The creator of Katamari Damacy, Keita Takahashi, also created an equally absurd game for PlayStation Network back in 2009 called Noby Noby Boy. About a year later a version of Noby Noby Boy [$1.99] hit iOS, and wasn't a port of the PSN game but rather was a collection of weird apps and mini-games featuring the stretchy main character BOY. People either loved it or hated it, but either way Noby Noby Boy on iOS was a thing that existed.

Now that existence looks like it might be coming to an end, as Keita Takahashi has revealed on his personal blog that support for Noby Noby Boy on iOS is ending, and that the game will be pulled from the App Store next week on October 9th. No reasoning was given for this decision, and it sounds like it's coming from the higher ups at Namco Bandai rather than Takahashi himself, who still plays the game from time to time, saying "That is totally silly app but I'm enjoying it sometimes even now. Thank you for playing this silly app."

Takahashi apologizes for the end of Noby Noby Boy on iOS, and if you've previously purchased it you may want to back up the .ipa file on your hard drive for safe keeping, and likewise if you hadn't picked it up before but are interested you should definitely grab it before next Tuesday when it will be too late.

[Venus Patrol via Joystiq]

  • Nick Sakellariou

    If you have previously purchased it, isn't the game available for re-download even if the app isn't officially available at the App Store any longer?

    • David Nicholas

      From what I understand, yes it is available for re-download, but you cannot "search" for it. If an app gets pulled, it's still in your "purchased" list, but you have to scroll through that list to find it because search won't bring it up.

      • Laszlo Tuss

        But fortunately you can search in your "purchased" tab

  • James Kochalka

    Sometimes when an ap is no longer available they stop working when iOS is updated.

  • Akiratech

    Why would they be canceling app never heard of such thing on The App Store unless there was a serious problem with the app itself not by following guidelines and snuck through the approval process

    • 1Fcm

      It could be a licensing issue... Sometimes a game will be pulled if the developer or publisher was sold etc...

    • MidianGTX

      For a company as big as Namco Bandai it might make more financial sense to remove the games they can't keep paying to support. The resulting negative feedback that would occur if problems arose could end up costing more in bad publicity than the games would have made anyway.

  • Tim Harding

    Just make the game free and leave it there.

  • DotComCTO

    Not sure I want to buy a game that is guaranteed to get no support. So, if some iteration of iOS breaks the app, I'd be out of luck?! Um. Pass.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Wonder why they're pulling it. Makes you wonder if they plan to release a port of the PSN game and want this off to avoid confusion.

  • James Kochalka

    Huh, my post disappeared.

    Anyhow, one problem with apps that have been pulled and are no longer updated or supported is sometimes they stop running!

    One of my favorite ipad games ever is PongVaders. (It's especially awesome for it's multiplayer).  It got pulled because the word "pong" is in the title (or that's what I've read)... and it no longer runs right.  Now it crashes after a few seconds of play.

    I'm not sure why... maybe it's just incompatible with the current iOS.  Maybe it's because it's checking the server to see if I've actually paid for the unlockable content... and can't connect so it crashes?  I'm not sure what the reason, but it's a tragedy that it we can't play it anymore.

  • Sandalfo

    "grab your noby noby"
    hum guys do you realize what you're saying?