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Apr 10

Pata-post Friday Presents: Introducing a New HERO!!!

Chris Hinojosa-Miranda's Avatar Posted by Producer

Dear Patapon fans, I am pleased to announce the official rebranding of TGIF to TGIPBD aka Thank Goodness It’s Patapost Blog Day.

Yes, yes…I know that there was a Patapost earlier this week, but the timing on that was off due to my .beat clock being a few beats off beat. I’m fully synced to the rhythm of the Earth, so there should be no problem from this point on, so consider this week’s double post a once in a pata-lifetime experience.

Now, moving forward onto the topic of the day and one of the new great features of Patapon 2: the great masked warrior Hero Patapon.

Hero Patapon is a mythical creature (like a yeti, but cuter and real-er), with magical powers and a heart of gold. His fighting skills are second to none and it’s rumored that he beat Chuck Norris in a staring contest (with one eye!).

True this: he is the most powerful Patapon in the WORLD!

So your question is: how do you tap into this awesomeness and channel his amazing-ness into complete Karmen oblivion? Well friends, I have two syllables for you: fe-ver.

Patapon 2 Hero

That’s right, Fever Mode, the magic point in time when your rhythmic prowess sets the Patapons into a frenzy is also the time when Hero Patapons special abilities come to shine. So here is how it will work: lets say you are headed down a jungle, spear in hand chanting Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon (march command) to you heart’s delight…and then you see a Kachidonga in the distance…and you strike Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon (attack command).

Under normal conditions, this would set of a hail of spears and arrows from your troops, and if you are in Fever Mode, the hail would blacken the skies with fury. But if you perfectly strike each drum to the rhythm of the earth, Hero Patapon will charge his energy and unleash an extra-deadly attack, covering enemies in a world of hurt.

Patapon 2 Super Attacks

But how will you know if you have a perfect strike? Simple: after each perfect command (four perfect drum beats), you will hear a cymbal ding. This is the sound of hurt (for the enemies that is). As soon as you hear the cymbal ding, you will see that Hero Patapon charge and his special power icon will glow above him and he will launch his attack.

What could be greater than that? Perhaps customizing his attack? Maybe you’d like to change his appearance? Perhaps being able to level-up his powers? Would you like to make sure that he never leaves the battle and fights endlessly? Well, if these are your requests, your wish is granted.

Customizing his attacks and his look is done with a simple swap of his mask. Each mask grants the Hero Patapon with a special property (attack, defend, speed, etc) and combined with the fact you can also morph him into any type of specialized soldier (Toripon, Yaripon, etc.), you can truly create a universal soldier just to your liking.

Because of his battle-hardened skills, Hero Patapon will always take the lead in any battle, so it’s only logical that he will take the most hits in any confrontation…and he’ll take each hit like a champ. But what happens when he takes one too many hits? Will he bite the dust? Technically, yes, he will bite it, chew it and spit out diamonds. That’s how tough he is. Of course it takes a while to create diamonds, so each time his energy drains to zero, the Hero Patapon will take a quick breather to regain his energy before joining the battle again.

But what about his masks you ask? Where do you get them?

Well friends, that is a topic for another (read: next TGIPBD) day, where we will dive into multiplayer, eggs, and discovering new masks by breaking those eggs in multiplayer mode (see how it all ties in?).

Till next week!

– Chris HM

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skynidas said:

April 10th, 6:37 pm

I want some Patapon on the PS3

Reigncloud777 said:

April 10th, 6:43 pm

Yes please~

Sla-Mori said:

April 10th, 6:45 pm

I would give a kidney for a PlayStation 3 version of Patapon.

Funny way of writing though, keep”m coming Chris!

TRIX_BOL said:

April 10th, 6:47 pm

Well, I believe PATAPON 2 will be as powerful as the most powerful Patapon in the WORLD! :)
Hope to hear more next week.

Thank you Chris H.


radman123 said:

April 10th, 6:48 pm

i would love ps3 patapon

TRIX_BOL said:

April 10th, 6:53 pm

But in the other hand, I want to see the next PATAPON on our PS3s as my fellow mates here…

Please let the developement team know about our point of view.

Thanks again Chris H.


radman123 said:

April 10th, 6:54 pm

also is there going to be news on fat princess?

Blown2Bits said:

April 10th, 6:55 pm

I love Patapon on my PSP but I’d love to see a PS3 version. What do you think Chris? Can you make it so? :)

XgargunoX said:

April 10th, 6:58 pm

do you kno wen (or if) we’ll see a blog on fat princess soon? that or infamous

Lerkero said:

April 10th, 7:01 pm

Demo, demo, demo, demo, demo!! I can’t wait! Just one more month.

ExcelKnight said:

April 10th, 7:06 pm

Great update. Can’t wait for it to come out!

Also: Will Canadians ever get a chance to play the demo? EB Games, Walmart, Future Shop, Best Buy, and even Zellers don’t have it. It’s kind of sad, because I really want the demo bonus, much like the demo bonus from the first game.

