Okamiden stylizing DS March 15

Capcom's handheld installment in Japanese mythology series arrives in the West early next year; GameStop preorder package, Facebook contest revealed.

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Capcom may have shut down Clover Studios in 2006, but the developer's widely acclaimed Okami franchise has continued on. Today, the publisher announced that the first all-new installment in the franchise, Okamiden, will arrive for the DS in the US on March 15, 2011, having been released in Japan in September 2009.

GameStop has summoned preorder goods for Okamiden.

Okamiden picks up nine months after the events of the original, which saw release on the PlayStation 2 in 2006. (It was also rereleased on the Wii in 2008.) The handheld game follows a new protagonist, Chibiterasu, who is the child of the original's sun-god-turned-white-wolf Ameterasu. Capcom also promises a ranging cast of new and returning characters to support the child-god as he works through a "morally impactful and fun" narrative to save the world.

The handheld game retains the series' hallmark celestial brush play mechanic, and gamers will be able to draw magical symbols on the DS's touch screen using the stylus. These symbols take the form of sumi-e artwork, a style of calligraphy that emphasizes watercolors, and this visual aesthetic is also applied to the game's environments and characters.

Along with announcing a date for the game, Capcom also revealed a limited-run preorder incentive that will be exclusive to GameStop. The first 20,000 people who purchase Okamiden in advance at the specialty retailer will receive a touch-screen stylus in the shape of the game's iconic paintbrush, as well as a custom screen cleaner emblazoned with Chibiterasu art.

Capcom is also hoping to raise awareness of its handheld title through the game's Facebook page. Gamers who pick up the Goblin Mask Facebook app will be entered to win a 3DS, a copy of Okamiden, Chibiterasu plushies, and other prizes.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Okamiden.

Discussion

29 comments
thps48
thps48

Isn't that the anniversary of Mr. Crocker's worst day ever?...

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

I just preordered this game today. The paint brush stylus looks even cooler then the Zelda Phantom Hourglass feather stylus.

keatsunn
keatsunn

I hope this game doesn't recycle too much. I loved the original.

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

Sweet, I've been waiting forever to hear a release date for this. That stylus is awesome too.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

that's cool, but seriously, that far from the Japan release?

hahamanin
hahamanin

wow 2 years after it released in japan.....i hope the 4th layton game gets released here soon b4 the 3ds version

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

bad, bad time to release that game -- so close to the 3DS launch. DS owners, hate to say this, but no matter how much critical praise this game might get, it will bomb financially. Nintendo should have delayed it and redone it for the 3DS. It would have been fantastic.

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

Wow, I didn't even know it's been out that long in Japan. Regardless, I can't wait for the game.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Hopefully I'll have the first game beat by then. xD

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Its a good thing the game is about drawing otherwise chibiterasu couldnt make that amazing goblin disguise. :P

charlie_bm
charlie_bm

Why has it take so long for okamiden to be released here in the US?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

This stuff sounds really good to have. I will get it :)

Chopinist
Chopinist

It came out in Japan September 2009? Really?

luffy11234
luffy11234

Truthfully I would reserve it just for the pen thing. I want the game but I would have just waited for it before this came out.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Won't sell good because of the 3DS, atleast not at first. Everyone's saving for it and wont buy this.

contaminated
contaminated

Please let this sell such a great game many gamers missed out on. If i had a ds i would definately purchase this game. Once again if you haven't yet I heavily recommend you to purchase Okami for the wii/ps2 and if your a fan of Zelda games you will feel right at home here.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Will the Pre-Order stuff be alviable for UK/Europe as well?

bawkbawkboo1
bawkbawkboo1

I still really wish that they had waited for the 3DS to come out and released it on that. The better graphics and "directional slider" would help a lot.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I am signing up for that FB app right now.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

type to put my art skill into good use.

svaubel
svaubel

Already preordered months ago :)

Insomniacs
Insomniacs

Not bad Okamiden stylizing DS, it nice