Namco Bandai TMs new Katamari titles

Publisher files European marks for "Katamari amore" and "Katamari amore Rolling Whopper," indicating franchise will roll on despite creator's departure.

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Katamari fans were dealt a blow in September, when franchise creator Keita Takahashi announced he would be parting ways with publisher Namco Bandai. The move wasn't entirely unexpected, considering Takahashi had for some time held a jaded outlook on the games industry, the Katamari series, and his publisher in particular.

Katamari's royal family may be in the mood for love.
Katamari's royal family may be in the mood for love.

But even with Takahashi gone, it appears as if Namco Bandai has plans to keep the ball rolling on Katamari. As first spotted by Siliconera, Namco Bandai has entered new Katamari-related trademark filings with Europe's Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (read: the region's patent and trademark organization).

Both filed on March 25, the trademark applications are for "Katamari amore" and "Katamari amore Rolling Whopper." No other information was offered regarding the nature of the trademarks, leaving open the possibility that they could be for non-game products. Namco Bandai had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.

Namco Bandai's most recent installment in the franchise, Katamari Forever, arrived for the PlayStation 3 in September 2009, though the game was largely a port of 2007's Xbox 360-exclusive Beautiful Katamari. For more on the series, check out GameSpot's review of Katamari Forever.

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@suprsolider [quote="You"]Gaming is dying and its the causal gamers who will bring it down again.>This time there might not be anyone there to pick up the pieces .[/quote]

I would say here that you just find it easy to blame others for the markets being filled with games that you don't like.

Games that you don't like are still games. Games that you don't like but are still being played by others anyway is still gaming. That said, "gaming" is only dying for YOU.

Games are not made to appease whatever your fancy is; instead they are there to entertain you, in return for your money and/or your time, like they had since Pong.

After all, it's not like you asked for the Splatterhouse games to be made for you, is it? No, they merely happened to be games that YOU like above other contemporary games, just like how other games happened to entertain others, who like them at the expense of other titles - not unlike YOU, in spirit.

The games industry doesn't owe you a damn thing. You can call it "dying" and such, but you don't have a stake that is big enough in the games industry to make it die. You are just making a bitter rant that won't change a thing in the game industry - much less suggest its "death".

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@suprsolider [quote="You"]Yes it was made for the fans, but that doesn't mean that it deserved the low scores it got. It if a fully functional game. Controls are perfect and once again noone has found the controls a problem. The only people giving the game bad reviews are the pros who get kick backs from companies for giving games good scores.[/quote]

You are forgiving of the technical designs of Splatterhouse - not so for others who don't like the game. That's a more plausible reason than them allegedly taking kick-backs.

I would say here that you find you find it easier to accuse them of being all corrupt than just accepting that they don't like the game that you like. Be careful when resorting to such accusations though - you could be accused of the same bias too.

[quote="You"]The game industry is filled with causal gamers who seem to like junk games like Soul Calibur,tons of Pac Man spin offs,Call of Duty even though nothing changes every year, RE4. Yet these titles sell millions.[/quote]

So you label gamers who like these famous games that you don't like "casual gamers"? These games are made for their fans - MANY fans. These fans also happen to like their games and are just as happy to gloss over everything that the reviewers alleged to be bad about them; they are no different from you.

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@Gelugon_baat Yes I do prefer single player games over Multiplayer. Why? Because I see no point in multiplayer, there is no pay off, no reward, no storyline. There is nothing. Not a thing that even warrants such a thing. It makes no sense. All games are repetitive, yet they don't get knocked for it. I am a unbiased gamer because I can see what is good and bad. The game industry is filled with causal gamers who seem to like junk games like Soul Calibur,tons of Pac Man spin offs,Call of Duty even though nothing changes every year, RE4. Yet these titles sell millions. Plus their DLC sells millions which leads to another thing wrong with the gen. Gaming is dying and its the causal gamers who will bring it down again. This time there might not be anyone there to pick up the pieces .

