Okamiden Hands-On

We grab a stylus and return to Capcom's troubled color-deprived world in the portable sequel to Okami.

Capcom confirmed that its sequel to Okami, Okamiden, is being primed for release in the US in 2011 at its recent press event. The sequel, for the Nintendo DS, picks up a short time after the original game and adds an adorable twist. Rather than playing as Amaterasu, the sun goddess from the original game, you're cast in the role of her offspring Chibiterasu an adorable wolf cub. We tried out a work-in-progress demo of the upcoming game that ran us through the basics of control and let us mess around in the game's magical world. Although the gameplay has seen some tweaks from its previous incarnations, Okamiden works incredibly well on the DS.

The demo we played featured two parts: basic and trial run. The basic section ran us through the game's control scheme, which is pretty standard. You'll use the D pad to move Chibiterasu and use the buttons to attack, open items, dodge attacks, or jump. The shoulder buttons call up the celestial brush screen so that you can begin painting your troubles away. Combat has been streamlined a bit, but you'll still be mixing button mashing with brushing. Stunned enemies will show the paint pattern needed to dole out a hefty amount of damage.

The trial-run portion tested what we learned in the basics portion by sending us on some proper questing. We were able to explore a small town and talk to locals. Most importantly, we hooked up with Chibiterasu's buddy Kuni, Susano's son from the original game who rode on our backs. The duo fought together and even executed some slick team attacks in combat. The short demo offered some puzzle solving; pretty basic paint-in-the-missing-shape stuff that was easy to figure out. The demo got interesting, though, when Chibi and Kuni had to split up; we had to use the new guidance brush power where we used the stylus to paint a path to direct our buddy. The mechanic has a distinctive Zelda feel, which isn't a bad thing at all. There was a good bit of multitasking at one point as one puzzle required us to hit switches to clear Kuni's path. The adventuring was punctuated with some combat, as well as using the slash-and-bloom celestial brush powers. The action feels very much like the console game, albeit cuter--Chibi will be receiving his brush powers from other young animals. Yes, it borders on cuteness overkill, but it works out better than you might think. The demo ended with Chibi facing off against a massive toad boss named Master Anura who teased their battle in the final game.

All told, Okamiden is packing all the charm of its console cousins with an added dose of cuteness. What we've played feels a lot like the DS Zelda games but with a bit more personality and charm. From what we've played, fans of the original game will be pleased. More importantly, the gameplay refinements have made the game a bit more accessible to newcomers. Painting is obviously a breeze on the DS and control is solid. The only downside to what we saw is that we're going to have to wait until an undetermined 2011 date to get our hands on it. Look for more on Okamiden in the coming months.

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72 comments
fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

I can't wait to play this. Okami was one of the best Adventure games on the PS2 :)

nate1222
nate1222

I played the first Okami (PS2) and liked it. I may snag this one for my DS.

zerabell
zerabell

Oh my, I can hardly wait. I'm a sucker for cute DS games and loved Okami to the point of wearing out one of my controllers (well, it was either Okami or God of War). Hopefully we'll see it before next year's last quarter.

BonEcho
BonEcho

looks pretty good I've never played the first one that I hear about but this one looks okay

evilSYSTEM777
evilSYSTEM777

So long as they keep the comedy the same as the first one this game is definitly not for young players

Ironfungus
Ironfungus

@citronvand Ah yes...I would so love to see it on the PC.

citronvand
citronvand

@Ironfungus I agree, any console or even the PC would be a better option in my opinion. @enigmaticme704 Sure, Bowser's Inside Story is not only for adults obviously. It was meant to be an example of good 2D graphics, not necessarily an example of a mature game. Sorry if it sounded like that. I do think however that Bowser's Inside Story or any other Mario game (with a few exceptions) is made for everyone (as in all ages). This game however seems to focus on young players only.

enigmaticme704
enigmaticme704

@citronvand: Yeah... because Bowser's Inside Story is definitely a mature game... Look just because they're going for a different look and possibly a different audience doesn't mean you have to immediately dismiss the game as rubbish.

BornGamer
BornGamer

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CleitonSL
CleitonSL

some ppl here have been criticizing okamiden based on the pics on thsi article, note that the pics have been enlarged, while on a small screen itd look stunning :)!

Ironfungus
Ironfungus

@citronvand: Should be remade for the PS3 with even better graphics, seeing as Okami originally released on the PS2. I couldn't be happier with Okamiden. If they deliver even a remotely similar game with a slightly different story, it will still be a masterpiece. I mean, when you think about it, did Zelda do anything different with ANY of its games?

citronvand
citronvand

While I enjoyed Okami for the Wii I doubt I will like this one. Looks like Okami for kids with horrible graphics (DS' 3D engine is bad, that's a fact). I wish they made the sequel for the Wii instead without the kid stuff. Seems to me that they keep focusing on kids game for the DS which utilize the DS' 3D engine. Instead they should focus on more mature games which utilize the 2D engine which is FAR superior, just look at Bowser's inside story, that game looks great because it uses the 2D engine.

thps48
thps48

Yeah, I don't expect this within 12 months at the veeeeery least. Considering the length of present-day action/adventure/whatever games and the desired amount of abilities, stages, dialogue, and pretty sparklies flying in every direction used for a reasonably fitting atmospheric effect, but of course eats up frames like Pac-Man zipping about in one of the early Mega Man games, dev time should go about as fast as circling around the world with a wooden tub and paddle. Hope they put their all into this one...

