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Another classic series is set to make an unexpected return on the Nintendo Switch, with Bandai Namco announcing the impending launch of Katamari Damacy Reroll. If you have somehow missed out on the bizarre yet wonderful puzzler up to this point, or simply want to roll everyday objects into a massive ball on Nintendo's new platform, then this should come as very good news.
Katamari Damacy Reroll was revealed this week during the pretty massive Nintendo Direct. During Nintendo's latest video presentation, we got news on everything from a new fighter in Smash Bros. to final details for the Switch Online service and even a new Animal Crossing tease. Even stacked alongside all of that, I'm pretty excited to learn I'll be able to play the original Katamari Damacy again, complete with some sweet new Switch features.
According to the announcement, Katamari Damacy Reroll is set to launch on the Switch (and PC, according to the publisher) on Nov. 30. That's the date you'll want to remember if you're looking to buy the game off of the eShop. If you'd rather have a physical edition of the game, however, you'll have to wait a little bit longer and pick it up in stores come Dec. 7.
As for those new Switch features, the reveal showed off gyro controls if you're playing with two detached Joy-cons, HD rumble (presumably so you can feel your helpless victims quake in terror from being rolled into a massive ball) and even the ability to use a single Joy-con for cooperative play on a single console. Otherwise, it sounds like you're getting a spruced up version of the original Katamari Damacy.
Speaking of that first game in the series, it launched way back in the day for the PlayStation 2. The game is extremely bizarre, but it's also extremely fun. You play as the Prince, a miniscule being who has been sent to Earth by the massive and truly outlandish King of the Cosmos. If I remember correctly, Daddy Cosmos accidentally destroyed the stars in the sky and has sent his son to help correct the matter. To replace the stars, you'll need to roll a whole bunch of junk into increasingly larger balls, which the King will then place in the night sky.
You start the game super tiny, collecting small items scattered around a bedroom. You'll slowly start to move up in size as you play new levels, collecting bigger and bigger objects to make more impressive stars. The twist is that you can only pick up things smaller than your ball, meaning you're constantly searching the map for appropriately-sized objects to steadily grow the ball and, by extension, slowly grab bigger items. What's extra humorous is that the ball's shape can affect how it rolls, so you sometimes have to get creative with your steering if you accidentally grab, say, a car at a jaunty angle.