People have been drawn to nostalgia for a couple of years now, and it shows. Triple-A games like Resident Evil 2 and smaller, cult hits like Patapon have been remade to for older fans to relive that nostalgia and for newer fans to get into the franchise. However, I never thought that Katamari Damacy would get the same treatment.
While original creator Keita Takahashi is no longer under the game’s publisher Bandai Namco, he tweeted out early this year his wish that the game would be remastered. On September 13, 2018, his (and many others) wish came true during the Nintendo Direct with the announcement of Katamari Damacy REROLL.
Rerolling to the Switch
From what was shown on the reveal for Katamari Damacy REROLL, not much would be added aside from the controls. Players can now control the prince and the ball traditionally or with the gyro controls of the joycons. The game would also support HD rumble, so you’ll feel each item being picked up as you roll. This could come in handy especially when you need every item to get bigger within the time limit.
To the uninitiated, Katamari Damacy is basically restoring all celestial bodies wiped out due to the King of Cosmos’ drunkenness. To do that, his son must roll up various things into a ball for the King to replace it all. The game’s overall uniqueness and simplicity solidified its legacy and garnered a fanbase for itself.
The game first made its mark on the PS2, resulting in its sequels coming out on different platforms. Katamari Damacy REROLL will be Nintendo’s introduction to the series as it rolls over to the Switch. It will be available on Windows PC later on. You can order it on the Nintendo eShop on November 30, 2018, or wait for its physical edition to be available on December 7, 2018. Pre-order is also now available at GameStop and EBGames.
Watch the trailer and the rest of the Nintendo Direct for September 13, 2018, below!
YouTube: Nintendo Direct 9.13.2018