Unless you find their particular brand of chirpy percussion grating, the Patapon are a lovable bunch. Lovable enough to dress up as, perhaps? Sure, why not.
We don't expect you to be surprised by the contents of your Patapon 2 box, should you choose to pick it up, but let's be very clear about what's in that PSP game case.
Sony reps have confirmed that there are no plans for a UMD release for Patapon 2 when the PSP game ships in North America next month, calling the move "a one time test case."
Sony may be taking a rather unusual step at retail with Patapon 2, making the PSP a digital download only, but still offering a boxed copy at retail. How would that work, exactly?
The first Patapon was something of a success. The PSP game was a hit with critics and some gamers, but never really set the sales charts on fire.
Demos are advertising. Interactive, sometimes enjoyable advertising, true, but advertising nonetheless. Maybe not a great idea, then, when Sony restricted access to the Killzone 2 demo. Restricting access for a Patapon 2 demo is even worse.
Masatomo Ueda likes Patapon. A lot more than you or I like Patapon. He likes it so much he's not only got himself a Patapon tattoo, but made himself Patapon prey in the process.
Enjoying Patapon 2, Japan? Bet you are. Game's been out there since last month, but as of yet, us Westerners have been kept in the dark. Least, we were until today.
Sony's Bend studio is currently working on Resistance: Retribution, coming to PSP in Spring 2009. After showing that title, a third-person shooter faithful to the first game, Sony's Jack Tretton casually dropped a few more:
Five new Patapon 2 screens. Count 'em if you want. But know anyone who goes beyond counting, and starts chanting "pata", "pata", "pata" while browsing will be promptly shown the door.
People liked Patapon so much that Sony Computer Entertainment Japan went and decided to put out another. That's right, this winter Japan will see Patapon 2. While the previous title was single player, the sequel will feature four player multi-player mode as well as new characters. PON-PON-PATA-PON!