We love Tekken
Granted, the series has felt a little flat in recent iterations (particularly the hit-and-miss Tekken 6), but we still believe it's a solid fighting franchise, and due a return to its former glory. So it's with some excitement that we read a recent Eurogamer Portugal report, which declares that Tekken 7 is a real product currently in development. To be honest, we wouldn't mind seeing..
Urgh, good grief
Our excitement for Splatterhouse was already relatively low. But when we open up a trailer still relatively early in the morning, and get our ears blown off by chugging guitars with way too much overdrive applied to them - consider our mood dwindling and our day ruined. Going by this trailer, Splatterhouse just doesn't look like a game designed with us in mind. The game's due..
A trademark filing picked up by the eagle eyed ConnectedConsoles seems to hint at a Playstation Network re-release of Playstation classic, Time Crisis
Action! The trademark notes that the game will be distributed via "downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices". The PSN then? What's interesting to us is how they'll get the game to work..
Let us be honest for a few sentences: we just never understood the excitement for Ninja Theory's Enslaved: Odyssey To The West
Yes, it's being developed by the same team who made the PS3's Heavenly Sword, and yes it's drawing some inspiration from Team Ico. But still, ick, we've felt nothing for this game. Until now. Thank goodness for trailers. This game looks brilliant. Check out the trailer..
Demon's Souls is finally coming to the UK
The innovative exclusive RPG has been privy to enormous viral exposure since it launched in the US - a refreshing nod that players do still care about experiences rather than marketing. And due to the splash the game has caused in the US, it's finally going to hit the UK next month. Check out the trailer for some footage and review anecdotes. We actually..
We're not sure whether it would be an exaggeration or not to describe From Software as one of the most important studios thus far in the Playstation 3's life-span
True or not, the consideration is a fantastic compliment to the studio that's green-lit the likes of Demon's Souls and 3D Dot Game Heroes. And it seems like the company are going to stick with the PS3 once again with their next title,..
We told you last week that Demon's Souls was finally getting a Western release in part thanks to Namco Bandai who have taken on publishing responsibilities for the Playstation 3 exclusive
We also told you last week that the game comes with a much needed strategy guide. And in heart-warming news, it's just been announced that said strategy guide has been written by Demon's Souls fans. The guide's..
Namco Bandai has announced that they will be handling publishing duties of Demon's Souls in Europe, and that the game will hit on June 25th
The game will be released exclusively as a special pack called the "Black Phantom Edition", which includes a soundtrack, artbook and strategy guide. The latter being pretty necessary from what we've heard about Demon's Souls' difficulty. Were very..
Ok, you've got us
While From Software's incredible underground hit Demon's Souls was only available as an inport, we could fend off the background noises that told us to get a copy from overseas. But if the game's coming to Europe, we're going to have to play the unique RPG aren't we? Word of a long overdue European Demon's Soul release comes from a German classifications listing pulled up by..
Let's be honest: Dead To Rights Retribution doesn't look like the best game in the world now does it? But there's still every possibility it might be a complete, amazing surprise
And when you've got awesome looking dogs in it, that possibility is increased. We think.
Enslaved is the latest title from Heavenly Sword developers Ninja Theory
It's also strikingly pretty despite its post-apocalyptic setting. The game's based on the 400-year old Chinese novel, Journey To The West, and is due later this year.
So you might want to put a boot in our Heavenly Sword 2 speculation from last night
Ninja Theory has come out all guns firing, claiming they didn't even break-even with their 2007 PS3 exclusive Ninja Theory — even though the game sold just shy of one and a half million copies. Ninja Theory's co-founder Tameem Antoniades told CVG, Heavenly Sword came out pretty early on the PS3, and we sold, I..
Namco's recorded a whopping $129million loss for the nine months ending December 31st, compared to a profit of $99
4million in the same period the year previous. That's a lot of money, yo. As a result the company has announced they are to cut the employment of roughly 10% of their workforce. That's gutting news for about 630 people.Since the management integration, the Bandai Namco Group has..
