NanaOn-Sha to develop Wii title

NanaOn-Sha to develop Wii title

By Ed Fear

December 10th 2007 at 4:36PM

Majesco bankrolls new game by Parappa developer

After being one of the pioneers of the rhythm-action genre back in the PlayStation days with Parappa the Rapper, Japanese boutique studio NanaOn-Sha is to once again team up with New York-based artist Rodney Greenblat to create a new Wii title bankrolled by Majesco.

NanaOn-Sha, founded by famed Japanese musician and developer Masaya Matsuura, first worked together with Greenblat on Parappa the Rapper and later its sequels Um Jammer Lammy and Parappa the Rapper 2. Since then the company has developed the Vib Ribbon series with Sony and the Tamagotchi: Corner Shop series for Namco Bandai, as well as recently developing an iPod game.

“Masaya Matsuura and Rodney Alan Greenblat are industry visionaries whose legacy was built on crafting groundbreaking, genre-defining entertainment experiences that everyone can enjoy,” said Jesse Sutton, CEO of Majesco.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with talent of this caliber and believe our game shares the same broad mass market appeal as successful music-based products like Activision’s Guitar Hero and MTV’s Rock Band.”

“Matsuura-san and I share similar artistic perspectives so I welcomed the opportunity to re-team with him and NanaOn-Sha to produce a one-of-a-kind music game designed from the ground up for the Wii system,” said Rodney Alan Greenblat.