Katamari creator leaves Namco Bandai

Wednesday, 8th September 2010 09:59 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Katamari and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi has left publisher Namco Bandai, according to

A NBG spokesperson confirmed the news to the site. Takahashi has been quoted recently as saying he is getting bored of the industry, and that it is “dull”.

“At E3 I saw people putting on speeches but I thought the future seemed a bit dark. The 3D games didn’t spark my interest,” he told OPM UK.

“I think motion control’s a bit old now, I don’t think those games are the future. It all seemed a bit dull.”

And in a recent interview, Takahashi called his now former employer “so-so”.

“I make video games for the so-so company Namco Bandai Games Inc,” he told The Setup.

In his time at Namco, he’s made three Katamari titles, as well as Noby Noby Boy for PS3 and iPhone.

He’s now currently overseeing the re-design of a park in Nottingham.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. Tomo

    “He’s now currently overseeing the re-design of a park in Nottingham.”


    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I hope he cleared his desk by rolling all his shit up into a big ball and shoving it down the corridor.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Psychotext


    #3 4 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    well he kept hinting at it repeatedly, shame =(

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Happy Hardon Harry

    Takahashi has been quoted recently as saying he is getting bored of the industry

    Blame Sony & MS. Period. As Nintendo seem to be the only ones remotely interested in creating something “new” with their hardware.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crysis

    @5, motion controls aren’t new, what have Nintendo done which is “new”?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Zana

    @5 Nice joke.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Happy Hardon Harry


    Of course motion controls isn’t new, jesus. But Nintendo were the ones to make such a concept successful in videogames. Others tried before them and failed, big time.

    Sony & MS follow…


    You wouldn’t know one if it came up and bit you on the arse!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Callum

    He’s a nice bloke, if a little bit wierd. I’ve seen pictures of a plant pot he designed…it was a goat…you planted in this back, and the stray water poured out of the goats penis…I’d buy one as a talking point tbh.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. night_tripper

    lol i have friends and people i work with that got the wii and it started collecting dust after a couple months i could have bought a wii but wasn’t even remotely interested ill stick with my ps3

    #10 4 years ago
  11. KrazyKraut

    Rage for not releasing some Tales games

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Kerplunk

    @8 Millions of motion control games sales via PS2 and EyeToy show that, actually, the concept was a notable commercial success before Nintendo positioned themselves as the first people to make it work commercially.

    The difference is that Nintendo USP on their console was motion controls. So they absolutely had to push the notion that they were the first to do it and they were the first to make it succeed. Anything less would pretty much damage the credibility of the direction they chose.

    And, for the most part, the big effort in PR and talk of ‘blue sky marketing’ and ‘being brave’ has convinced a lot of people that Nintendo did it first. Just like people believed that Nintendo made analog controls first too.

    People tend to believe what suits them and then concoct cute little technicalities to support their beliefs.

    #12 4 years ago

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