Post Thumbnail

At last, Vibri is free. Sony announced today that PaRappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura's vector-graphics rhythm game Vib-Ribbon will hit the PlayStation Network tomorrow, marking its long-awaited North American debut. Released for the original PlayStation in 1999, Vib-Ribbon puts players in...

October 6th 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Vib-Ribbon, an early Sony rhythm game that is almost entirely forgotten in our modern era, may be making a comeback, if a European trademark filed by the gaming giant is anything to go by. The original Vib-Ribbon appeared on the first PlayStation in 1999. It was designed by Masaya Matsuura and dev...

September 4th 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Just before TGS this year, I paid a visit to NanaOn-Sha's small studio in Tokyo's Aoyama neighborhood. The majority of the tiny studio is the meeting and testing room seen in our gallery below, where I spoke to founder Masaya Matsuura and director of development Dewi Tanner, and played a demo of...

September 27th 2011 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Parappa the Rapper hasn't been heard from since the PS2's Parappa the Rapper 2 -- unless you count the Japan-only cartoon, or the PSP port of the first game. However, creator Masaya Matsuura told me during a pre-TGS meeting that the flat, self-doubting puppy remains in his thoughts. "We always th...

September 27th 2011 at 8:30am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Think you've got this whole "buy a game and we'll donate money to charity" thing figured out? Try this on for size: Masaya Matsuura, designer of the legendary Parappa the Rapper, partnered with OneBigGame to release an iOS music game called WINtA last year. Proceeds from those sales went to Save...

March 18th 2011 at 12:55pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

WINtA is probably the best brand new game that I've seen so far at GDC Online 2010 (this week in Austin, Texas). It's a title published by a group called OneBigGame, which is a nonprofit video game publisher. They commission and publish games, which are created for free by luminaries in the video g...

October 7th 2010 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

PaRappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura's studio NanaOn-Sha is working on a Kinect game entitled Haunt. The "horrible" game was just announced during Microsoft's TGS press conference. All we know so far is that there's a spooky mansion, first-person flashlighting and cartoon ghosts. The game wil...

September 15th 2010 at 10:45pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

For its next charity fundraiser game, nonprofit publisher OneBigGame announced that it's working with Parappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura and his studio, NanaOn-Sha, along with Triangle Studios, to create WINtA, an iPhone/iPod Touch rhythm game. OneBigGame describes it as "combining element...

June 4th 2010 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

click to enlarge OneBigGame, a non-profit games publisher founded in 2007, announced today that its first title will come from Zoë Mode, creator of games such as Crush (PSP), You're In the Movies (360) and co-developer of the SingStar franchise (PS3) with SCEE. Called Chime, the music-based puz...

November 3rd 2009 at 11:59pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Introducing 10 Questions from the Academy: A weekly feature from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences wherein significant figures in the video game industry provide their input on past trends, current events, and future challenges and goals for the entertainment software community. Mas...

November 2nd 2009 at 10:32am 0 Comments