Apr 03

Interview with Noby Noby Boy Creator Keita Takahashi

Chris Morell's Avatar Posted by on Apr 03, 2009 // Senior Social Media Specialist

During GDC last week, our friends at Namco Bandai invited us to chat with Keita Takahashi, Noby Noby Boy and Katamari series creator, and you should know him well by now. Of course, I jumped at the chance to talk to Mr. Takahashi, as his always-entertaining posts have made me quite a fan. It’s a really cool interview, as he gives insight in to the influences behind Noby Noy Boy, how the multiplayer works, and even dishes about working on a music game! Enjoy.

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+ commedieu on April 3rd, 2009 at 3:42 pm said:



+ drew713 on April 3rd, 2009 at 3:46 pm said:

noby noby boy is one crazy game, but its great


+ KSPRAYDAD on April 3rd, 2009 at 3:49 pm said:

Disappointed that this game is so quickly losing its PS exclusivity.


+ royalflush5 on April 3rd, 2009 at 3:54 pm said:



+ ExtensaQ on April 3rd, 2009 at 3:55 pm said:

@3: What?


+ OscarSeymourEsq on April 3rd, 2009 at 3:57 pm said:

No: 5
It’s going to iPhone.


+ ExtensaQ on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

Ahw, thank you! <3


+ RICKDOEZ1 on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

i love sony games!!!
im still wanting one thing on my xmb is in game chat or party chat system! how about it sony?


+ ManaKnight on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

The game is a lot of fun. So glad I bought it. Looking forward to the multi-player. :D


+ DeforMAKulizer on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm said:

Hopefully he brings some more wacky fun games to PSN =D
Thanks for the weirdest, yet “funnest” game ever =D


+ kuff1 on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm said:

Please fix the Playstation Blog Yahoo Widget!


+ gmk218 on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm said:

#11 i agree and i just dont get this game i guess i dont understand it it is a crazy game tho


+ Xoombie503 on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:32 pm said:

picked up this game on day one, and i kinda like it cuz its kinda different to other titles, but stopped playing because of the camera angle when you stretch uggh..and for the people that are not sure about this,its just $5 man doesn’t hurt your wallet.


+ KSPRAYDAD on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm said:

@11 Kuff1

These are the guys that designed the blog and the widget….maybe they can help?



+ GHenrik on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm said:

How on earth did he get BOY so big in that video? Future update?

Add this into the game. I’d like to somehow eat my own ass while it’s still attached.

(WTF am I saying?)


+ will_orz on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm said:

This man, Keita Takahashi.

He is my hero.


+ Thrasher20 on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm said:

@ 3



Noby Noby Boy here I come!


+ ItsNymo on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 pm said:

@GHenrik (#15) – haha… I was wondering the same thing!

Great interview with Keita Takahashi, and can’t wait to see what his next ‘game’ may be! =D


+ PirateThom on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

Enjoyed Noby, looking forward to Katamari Tribute! :D


+ cochese22 on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm said:

Hey hey Keita!

Try your best and keep up the good work!


+ Sla-Mori on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:19 pm said:

Weird but awesome game. Very unique and brilliant concept


+ KSPRAYDAD on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm said:

It is already in development for iPhone/Touch…instead of PSP.



+ dallow on April 3rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

Keita is such a wonderful creator.
I wish there were more people out there with his kind of attitude.

Thanks for the fun.


+ Treequil on April 3rd, 2009 at 6:04 pm said:

Namco Bandai
My favorite game company…

Have yet to get this game but will soon…

PS, Make more Digimon games! ~.~


+ isolatebody on April 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm said:

Your game is crazy, weird and strange…………but I still log in sometimes stretch out and tell girl what I did.


+ crazypeng1 on April 3rd, 2009 at 7:37 pm said:

of course its going to iphone and not psp. lets look at reasons why shall we?
it requires some sorta motion tech, and touch screen makes more sense for double analogue than the psp which has no second analogue stick. also, katamari seems to be selling on the iphone, and its a lot less work to make and submit those games.


+ blindrocket on April 3rd, 2009 at 7:44 pm said:

Keita Takahashi is awesome. Thanks for posting up this interview. :)
I love his games and I hope that he releases more to the PS3.


+ GGCAN on April 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 pm said:

Great interview.

Hope more games are coming from Keita Takahashi.

The price of this one is sure right !


+ VixDiesel on April 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm said:

please put online multiplayer if nothing else!


