Okami pounces onto DS in Japan

Famitsu reveals first details on portable installment of Clover Studios' swan song, due in island nation next year; all-new adventure, stylus controls.

Though it initially appeared on the PlayStation 2 in 2006, Clover Studios' swan song Okami is a game that was seemingly built for Nintendo's platforms. As the white wolf Amaterasu, players trigger magical abilities by painting symbols onscreen, a motion that easily lends itself to the Wii's motion-sensing remote or the DS's touch-screen stylus.

Famitsu's first look at Okamiden.

The first transition to Nintendo's platform occurred in April 2008, when Capcom and Ready at Dawn teamed on the highly regarded Wii edition of the game. Following on from a Japanese Patent Office filing last week, Famitsu now has the first details on the DS version of the game, titled Okamiden: Chisaki Taiyou. (A scan of the magazine was obtained by WiiEveryday and translated by GameSpot.)

According to Famitsu, Okamiden will be an all-new adventure in the Okami universe, though it will be set in the same areas as the PS2 and Wii editions. Further, the game will follow a new, younger character several months after the events of the original. Gameplay will be similar to previous versions, and players will use the DS's stylus to draw the franchise's hallmark magical symbols.

Famitsu notes that Okamiden: Chiisaki Taiyou is due in Japan in 2010, though it did not indicate when, or if, the game would see a worldwide release. Capcom's North American arm had not responded to requests for comment as of press time. According to the magazine, a playable version of the game will be on hand at the Tokyo Game Show, which runs September 24-27.

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137 comments
Raheria
Raheria

Thirty hours! I probably played almost double that. hooray! for sequels to one of the best games I've ever experienced.

She_Gamer
She_Gamer

So excited to use the stylus!! I loved Okami on the Wii, but sometimes using the motion controls to draw the symbols was aggravating. I can't wait... I just can't wait!! By far the most original series I've ever played.

ShadowLupus
ShadowLupus

Okami at the end definitely revealed that the series was continuing and I am glad that it is. I am glad that the series was not canned by Capcom. I think this will be a great sequel, like MGS2: Sons of Liberty, that will segway into MGS4 as of terms of plot development. I am really looking forward to this title and definitely plan on getting both the Japanese and American versions. Everybody better start learning Japanese now. ;) It's great to have another game/story with a wolf as the protagonist in an age in real-life, where wolves are in danger once again in the United States. And around the world.

cosita46
cosita46

This is a Excellent game both on PS2 and WII. I hope to see it on the DS. PLEASE

Ganados0
Ganados0

This is the smartest move they have done, Okami was in development after the DS release and considering all they had in mind was Zelda with a gimmick why they didnt switch to that in the first place is mind boggling.

sir00
sir00

i want it on xbox 360 i enjoyed okami so much on ps2 its my fav game

OtakuMistress
OtakuMistress

seems awesome, i enjoyed it quite much on the ps2

thps48
thps48

I would have cried Ninja Gaiden Sigma Syndrome on this if it was another remake. Thankfully, it's different. Also note that most gaming intellectuals claim a second remake is one too many, i.e. Far Cry 1.

Will47
Will47

Man this could be awesome, it better hit US also.

jodudeit
jodudeit

Hopefully this does well enough for a console version to be made. But, the ds version doesn't look that much different from the ps2/wii versions. I heard capcom say, okami 2 would have to wait for okami 1 to sell better. This might be it!!!!!

spike6958
spike6958

Still havn't finished the Wii version of this and never played the PS2 version, once i finish the Wii version then i'll make my decesion on the DS version.

kanagii
kanagii

wow. I still can't believe it. xD this is such a great news for the fans.

brittoss
brittoss

I got so excited I peed a little!

evilSYSTEM777
evilSYSTEM777

sweet okami is my favorite game if it does not come to americe i will import it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prosaver
Prosaver

Yes! I love Okami! Hope it will be better this time!

Half-LifeFan
Half-LifeFan

YES! Clover Studio's ending didn't mean the same for Okami! Thank you Japan!

