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Retail Radar: Katamari PS3 and Wii, Project Silpheed US bound?

Online storefronts suggest a multiplatform return for Namco's sticky ball, summer release for Square Enix Xbox 360 shooter at a budget price point.
By Brendan Sinclair, GameSpot
Posted Mar 22, 2007 4:35 pm PT

Last week, rumors of an Xbox 360 follow-up to Katamari Damacy started rolling when pictures of a product listing for the game, purportedly from Blockbuster Video's internal database, surfaced online. Now, product pages on the online store of GameStop are suggesting that the unconfirmed game--so far referred to as Beautiful Katamari--is also headed for the Wii and PlayStation 3, in addition to the Xbox 360.

The product listings peg the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Beautiful Katamari as late October releases, with the Wii version not arriving until the end of November. A Namco Bandai representative declined to comment on the listings.

Meanwhile, GameStop is also taking preorders for Project Silpheed for the Xbox 360. According to the listing, the Square Enix 3D space shooter is being published domestically by Microsoft Game Studios and is expected to ship in July, with a $39.99 price tag attached. A Microsoft representative said no announcement has been made regarding the game.

Please note, while retailer listings frequently jump the gun on publishers' product announcements, they should not be taken as final confirmation of a game's existence; nor should the absence of a listing be considered as proof that a game isn't coming to a given platform.

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samuraibambi

YAYAYYY!!!!))

Posted Mar 29, 2007 12:35 pm PT
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marijuana_man2

It's never nice to keep a great game to yourself; c'mon sony... please share the love... katamari for wii60

Posted Mar 25, 2007 7:06 pm PT
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darkmind-tvtome

some other, smaller sites reporting on this story have had it removed by namco bandai - dunno whether it supports the idea of the game's release or not but interesting nonetheless

Posted Mar 25, 2007 4:13 pm PT
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marioman50

Just to let everybody know, the guy who originally created katamari had nothing to do with the psp game, and he said that he wouldn't be doing anymore katamari games. so whoever is developing this game isn't the original creator.

http://pspupdates.qj.net/Katamari-Hasn-t-Packed-Up-Yet-/pg/49/aid/46676

http://darkzero.co.uk/v4/games/news/9872/katamari-creator-speaks-on-his-dislikes-of-wii

Posted Mar 25, 2007 2:17 pm PT
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nghtcrwlr821

Katamari on the Wii is going to be so awesome. I hope they don't screw it up.

Posted Mar 25, 2007 11:24 am PT
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Wolverine77

pudgieluv, how is this a victory for sony, they already had katamari, and are now losing it to xbox and nintendo.

the only chioce is which to get, the wii or 360 version

Posted Mar 24, 2007 8:43 pm PT
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okassar

This is all small talk,I don't see any signigicance.And Pudgieluv,Xbox is not slipping away this week,it's sales are like double of the PS3,still,even after Sony stabilized the stock in stores.Wii and 360 are still on top,360 with its games and upcoming games and Xbox Live,Wii with its innovation and kid-friendliness(both outsell PS3 by miles).

Posted Mar 24, 2007 5:50 am PT
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Pudgieluv

Nice... Another for ps3.. Cant wait - xbox is slipping away this week..........

Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:32 pm PT
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LastSamurai14

Has namco confirmed this?

Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:35 pm PT
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TensiNothing

I hope they make good use of the Wii motion... I know they will make good use of the Wii motion Sensitivity.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 6:11 pm PT
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theKSMM

Katamari is great. While I'm happy that it could come to the current generation home consoles, I can imagine the great things that could be done with an XBOX 360 or PlayStation 3 version--more interactive worlds, better physics, less boxy graphics. Then again, I don't want it to lose its eclectic charm.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 6:04 pm PT
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Redfingers

"It seems as if they failed to mention that little bit. Either way if the game is good people will play it. I guess this is GS way of showing SE support for the 360. With the Katamari games going to all 3 consoles I'll have to agree that the Wii version may be the best. Especially since the WiiMote can use a wider range of motions than the Sixaxis. All 3 should be great however. I think I'll get it for the Wii when I finally pick one up."

It will of course use motion sensing on the Wii, but if it does look several times better on the other two consoles, it may not be such an advantage. I doubt it will use the SixAxis on the PS3, but if it does, the overall advantage is clearly on that console.

The analog sticks are amazing though, from my experience with it on PS2. No one will miss out on a very fun game. If you've never played a Katamari, ROOOOLL up to your local game store and pick this one up along with the other two and make a giant Katamari gaming star in the cosmos.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 4:33 pm PT
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Redfingers

As a PS3 owner, seeing Katamari go from a "Beautiful" $20 price tag to $25 saddened me. Seeing it jump to $40 upon its relative success is even more saddening.

Royal rainbow me a "do-not-care." This game will have to be at least as good and then some to make me interested. Still, I absolutely love Katamari. I have faith it can be that good.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 4:30 pm PT
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ninten5

wohoo katamari!!!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 2:33 pm PT
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mariomusicmaker

i hope to god that it is nothing like super monkey ball on wii...

Posted Mar 23, 2007 1:50 pm PT
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rokkuman09

Katamari on the Wii? Now that would be very, very interesting.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 12:57 pm PT
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longhorn7

i really hope katamari s comin out for all of us its a great game which is just amazingly fun

Posted Mar 23, 2007 12:51 pm PT
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wild_world_girl

AWESOME news about Katamari, after the studio claimed they were done with the IP I was pretty bummed!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 12:30 pm PT
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Coby7

What kind of track record to retailers have in being correct on their unconfirmed product announcements?

