Summary: 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.
Excerpt: When the original Okami first launched back in 2006 for the Playstation 2 it instantly hit the status of cult classic. Wii gamers begged Capcom to port the game over to Nintendo’s motion controlled console, and again the game performed well, but no one really thought that Capcom was planning on turning Okami into a full blown series, especially after the disbanding of the original developers, Clover Studios.
Excerpt: Okamiden will leave Okami fans feeling nostalgic, the world is the same, some key characters return, and there’s even sections of the game that feel as if they were directly lifted from the overlooked and legendary original game, to the extent that on occasion it strays into remake territory. This time around you take charge of Chibiterasu, the son of the original games’ wolf goddess Amateratsu.
Excerpt: When Okami was released in 2006 on the PS2, it quickly became a sleeper hit, enough so that it was rereleased in early 2008 for the Wii with a new control scheme. Unfortunately, the game still wasn't successful enough to keep its developer, Clover Studios, in business, and the company folded soon after.
Excerpt: "The pen is mightier than the sword" has usually been a figurative expression save for the purposes of humorists, but in the case of Okamiden it is wholly accurate. Young Chibiterasu does wield a few weapons, but his use of powerful calligraphy is the savior of the world, not the slaying of bothersome baddies. Slaying the planet's evil denizens, though necessary, cannot resuscitate its dead ecosystem.
Excerpt: While there’s a sadness in knowing I’m playing the last major Nintendo DS game that will ever be released, Okamiden closes the system’s library with style and grace. Previous releases may continue to be republished, but as new games go Okamiden is it for the incredibly successful touch-screen handheld. The story is a successor to the PS2 & Wii’s Okami and not a sequel, according to the developers. Think of it in the way that Zelda games are successors to each other.
Excerpt: 2007's Okami is viewed as one of the most artistic games in the history of the medium. In fact, one review is quoted as saying the game is “A stunningly gorgeous and unique masterpiece that effortlessly blends art and storytelling with puzzles and amusement. Miss this landmark effort at your peril.” It's safe to say then that Capcom had their hands full when they decided to return to the property for another go-round. Luckily, they were up for the challenge.