The scenario campaign in Tekken 6 (essentially, a modern Streets Of Rage) was absolutely not the best thing about the game, but you have to admire Namco's will to tout it
Not only is it the focus of the game's menu, but it's also about to get a patch adding in online co-op. There'll even be voice chat. The patch is due on Monday.
A leaked poster for the upcoming Tekken movie confirmed our fears
The movie will feature no Kuma, Panda or Roger Jr. There is literally no excuse for this in an age where CGI is basically properly amazing. We suggest you boycott this movie out of principle.
Namco Bandai has made a lot of games
A lot of games. That means they have an impressive back catalogue. And in this digital age, there's always someone willing to spend money on a piece of nostalgia, or an unvisited game. Hence, Namco Bandai's plans to "increase its digital distribution presence." No actual specifics were given, but the...
We'll soon be able to actually, y'know, play Tekken 6 online. Namco Bandai have announced that a patch will launch tomorrow, improving connectivity between players and subsequently reducing lag. Namco are also improving the responsiveness of button inputs, and adding in a cancel option if you're unhappy with connection of your matched opponent. Excellent.
Whilst most people probably care more about a Tekken 6 patch than DLC at this point, producer Katsuhiro Harada has commented on uk
playstation.com</a> that any released content for the game is likely to be free. We'll won't argue with getting something for nothing so, we look forward to some content. We look forward to a multiplayer patch even...
Remember the over-arching co-operative nature of Namco Bandai's Noby Noby Boy
That's right, we're all increasing GIRL's length in hope of reaching new planets and subsequently unlocking new levels. Know then that GIRL has finally reached Jupiter after stretching to a length of 576,682,810 miles. Hurrah! Well done folks.
Remember when SCE's Kaz Hirai said "Riddddddddddge Racer"? Yeah, that's all we could think about when we heard Namco Bandai has trademarked the title Ridge Racer Accelerated
If, indeed, it's a Playstation 3 game, we hope they let Kaz announce it. Just for sarcasm's sake if nothing else.
To celebrate the European release of Tekken 6 today, we've teamed up with the fine folks over at Namco Bandai to offer you with the chance of winning a whole pile of Tekken 6 related goodies
Tekken 6 is the biggest beat 'em up game to hit the Playstation 3 this year, with a massive roster of fighters and moves to choose from. Tekken 6 is also the first Playstation 3 game to launch alongside a..
We're reviewing Tekken 6 as we type, and rather enjoying it to be honest
It has its faults, but if you're a Tekken fan, there's no way you're coming away disappointed. Sadly, the game's online is probably the weakest part, with very hit or miss net-code leading to lag. Sometimes it's fine, other times it's less so. It's always playable, just not...
2.5 million copies and ours is stuck in the postal strike! Thanks Royal Mail. Still, full points for effort Namco, who've shipped 2.5 million copies of Tekken 6 worldwide; even if the British ones aren't getting delivered. Of course, shipped copies don't necessarily relate to sold copies, but given this is a Tekken game, we expect the numbers will be pretty high.
We kinda thought Noby Noby Boy was awesome
However, we can understand why people would pick it up and curse its very existence. It's bonkers and proud to be so. Still, creator Keita Takahashi remains unsatisfied with the product."Ultimately, with Noby Noby Boy, I wanted to break the barriers between toy and game," Takahashi told Develop...
Now you can
Hurrah! Namco Bandai are seriously selling some Tekken themed panties in collaboration with Luscious Tokyo. They'll set you back a bit at ¥4,200 ($46) each, but dude, they look so awesome. <span>In addition to the pants there are is a whole host of Tekken apparel including t-shirts and lighters. Genuinely amazing.</span>
We don't actually like Lumines
But some people don't cosider the PSP complete without a copy. So why hasn't it shown up on the Playstation Store yet? Licensing issues. Tweeting about this very subject, Q Entertainment said yesterday, We would love to bring Lumines/Lumines II to the PSN store but there are complications, music licensing, was...