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

It's really unfortunate that Clover Studios got disbanded. Just goes to show you that capitalism doesn't often preserve the gems it produces...arguably, nowadays it seems to be producing clones...shooter, shooter, J-RPG, shooter, fighter, J-RPG, MMO, MMO, shooter, shooter, shooter, MMO...Ithink you get the point.

serrabassarac
serrabassarac

Okami is my favorite game and DS is my favorite portable console. I always said that they should make an Okami for DS. Now my dream comes true. I can't wait!

64-bit
64-bit

a creative game in a time of clones

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

man the 1st game had me playin for 2 weeks str8 (w/ school taken out and w/ sleep that is a STILL a long time !_!) i usualy beat games in maybe 2-4 days 2 weeks man..... the 1st game was TOOOO good made me cry wen it ended =*) now a sequel =D only complaint is its on DS but hell they deserve it they dont got that many games =*) have fun DS ppl i know u will... i gotta keep playin the PS2 1 lol not that thats a bad thing XD

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I've been waiting forever for an Okami-style game to come out for the DS. Now we get a full-fledged sequel! NICE!

Visa004
Visa004

i always thought that okami will be a good game on the ds since it came out. now it's a dream come true only a sequel to the original.

n0isecore
n0isecore

@x-2tha-z lol, dont get one.

jodudeit
jodudeit

Yeah, I second the hope for a REALLLLLLLLLLY long story, just like the original. The zelda games which have comparable graphics and all had like, 30+ hours on the first play-through, so, there is hope for a long game.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

This is the first time I've wished I had a DS. I've never owned one but I might have to buy one so I can play this game. I bought the original Okami on PS2 on release day. It's one of the best games I've ever played.

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

The graphics look great for a DS game. Eager to see if this turns out to be a shallow portable version of its console cousin *cough* Spirit Tracks *cough* or a finally well-done adventure game on-the-go.

freefadi
freefadi

Okami was such a beautiful game, I really hope capcom keeps making games like it more often.

Argent-de-C
Argent-de-C

If only i was a billionaire ...i wouldn't buy a football team, or a big yacht ....i would fund a huge budget for a PS3 sequel to OKAMI ......a man can dream

Zabimaru1
Zabimaru1

It looks great, I just hope the controls will be good. I mean, using buttons and stuff and stylus inside the DS, than all of the sudden I have to take it out and use the celestical brush. Meh, I haven't tried it so I can't complain, I just hope it'll be good :3

dantespower
dantespower

I really want to play the game because I really love Okami, but the previous game was really long, it took me more than 50 hours to complete it, even in a second run, I only hope this game offers something alike

jddawg0808
jddawg0808

I love Okami for the ps2. I'm disappointed that this won't come out on psp or ps3, but now I have two solid reasons to drive to gamestop and buy a ds: this and soulsilver.

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

I am worried about the length of the game... The presentation looks great but for my experience good graphics on DS adventure games mean short games (both Zeldas or Ninja Gaiden/ excellent games but too short)

tlow0678
tlow0678

okami is my favorite game of all time, so i will definitely be picking up a ds just for this.

CazFeraligatr
CazFeraligatr

Looks like Spirit Tracks co-op with Okami. Seems interesting...

almossbb
almossbb

ive played okami on wii but i never really got in to it so i just stoped playing it, and i guess im not planning to pick this one up either.

GameGoddess32
GameGoddess32

I can't wait for this game....I'm definitely going to pre-order this as soon as I can.The little Okami cub is TOTALLY cute :)

INewIRave
INewIRave

Okami was so good, even though it had a distinctly childish almost girly feel to it, it was amazing! You could play that game for hours and be at peace. I wish this was coming out on PS3, i now have a proper reason to buy a ds. It was always sad that majorly advertised games with no quality could be thrown out monthly by big companies and sell millions whereas games like this often go unheard of. (Speaking from english perspective)

cosita46
cosita46

Really happy to know it's being released in the US, but i wish it would have also been available on the PS3.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Can't wait, I knew there was an Okami game coming to the DS because of the DS touch screen would work on it. Shame it's not on PS3 :(

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

i actually see the 2011 release date as a twisted blessing. i have so many games to buy this year, at least this one will be delivered later :P

NotoriusGlaedr
NotoriusGlaedr

I don't think i've ever heard of this game but i'm def ready to check it out

koospetoors
koospetoors

Aw man, I would kill to get a next gen Okami on the PS3, just imagine the possibilities.

sickorange
sickorange

Chibiterasu is teh cute! i'm looking forward to this game.

Ice_Cold_03
Ice_Cold_03

Yes! A sequel to Okami! Too bad it's on the DS and not the PS3...

Choad-Warrior
Choad-Warrior

Wish this could have stayed in the console world. The first game was lavish and beautiful, and with current tech they could do so more more. Heck you wouldn't need a lot as it still looks great on a PS2. You call it a victory for the DS, I call it a loss for the gamer. The DS simply wasn't meant as a visual machine, and this is a visual game.

ptree01
ptree01

Should be great. Though DS isn't exactly the console of choice for Okami in my opinion.

WulfsigeX
WulfsigeX

Loved the original hope the cuteness just doesnt kill this new one