SmogItUp said:

April 10th, 7:09 pm


Jetup said:

April 10th, 7:12 pm

pata-pata-pata-I’m sad…
give me words of inspiration..

easyaspie00 said:

April 10th, 7:30 pm

Patapons = Awesomeness

They should team-up with the LocoRocos and take over the world.

Dogofthunder said:

April 10th, 7:39 pm

This looks great! Will there be a Patapon bundle?

(and I hate to be impatient, but I’m dying for more news on Fat Princess!)

jipmg said:

April 10th, 7:41 pm

Im getting a new psp

PirateThom said:

April 10th, 8:28 pm

Love Patapon, would definitely love to see it in 1080p with that beautiful artwork.

However, am very content with the PSP games, so may the series continue! :D

RurouniSaiya-jin said:

April 10th, 8:40 pm

Wow. The Hero Patapon’s special attacks look really cool. I especially liked the one where he threw a big chunk of rock at a beast. The news about customization and leveling up his special powers sounds really interesting too.

Can’t wait for the next TGIPBD!

HouseMorton said:

April 10th, 9:05 pm

Patapon + Ps3 + RB drum controller compatability= awesome. make it happen!

Vengeful-Chaos said:

April 10th, 9:29 pm

I would like nothing more than for Sony to stop selling off demo exclusivity to gamestop and give us the demo way before hand.

Thrasher20 said:

April 10th, 10:05 pm

How about Patapon for a PS3 PSN title?

MiiAmigo said:

April 10th, 10:54 pm

I want to know why the theme was not made for the PS3 too? After all, one was made for Loco Roco 2 and it’s very good. I hope you guys can pull it off for us fans. If you do don’t get lazy and not pay attention to the sounds for it too.

Trucidation said:

April 10th, 10:59 pm

I wish we could just get PSP emulation on the PS3. PSP has some games I’d like to play but I can’t justify the price of a PSP for 2 or 3 games that interest me.

krae_man said:

April 10th, 11:02 pm

Hay, how about releasing the demo now and not the week the game releases?

jimmy903 said:

April 10th, 11:05 pm

Chris sorry for being OT. Patapon ROCKS!


Final Fantasy VII hit the other PS store fronts today, I was stoked, and then I saw that it runs on PSP, oh yeah even more stoked, but NO ENGLISH! No longer stoked.

GET THIS ON THE US STORE NOW, better yet we need this up yesterday.

I have money that is burning a hole in my pocket waiting for FFVII to hit the US store. Thank you.

hiruruk said:

April 10th, 11:06 pm

I’m 34-year-old Japanease and my son is seven who won final stage of Patapon2 last year! (And now he plays LBP, showing me joyfully some levels that he created.)

I believe this game, including its character, music, creativity and so forth is really awesome!!
I want SCE to take care of this great worth very well!!

abandonnez2 said:

April 11th, 12:45 am

When is FFVII hitting the US Playstation Store?! I don’t think it’s quite fair that you just release it on the Japanese Playstation Network. You have had the resources to release it at the same time for quite some time. So please get the game up on the PSN. I don’t usually buy things, but this would be one of them!

AKGermany said:

April 11th, 2:24 am

Completed my EU version this week, the game is better than ever. I’ve put almost 65 hours into the game so far according to my save file. It’s a great bite-size game that’s also quite deep.

SCEA does the more epic trailers for this game though – first the teaser and now this. Awesome work from whoever makes them!

Obi_Al_Kenobi said:

April 11th, 5:47 am

Hey Playstation Blog. On monday, you said that you are going to place info about Fat Princess, every day of the week i checked about THAT info and never came.

What happaned?, Why dont posted that info about Fat Princess?.

waffman11 said:

April 11th, 5:57 am

Stop asking for a PS3 Patapon. it’s not like I wouldn’t like to see one, but Patapon is a PORTABLE title, with small levels made for quick play. Throwing it onto a next- gen console would just toss those ideas out the window. And don’t start yelling at me about how R&C titles on the PSP are being ported to the PS2, I am aware of that and the R&C titles are longer games, they’re supposed to keep you playing longer than Patapon or Locoroco in one sitting.

Kenshin71 said:

April 11th, 6:03 am

Please put the first Patapon and HSG5 on PSN for PS3. That is all.

AdamMadman said:

April 11th, 6:10 am

I want to want this game…but after playing Patapon 1, I’m skeptical.

Are the levels like the hot desert removed? I pretty much stopped playing at that point, because I found that having to summon the ****ing rain, while moving, while trying not to get killed by the overly (and unfairly) powerful sandworm VERY VERY annoying and un-fun. I gave up on Patapon at that exact point. I realized you guys were so out of touch with how handheld games work, that there was no reason to continue.

