No, Internet. I’m not trying to get fresh with you. I’m just making a little joke about the title of the latest game in the Katamari series. It’ll be a Vita launch title (YAY!) and it’s called Touch My Katamari. That part is not a joke.
Namco Bandai announced their Vita launch titles, each of which will be ready the same day the Vita launches – February 22, 2012. The three games are Touch My Katamari, Ridge Racer, and Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.
Here’s what Namco Bandai had to say about Touch My Katamari:
In Touch My Katamari, the ever-growing ball of bits and bobs is controlled by touching the screen or using both analog control sticks to roll it in any direction. A completely new Katamari gameplay feature allows players to use the rear touch panel of the PlayStation Vita system to stretch the ball either horizontally or vertically to pick up more objects at once or squeeze through a narrow gap. With many more details yet to be revealed, the Prince is already limbering up in the wings to bring a dose of irresistible Katamari oddness to the PS Vita.
Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing at Namco Bandai Games America, also refers to the new Katamari title as “irreverent.” I am shaking with anticipation right now. Hit the jump for the full descriptions of Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racer and Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.
With Ridge Racer, players can expect high-speed drifting at break-neck speeds in high-performance racing machines with exciting new gameplay additions. Drift racing fans looking for edge-of-your-seat action will be able to truly feel the on-screen drama through the revolutionary features of the PS Vita using the “near” and Wi-Fi functionality that will allow players to instantly race against rivals from around the world in real-time. Ridge Racer is co-developed by Namco Bandai Games and Cellius, a joint venture founded between Namco Bandai Games and Sony Computer Entertainment in 2007.
Finally, in Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, players will step into the role of Zen, a master assassin, through a thrilling dynamic storyline of betrayal and intrigue. Zen will use his honed ninja craft to assassinate and silently dispose of the opposition with satisfying and graphic kills. Developed by Acquire Corp., renowned developers of the ninja stealth genre and countless smash hits, Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen will bring an unparalleled level of assassin themed action to the PS Vita.