Ever wanted to invert gravity? Well now you'll get the chance, with Namco Bandai and Saber Interactive's recently announced Inversion
The game is a pretty standard third-person shooter involving aliens and what-not. The twist? You can adapt the gravity of objects with the protagonist's Grappler weapon. You'll need to aswell, because it's not just a case of you manipulating the gravity, but the..
At the Japanese launch for the theatrical release of Tales Of Vesperia: The First Strike in Japan, Namco Bandai's Makoto Yoshizumi claimed there was "strong internal desire" to create a follow-up to Playstation 3's Tales Of Vesperia
Alas, the franchise is far from over, with ideas already being brainstormed for a theatrical follow-up. We reckon: it'll be a matter of time.
Remember Splatterhouse? Yeah, it's been a while right?
Namco Bandai yanked the project off of Bottlerocket, then they subsequently closed down, and we've not heard much since. If you were anticipating the game early 2010, then, well, perhaps it's time to stop reading — we have bad news. Namco Bandai are saying the game is coming in Q3, 2010. And honestly, we think it's a good thing it's so far..
We've really no idea what's going on in this Tekken 6 video
We do know that it's in super slow motion, and very artistically shot. A little pretentious if you will. But still, you can't deny that it's pretty damn classy. After all, "What will you fight for?" is a question we should all ask ourselves when we step into the arena with a boxing kangaroo. In conjunction with the viral videos..
If you're in Japan today looking for a copy of Tales Of Vesperia on the Playstation 3 - good luck
The game has sold a whopping 140,000+ in its first 24 hours on sales — numbers which eclipse the first month of sales on XBOX 360 and come close to the game's lifetime sales on Microsoft's system. The lure of new content and, you know, being on Playstation 3, can be attributed to the high sales..
Rocksteady's masterpiece Batman Arkham Asylum may go on to be many people's game of the year, but it all counts for nothing if it doesn't sell
Thankfully the title has topped the UK charts, offsetting Nintendo's Wii Sports Resort and resting a comfortable victor. The XBOX 360 version narrowly outsold the PS3 (with a 55% share) — we assume the exclusive Joker content on the PS3 version of the game..
Namco Bandai just mailed us to let us know that Katamari Forever -- essentially the HD remix of the Katamari games of old -- has gone a golden shade of gold; i
e. it's done. And that means they had a release date for us; September 22nd in the US. The game will retail for $49.99 (a little cheaper than the average PS3 title) and adds in a ton of visual filters and trophies. We're interested to hear..
We're sure our homosexual readers won't take offence when we declare this Gundam outfit for Playstation Home avatars a teensy bit camp
The costume will come as a reward for those who watch the trailer for Kidou Senshi Gundam Senki Gundam (which is being bundled with some Slims in Japan) in the Playstation Home theater. The trailer is only...
So Tekken 6 PSP's bigger brother might be getting all the attention on the high definition consoles, but look at Tekken 6 PSP
Look at it. This is a PSP game. Can you believe this is a PSP game? How is this possible? Look at the graphics and animation. Oh my. If Namco hadn't already put an awesome version of Tekken 5 out on the PSP, we wouldn't believe it. Nacmo Bandai are sticking by their guns..
Every now and then you know a good Tekken trailer has come around
How? Because it makes little to zero sense. This Tekken 6 trailer is one such of that kind. If anybody could explain what's going on, please send us answers on a postcard. Otherwise, heck, we'll just leave it as a mystery. Looking bloody brilliant in our opinion though.
Tekken 6 is coming bundled with an exclusive stick if you want to shell out $150
We must admit, they do look rather neat. The question is, what looks neater — hot Namco Bandai girls or hot Tekken sticks? We couldn't possibly choose. Thanks Joystiq for the photo.
Namco Bandai have just announced Majin: The Fallen Realm at GamesCom in Germany
The game from Game Republic is said to have a "Last Guardian feel". Majin is a gigantic beast with which a small thief must work alongside in order to solve puzzles. It's expected to release in Spring 2010. More when we know about it.
