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TGS 08: Kotani-san Answers Your Patapon 2 Questions

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar Posted by Sr. Social Media Manager

Last week, we gave you the chance to ask Patapon 2 game designer Hiroyuki Kotani your questions about the follow up to this year’s unique PSP hit. A few days ago in SCEI’s Tokyo offices, I passed those questions on to Kotani-san (through an interpreter). He was happy to answer your questions on camera:

The next day, he introduced Patapon 2 Don Chaka (Japanese title) to the media at Tokyo Game Show. I transcribed the event, which should answer even more questions you may have about the game.

Kotani: We received a lot of requests after the first one, which shaped Patapon 2

• More customization
• Want to create original Patapons
• Want to play Patapon Longer
• Want to enjoy Patapon with friends.

The game takes place on an unknown island after the first game. There, the Patapon are blocked by the Karmen, a mysterious masked clan, blocking the Patapon’s path to the true Earthend. That’s where you come in.

Early on, you’ll encounter a lost Patapon, who is the Hero Patapon. The Hero Patapon features in both single player campaign and multiplayer.

In ad-hoc MP, the missions involve Magical Eggs

Kotani-san brings 3 players up to help, including Andrew Yoon of PS3 Fanboy and Dale North of Destructoid. One controls the new wizard class of Patapon (Mahopon), another takes control of the bird rider (Toripon), another new Patapon class.

The goal of the mission played is to carry an egg to the goal, where the egg can hatch and reveal a mask, which can then be used in the single player campaign. The 4 players cooperatively battle a giant bird boss equipped with a lethal, um, gas attack. When they get into Fever mode, meteors rain from the sky in attack.

Once the players get into the rhythm, they are able to take down the avian monster using Attack, Withdraw, and March commands. The players are then launched a rhythm game (similar to the “make it rain” miracle in the original Patapon), only longer and more complex. At the end, the egg hatches, and they receive a mask, which is equippable in the single player mode.

Kotani-san runs through some comparisons with the original game (basically, significantly more levels, items, Rarepon varieties, classes, and more in the sequel). He also reveals a Game Sharing mode, where 4 players can play missions with a single Patapon 2 UMD.

All of the new features were added due to player feedback, and Patapon 2 is more accessible than the original. He finishes up by saying that he designed Patapon 2 with “the idea of players smiling in enjoyment” as they play.

We’ll continue to bring you Patapon 2 news as we get closer to release, which will be 2009 in North America.

Add Your Own

modestgod said:

October 13th, 3:24 pm


Masterofallz said:

October 13th, 3:31 pm

You get your sleep Jeff? :P
Looks awesome.

Daver said:

October 13th, 3:35 pm


i really enjoyed the 1st one! Patapon 2 looks to be even better!

jcasanova said:

October 13th, 3:37 pm

still no news on porting Patapon to the ps3?

WHAT said:

October 13th, 3:37 pm

So awesome that you found one of the Wizard of OZ munchkins to translate the interview.

XxBigP123xX said:

October 13th, 3:38 pm

2009 in North America.


Morphine16 said:

October 13th, 3:42 pm

I also enjoyed first one, will gladly buy part 2

everett1992 said:

October 13th, 3:42 pm

totally, i thought they were all dead, but apparently they found one.

GGCAN said:

October 13th, 3:45 pm

Thanks for the post Jeff.

ftwrthtx said:

October 13th, 3:48 pm

Thanks for the info.

lodinick said:

October 13th, 3:50 pm

SWeeeeeeeeeeeeeet the first game Rocked

ADD ME: Th1zzMan

lodinick said:

October 13th, 3:51 pm

Rockerchicbev I LUV YA

lb003g0676 said:

October 13th, 3:59 pm

Is Fumito Ueda doing an interview ?!


Don’t expect me to stop moaning anytime soon :P

schwaa said:

October 13th, 3:59 pm

Howabout a PSN version for those of us too broke to buy a PSP?

wolverine81 said:

October 13th, 3:59 pm

Good work Jeff! Excellent information!

bader said:

October 13th, 4:00 pm

I like the first part .
Ill buy the second part .
thanks jeff .

saintfighteraqua said:

October 13th, 4:12 pm

Yay!! I hope they will also make us a patapon PS3 game!!

zombiepigs said:

October 13th, 4:15 pm

If you make a PS3 version I’d definitely buying it!

darkiewonder said:

October 13th, 4:24 pm

PLEASE tell me this game will be one of the supported game for the Ps3/psp connectivity so I can play local ad-hoc using my ps3!

erico316 said:

October 13th, 4:43 pm

jeff any news on the release date of patapon 2 for the usa?

brianr said:

October 13th, 4:44 pm

ya first one was great i am glad they made the 2nd one and locoroco 2 two great games for psp,they should have made them for ps3 too ,wonder why they didnt.

DankandSticky said:

October 13th, 5:04 pm

Awesome, Thank you very much Jeff this is Sick!!

