headed to the Xbox 360 and PS3 (here are the scans to prove it). Long rumored via rental and retail listings Beautiful Katamari Damacy will be the first iteration of t...

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Though series creator Keita Takahashi never intended to roll his Katamari into a deflated mass of has-been ingenuity, according to the latest Famitsu scoop, Namco Bandai is content to do so without him. As rumored, the Japanese publisher will revisit the katamari concept for a fourth time, now on Pl...

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It looks like Beautiful Katamari is now as close to official confirmation as possible. A listing for the game has appeared on Gamefly, ready to be inserted into your queue (ewww) at a moment's notice. The game is slated for an October 30th release, though that could easily be a placeholder date. It...

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After the cake presentation yesterday, we decided to show off this Katamari cake Thomas Mannino showed us. Enjoy the video, be hungry, and check out the highlights for today: Joystiquery Readers pick best webcomic and hate Mario Party Today's hottest game video: Command & Conquer 3 Joystiq Pod...

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If Shanda's Rolling Ball isn't a trademark violation then we don't know what is. Slap a green Martian suit on this kid and the image is indistinguishable from Katamari Damacy. How long before Namco's lawyers make the call to Shanda headquarters? FYI: Shanda is a Shanghai-based publisher that special...

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It looks like Katamari Damacy is not bound for Xbox Live Arcade, as suggested by the already-suspicious Electronic Gaming Monthly Rumor Mill. In a short-but-sweet forum post on XBLArcade, Worldwide Xbox Live Arcade Games Portfolio Manager Ross Erickson decried the rumor as "total crap - not happen...

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Happy holidays! Destroy All Humans gets a quirky prologue, Street Fighter gets a quirky epilogue and yours truly goofs in thinking a TurboGrafx 16 game would only cost $6. Enjoy the image above (found via Digg) and check out the highlights for this holiday: Joystiquery Geometry Wars as art Today'...

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The latest Electronic Gaming Monthly rumor mill talks up Katamari Damacy's future on the latest generation of consoles: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox Live Arcade. Sure, it makes business sense to take a successful title and exploit it for as much bottom line as possible but one shouldn't c...

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We went to a rock concert the other day. We did not like it very much. Too many people thrashing about and playing noise that did have the joy of the universe flowing through it. We much prefer music that captures the true happiness of the soul. Therefore, we, the King of all Cosmos, have rolled up ...

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We got in touch with Todd Riddle, Group Creative Director at Fallon about the current Travelers commercial that bears a striking resemblance to Katamari Damacy. The spot (high-quality version) in question shows a mass enveloping people, trees, and cars, as it bounces through San Francisco. Riddle sa...

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A current Travelers Insurance TV commercial liberally borrows from Katamari Damacy, showing a ball of, well, stuff bouncing down San Francisco's hills. You could say Fallon, the ad agency behind the spot, ripped off Katamari, but we like the commercial enough to let that slide. We'll call it an homa...

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What's the difference between a review of a book, movie or game and a critique of one? Ryan Stancl explains and advocates more of the latter because he believes that games deserve more serious criticism in order to move forward as a respected form of art. To demonstrate the difference between revi...

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Did you fly that geek flag of yours proudly the last time Halloween was on by dressing up as the Prince of All Cosmos? Was it even Halloween? Wait, don’t answer that. Namco has no problem befriending all you diehard Katamari Damacy followers, however. From today until June 30, Katamari cosplay...

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What kind of game concept would be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize? That's the question GameLab CEO Eric Zimmerman posed to the group of developers competing at the third-annual Game Design Challenge. The winning concept (as judged by audience response), Peace Bomb, developed by Deus Ex lead de...

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If you've either: a) not played Katamari Damacy because you don't have a PS2 or b) not played Katamari Damacy because you're a grump and the whimsical nature of the game makes you want to hurt something--preferably a kitten--then now's your chance to get a little taste without plunking down for the...

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The Katamari Damacy soundtrack is the catchiest, pop-iest video game music to implant itself into gamers' brains since the Super Mario Bros. theme song. There was only one problem: they were mostly in Japanese. Until Kitsune, a Quarter to Three forum member, translated them all into English! From &...

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These Katamari Damacy-themed checks are much cooler than the Garfield checks plain blue checks I have! They feature the Prince, his Katamari, and the note: "HELLO I AM A CHECK PLZ CASH ME LOL / KATAMARI DO YOUR BEST ^_^." I want a Katamari-themed debit card; seriously, who uses checks any...

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With the wacky and inherently likable Katamari Damacy series selling over 500,000 copies worldwide, it seems that Namco aren't the only ones to be surprised that a unique concept and accessible gameplay can go a very long way. It's unusual that strong sales are now spurring them on to produce more i...

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Hardcore Gaming 101 is running a great feature juxtaposing the Japanese box art of Western games. Games include Halo, Ratchet & Clank, Metroid Prime (developed in Texas), Deus Ex Invisible War, and more. There's some interesting observations to be made, like how Ratchet and Clank look like anim...

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