Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove Is Being Developed By Ex-Cave Staff

By Spencer . August 5, 2010 . 3:26pm Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove is a new Natsume I.P. that’s scheduled for release this year. A girl named Gabrielle manages to sneeze her soul right out of her body, and it’s up to you to reclaim it in a locale named Monster Town.


We know Ghostly Groove is a rhythm game developed in collaboration with Santa Entertainment. But who exactly is working on the game? According to Natsume’s vice-president of operations, Graham Markay, the division of Santa working on the project consists of a bunch of ex-Cave developers.


“It’s the Cave people that worked on Princess Debut and then they went over to Santa and they did Cheer We Go,” Graham told Siliconera. “And now, they’re doing Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove.”


Graham describes his initial impression of Ghostly Groove upon seeing the design document as a family-friendly rhythm game. Once he saw the a work-in-progress build, he compared it to Monsters Inc.


“I had an idea it would probably be a dance-rhythm game, but it’s just the overall premise of it. It’s kind of like Monsters Inc. — she sneezes, she loses her soul. She has to go out and collect screams, so she can turn back into human form again. And so it’s done in a kind of cute and and family-friendly way.”

  • malek86

    I’d really like to get the Wiiware version. Chances of a quick localization?

    • 100% both versions were announced for North America.

      • malek86

        Ehm, I forgot to mention I was talking about Europe :P

        Who should handle Natsume games in here?

        • I’m not aware of any European branch, but Rising Star Games is a good bet as they already have ties to Natsume (through Harvest Moon and Rune Factory).

          This would be a great game for their “What games would you like to be released in Europe?” forum topic.

          • malek86

            Normally I don’t especially care for european releases, because DS and PSP and PS3 are region free, and the Wii can be made so… while most of the 360 games I’m interested in are western titles, so I know they’ll come.

            But for downloadable titles, things are harder. Especially so with the Wii. At least on PSN and XBL you can just make a fake account and buy stuff with points cards. On the Wii instead, you’re always forced to your region’s store. Le sigh.

  • Like Monster’s Inc. you say? Color me interested!

  • Scallion

    Holy god, that’s adorable.

    • Agreed. The statue at E3 was one of the most precious things I’ve ever seen.

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