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@Gelugon_baat 1) I have yet to see these camera issues, graphic stuttering and framerate issues. Neither has any of the people who have played through the entire game. Noone outside of these so called pro game reviewers have experienced these problems. Which show the bias right there because they never got any kickbacks what so ever. 2) They have said it is repetitive. Which is what I am getting at. Call of Duty is repetitive, every damn game is repetitive. Yet Call of Duty doesn't get points take off for it, then why should Splatterhouse. Yes it was made for the fans, but that doesn't mean that it deserved the low scores it got. It if a fully functional game. Controls are perfect and once again noone has found the controls a problem. The only people giving the game bad reviews are the pros who get kick backs from companies for giving games good scores.

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Rolling whopper, sounds like the prince is rolling a hamburger :D

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Takahashi's has nothing to do with the Katamari games since the second one so I really don't see why mentioning him is a big deal. He didn't even want to make the second one.

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@suprsolider [quote="You"]Call of Duty gets high scores even though its the same damn game as the year before, just a new skin on it. These games get a pass while Splatterhouse got crapped on for the same issues.[/quote]

Unless I misinterpreted your statement, Splatterhouse did not have the "same issues", i.e. being "the same damn game".

If you would actually read the reviews of the pro-reviewers that allegedly took kick-backs, they did not say that Splatterhouse is the "same damn game". It's a remake, and not really in the same mould as the earlier ones.

Instead, they criticized the controls, camera and some other technical functions - and technical functions are part of a product after all, and they are product reviewers first and foremost.

I would say that you consider them flawed and terrible because many of them weren't fans of the original games in the first place.

That said, I do concede that this game is made for fans of the original, and not for customers looking for a functional product. If you prefer reviewers who are fans of the original, then you can always go to Game Vortex or << LINK REMOVED >>, which << LINK REMOVED >>. Why stay here at GameSpot, who are not fans of the games that you love and keep saying things that make you angry?

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@suprsolider [quote="You"]... and yes ALL PRO REVIEWERS are taking kick backs.[/quote]

Oh yes, all pro-reviewers indeed, including Jeff Gerstmann and Alex Navarro who quit their jobs because they despised corporate meddling. :roll:

[quote="You"]Good thing allot of REAL GAMERS agree with me that it was a great game, people like Happy Nerd,Retrogamer 3, Rob the founder of the site West Mansion, and several others have all shown the media bias on Splatterhouse.[/quote]

So... people who like the game are "real gamers" and are not biased? The gamers who do not like this game are not "real gamers" and are taking kick-backs too?

[quote="You"]People talk about it being repetitive, well MULTIPLAYER is repetitive.[/quote]

Repeating game actions is a part of any game - including multiplayer-oriented ones, and also beat-'em-ups like Splatterhouse. You find the repetition in Splatterhouse still fun, others did not. Does that make you a better, less-biased gamer?

I would say that I get the impression that you don't like playing with other people and thus consider single-player-oriented games like Splatterhouse being better.

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@Gelugon_baat There was very little wrong with Splatterhouse, once again it deserved higher scores than it got and yes ALL PRO REVIEWERS are taking kick backs. I can promise that. It's pretty obvious they are surviving on advertising money to keep their sites up and pay their bills. Once Namco pull the marketing budget from Splatterhouse it was doomed to fail and get slammed by critics. Good thing allot of REAL GAMERS agree with me that it was a great game, people like Happy Nerd,Retrogamer 3, Rob the founder of the site West Mansion, and several others have all shown the media bias on Splatterhouse. People talk about it being repetitive, well MULTIPLAYER is repetitive. How many times can you kill the same player and find it entertaining? All you do is shoot and shoot the same guys, they respawn and you do it again. What is so damn great about that? You get no reward other than bragging rights, BIG WHOOP. That is nothing special to brag about your epenis like it matters. How about the same Madden games getting such high scores every year with it BEING THE SAME AS THE YEAR BEFORE except for UPDATED ROSTER which could be patched on the old game quite easily but won't because there is no money. Call of Duty gets high scores even though its the same damn game as the year before, just a new skin on it. These games get a pass while Splatterhouse got crapped on for the same issues.

