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id been wanting to do a tribute thread to this short series, but you know what i had to do first? i had to believe.

 

So yeah, i miss the crap out of this series. part 1 was a perfect example of quirky japanese games that i go for and seldom tire of playing. id go back and beat the game till i could freestyle every level. Part 1 was short, but between instructor Moosalini and Flea's reggae garage sale, there was a lot to love. Pretty much everything except that stupid fucking chicken, who made me want to crack, crack, crack her head into the bowl.

 

Part 2 for the ps2 got even weirder and honestly wasnt as memorable, but i was all about the kind-of sequel on ps1, Um Jammer Lammy.

 

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The game gets shat on a lot for using the same rhythm engine but focusing on guitarplay instead, but what was great - besides the even more insane, yet still fun levels (way better than noodles as a plot device in 2, WTF?) was the fact that, if you stuck to it and beat the levels to open up more options? Youd unlock a 2-player tag-team of Lammy stringing one verse, and parappa rapping the other! it was so awesome.

The only shitty thing was, i had the japanese import in the day, and loved that copy. the US one i bought since then (dont have a modded ps1 anymore...), for whatever reason, the last level or so is changed up; instead of playing in hell, its...not hell. lame.

 

Anyway, i was excited about the PSP title 'till i realized it was just a remake/option to play the game for less than $40 now, which the original usually goes for last i checked. I hear the designer, Masaya Matsuura is workong on a Wii game, Major Minor's Majestic March, so im watching that now too.

 

still want to buy sen that beanie one day. meantime, here's a great segment from Robot Chicken that got me wanting to make this thread:

 

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  • 11 months later...

please let this be true

 

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FUCK AND YES. PARAPPA THE RAPPER IS COMING BACK. Well, at least according to the new issue of Game Informer (according to Playstation LifeStyle). I really don't have the words to tell you how delighted I am by this, as I love all the PaRappa games.

 

However, this alone won't get me to buy a PS3. You know what would, Sony? An Um Jammer Lammy sequel -- yes, the guitar-based sister game to PaRappa -- using a Rock Band or a Guitar Hero guitar peripheral. Hell, bring back Katy Kat and Maa-san and let's get the whole band back together. The music for Um Jammer actually blew PaRappa away;

has been on about 77% of all the mix CDs I've ever made. You know, perhaps I'm not being clear: I would murder every single one of you in your sleep if it meant getting a new Um Jammer Lammy game. And I'd buy a PS3, too.
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