Katamari coup: PS3 port canned, Wii port now on

Katamari for WiiThat quirky ball-rolling title Katamari has done an about face from the PS3 and is now quietly rolling towards the Wii, says IGN.

It’s not really a surprise. The title and console seem to just go together; an odd couple for the ages that sees the chaotic trash ball of Katamari paired up with the clean, inexpensive lines of today’s hottest selling console.

Fresh and piping hot from the rumor mill:

Namco Bandai revealed earlier this year that it was developing the next-generation Katamari Damacy sequel, Beautiful Katamari, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Up until recently, the developer continued to work on both versions of the project. However, sources close to Namco Bandai tell IGN that the studio ran into some trouble with the port of the game to PlayStation 3 and these issues, coupled with the stalled sales of the system, have led to the project’s quiet cancellation. Looking to better-than-expected sales of Wii, the company has, say insiders, re-shifted resources to ready a Wii build of Beautiful Katamari instead. Given that the title cannot be ported from Xbox 360, the game is being re-concepted for Wii.

Better audience (read: larger), better money, brighter future. The fact that it’s still a go for the Xbox 360, and it this entire rumor is indeed true, does not bode well for the PS3. I mean really, how difficult can it be do port a game like Katamari??