Apr 03

Apr 03

Interview with Noby Noby Boy Creator Keita Takahashi

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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 said:

April 3rd, 3:42 pm


drew713 said:

April 3rd, 3:46 pm

noby noby boy is one crazy game, but its great


April 3rd, 3:49 pm

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

royalflush5 said:

April 3rd, 3:54 pm


ExtensaQ said:

April 3rd, 3:55 pm

@3: What?

OscarSeymourEsq said:

April 3rd, 3:57 pm

No: 5
It’s going to iPhone.

ExtensaQ said:

April 3rd, 4:04 pm

Ahw, thank you! <3


April 3rd, 4:04 pm

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 said:

April 3rd, 4:06 pm

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

DeforMAKulizer said:

April 3rd, 4:12 pm

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

kuff1 said:

April 3rd, 4:19 pm

Please fix the Playstation Blog Yahoo Widget!

gmk218 said:

April 3rd, 4:25 pm

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

Xoombie503 said:

April 3rd, 4:32 pm

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.


April 3rd, 4:36 pm

@11 Kuff1

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


GHenrik said:

April 3rd, 4:58 pm

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 said:

April 3rd, 5:00 pm

This man, Keita Takahashi.

He is my hero.

Thrasher20 said:

April 3rd, 5:04 pm

@ 3



Noby Noby Boy here I come!

ItsNymo said:

April 3rd, 5:07 pm

@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 said:

April 3rd, 5:08 pm

Enjoyed Noby, looking forward to Katamari Tribute! :D

cochese22 said:

April 3rd, 5:11 pm

Hey hey Keita!

Try your best and keep up the good work!

Sla-Mori said:

April 3rd, 5:19 pm

Weird but awesome game. Very unique and brilliant concept


April 3rd, 5:20 pm

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


dallow said:

April 3rd, 5:55 pm

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

Thanks for the fun.

Treequil said:

April 3rd, 6:04 pm

Namco Bandai
My favorite game company…

Have yet to get this game but will soon…

PS, Make more Digimon games! ~.~

isolatebody said:

April 3rd, 6:21 pm

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

crazypeng1 said:

April 3rd, 7:37 pm

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 said:

April 3rd, 7:44 pm

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 said:

April 3rd, 7:52 pm

Great interview.

Hope more games are coming from Keita Takahashi.

The price of this one is sure right !

VixDiesel said:

April 3rd, 8:13 pm

please put online multiplayer if nothing else!

jqtaxpayer said:

April 3rd, 8:58 pm

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 said:

April 3rd, 10:07 pm


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 said:

April 3rd, 10:31 pm

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

Midgetguy said:

April 3rd, 11:13 pm

Very cool interview!

I’ve enjoyed Noby Noby Boy immensely!


April 3rd, 11:55 pm

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

righello said:

April 4th, 5:20 am

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 said:

April 4th, 5:41 am

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 said:

April 4th, 5:58 am

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 said:

April 4th, 8:51 am

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 said:

April 4th, 9:08 am

@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 said:

April 4th, 12:33 pm

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

DustyBlue said:

April 4th, 2:42 pm

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

Still, I love Keita Takahashi’s work.

katsuo7171 said:

April 4th, 3:38 pm

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 said:

April 4th, 6:11 pm

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

Seiven said:

April 5th, 7:34 am

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 said:

April 5th, 8:10 am

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 said:

April 5th, 9:12 am

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

polite_society said:

April 5th, 7:14 pm

@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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