Beautiful Katamari confirmed for PS3, Xbox 360

Namco Bandai fesses up to next-gen debut of ball-rolling, cosmic-body-creating simulation; rumored Wii version not mentioned.

Last month, listings for Beautiful Katamari began appearing on retailer databases. First it was spotted for the Xbox 360, and then for the PlayStation 3 and the Wii. Today Namco Bandai confirmed that the game is indeed on the way to the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but the Wii version of the game was conspicuous by its absence.

When it arrives on Sony's and Microsoft's platforms, Beautiful Katamari will feature high-definition graphics (720p resolution), a new soundtrack, and online multiplayer action. The game will also expand with downloadable content, and Namco Bandai is promising updates "long after the game has launched."

As in the original 2004 Katamari Damacy for the PlayStation 2, the King of All Cosmos has accidentally botched up the universe, and it is up to the diminutive Prince to set things right by pushing a ball around a number of environments. As the ball rolls over objects, it picks up anything significantly smaller than itself, thus adding to its size and allowing it to pick up even more.

Beautiful Katamari is expected to arrive in stores later this year.

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179 comments
Raykuza
Raykuza

SaxxyGamer18 "Ugh! I hate Katamari! It's so creepy weird and not fun!" I think what you mean by that is, "It's far too hard for me and I gave up after 2 minutes." I can't wait for this.

flynsk
flynsk

Hi Namco. PLEASE DON'T ABANDON THE WII!

Gamer443
Gamer443

yaa i havent played the others one before so i hope this doesnt get canceled for the ps3

lespurgeon
lespurgeon

This will be why I buy a PS3. Sorry if I missed something, but I thought is was confirmed for WII?

kanq
kanq

i really hope it comes out for the wii .. y dont wanna buy a ps3 .. yet .. but i just love katamari :D

IronSytes
IronSytes

It's not on the Wii because the Wii lacks the power to play it. I personally think Nintendo has grossly underestimated the need for a gaming console to have the "next gen" bells and whistles. Its debt in that area shows up with every launch of major cross-platform titles. Games that would be perfect for the Wii can't be done because not only can the system not support them graphically, but even processing the AI, physics, and everything else that's not directly "seen". Face it. If you bought the Wii, you were had by a very well-executed marketing campaign.

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Ugh! I hate Katamari! It's so creepy weird and not fun!

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

I'm not surprised that there's no announced Wii version. The creator of Katamari Damacy is on record as saying he's not a big fan of the Wii's controls.

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

"teh_leeto: Well, if Microsoft can keep this exclusive, then probably more 360s wil be bought in Japan. But I doubt Katamari will stay MS exclusive." You ought to try reading the article, its says in the first paragraph its on PS3 as well.

clownofpoetry
clownofpoetry

As much as I'm going to love playing this for my 360, I want to see it on the Wii instead. The Wii is perfect for this game and it'd be great. I hope that they announce it for the Wii soon. If not, I'll just play it on my 360 but it's just a waste to not have this game for the Wii.

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

Will this game cost $59.99? I always wanted to play it but not @ that price. I'm sure the file wouldn't be that big of a download. It'd be interesting to see the numbers it would put up as a downloadble game.

exocel
exocel

speaking as a 360 and ps2 fanboy WHY THE HECK ISNT THIS ON THE WII!, this is the most stupid marketing strategy ever, granted id love to play it but this HAS to be best suited for a nintendo wii, its just common sense.

teh_leeto
teh_leeto

Well, if Microsoft can keep this exclusive, then probably more 360s wil be bought in Japan. But I doubt Katamari will stay MS exclusive.

mariomusicmaker
mariomusicmaker

WHAT! This game is 100% PERFICT FOR WII! WTF is wrong with the publisher / designer of this game! wii vers would / should be the best and out sell ps3 and 360.

bond21
bond21

another exclusive thats not so exclusive anymore.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

panteral3, if pay attention the MGS cut scenes they are very easy to follow (mgs2 is just riddled with philosophy so i would only agree with u on that one game) but bad?!?!?!?!?!? wow maybe u just don't like well done movies..... anyway i feel so sorry for the prince of all cosmos he is always abused by his father (see we love katamari) but ya sometimes i think the series gets away with an e rating... (e 10 and up may be better lolol) sill cant wait and please one for the wii...

gizmo_logix
gizmo_logix

This game will make gazilions $$$ in Japan on the 360! NOT! LOL!!!!! In 3 years the 360 will be the also ran console. Yawn....

BikerPunk
BikerPunk

this game, is damn stupid, yet so addictive. I hate it, but cant stop playing it. Im glad to see a updated 360 version coming out. that should look really good.

gameboy360
gameboy360

is this rated M? hahah well actually it should be

swat20
swat20

HUZAA another PS2 game comming to the 360 hahaha

panteral3
panteral3

Please, Please, Please take out the scenes of the little girl and the stars! They are almost as bad and incomprehensible as the MGS cutscenes!!! (I said ALMOST).

Shmeel53
Shmeel53

I get the feeling that the franchise is being screwed over for reason.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Better not have to pay for those updates...

duxup
duxup

That's good to see, I hope it makes it to every system. Katamari is a great game.

lasseee
lasseee

KATAMARI FOR 360!!!! THIS YEAR!!!! i might faint, this is briliant news.. im hoping they make a very katamari'ish cover, that will go well with we

minos30
minos30

Ps3 and Wii have an advantage with motion sensing... 360 has achievements well so does the ps3 in a few weeks anyway...

mov
mov

lol what a bust. they sure are milking this franchise. it would be a mistake to not attempt to put this on the wii, too. as far as all this achievements talk...if that is a selling point for a game, microsoft has you by the balls.

thewesman
thewesman

"I get that you think that way but have you heard something that we haven't, what makes [the xbox 360 version] any different than the other versions?" Achievements!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Hmm.... didn't notice this game. If it gets good reviews, I will consider to take a 2nd look.

XblindwandererX
XblindwandererX

I'm a fan of the first two games. I wonder what more Namco can/will add to the series.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

CT-Link, "Yeah imagine the cool achievements it'll get on the 360 XD And yeah, believe it or not, the 360 version sounds cooler." I get that you think that way but have you heard something that we haven't, what makes it any different than the other versions?

AceCometh
AceCometh

I never played the original Katamari. I might have to give this a whirl on my beloved Xbox 360.

SM2099
SM2099

I will boycott this game unless I can roll up planets and stuff with other planets or stuff... could it be posible rol up galaxies or universes?

Krunkcity3000
Krunkcity3000

this game is fun. Periode. And i normally hate crazy Japanese games

Daytona_178
Daytona_178

never heard f this game before, but that guy with a cracker for his head looks interesting!

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

DestroyAllNoobs "Naw, may not come out for Wii, Konami has had too much fun messing up a good console with a crappy game like Elebits. Sometimes this makes me think about some companies not being too fond of Wii as Nintendo says." Most people who've actually played Elebits have liked it a lot. Feel free to keep that opinion to yourself.

LockeScarlet
LockeScarlet

......what???.........next gen katamari................my life is now complete