Noby Noby Boy Release Date, $5 Price Announced

By Chris Faylor, Jan 22, 2009 10:16am PST Noby Noby Boy, the downloadable eat-and-grow PlayStation 3 title from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahasi, will be released worldwide on February 19.

Publisher Namco Bandai also revealed that the game will be sold for a mere $4.99, and explained how gamers worldwide will collaborate to unlock new stages:

As players stretch BOY in their individual play sessions, the lengths to which they grow are uploaded to a persistent character known as GIRL, who grows at the same rate as the combined length of all the players in the world. GIRL starts at Earth and expands through the solar system as more games are played and BOYs from all players continue to grow. When GIRL reaches a new milestone in the solar system, these areas are unlocked as playable stages in the game for everyone around the world.

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  • Now THIS is a cool idea. I think the only thing they may have a problem with is predicting the popularity of the game. Too many people play, and suddenly GIRL is bigger than the solar system. Too few, and GIRL never makes it past Jupiter. It'll be interesting to see what happens, but it sounds like a really neat game, and the $5 price tag ain't bad either.

    You know, if more companies could take a good concept, produce it cheaply, get a hit on their hands, and then produce a bigger version with more (hopefully better) features, it would be a good thing.

    Take Warcraft: Orcs vs. Humans. Didn't sell for $5, but using the product as a springboard to future products has brought us all the way to WoW. That never would have happened if they hadn't striven to provide quality from day one.