QWERTYCommander
QWERTYCommander

Also, I really hope this gets to the states. They probably would, since it's a sequel, and I haven't played the 1st yet, because of the Wii reviews complaining about the brush controls, but if this gets to the US, I would so buy both. On the same day.

QWERTYCommander
QWERTYCommander

The graphics look amazing for a ds. This would have never been possible if they have stuck with the "realistic" graphics that they showed when the PS2 game was first announced.

TheAcejoel99
TheAcejoel99

that guy on your back better not be on your back for the whole game, that would be stupid. I didn't want to buy a ds because nintendo is the bane of my existance, but now I want a ds for this game. I'll have to bite the bullet!

KAISERKONG
KAISERKONG

It looks fantastic on the DS and it really does lend itself to the use of the stylus. I will be anxiously awaiting this one.

Shizenki
Shizenki

even have* sorry and also I wonder if they add anything new to it I mean they could make an awesome game with the pieces they already have but new content ... :D

Shizenki
Shizenki

I don't have a DS (might do soon though:D) and I think that's genius, I hope it's as good as the original versions :).

Butterfly992
Butterfly992

YES! Bring it out as an English version! I have been waiting for this for so long, ever since playing it on PS2! I thought it would be an AWESOME DS game! Best game ever! YAAYYY!!

ShaunyChaos
ShaunyChaos

It would take this to come out on ds to pry me away from kingdom hearts when it comes out heres hoping I have Dissidia completed by then. Rolling with a ds in one pocket and the psp in the other. life is good.

shabulia
shabulia

Holy freakin crap! Okami on the DS... I'm SO getting this game. Even if I have to import it, it's coming to my DS for sure.

tamir1014
tamir1014

is it me or the heading okami pounces isnt bounces on the ds did they misspell it LOL

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

I Loooooooooooooove this game! DS makes perfect sense for it too!

TouoT
TouoT

This is the best outstanding all on the ps2 and wii. Can wait to try it out on the ds.

Supabul
Supabul

When I bought a PS3 at launch, I was thinking to myself on the way home how awesome would a sequel to okami be just imagine the visuals, also thought the same about dragon quest, monster hunter, and Suikoden

knilybrik
knilybrik

lol, when someone writes they would rather have it on the ps3/360 their comment gets swarmed by thumbs down

Nintendoguy325
Nintendoguy325

Okami was practically made for the DS. I hope it comes stateside

Dampstiny
Dampstiny

This is outstanding news for fans of the series, they might not like the fact that it's coming to the DS, but at least they're working on a sequel, thus giving us hope for another game on one of the home consoles.

gregbmil
gregbmil

It had better come here to the states. If not I'm gonna have to resort to some other method of playing this game. Like learning how to read japaneese

isaacmj
isaacmj

Come on, Okami is all about the gameplay, and the DS si the best console in terms of gameplay, it fits like a glove

Zabimaru1
Zabimaru1

I'm about to get the wii version soon (sounds awesome), and this sounds awesome too. Really looking forward to it, get it to the US D:

ibiko
ibiko

makes sense to have a DS version, although I'd prefer a bigger version on PS2 or PS3....but still... And as someone said, I'm glad the Okami series isn't dead! :D

Zucario
Zucario

To be honest, it's not so much the game I'm excited for, but the fact that the Okami series isn't dead, as it's my favorite game ever. :D

The_Shadow_Link
The_Shadow_Link

I don't think DS is a good choice personally. Some of the things I remember Okami for are it's Sounds and Graphics, which WILL take a hit for sure. But I'll buy it anyway. It's Freaking Okami, and the world is unclean for letting both the PS2 and Wii Version Bomb.

kabuto959
kabuto959

OK if you have a PlayStation 2 or a wii don't be stupid by the game. But if you cant play a game with what it says on the back then don't get it. But it is cheap and i cant wait for the ds one.

MJoanne
MJoanne

After playing Okami on the Wii I thought that the DS would be perfect for this game. And now that will be possible - sweet!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I bought Okami for the Wii and havent even opened it yet because Ive been playing Zelda Re4 and Tales of Symphonia. Im pick up the DS version though I have less trouble finding a place to play it then my Wii.