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Noby Noby Boy Multiplayer Update

Keita Takahashi's Avatar Posted by on Apr 23, 2009 // Namco Bandai Games

Last time I talked about the multiplayer update for Noby Noby Boy. Here, let me show you a bit more footage for the update.

I’d like to share a little bit more about Multiplayer. In Single player, the game allows BOY to eat another BOY as well as people and animals, etc. In Multiplayer though, eating everything has some funny consequences. For example, if the head of a 1P BOY eats the rear of a 2P BOY, the two players end up with a combined BOY.

Head: Player 1
Rear: Player 2

This could be very confusing because one BOY is controlled by two players. Moreover, the fact that the game is compatible for up to four players could bring even more chaotic situations. Doesn’t that sound fun?

We are almost there. Please be a little more patient.

But now that GDC is over, I’d like to thank everyone who came to see my panel. I was so relieved to see all of you because I had been so anxious thinking no one would want to hear my stories about the game. As I said in the last post, I didn’t have the time to put together what I’d say just as I was leaving Japan. Why do I need to know and prepare notes beforehand? Well, because I can’t speak English. In order to deliver my own message, it’s very important to have a prep meeting with the interpreter. As it’s sometimes difficult to convey myself to even Japanese native speakers, it shouldn’t be hard to imagine the difficulty for the interpreter of doing it in English.

After I spent sometime preparing for my speech during the flight, I thought I’d better take advantage of at least one free movie, so I watched a Japanese film called “Yureru.” Well, the movie was good but it made me feel depressed afterward and I wasn’t unable to sleep at all during the flight. Our plane arrived at the San Francisco airport around noon. I got on BART for the first time, got off at the Powell Station, and managed to get to my hotel. As you can imagine, the notes for my speech weren’t ready at the time, but I thought it’d be OK since my panel would be the following day.

After checking in, I headed out to the GDC venue to check my e-mails even though I wanted to take a breather. When I was there I found an e-mail asking me to share my speech draft with the interpreter, hopefully, by 5:00 pm. Well, it was already 5:00 pm. I said to myself, “Oh no! Sorry. I can’t do it. I’m too sleepy. I’m so sorry…” and headed back to the hotel and went to bed immediately.

Surprisingly, I woke up around 1:00 am. Isn’t this what they call “Jet Lag”? But I took it as my conscience telling me to stay up and complete a draft of my speech. So I did. In the morning, I met the interpreter at GDC, made some revisions, and finally we were ready. When I felt we were on the same page, I wanted to go back to bed, but I forced myself to get a decent meal.

With regard to my panel, all the articles say it all. I was happy that people seemed to understand and enjoy it. In fact, Noby Noby Boy for the iPhone was revealed for the first time there, and the only people who knew about it were our project staff. I heard that my supervisor was stunned. Isn’t that funny?

This is Takahashi.

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+ muzzar69 on April 24th, 2009 at 4:09 am said:

o and we dont get guides either.
Australia remains the only country where i cant buy the KZ2 guide why why why why ?????
so let me get this stright.
we pay more but we get less.
thats real fair.
yous have to get your priorities stright.
now i understand why Australia is xbox country even though we HATE microsoft.
stop treating us like second class citizens otherwise you will loose us as customers and you WILL NEVER beat MS in sales.
i now know why the ps3 is in third place FIX IT.


+ Korbei83 on April 24th, 2009 at 4:10 am said:

How is GIRL doing lately? I haven’t been on my PS3 much recently due to some family stuff and gaming time occupied by the (surprisingly fun) FreeRealms beta.


+ Thestudness on April 24th, 2009 at 5:08 am said:

Awesome Update wondering though will it be adding more Trophies to the game


+ righello on April 24th, 2009 at 7:22 am said:

Great music!

always glad to read your posts. Please keep writing!!!!

have a great day!


+ righello on April 24th, 2009 at 7:31 am said:


D.I.Y.’Chikyudeon’ is so cool!!!!

thank you for being cool, Takahashi-san!


+ almighty-slayer on April 24th, 2009 at 8:57 am said:

Awesome. Will definitely be buying this!

Keep up the great work Mr Takahashi


+ acerazer1 on April 24th, 2009 at 9:59 am said:

Haha great story.

It’s official, Takahashi rocks


+ Kren420 on April 24th, 2009 at 11:05 am said:

WHY HAVE I NOT BOUGHT THIS YET?!? looks so random and awesome


+ capn_adam on April 24th, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

My wife and i would love to see new combinations of people and objects. For example, why not include some of the inanimate objects along with fruit and other things as contenders for combining with people.

this game is fantastic!


+ mrDUDE1 on April 24th, 2009 at 7:19 pm said:

yo takahashi
how about more combinations like
or something random like that
also,can you eat a cloud?
i can jump so high i got stuck in a cluod once and i got so big i ate a tree


+ mrDUDE1 on April 24th, 2009 at 7:20 pm said:


please make another game of randomness


+ mrDUDE1 on April 24th, 2009 at 7:21 pm said:

and another


+ mrDUDE1 on April 24th, 2009 at 7:21 pm said:

and another



+ GeekPhilosopher on April 26th, 2009 at 2:45 am said:

Mr. Takahashi I loved your game, and I play it on as regular a basis as I can. It’s one of the freshest ideas I’ve encountered in a videogame in a while.

I even wrote a piece discussing your quotes at GDC for a newspaper blog that accepts user submissions, and I consider myself a major fan of Noby Noby Boy.

I hope you continue to create great works in the future, one creative person to another. I know you may not reply to my comment since you have stated you cannot speak English but I hope your interpreter will translate it for you.

P.S. My brother does not understand this game on the level that I do, since he is used to games like Grand Theft Auto IV. Japanese culture scares him because anime confuses him and your game Noby Noby Boy made him question your mental health. I quickly assured him that you do not do drugs and you are completely sane, but he didn’t believe me. What should I do to help him accept your creative output as innovative and fun?


+ NYPenguin on April 26th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

WHEN ARE WE GETTING THIS UPDATE? all you talk about is how you played… you should at least mention the date for this update!


+ darthmilo77 on April 27th, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

This game is indescribable in the best ways possible. Few games utilize the PS3 quite like it, and I love being able to listen to music on the HDD and record video.

Anyone know if multiplayer will be online, splitscreen/same screen, or both?


+ darthmilo77 on April 27th, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

Never mind, just read the original mention. Hooray, offline it is! Thank you, Mr. Takahashi!


+ righello on April 28th, 2009 at 5:56 am said:

Just wanted to be the first to say Thanks for NOBY NOBY BOY™ 1.1!!!!! it’s amazing.

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