Retro Wrap-Up: Katamari Edition

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m very happy that The Denpa Men is coming to North America. The RPG genre is almost non-existent on the eShop, save for a few Virtual Console titles and some DSiWare games here and there. Besides, if this game does well enough, we might get to see more quirky titles like this in the future. One of the things I like about The Denpa Men is how they resemble the Prince of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy. And so, the OpRainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) was tasked with finding older commercials of Katamari Damacy for your viewing pleasure in this week’s Retro Wrap-Up.

Unfortunately, the only one I could find that was in English was only 15 seconds long. There was another commercial of the same length in Japanese, though. With that in mind, here are the two commercials.

I should point out that this commercial is actually a dub of the Japanese version, which is something that should happen more often. Why they didn’t do that with this next commercial is beyond me.

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Here are the top stories of the week:

We covered the North American Wii U conference. Some of the key games that were announced around this time were Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101, and Mutant Mudds Deluxe. Monolith Soft, the guys behind Xenoblade Chronicles, were also confirmed to have a project in the works.

The Wii U pre-orders are selling out fast! Here are some places you might want to check.

Jeff Neuenschwander reviews Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure for the 3DS and Clinton Nix reviews the first episode of Alpha Kimori for the PC.

We list a few things to know about The Last Story.

Scott Macdonald takes a look at Locke’s Quest in his Games of the Past Review.

Another sign that Guild 01 will see an international release? I hope so.

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward just got a sweet pre-order bonus, as if the game itself wasn’t enough to convince you to buy it.

Nintendo of Australia put a Game Boy Advance section on their 3DS Virtual Console website with a picture of Dr. Mario. That turned out to be a mistake.

Tales producer Hideo Baba wants to expand the Tales series’ fanbase.

Finally, New Little King’s Story gets an international release date and Dokuro is announced for a North American release in October.

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And now, a question for you, the readers. What do you think of the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate kerfuffle? The game is a remix of Monster Hunter 3G that will be released for the Wii U and the 3DS, but only the Wii U version will be online.   Are you upset that you aren’t getting online for the 3DS version? Are you just happy that North America is getting another Monster Hunter game period? Are you indifferent to all of this? Leave a comment and tell us what you think. I’ll take some of the best comments and feature them in next week’s Retro Wrap-Up.

And no, Facebook comments don’t count.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.




  • I’m pretty excited about Monster Hunter on WiiU.  Playing it in HD and with online is going to be cool.  I do have Monster Hunter Tri for Wii, but those servers will shut down sometime soon.  Can’t wait to see the game in HD.

  • So its online vs portability. Considering the amount of time(over 100 hours) and fun I had with online in tri for wii my choice is simple: Wiiu.

  • Come on! No one wants their comment highlighted next week?! 🙁