Nintendo DS

Yes, Okamiden Does Have New Brushes

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https://www.siliconera.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/okamiden_001.jpg There’s a greater focus on cooperation with Chibiterasu’s human partners in Okamiden. Certain puzzles will require that you navigate around obstacles by going your different ways.

 

This is done with the help of the Shirabe brush, which allows you to draw a route for your human partner to travel along, while Chibi himself takes a different path. One example that was cited in Famitsu magazine a few weeks ago was that of an old bridge. The game required — presumably because the bridge couldn’t support the weight of both — that Chibi cross it by himself while Kuninushi found a different way around.

 

It’s an interesting and obvious design choice but it does raise a few questions. Working on the DS should certainly mean you have more direct control of the brush. However, every Celestial Brush in the original Okami allowed you to control different elements such as wind or fire, with which you could indirectly influence the things around you. The Shirabe brush, however, gives you direct control over a character. I wonder if it will be passed off as a design choice you don’t question or if Capcom will provide a reason behind its power.

 

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.