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Namco Bandai Announces Intent to Increase Presence in Digital Distribution

Today, Namco Bandai Games revealed that they are going to make a greater push into the arena of digital distribution by expanding its presence on Xbox LIVE Games on Demand and the PlayStation Network's PlayStation Portable titles and PS One Classics. "Expanding our digital distribution presence across all major platforms is an essential part of our worldwide corporate strategy," said Robert Stevenson, Vice President of Online Development at Namco Bandai Games America Inc. "Through this initiative, our consumers will have access to our latest releases, bestsellers and hard to find classics with the press of a button." Titles currently available include Ridge Racer 6 on Xbox 360 for 1,600 Microsoft Points, Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny and Tekken 6 on PSP for $39.99, Ridge Racer for PSP for $14.99, and Me & My Katamari for $19.99. Coming in the first quarter of 2010 to Xbox 360 will be Beautiful Katamari, whose price has not yet been listed. Read More

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Crackdown and (Maybe) Beautiful Katamari Join Games on Demand

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Older 360 Games Will Not Support Natal

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E3 2009: Katamari Forever

The original Katamari Damacy stole my heart and soul as soon as I picked up the PS2 controller and gave it a roll. The quirky, zany and oh-so-Japanese style pushed the concept of gaming for me in all sorts of unique and odd directions. I will say here and now that Katamari Damacy ranks as one of my favorite gaming experiences of all time. That means that I was right there as the series lost momentum and began to spit and sputter its way through We Love Katamari, Me and My Katamari (PSP), I Love Katamari (iPhone, the one with broken controls) and Beautiful Katamari (360). The charm and appeal to the series degraded through issues in control and graphical slowdown and clipping. As the consoles and methods evolved, this game stayed the same and then started to get worse. As a fan that wanted more and more from Katamari, it started to get frustrating when I got less and less. I still loved the series and the experiences within, of course, but it just wasn't the same. Katamari Forever looks to serve as a testament to all that's wonderful in the Katamari universe. Hit the break to continue reading our impressions of the game at E3... Read More

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Media: First Trailer for PS3 Exclusive Katamari

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Rumor: Beautiful Katamari Coming to PS3 in 2009?

Target.com isn't exactly known for their bleeding edge game news but it seems as if they got the jump on what could be an unnannounced game coming to the PlayStation 3. Beautiful Katamari which was released for the Xbox 360 back in late 2007, is listed on the Target preorder page as a PlayStation 3 title that will be released in February 2009 for $39.99. $40 for a game that is already plaguing bargain bins on a competing console? Sounds like a pretty great deal. Next thing you know they'll be releasing Vampire Rain for the PlayStation 3... oh wait. Read More

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The Games That Don't Install Well on NXE, and How Much Room It Takes for Those That Do

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