Posted Mar 23, 2007 12:26 pm PT
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GunGriffin

Katamari with the Wiimote controls? could be fun. Slipheed on the PS2 was sweet! I hope the make one for the Xbox360!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 12:13 pm PT
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Tenjikuronin

Katamari would be awesome on the Wii.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 11:44 am PT
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AbstractTerror

I love Katamari!!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 11:38 am PT
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drangel_jam

good!?

Posted Mar 23, 2007 11:11 am PT
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NND1

I'll take a copy for 360!!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 11:02 am PT
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Sonovius

if they have a Katamari time based online vs. mode on the 360 then the angel shall sing from heaven as the earth will finally be complete.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 9:42 am PT
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Konfusion

Well, judging by the italic comment (last paragraph), this whole story basically means nothing. moving on!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:28 am PT
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Kravyn81

With a price that low it doesn't sound like they're expecting it to move a lot of units.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:20 am PT
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sigma8

Royal rainbow!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:20 am PT
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ufopuller

$39.99 ....Not bad

Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:12 am PT
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Laza-rus

/sarcasm Yay!! Katamari, now my 360 gaming euphoria is finally realized!! /end sarcasm I am looking forward to Silpheed, however.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:07 am PT
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zsc4

Nice I'll definitely get Katamari on the 360

Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:01 am PT
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ChitoKiryoku

:0 I want Katamari on the wii!!!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:56 am PT
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GoddBless

"Eclipse_ShinRa

Square Enix Xbox 360 shooter at a budget price point.

This isnt Square-Enix game..Square didnt make it. They only Published it."

It seems as if they failed to mention that little bit. Either way if the game is good people will play it. I guess this is GS way of showing SE support for the 360. With the Katamari games going to all 3 consoles I'll have to agree that the Wii version may be the best. Especially since the WiiMote can use a wider range of motions than the Sixaxis. All 3 should be great however. I think I'll get it for the Wii when I finally pick one up.

Hey Nintendo! Bring on the other colors already, I want a black one.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:45 am PT
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theclaw135

You know, for a few days the only PS2 game I could play was Silpheed. It had been stuck in the drive tray! Luckily that is now fixed.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:37 am PT
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billybob7897

I've never played Katamari before and I thought I never would because I'm not getting a PS3. But if this turns out to be true... awesome!!!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:33 am PT
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GKBeetle

Corvin If Katamari is coming to the 360 thats all I care about... I had once said the 360 needs more quirky games like Katamari and here we are... I'll buy it on day one... er, assuming its not terrible somehow...
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Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:30 am PT
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snarple_basic

cool, i love katamari. I cant wait to play this on the 360.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 7:22 am PT
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hammer_of_thor_

Katamari on the Wii would be a blast IMO.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 6:56 am PT
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finaleve

Katamari? I would totally dig another one (I've loved the last 3), but I do recall the creator of Katamari saying he was done a long while ago (went to go build playgrounds or something).

If anything, they'll either do a remake of the PSP version (without the loading screens in the middle of a stage).

Posted Mar 23, 2007 6:23 am PT
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spelledarn

Looks like everything is going to be on multiple consoles these days. Not a good thing. Cross-platform games almost always tend to be dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Like the Wii's graphics... >.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 5:56 am PT
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double_decker

It's always best to be patient and wait until closer to the listed release date before you get excited about a release, how many times have games actually been scheduled and then been delayed anyways....

Posted Mar 23, 2007 5:09 am PT
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ocarina_jedi

druggyjoe3000, at first I tried to figure out what you were trying to say, but then I looked at your username again, and I realized I didn't have to.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 4:22 am PT
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slayer1090

Ya katamari for the wii. This is gonna be good.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 4:19 am PT
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druggyjoe3000

project Silpheed is some fake pice of ############## its a lie and it is a april fools joke that everybodys falling for. all it is a somy ps3 battle cry as their last attempt to survie with mealt gears and final fantasy

Posted Mar 23, 2007 4:14 am PT
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Screamteam411

That's what I'm talkin' about!

Posted Mar 23, 2007 4:11 am PT
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Corvin

If Katamari is coming to the 360 thats all I care about... I had once said the 360 needs more quirky games like Katamari and here we are... I'll buy it on day one... er, assuming its not terrible somehow...

Posted Mar 23, 2007 2:05 am PT
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Miracle_Air

Oh snap! A new Katamari game!

I hope this is all true. :3

Posted Mar 23, 2007 1:18 am PT
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Foolio1

Crap, what system will I buy Katamari on?

Posted Mar 23, 2007 1:13 am PT
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vaejas

Silpheed looked VERY good at TGS. And that disclaimer is good, but I have to ask... why exactly do retailers jump the gun so frequently?

Is there someone in purchasing that likes to make things up for laughs? Does the database guy type with his knuckles and always hits extra platform codes? Do the folks in Relations misplace their glasses every time an upcoming release fax arrives? Does the COO have a time machine? Is the CEO a mindreader? Do many Bothans die to bring them this information?

Probably not. But seeing as the publishers play coy after wining and dining the purchasers for shelf space, the only feasible options seem to fall into categories of dishonesty, incompetence, and conspiracy. Which is exactly the feeling that seeps into my bones every time I go in to an EBGames.

Posted Mar 23, 2007 12:00 am PT
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S2333

Katamari for Wii?
Yes Please

Posted Mar 22, 2007 11:32 pm PT
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