+ jqtaxpayer on April 3rd, 2009 at 8:58 pm said:

I heard that a PS3 Katamari game is coming to Japan! Thank you! …hopefully it comes to North America because I hardly know any Japanese. :-S


+ kuff1 on April 3rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm said:


Thanks m8 I’ll look in to that :)

On topic:
Good interview. But it would be nice to actually hear his voice to. It doesn’t feel right when all you hear is the translator.


+ JesseHaysFL on April 3rd, 2009 at 10:31 pm said:

thank you for noby noby myself and my fiance love it.


+ Midgetguy on April 3rd, 2009 at 11:13 pm said:

Very cool interview!

I’ve enjoyed Noby Noby Boy immensely!


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on April 3rd, 2009 at 11:55 pm said:

Boing Boing goes my brain, whirr whirr goes my feet, what am I?


+ righello on April 4th, 2009 at 5:20 am said:

yay Takahashi! He has excellent taste in music, so a ‘music game’ would be amazing!!!!
..Though, could this be implemented within NOBYNOBYBOY™? [Like using sound within the environment in different ways.(VIB-RIBBON is a nice example)] Also, while I’m ranting/suggesting,
-Takahashi’s ‘Google/search idea’ is great! please try to include this sometime! Also: What about using images from hdd to place within the landscape(to pin-up, or eat, ect.)!
[Seeing GOMIBAKO gave that thought; when ‘mottainai'(勿体無い) is ‘recovered’, could not stop laughing!!!!!]

NOBYNOBYBOY™ for iphoneOS is a good thing.
1. This will help BOY+GIRL; these two systems continue to stretch WEBWEBBOY(o–o.jp).

2. SCEI + Apple are two companies who really seem to be interested in creating unique things. This is important. When the other ‘consoles’ begin to ‘stretch’ their conception of ‘games’/object, I would like to see them connect WEBWEBBOY too.[Will that happen? Maybe not.]

Another Note(3.): mr. Takahashi must keep creating! He, + we, have to ‘stretch’ our understanding, also. Please support good directors.


+ Kenshin71 on April 4th, 2009 at 5:41 am said:

The game should have a pacman mode where you have to eat as much as possible within a certain time or find and eat all of certain objects on a certain world. As it is there is little in the way of gameplay and it wears thin quickly.


+ Michelasso on April 4th, 2009 at 5:58 am said:

I don’t see what’s to be upset about this game going into the iPhone…

Still, when is the MP patch coming out?


+ Walpurgiss on April 4th, 2009 at 8:51 am said:

Would it really matter if you could read Japanese to play a game like Katamari? I don’t really see it making much difference other than reading some level goals, but the game was never really about story, so just technical things would be lost :p I’d import it.


+ Kren420 on April 4th, 2009 at 9:08 am said:

@36 Kenshin71

have you tried wrapping yourself in tree and making a big slingshot? the gameplay is all up to your imagination, and it helps to have a short attention span lol


+ Zezzler on April 4th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

I cant wait for MULTI-BOY~
is it going to be out anytime soon?


+ DustyBlue on April 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm said:

I’m starting to hate the iPhone more and more… *looks at MGS Touch*

Still, I love Keita Takahashi’s work.


+ katsuo7171 on April 4th, 2009 at 3:38 pm said:

Too bad Keita wants to make a playground instead of make more crazy games. :(

1 more thing, why are you using an LG tv?


+ Gumbydunzeeto on April 4th, 2009 at 6:11 pm said:

I’ll buy anything he makes – as long as it’s on disc.


+ Seiven on April 5th, 2009 at 7:34 am said:

I loved the Katamari series on PS2 and can’t wait for the new one on the PSN, and I finally got around to picking up a PSN card last Thursday and had to get Noby Noby Boy…I love the crazy niche titles…INDY DEVS ROCK!!


+ lakaiHIGH on April 5th, 2009 at 8:10 am said:

i love the english voice translation. its a riot! Keita should really learn english… im actually kinda surprised he doesn’t know it!

OT – this game looks seriously trippy. thanks for the original title! I’m glad fans of his are finding this game interesting. it just doesn’t seem like my kind of game. i’m more into the relaxation of flOw and Flower from TGC. i swear if Keita creates something to that affect i’ll make it mine fo sho!



+ gold5225 on April 5th, 2009 at 9:12 am said:

@42 I was gonna ask the same thing why would their be a LG tv in a Sony Interview.


+ polite_society on April 5th, 2009 at 7:14 pm said:

@43 that old chestnut. You never give up, do you? You can pretty much guarantee that this game will never come out on a disc. There is not enough to it to warrant it.

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