I loved Patapon so much… I own one of those Rolito Patapon Bearbricks unopened and everything!! ;)

Dann7978 said:

October 13th, 5:12 pm

Ill wait for patapon on ps3. Even though i have a psp.

C-h-a-o-s said:

October 13th, 5:30 pm

Thank god they made an easy mode, I honestly sucked at fever mode which hindered me a lot while playing the first game. I love it when devs improve sequels via user feedback. I can’t wait for Patapon 2!

IceCold said:

October 13th, 5:54 pm

This is a must buy. I will purchase with the WHITE PSP-3000 when ever it comes out. Can we say Bundle!!!!!

C-h-a-o-s said:

October 13th, 5:56 pm

Oh and Jeff man you are one underappreciated guy, thanks a bunch for getting our questions out to Kotani San (right you add that after their first name?) and all the things you do for us bloggers. I’ve been a PlayStation Fan since it’s launch and never really had any real interaction until this blog came along, very grateful for it.

kspraydad said:

October 13th, 6:00 pm

Mudpick…wrong thread…you posted your views already…are you REALLY ‘sorry’?

Yeah for Patapon.

cywulf21 said:

October 13th, 6:18 pm

When is it out? And hopefully they keep it at the same price point as Patapon. Also they need to bring a PSN version, cant have enough Patapon.

Mudpick said:

October 13th, 6:21 pm

Its just i wanted Jeff to see it, after all he is social media manager, if its so annoying where can i show it to the Sony Staff?

After all i know you’ll like to see some of those things in your PS3

kspraydad said:

October 13th, 6:26 pm

@30 Mudpick

Right hand side of the blog: CONTACT US


The PSN is scheduled to be unavailable tomorrow, Oct. 14, during the following time:

* 11AM – 4PM Pacific
* 2PM – 7PM Eastern

EViD said:

October 13th, 6:26 pm

Can’t wait.

PSXNation26 said:

October 13th, 7:02 pm

This is one of the most anticipated games of 08. PATAPON 4 Life

Jeigh said:

October 13th, 7:15 pm

If a list of firmware updates is posted under every single article, I’m going to be calling for more use of the BanSword.

I LOVE the game-sharing feature! Should make it all the easier to find someone to play with! :D

Ajora said:

October 13th, 8:10 pm

@ 24 Mudpick
Whats your problem man? It says Patapon 2 on the thread topic! Not what would you like PSN to become! We al want PSN to be great but come on!

Other than that grerat news! First PataPon = Best PSP game by far! :D
Looking forward to the sequel!

Jeigh said:

October 13th, 10:09 pm

@ Ajora (34)

So true. Patapon’s the first game on the PSP I’ve really consistently come back to. There’s something special about it, though it gets annoying how everytime someone needs to talk to you, you end up screwing up your beat. It’s a trade-off, but for such a great game I think it’s a good one.

zak138 said:

October 13th, 10:41 pm

I am certain to get this when it comes out!

zak138 said:

October 13th, 10:53 pm


swieep said:

October 13th, 11:02 pm

(not very)Funny, on the official playstation(3) blog you can not see the movies on the ps3!

EvoAnubis said:

October 14th, 1:40 am

Is there Trophy support?

Loved the first game, can’t wait until the 2nd.

wavesln said:

October 14th, 3:00 am

Loved the first one. Can’t wait for the sequel.

C-h-a-o-s said:

October 14th, 5:21 am


The PSP doesn’t have trophy support and the first title didn’t have “in-game trophies”.

lobotomies4free said:

October 14th, 6:18 am

We need a console Patapon and a real LocoRoco. PSP games come to the ps2 all the time (apparently easily).

Thanks for PS2 Lumines btw

StalkingSilence said:

October 14th, 7:10 am


I have never really understood how to use game-sharing, but I bought my brother a PSP and now that more games are doing some unique things with it, I think it might warrant a PS.Blog post. Kinda like you did with the HDD replacement tips.

It’d be great to see some general PSP tips on the blog to celebrate the launch of the PSP-3000!

Trat said:

October 14th, 7:16 am

Cannot understand a word the translator says. Next time add subs…

kspraydad said:

October 14th, 7:35 am

@38…visit in two days!

KBlade said:

October 14th, 10:49 am

I’m pleased we won;t be getting this till next year actually. Too much coming out now and it gives me something great to play next year when it comes out when releases dry up again.

icarus69 said:

October 14th, 11:45 am

Yes, Patapon 2 looks like it will be even better then the first one.
The only must-buy for me when it comes to upcoming PSP games, although:
– When will it be released?

Also, Jeff, tell Kotani-san (if you can) to at least consider the PS3 versions of both games.

Keep up the good work!

MrCamo said:

October 14th, 2:00 pm

Port to PS3 please. I am tired of my PSP for now… Music machine until something new comes out.

gardea said:

October 14th, 7:03 pm

Really enjoyed the original Patapon. Will Patapon 2 be $20 as well?

snowboardzombie said:

October 15th, 11:26 am

any chance this will come to PS3?

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