It's a little known fact to some readers, but we're pretty in love with Namco beat 'em ups
Now, we like all the beat 'em ups (even though we're a glutton for punishment), but we'll always have a special place for the Tekken and Soul Calibur franchise. So, you can imagine the yelps of joy emitted from our mouths when we see this wonderful looking little Soul Calibur Broken Destiny pack for Korea —..
Namco Bandai have started the hype train for their appearance at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany next week
Apparently they are bringing eight games, obviously including Tekken 6 and Katamari, plus some "major exclusive new announcements". Namco Bandai are penciled in for a show on Wednesday, August 19th, so we're guessing the announcements will be made then. Any hopes, dreams, wants? How..
Ahh Noby Noby Boy, the game that we just assumed everyone had downloaded to their PS3 because of the decent reviews and amount of coverage it gets
Sadly, seems like not everyone has been giving it to GIRL. Despite a potential 24 Million install base, Noby Noby Boy has gone on to sell just 100,000 copies. Perhaps that's a lot for a game that's about a worm eating people to add length to GIRL but, we..
This is so awesome but at the same time we feel terrible
We'd forgotten that Tekken 6 was coming to the PSP. But it's so awesome that it is. Because we'll be rocking some King on the train. Anyway, the handheld version of Namco's weapon-less brawler will have "pretty much everything console version," said PR man Arne Cual-Pedroso...
Katamari Forever launches in Japan tomorrow
And according to andriasang.com that's not the only thing. A demo for the anticipated game will hit the Japanese PSN store to commemorate the release (and hopefully push a few more sales). Remember, those of you who have, erm, "acquired" a Japanese PSN account can download the demo and get an...
Those of you hotly anticipating the once-XBOX 360 exclusive Tales Of Vesperia will be pleased to hear that a demo is hitting the Japanese Playstation Store this July 13th
There's no word on what the demo will offer. The game is scheduled to release this Fall.
Releasing in Japan on July 23, Katamari Forever - the upcoming Playstation 3 exclusive - will be getting its very own soundtrack
It'll cost ¥3150 (USD$33) for the 2-disc set with 36 tracks. When the soundtrack includes chiptune, we think it might be worth an import.
Namco reckon that the traditions of unlocking characters in fighting games as you play them are now totally outdated
Speaking with Videogamer.com, director Katsuhiro Harada explained his reasoning:Why we locked the characters originally was that in the arcades, it was kind of to extend the life of the game by gradually unlocking characters. And also with the home versions as well, because you can..
How do you make your Playstation 3 exclusive remake of a bizarro title even better? You demake the music of course
Gone is Katamari's Japanese jazz and instead we have Katamari Forever's 8-bit chip-tune. We've embedded two videos in this post. Can you tell which music is from the remake?
Following the announcement of that wonderful Tekken 6 arcade stick bundle earlier this morning, we're sure there's little surprise that a good number of you have stuck in preorders for Namco Bandai's upcoming beat-em-up
But what date will the game be available for you to pick up? Namco Bandai say October 27th. Launching first in North America "with the European, Japanese and Asian release to..
Much like Street Fighter IV's themed fighting sticks, copies of Tekken 6 will be bundled with wireless Hori fighting sticks and an exclusive art book
The bundles will be available for $150 in the USA. No word on whether the bundle will make it to European shores. Namco Bandai also confirmed collaboration with webcomic Penny Arcade. The "Samurai" pack will include a playable Cardboard Tube..
You know what, Tekken has got to a point where its biggest hook is how ridiculous it is
So it totally makes sense to get female anime clothes designers working on the the latest iteration of the franchise, Tekken 6. In the above image, you'll note Jin wearing a wonderful white, erm, jacket-robe-type-thing. We're sure that's a term used in the fashion industry.
Already available in the Japan, Namco Museum Essentials is coming to North America this July
Including Pac-man, Galaga, Dig Dug, Dragon Spirit, Xevious, and a new 1080p "re-envisioned" Xevious: Resurrection, you'll be able to compete in leaderboards and earn Home rewards for good performances. Namco Bandai will also be launching a new...
