Parappa Getting A HD Remake – You Gotta Believe
At the PlayStation Experience this weekend they announced some very cool news. PS1 rhythm classic Parappa the Rapper is getting a high def remake next year on PS4.
In the following video YouTuber Gamer con Trabajo displays a side by side view comparing the original to the remake. If you were a fan of the original pixely version, the news of a HD remake should be music to your ears.
Hopefully if this remake is successful, we’ll also see a remake of UmJammer Lammy. I gotta believe!
Since this post was kind of short, lets check out some Wikipedia facts on Parappa…
PaRappa the Rapper is a rhythm video game developed by NanaOn-Sha and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. Created by music producer Masaya Matsuura in collaboration with artist Rodney Greenblat, the game features unique visual design and rap-based gameplay and is considered to be one of the first modern rhythm games. The game was first released in Japan in 1996 and was later released in North America and Europe in 1997. A port for the PlayStation Portable was released in 2006 in Japan and in 2007 in North America and Europe. A high-definition port for PlayStation 4 will be released in 2017.
The game spawned two follow-up titles; a guitar-based spin-off titled UmJammer Lammy, released in 1999 for the PlayStation, and a direct sequel, PaRappa the Rapper 2, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2001. A television anime series based on the games aired in Japan between April 2001 and January 2002, with a short spin-off series to begin airing in October 2016.
PaRappa the Rapper was followed by a spin-off titled UmJammer Lammy, which was released on 18 March 1999 in Japan. The game featured a new cast of characters, multiplayer modes and focused on guitar play, but very similar game play. A bonus mode was included in which the entire game could be replayed with Parappa as the protagonist, complete with his own versions of the game’s stages. An arcade version of the game produced by Namco was also released.
A direct sequel, PaRappa the Rapper 2, was released on 30 August 2001 in Japan then on 22 January 2002 in America for the PlayStation 2. The franchise has spawned a large range of merchandising and a children’s anime TV series of the same name, which aired on Fuji TV in Japan between April and January 2002. A new anime series was announced.
In November 2014, it was reported that a Sony insider leaked details about PaRappa the Rapper 3 for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita. Dred Foxx (the voice actor of the titular character) created a Facebook campaign which intended to convince Sony to create a new entry for the PaRappa the Rapper series.