SourceOne of Sony's most beloved first-party PlayStation 1 games is coming to the PS3 and PSP via ... a company other than Sony. Tomba!, the platformer starring the pink-haired caveman, will be released on the PlayStation Network soon by MonkeyPaw Games.
In addition to being just incredibly cute, Tomba! has some serious credentials. After an illustrious career at Capcom during which he designed the Ghosts 'n Goblins games and produced the Mega Man series, Tokuro Fujiwara founded his own studio, Whoopee Camp, where he directed Tomba! and its sequel for publisher Sony Computer Entertainment.
"Sony and MonkeyPaw have a good working relationship," MonkeyPaw CEO John Greiner told Joystiq. "I think they appreciate the titles we've brought to the Store. And they value the support we give the games. Having a plethora of Japanese content is a distinct advantage PlayStation has over Xbox. But the games still need to be brought Stateside. So our model helps Sony spread their Japanese edge and we help Japanese developers get their titles to a wider audience. Hence, Sony is willing to work with us on titles that may not have otherwise been licensed out. Support is key."
MonkeyPaw has been working on acquiring the Tomba! rights for a year. "We often have to chase down multiple right holders," Greiner said. "In this case, Sony and Whoopee Camp had rights that needed to be negotiated." The deal didn't necessarily include the sequel, however. "Tomba! 2 is a possibility but we need to really sell Tomba! 1 well before we can extend our relationship," Greiner explained. "It's the first time to work with Fujiwara-san so we're trying to make a good impression. Good sales have a way opening doors a bit wider."
Anyone remember this game? I haven't played it before.
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Tomba! is your next PSone summer classic
Oh My God! Cannot wait for this game coming out. I loved it as a kid! Borrowed it from a friend for a while and it was great!
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a game i never got the chance to play on psx im definitely going to buy this it generally regarded as one of the gems of psx. I have only watched a bit of it on twitch streams and its like a 2d platformer with 2 layers of depth where you can walk into the background and forward and with puzzle elements. There was definitely some backtracking bits from the level i saw which seemed like some kind of factory with valves and stuff to progress.
Always wanted to play this... maybe I'll buy it from PSN... but I'd prefer to hunt down a physical version for <$100 if possible haha
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