Former XBOX 360 exclusive Tales Of Vesperia has been dated for Japan on Playstation 3
The game features a new character and will retail for ¥7,800 (US$79) on September 17th.
Well, if ever there was a fit for the Soul Calibur franchise it's Kratos, who will show up in the upcoming PSP title Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny
For a PSP game, this genuinely looks jaw-droppingly incredible.
Have you ever wondered how the rendering of Ivy from Soul Calibur IV compares with the rendering of Ivy from Soul Calbur: Broken Destiny? Nope us neither, but we still found the results fascinating
Naturally there are fewer polygons and less shading, but good grief, for a handheld, Broken Destiny is shaping up to be absolutely gorgeous. We're looking forward to hearing more about the game.
We posted a few days ago about a teaser included in the Blu-Ray edition of an Evangelion anime pointing towards a PS3 game
Well, we're afraid to say, it's not a game. Take a breath for a second. For ¥800 a month, starting June 6, Japanese PS3 owners can get a 3D news reader for their system which features Misato from Evangelion. Yes, news! But that's not all; Misato's voice will be completely..
We knew our calculations weren't wrong
When we said it would take 5 years for Noby Noby Boy's GIRL to reach Mars, we did not "fail" (like one certain N4G poster claimed); Namco cheated. Apparently, Namco multiplied player's submitted lengths by 765, speeding up the process. Essentially, it cheated, though undeniably in a good way. Which...
An ad on the back of a Japanese Blu-Ray release for anime Evangelion has confirmed the series is heading to the Playstation 3 via Cellius - the joint company between SCE and Namco Bandai
There's not really much more to say at the moment, but we'll keep you informed as news breaks.
Well, somewhere along the way our calculations messed up
We claimed it would be 5 years until GIRL from Noby Noby Boy reached Mars. We were wrong. She's there now. That's right - new Noby Noby Boy level for everyone; MARS! We had a tinker about and you'll never guess what's on Mars - an octopus.
The prospect of never seeing Mars in Noby Noby Boy is probably enough to cause even the most casual of players to the brink of tears
It's mighty sad. Thank goodness for "Lucky Week", a game mode spanning all this week where whatever you submit to GIRL will be multiplied. We should unite Noby Noby Boy players; Mars has to be reached.
Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny may be a PSP game, but that's not stopping Namco Bandai doing the very best job of rendering Ivy's breasts to the very best of their ability
That aside though, this game looks amazing.
Sometimes we wonder how developer's can pull off graphics like this on a system that sits in the palms
Oh PSP, how we love thee. Agree with us right here, right now - although the trailer is short, the gameplay of Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny that is shown looks equal to the Dreamcast original. Right? Told you.
Katamari Forever may just end up being one of the best looking video games we've ever seen
Set to land in the fall, the game features all the old levels from the Playstation 2 game, aswell as new ones to boot. There's also sixaxis control, allowing you to flick the controller upwards to jump (you can still press the shoulder buttons if you prefer). Take a look at some of the screens over on..
The last Tekken 6 trailer was a bit boring because it didn't have Namco's typical glitch-rock running in the background
The new one? Check. If we had to critique the "choon", we'd moan it's a bit noisey. But hey. It glitches all over the place. "Win".
If the Tekken announcement wasn't enough, you may be interested in some portable Soul Calibur goodness too
Well thankfully, everyones favourite weapons based brawler is getting the PSP treatment this summer. Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny features all the trappings you'd expect from a home-console Soul Calibur (minus silly Star Wars characters) including: arcade, versus and survival modes. There will..
Well here's a turn-up for the books
It seems like the PSP really is making a comeback this year. We've already had the announcements of a ton of games (Motorstorm: Arctic Edge, LittleBigPlanet, etc.) but this is first we've heard of Tekken 6. Alas, according to IGN it's official. Set to launch alongside its PS3 counterpart, the game will feature a new "Ghost" infrastructure, allowing..
