Katamari, Ridge Racer roll into PS Vita launch lineup

Namco Bandai readying three titles for new Sony handheld launch next year: Ridge Racer, Touch My Katamari, and Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.

Just two days after Sony confirmed a February 22, 2012, launch date for the PlayStation Vita, Namco Bandai has announced it will have three titles ready on day one. New installments in the Katamari and Ridge Racer series will arrive alongside the PS Vita hardware, as will previously confirmed launch game Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.

Katamari will attempt to roll into Vita gamers' hearts February 22.

Namco Bandai's quirky ball-rolling, object-collection series is heralding the PS Vita launch with Touch My Katamari. This new game will utilize the handheld's rear touch panel to allow players to deform the player's ball of accumulated debris to capture hard-to-reach objects. Regular movement is relegated to the analog sticks and touch screen, with more details about PS Vita-specific features coming soon.

The Ridge Racer franchise has never missed a Sony hardware launch, with Namco's racing franchise arriving in time for the first lap on the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP, and PlayStation 3. That legacy continues with Namco Bandai announcing that Ridge Racer will be a launch title for the PS Vita as well. The game will feature the series' hallmark drifting turns, with Wi-Fi and local multiplayer action supported.

Ninja stealth action game, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, was also reconfirmed as a launch title after being officially announced last month. For more on the PS Vita, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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32 comments
chazy035
chazy035

A 3DS release is "My Katamari in your Face"

bballabarry
bballabarry

I will never understand how ppl like katamari

franzito
franzito

Katamari is always cool but... buying Vita just because of it..?

azumabob
azumabob

Katamari games are always good fun, but I cannot wait for Shinobido 2! Its by the people that created the original Tenchu: Stealth Assassin's, the first ever stealth game.

baconater87
baconater87

shinobido 2 looks like bat man arkham city...........WOOOOOOT!!!!!!!

Poncho_Hachacha
Poncho_Hachacha

@neemon Uncharted's been confirmed for launch multiple times. That's probably the biggest selling point for the Vita's launch. As for Resistance, thankfully that won't be out for quite some time. It still needs a ton of work from what was shown at tgs a few months back before it's ready for a release.

megakick
megakick

LOL, Ridge Racer gets release with every new console then fades away. PS4 release announced. Ridge Racer 2013, yep.

Hezzron73
Hezzron73

I see all the tired usual suspects are being lined up for a Sony handheld launch.

Dezuria
Dezuria

It's like Ridge Racer is the default launch game of all systems.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Oh no! It's the invasion of the... ZOMBIE FRANCHISES! They're well past their prime, yet they shamble on, devouring the brains of the living... The original PSP had a great launch, as I recall. Lumines and Metal Gear Acid were pretty righteous - Sony actually seemed to understand what portable games were supposed to be like back then. Then they just started doing midget versions of console games and became irrelevant. Hopefully the Vita doesn't suffer the same fate - Nintendo needs a kick in the can.

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

Can't launch a system without Ridge Racer.

neemon
neemon

Where's Resistance and Uncharted? I hope they have at least one shooter on or around launch.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

What's with ridge rider being a launch title for so many consoles?

XeonForce
XeonForce

If Touch My Katamari can be turned into a dirty game title, then Ridge Racer certainly could as well.... wait, what the hell has this thread come to?! *ahem* Well I am certainly looking forward to the Vita with such an awesome game lineup scheduled already.

Umar10000
Umar10000

Touch My Katamari sounds pedophiley XD

moviequest14
moviequest14

Vita won't be a first day buy for me because I will wait until there is a massive array of titles (which there eventually will be) but I am glad that vita is getting a pretty solid lineup..for sure an exciting time for those waiting to buy vita first-day.

daabulls23
daabulls23

It's not a Playstation launch without Ridge Racer.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racer!!!!!!!!!!

blackace
blackace

I can wait. Those 2 games won't make me buy it on launch day, that's for sure. I can wait for a nice PSVita bundle to happen a year after it launches.

SonicNextGen2
SonicNextGen2

*Hopes for localization for Tales of Innocence R*

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Touch my Katamari? I've seen enough hentai to know where that's going...

Granpire
Granpire

I hope - but don't expect - that this Katamari will be different. :(

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

mmm, not sure these will make me buy it immediately

vadicta
vadicta

YES! Katamari and Hell Corps are making my two launch buys!

iArtisan
iArtisan

who wants to touch my katamari?