[IMGW]http://media.1up.com/media?id=3261787[/IMGW] The Katamari Damacy series has proven a popular niche title for Namco Bandai, so it's re-emergence on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with Beautiful Katamari isn't surprising, nor is the company's decision to quickly turn around and announce a North American release. "Later this year," however, is the closest we have to a shipping date.

Some interesting changes are coming to the mix this time, too, including 50 different Prince cousins to choose from, the ability to complete in online multiplayer matches and download expansion content through both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live after the game's been released. As an aside: how will Xbox 360 owners feel having to pay for online multiplayer, while PS3 owners don't? Hmm.

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