Gunpey loaded for DS, PSP

Namco Bandai brings Q Entertainment remake of Gunpei Yokoi puzzler to US later this year.

Portable puzzle fiends are getting a present from Namco Bandai Games this holiday season in the form of a remake of the WonderSwan title Gunpey. The game is currently set for release on the PSP and the Nintendo DS.

Both Gunpey and the WonderSwan were conceived by the late Gunpei Yokoi, who also created the original Game Boy for Nintendo. To bring Yokoi's game back to life, Namco Bandai has enlisted the aid of Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Q Entertainment, still riding high after the critical reception of its previous portable puzzlers, Lumines and Meteos.

"This title embraces the signature touches of a product conceived by Yokoi," Namco Bandai Games product group director Naruo Uchida said in a statement. "It is accessible, original, and intuitive, yet a challenge to master. Additionally, it combines the ground breaking music integration that has become Q Entertainment's signature."

Gunpey requires players to arrange line segments to complete lines across five columns, removing the row in the process. However, the lines work their way up the screen, and if an incomplete line should reach the top, the player's game is over.

According to the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, the Japanese releases of the two games will have substantial differences. The Sony PSP version is titled Gunpey-R in Japan, with the DS edition is called Oto o Tsunagou! Gunpey Reverse.

The PSP version will feature interface skins which can be changed at the touch of a button during game play. Aside from supplying different graphics, each skin comes with its own set of sounds. A new mode of play will force the player to solve two boards simultaneously, with each board able to have a different skin.

The DS take on Gunpey will, no surprise, make extensive use of the system's stylus. Players will be able to move an on-screen cursor and erase panels, altering the music. With enough practice, players can time their moves with the background music to create original compositions. The DS has two basic play modes: Endless Mode and Frontier Mode. In Frontier, the player faces a variety of opponent characters, such as Vincent the Space Cowboy. Needless to say, completing rows will disrupt your opponent's side of the screen.

Gunpey is set for a "holiday 2006" release.

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27 comments
taboo
taboo

Heh, I hope Q's got a special Virtual Boy inspired skin for the game in store for us. That would just plain win.

playwrite
playwrite

as his last real notable product i think its good that Gunpey is getting a wider release. goddam you nintendo, why were you so hard on him? he could be alive today had you not guilted him in to leaving. for shame. so what i'm saying is, R.I.P. Gunpey Yokoi

ParaParaKing
ParaParaKing

This will be good. Since the DS version has this interesting music aspect, I'll get that one.

rynmls
rynmls

i dont know this game, waiting for august releases....

Vash67
Vash67

I got this on the wonderswan also. Probably won't become the next big puzzler but it should get a few fans.

seg555
seg555

why is it coming to the psp. Gunpei Yokoi is the father of the gameboy. So it would make scnce too lunch it on the ds.

BobbyBobby85
BobbyBobby85

Gunpei was also the father of the Panel De Pon (Tetris Attack), Metroid and Kid Icarus, but he is most known for his work on Game and Watch and Gameboy. Of course, he also created the Virtual Boy, but we all make mistakes, right? And as for this title coming to the PSP, I'm insulted. Sony doesn't deserve to house a title invented by one of the greatest names in handheld gaming.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

phinsfan Why is it coming to psp if gunpei yokoi is the father of the gameboy? IT IS INSANE! Yes it is... And speaking of the Great Yokoi, when are they going to honor him with a REALLY GOOD version of Tetris attack?! I hate it that Nintendo Puzzle Collection was only in Japan and also that Dr. Mario/Puzzle League was still solid, but so very bare bones...

DemonJD138
DemonJD138

Dude, I love Gunpei (or Gumpei) Yokoi. I've read that he was a super cool guy, who always had a smile on his face. I think it's great that this game is coming out to (sort of) honor his memory. Go Namco Bandai/Q Entertainment!

gcuber123
gcuber123

Why did they even put this on the PSP.

NekoFever
NekoFever

I've got this on Wonderswan. Not a bad game, but it's no Tetris.

phinsfan
phinsfan

Why is it coming to psp if gunpei yokoi is the father of the gameboy? IT IS INSANE!

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

ooooooo.... REVOLUTIONfreak said the I word.....

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

cool...but old...IGN had this posted almost a week ago

juanfraino
juanfraino

o well, im just gonna have to wait and see how it turnes out to be.

yoshi_64
yoshi_64

Sounds cool, though in a way it's kind of funny, and sad, that the name of the game is Gunpey, similar (must mean a different thing though in japanese) to Gunpei Yokoi) and it's coming out on PSP. Where as he was the father of the Gameboy, and the DS is a Nintendo handheld... Oh well, hope this turns out good, and I hope Mitzuguchi puts his music rythm into the game.

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

a game named after the creator of the game boy on psp :)

Rumstocker
Rumstocker

pUZZLE gAMES are always good on the go

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Neat stuff I like puzzle games.I might want to look into this for my PSP.