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5:40 PM on 04.07.2011

Got money? Okamiden plushes and pillows now available

If you attended PAX East this year (I didn't, darnit!), you might have noticed some adorable Okamiden swag for sale. Well, Capcom has taken the remaining items from that first-run batch and made them available through their o...

Tony Ponce



Review: Okamiden photo
Review: Okamiden
by Jonathan Holmes

Okami is a beloved cult classic, but the game failed to meet sales expectations when it was first released on the PS2 back in 2006. Capcom recently stated that they believe that the game undersold because it was released so closely to the launch of the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Wii.

Guess what? A new Okami game is coming out in the United States on the DS this month, in the same month that the 3DS launches in the United States. Looks like Capcom is willing to tempt fate again with an Okami release on the eve of a major console release, but this time, they have the power of puppies on their side.

Will the persuasive power of adolescent canine cuteness be enough to cause Okamiden to succeed where Okami once failed?

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5:40 PM on 12.14.2010

New Okamiden trailers charm the savage soul

Capcom just released a few new trailers showing off characters from the upcoming DS title Okamiden. The focus here is on some of the game's characters who are returning from the original Okami. In the video above, we have Sa...

Jonathan Holmes

2:40 PM on 11.10.2010

Okamiden face mug is absolutely too much

Seriously, I can't take the cute anymore! Capcom has gone too far. As if the plushy wasn't bad enough, now there's a special mug that will make every coffee break far too adorable for its own good. It features the ever-s...

Jim Sterling

11:59 PM on 10.09.2010

NYCC: Chibiterasu found!

Remember how the little Okamiden pup was lost here at New York Comic-Con? I found it!

Dale North

1:20 PM on 10.06.2010

NYCC: New Okamiden art and screenshots

In celebration of New York Comic-Con this weekend, Capcom has released a veritable cornucopia of screenshots for Okamiden along with a few beautiful pieces of art. The screenshots are aimed at showing Chibiterasu's partn...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:15 AM on 09.18.2010

TGS: Hands-on with the technically awesome Okamiden

I'm a dick. I've had so many opportunities to play Okamiden this year, but I've yet to get to it. Part of that is because playing a DS game on a big event's show floor is pretty painful. With flashing lights and cosplay and g...

Jonathan Holmes

3:20 PM on 09.16.2010

TGS: Three minutes of Okamiden goodness, new images

While not in the hands of original Okami developer Clover Studios, Capcom's upcoming Okamiden for Nintendo DS looks like it's going to be a worthy successor.  The game picks up as a sequel to the original, following the...

Nick Chester

5:30 AM on 08.19.2010

Okamiden gameplay footage is predictably adorable

Capcom released this gameplay footage of Okamiden yesterday and it's pretty much the cutest thing I've seen this week. Chibiterasu is just so pudgy and I love watching him scamper around. The video shows a little bit of...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:00 PM on 08.07.2010

Puppies and J-Pop combine in this Okamiden trailer

I felt bad for all the DS games at E3 2010, especially Okamiden. How could any DS title possibly follow the unveiling of the 3DS? It just wasn't fair. I hope that Okami fans (all 200,000 or so of you) are still willing to bu...

Jonathan Holmes





6:00 AM on 07.30.2010

Adorable and terrifying Okamiden papercraft

Papercraft scares me. The whole prospect of it is intimidating, even without my stupid fingers to clumsy things up. Delightful as the photos of finished products wind up being, thinking about what a torn mess the ones I make ...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:40 PM on 07.15.2010

Okami DS Collector's Edition is insane, cute

Wow! Look at all this stuff you get with the "Legendary Edition" of Okamiden. Japanese gamers will nab this insane collection of Okami goods for the 8,000 yen ($90) asking price. Inside the lovely collector's box you'll find ...

Dale North

1:00 AM on 07.08.2010

Awww: Adorable Okami/Okamiden statues

You don't need to have an appreciation for Okami, Okamiden, or even cel-shadery to get a kick out of these sweet statues. Crafted by Tomopop user Somakun, this lovely pair was entered into the Anime Expo 2010 Art Show -- I th...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 07.01.2010

DO WANT this Okamiden plush Chibiterasu

My fiancée and I are rarely go to bed at the same time. I usually roll in there about ten or twelve hours after she does because of our work schedules. That's not really a problem, except that she's taken to curling up...

Conrad Zimmerman



E3 10: Redefining religious games with El Shaddai photo
E3 10: Redefining religious games with El Shaddai
by Ben Perlee

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is far from the religious games of old, nor does it have anything to do with the Amy Grant song of the same name. And I should know, as growing up in a religious household, I was more than familiar with fantastic titles like Bible Adventures. It is based upon the story of Enoch, a book that is rarely considered a part of the Biblical Canon, but is still important to Biblical theology. A tale of a young holy man, Enoch is ascribed by the grandfather of Noah, and the book describes the fall of holy angels.

However, when we say that El Shaddai is a loose interpretation of the Book of Enoch, we definitely mean loose. After all, the Director and Character Designer is Sawaki Takeyasu and the Producer is Masato Kimura, and between them and their 100-person team they've worked on titles like Devil May Cry, Okami, and Viewtiful Joe. That is one hell of a pedigree.

Even odder was the formation of the game. According to Takeyasu, what happened was that an Ignition UK employee brought over the story idea to Takeyasu, and he thought it was a good one, so boom. Three years later, we have a title, that if anything, is visually incredible. Stylized painterly, the game will shift between tones of neon and pastels. Enoch himself will journey through a typical hack and slash gameplay, as Takeyasu wants to make this "even better than God of War 3 or Dante's Inferno." Mixing things up is some sidescrolling platforming, and I've been told that there will be more than 10 levels going on. Unfortunately, there will be no multiplayer.

Also, I was shown two trailers of El Shaddai, one of which you can see above. From what you can see, the game is gorgeous, with a strong painterly look as Enoch, granted heavenly armor, fights through enemies to destroy the seven Watchers, fallen angels in opposition to God. He must succeed, otherwise God will destroy the world in a flood to cleanse the planet.

Assisting Enoch is the charismatic and dashing Lucifel, who guides Enoch to the heavenly weapon of the Arch, a sort of blade/bow used for attacks. Archangels Micheal, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel will also offer support, images of apples evoking the garden of Eden show up, and a female figure showed up that is apparently a Biblical woman. My impressions? El Shaddai looks like an impressive title that offers an insanely interesting take on an interesting and unique topic. If the gameplay lives up to the promises, this should be fun.

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10:00 AM on 04.20.2010

Okamiden producer: Not a sequel, a 'spiritual successor'

With Clover studios having disbanded, some thought they'd never see a proper follow up to its 2006 PlayStation 2 classic, Ōkami. Ōkamiden, Capcom's upcoming Nintendo DS title set in the Ōkami universe, may just...

Nick Chester