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They just don't like the games that you like.

Besides, Jeff Gerstmann was fired because of C-NET's siding with Eidos. C-NET did not understand the concept of product reviews - now, it's a sister site to GameSpot because it's been bought over by CBS Interactive. I wouldn't know exactly how domineering CBS Interactive is, but it owns Metacritic.com, which CBS lets loose on its own to be filled by a whole bunch of scores that would not please game-makers (as well as scores by game-makers themselves too).

You can keep harping about that debacle in 2007, but here's something you ought to know: Alex Navarro, a good friend of Jeff Gerstmann who followed him out of GameSpot back then, << LINK REMOVED >>.

Would you say GiantBomb took kick-backs too? A game site founded by Jeff Gerstmann, whom we all know all too well to despise corporate meddling?

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@Gelugon_baat , Because the majority of so called gamers don't look at that site. They follow the Gospel of gamespot and IGN, Kotaku and other so called review sites. Which are suppose to be unbiased but really they aren't, if you don't give them kick backs, they give you crappy scores. Prime examples is how they fired Greg for his Kane and Lynch review, and the sequel got some decent scores as well. Why because they got kick back money. There is no reason why Splatterhouse should have sold as poorly as it did other than it wasn't marketed at all. Plus the crappy reviews didn't help matters since it had all these so called problems which NO OTHER GAMER who PLAYED THE GAME TO THE END have experienced. Funny how that is. It proves my point, screw you gamespot. I will stay to continue to fight against you and your bias bullcrap.

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the games are not the same without takahshi working on them

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Love it, gotta have it!

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@suprsolider [quote="You"]After what you did to Splatterhouse and how you strangled it by not even promoting it (or the very little promotion) and just abandoning it, you can GO TO HELL.[/quote][quote="You"]Also go away gamespot, and your crap review of the game and how you bashed it, when it deserved atleast a 7/10.[/quote]

Oh, so Namco Bandai is bad if it couldn't sell a game that you like well and GameSpot is bad if it doesn't give good scores to games that you like?

I would suggest that you go to other sites like << LINK REMOVED >> that happen to give good scores to games that you like then; it has reviews for games such as << LINK REMOVED >> and << LINK REMOVED >> that you would like. Why stay at GameSpot?

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If it is another game it would be nice if it was on multiple platforms instead of the 360 only Beautiful Katamari and PS3 Katamari Forever.

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I stop liking the games when they have been slowly increasing in price. I love Katamari but I'm not going to spend more than $40. Whatever happen to the low price entry for this series? $20 for Damacy and $30 for We Love.

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amazing games!

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haha. Awesome! Love these games

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I know that Katamari titles aren't that innovative lately, but I still love the series and will buy whatever they put out. Here's hoping these new games will have tons of new content this time around!

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This makes me happy as hell lol I honestly thought the franchise died when keita left, guess it'll live on after all :) I freakin' love Katamari.

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these games must be made by Japanese drug addicts

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Even though this series hasn't had much innovation lately, I still love it. :)

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well new ideas namco been doing turn out to be a flop but this game will live on because namco need to make money so got no problem Katamari i hope lives on

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Hurray, WE Love Katamari

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Katamari Forever kind of seemed like a goodbye to the series to me. Hopefully they freshen it up a little bit if they make a new one. I love the series, but it's getting really repetitive.

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I will NEVER buy a Namco product ever again. After what you did to Splatterhouse and how you strangled it by not even promoting it (or the very little promotion) and just abandoning it, you can GO TO HELL. I hope you go bankrupt and all the talented developers get better jobs with better companies. YOU HEAR ME NAMCO. Splatterhouse 2010 was a great and amazing game. Also go away gamespot, and your crap review of the game and how you bashed it, when it deserved atleast a 7/10. The so called problems DON'T EXIST in the final game outside of long ass load times. But because Namco didn't give you any money, you bash the hell out of the game. Bravo, you just proved how worthless your reviews are.

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Roll on...

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Nice to see Katamari lives on! Just wish Xenosaga did T_T

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