When word got out that the rhythm game gurus at Gitaroo Man studio iNiS and Parappa the Rapper studio NanaOn-Sha were joining forces, fans of the pre-Rock Band days of the genre squealed with glee. The two studios are arguably the most recognizable developers of mascot and story-based rhythm games from the late 90s to early 2000s, and their characters have brought much joy over the years.
While the Gitaroo Man and Parappa the Rapper team-up we had hoped for is not in the works, studio bosses Masaya Matsuura and Keiichi Yano confirmed the existence of their brand new franchise, Project Rap Rabbit.
Their very Japanese reveal trailer shows promise as a return to mascot based storytelling and sweet beats.
To mobile or not to mobile? That is the question
What the reveal trailer does not provide is a platform that the game will be released on. Project Rap Rabbit has a very mobile game feel to the art and animation, so you’ll probably end up playing it on a tablet or a smartphone. However, iNiS and NanaOn-Sha should both be iconic enough for this new game to be picked up by a publisher and given a chance on a major console down the line.
Here’s to hopin’! iNiS and NanaOn-Sha promise on their website to provide more information in the coming day.