Keita Takahashi, creator of Noby Noby Boy, had some interesting things to say with Eurogamer today
The paragraphs that stuck out as "repostable news" are reposted as news below. Speaking of the upcoming iPhone version of Noby Noby Boy, Takahashi says:"We used too much time and money to develop Noby Noby Boy, and there won't be any...
Here's a Tekken 6 trailer
Does it remind you of anything? How about every Tekken trailer there has been over the past 10 years or so? Sadly, this is without the electro-glitch-fest tunes of old. Sad emoticon.
The most important news to come out about Tekken 6 thus far: new character Zafina looks exactly the same as TV-host Kirsty Gallacher
Fascinating, right? Right, ok, in order to turn this into a worthwhile article, we'll direct you in the way of Kotaku who have 20 pieces of high-res artwork for some of Tekken's new (and returning) characters.
Fan reaction to the recently announced Playstation 3 port of Tales Of Vesperia has been mixed
PS3 owners are on the whole pretty pleased, whereas XBOX 360 owners are less so. Particularly in Japan, where a lot of gamers bought their XBOX 360 systems purely for the formerly-exclusive game. One Japanese fan was in fact so furious to hear of the enhanced PS3 port that he both snapped his XBOX 360..
The chance of any of us actually seeing Mars in Noby Noby Boy is somewhat slim
New data, compiled and presented from the official Noby Noby Boy website concludes that there are only 1000 active players at the moment. At this rate, it's going to take those 1000 people a total of 2000 days (roughly 5 years) to reach the moon. 820 years are predicted in order to connect the entire solar system. Does..
Kotaku reader Tonks has sent in these super-cool home made kicks
The laces actually make up the body of our worm-like protagonist BOY. We think Tonks could be onto a winner with these, mind. Can you make/send us a pair please?
Ace Combat has always been one of those franchises people associate with the Playstation
Until Ace Combat 6 of course, which was an XBOX 360 exclusive. However, a Japanese job listing suggests Namco Bandai are on the lookout for a PS3 artist experienced in MAYA. This is important because the person who lands the job will be creating textures for jet fighter models. Sounds like Ace Combat, huh? We..
For those of you who were already fans of Katamari Damacy, Noby Noby Boy probably whet your appetite on Playstation 3
But now you want more don't you? So does creator Keita Takahashi. Which is why he's bring Katamari to the PS3 in full-HD glory. The title, Katamari Damacy Tribute, suggests that this will be a compilation of classic bits and bobs from the Playstation 2 titles, which should be the..
Blog</a> have teased the upcoming multiplayer mode coming to the excellent Noby Noby Boy. The short, disturbing teaser video above highlights four BOYS popping out of their colourful house. It's all about eerie, but totally awesome at the same time.
If you've read our review of Noby Noby Boy, you might know something of the games quirky co-operative elements
Essentially, all PSN users are collaborating to stretch their individual BOY and collectively increase the length of GIRL so that she may reach other planets in the solar system. Five days after release users have reached the moon. Which...
Noby Noby Boy is a game few understand
Its creator isn't even entirely sure why it was made. It was also influenced by racing game DiRT. Ahem. According to developer, who actually claims to not like any games, he was inspired by "the opening camera work in a trailer for DiRT". Erm. Yeah. We'll have a review of Noby Noby Boy later on.
Quick update this
Upcoming Namco PSN release Noby Noby Boy is set to cost just £3.19 in the UK. The game comes from developer Keita Takahashi, the founder of the Beautiful Katamari series. He's not quite sure why he made it. We'll have a review soon.
Afro Samurai is a Playstation 3 slash-em-up based on the animated series of the same name
Gameplay looks solid but we're a bit worried how repetitive this might get. Still, the art style is glorious.</span> <span>Check out the video in higher quality here. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.</span>
We're not quite sure what to think of Noby Noby Boy yet
We know it's from the Katamari series' creator and for that we'll sit and wait to play it. Because these aren't the type of games you can assume to understand until you've sat down with them for a few hours (if ever at all). Having said that, the trophies sound brilliant. Hit the jump to check...