Have you learned your lessons from Pata1? Or are you basically churning out Pata2 as Pata1 with new missions and Hero Patapon? Because if you are, I will not subscribe to that.

xXDark-AlgaXx said:

April 11th, 6:56 am

Im pre-ordering NOW!

royalflush5 said:

April 11th, 10:38 am

YES!!! i cant wait!!!!!!!!!

you guys should relece downloadble content

cant wait till may 5th !!!!

MakulaTolkien said:

April 11th, 10:57 am

Oh god, what a great Trailer (except for the Gamestop logo), I can’t wait for Patapon 2, I already pre-ordered from amazon and I’m ready to feel the rhythm of the Earth lol

deadxbabiesxinc said:

April 11th, 2:56 pm

I love my PSP, I’ve owned every version so far from the Phat to the Bright. The only problem I have with it right now is the lack of downloadable games especially from what I read earlier, FFVII in the Japanese store! I am betting we will probably not get it because let’s be honest, the PSP is not getting anymore PSOne games for us to enjoy. I and many others would love to replay a portable version of quite possibly the greatest RPG of all time. Don’t disappoint me and many others by not doing something about it!

Saloom said:

April 11th, 5:48 pm


D4RkNIKON said:

April 12th, 7:50 am

I see every one here asking for a PS3 version of patapon and it got me thinking… How AMAZING would it be to play patapon on the PS3 with the Drum Set from RockBand instead of the Dual Shock.

D4RkNIKON said:

April 12th, 7:53 am


Malpractice said:

April 12th, 2:29 pm

Already pre-ordered. I love me some Patapon. =)

Thakrib said:

April 13th, 8:45 am

Pre-ordered, played/re-played/playing demo, pata-love! :)

Gumbydunzeeto said:

April 13th, 11:30 am

ANY Comment on Patapon 2 being digital download only as Ars Technica suggests?


Ecks said:

April 13th, 5:45 pm

I hope it’s not digital download only – I still like my games on physical media! And I’ve already pre-ordered, I don’t want an empty case with a code in it, lol.

tommycyk said:

April 13th, 7:01 pm

SONY please DO NOT release the next PSP2 be without physical media, sometimes INTERNET can be a [DELETED] and tell you that UMD is not cool and all that [DELETED].

But please imagine a mum go into the store buy game machine for her child, and the store keeper tell her, oh this Nintendo one you buy this machine and this Mario cartridge, its good. And oh, this SONY one you buy this machine and go home INTERNET.

‘WAT?? Wat internet? I handle laundry at hospital at got no fXXXing internet? Give me the MARIO one’

Gumbydunzeeto said:

April 13th, 8:20 pm

It’s confirmed.


Congrats guys, you lost me.

I was ready to go out and buy this on release day, same as I did with Patapon 1.

Sony says: “We’re considering a digital only format for the Patapon 2 release as a one time test case as we continue to explore consumer preferences for digital content,”

Well what about those of us who DON’T prefer digital content?!

Frostquake said:

April 13th, 10:11 pm

Sony Confirms Patapon 2 Will be Download Only

“We’re considering the digital only format for the Patapon 2 release as a one time test case as we continue to explore consumer preferences for digital content,” reads the statement. “The downloadable game will be available on May 5th at both retail and via the PlayStation Store. We remain focused on providing superior games and entertainment experiences in both the UMD and digital formats and are working closely with our partners to deliver the best PSP line up in our history.”

Canceling My Pre-Buy and Getting a Refund…I will not pay $20.00 for a download only game…make it $10.00 and yes, but not $20.00. You should have told us ahead of time instead of being sneaky and trying to get it in under the radar…So Long Patapon….and So Long Sales…Wow you really are stupid!!

Frostquake said:

April 13th, 10:15 pm

I know that you are trying to save money Sony by going UMD’less…so here is a simple thing. Not everyone has download capabilities for their PSP, but everyone has a place to Stick a memory stick…Just put the freaking game on a Memory Stick…Just leave enough room for saving the game, and BAM…NO UMD, Just a simple game on a Sony Memory stick that is SUPER CHEAP…..Problem solved!

Frostquake said:

April 13th, 10:27 pm

I know Sony wants to save money by going UMD’less…The simple thing is to put the Game on a Sony Memory Stick with just enough room for Game Saves. Sony Memory Stick cost Sony Pennies compared to the cost of UMD’s, so stop screwing and making all your customers mad. Just put the freaking game on a Sony Memory Stick and slap it in a case, problem solved, No UMD and the game is on your proprietary Sony memory stick that cost you almost nothing!

Phuquit said:

April 14th, 6:01 am

wow, couldn’t be less interested in this title

Ecks said:

April 14th, 9:55 am

I’ve cancelled my pre-order now that the news has been confirmed. They lost at least one sale by going digital only on this title. Not informing consumers of this until three weeks before launch date is the main reason, especially since they had retailers do pre-orders for the demo, and inferred that it was a UMD product at the time. This is a very poor move in my opinion, and has really soured me greatly, and I have been a very strong Sony supporter since the PS1 launch.

Now I have some thinking to do. :(

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