Namco Bandai Games

Acid Rain (Namco Bandai) [Cancelled – PS3, Xbox 360]

Acid Rain is a mysterious cancelled Playstation 3 / Xbox 360  game that was being developed by Namco Bandai Games USA just for a few months in early 2009, probably by the same team behind their Afro Samurai game. A few concept arts from this obscure project were leaked online some years ago, and while we tried many times to get in contact with people who worked on the game, unfortunately we were not able to get any more details about it.

By looking at these images we can just speculate that the game would have been some kind of action / horror game, and it looks like it could have been an interesting one.

If you know someone who worked at Namco Bandai USA in 2009 and could remember something about Acid Rain, please let us know! In the meantime we’d like to preserve these concept arts in the gallery below.

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Tekken 6 [Beta – Arcade / PS3 / Xbox 360]

Tekken 6 is a fighting game developed and published by Namco Bandai,  released in Japanese arcades in November 2007 as the first game running on the PS3-based System 357 arcade board.  A home version was released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October 2009. An old Tekken 6 trailer from 2006 seems to be from a beta version, which looks like it’s running on a different graphics engine. If you compare to the final version, Jin’s pants have a reflective nature that resembles Virtua Fighter 5. The stage and game style are not included in the current Tekken 6, and it feels like it’s almost an entirely different game. The models look like they were updated from Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, and the stage they fought on had destructible environments, to a level that had not been seen in a Tekken game. Although this looks like it was going to be a cut scene, the different character models make think it was using what they had for gameplay at that time.

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Fragile Dreams [Wii – Beta / Concept]

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is an action rpg developed for the Wii by Tri-crescendo in collaboration with Namco Bandai and published by the latter in 2008. In the images below we can see many different concept arts of the characters and of some locations from the game.

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Nobi Nobi Boy [PS3 – Proto]

Nobi Nobi Boy is a game in development exclusively for the PlayStation 3 video game console by Keita Takahashi of Namco Bandai, creator of the Katamari Damacy series. One of the meanings of “Nobi” is “stretch” in Japanese.The game was first shown at a press conference held during Sony’s Playstation Premiere 2007 event in Tokyo. Takahashi showed a silver stretch hose with two pink balls at the ends, explaining that it wasn’t a controller, but a visual aid to help explain the game. A 30-second demostration clip was then shown, featuring a quadrapedal character shaped like two round balls, with an elastic abdomen that can stretch like a hose.A playable prototype of the game was showcased at the GameCity 2007 International Interactive Entertainment Festival, where Takahashi delivered the festival’s Vision Statement for the year. In the demo; as many as three Nobi Nobi Boys were shown interacting on flat plane filled barnyard animals; in which their elastic bodies were be used to snap, whip, entangle, and drag themselves around. The Nobi Nobi Boys could swallow animals, distending the Nobi Nobi Boys’ bellies, which could then be whipped to the posterior to be expelled. – [info from Wikipedia]

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