[IMGW]http://media.1up.com/media?id=3358089[/IMGW]Last time we checked in on Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi, he was talking about ditching game development to go off and design children's playgrounds. Or something. So what the heck is this crazy thing over on Famitsu's website called Nobi Nobi Boy all about?
According to Kotaku that happy little spaghetti squiggle you see pictured could very well represent the first step in another Namco Bandai dynasty. Nobi Nobi Boy (in English: "Stretchy Stretchy Boy") is the latest game from the deep regions of Takahashi's crazy idea mill. So far, it's PS3-only.
Namco recently debuted the game at the PlayStation Premiere 2007 event, where onlookers got a chance to watch the titular character squirm around on the screen 'in a very realistic way' for about 30 seconds. Apparently Takahashi has been working on the idea for Nobi Nobi boy for the last 2 years, but (says Gamespot) he has been unable to progress forward with his vision due to a lack of raw physics processing power in current-era hardware.
There's unquestionably more than just a little bit of the Prince in that happy spaghetti strand. No word on Nobi Nobi Boy's flamboyantly regal father figure... but perhaps at the Tokyo Game Show? Cross your fingers.