It seems that Bandai Namco isn’t entirely done rolling out some of its lesser-known classics onto modern consoles. After almost two years of Switch exclusivity, the Prince of the Cosmos is finally making his way back home to the PlayStation as well as the Xbox One on November 20 in Katamari Damacy Reroll.
Katamari Damacy Reroll was initially released in December of 2018 for Nintendo Switch and is a remaster of the first game in this quirky little series. Which initially launched on the PS2 back in 2004. The Katamari series’s premise and mechanics have always been concise, not unlike Namco’s arcade era classics. Prince of the Cosmos, your goal is to accumulate as much junk as possible into a ball while performing various tasks for your father, who (surprise surprise) is the King of the Cosmos. While some boards ask you to get the ball to a specific size under a time constraint, others put a spin on the formula. For instance, one board axes the time limit and will see you building up a snowball placed on a snowman.
The bright, colorful aesthetics and whimsical storytelling (your father just so happens to be a binge drinker and often rambles before the start of each stage) are distinctly Japanese. Even the commercials for the original release had that familiar “only in Japan” flavor.
It’s worth noting that Reroll doesn’t come with the fancy window dressings of recent titles like Spyro: Reignited Trilogy or the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy. Much like the current Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection- you’re getting the same experience as back in the day with a few concessions. There’s your usual upscaling to 1080P and the obligatory trophies/achievements. However, beyond that, it’s the same game you likely didn’t hear about back in ’04. The frame rate also appears to be capped at 30 frames per second despite the PS4 and Xbox One having far more processing power than the Switch.
All said I’m glad this series is getting a little more exposure alongside Mr.Driller. As someone who has only ever played Katamari Damacy in passing back in the mid-2000s, Reroll may very well make it onto my Christmas list. Even if it’s not a full-fledged remake, the price point of $29.99 (digitally and physically) is budget-friendly. There will undoubtedly be enough copies to go around for those who want the physical version.
I’m hoping this game sells well. I’ve always been a strong proponent of voting with one’s wallet. I can’t be the only one who wants to see Bandai Namco keep the cult-classics coming. Are there any one-hit wonders in the company’s lineup you’d like to make a comeback? Let us know in the comments!