Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit
that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird
gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy
Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos
destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments
, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations.
It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time
-- an eccentric, richly produced
, and incredibly catchy blend of funk
, bossa nova
, experimental electronica
, bamboo flute
, hair metal
, buoyant parade music
, soaring children's choirs
, Macintalk fanfares
, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros
Called a consumerist critique
by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi
(who after one sequel
moved on to Glitch
, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy
, and playground design
), the series has inspired much celebration
] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit
. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
The makers of Ninja Gaiden 2 have decided on an unorthodox ad campaign. The game is being advertised by two white breasts protruding from a wall facing the street (SLYT)
There are predictably funny reactions from passers by. Obviously, this is NSFW.
Rule No. 1: Two bugs to a fight.
Rule No. 2: Bug fights go on as long as they have to. Rule No. 3: No outside weapons in bug fights.
Respect speed limit, get free music from...asphalt ?
When driving in Japan remember to respect the speed limits , you may be instantly rewarded by hearing a tune as played by...your car and the road.
His name is Mr Freetime,
he has 2,967 copies of Moero!! Pro Baseball for the Famicom. He knows how to use them.
How to Walk of Japan.
Strange tourist attractions - some NSFW.
Gloomy the Vicious Bear
- we had a recent thread about the teddy bear
turning 100. Here's a cute pink
Japanese variation that retains a frighteningly feral blood lust
. Osaka-based illustrator Mori Chack's innocent cartoon style belies the macabre nature
. Just in time for the holidays, get your Gloomy Bear stuffed toys
or other goodies
before supplies run out! thanks, gmtPlus9.
Flash with no name
- think you've seen every bizarre Japanese flash? Good chance you haven't seen this one yet. I am at a loss for a title. This is not safe for work. This is not safe for children or small animals. Do not take with medication. Mock the message, not the messenger.