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Niki - Rock 'n' Ball Coming To European WiiWare This Friday

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Bplus has just announced that their newest WiiWare title Niki - Rock 'n' Ball is set to hit the European WiiWare service this Friday, December 19th for a mere 500 Wii Points. After seeing video of the game in action, we're looking forward to taking the game for a spin once it's released. Below is the official press release for the game and the official Niki - Rock 'n' Ball site has also just launched that you can check out for even more details on the game.

Bplus, independent software developer, today announces the launch of the official website to Niki – Rock 'n' Ball, its upcoming arcade platformer, available on WiiWare™ soon.

What is a ZeLeLi pearl?
How does the Amulet work?
Where do all the monsters come from?
Who is Niki?

This and more is revealed on the website together with an exclusive new video that illustrates the intriguing story of Niki - Rock 'n' Ball.

The website offers many new screenshots as well as detailed information about how the game can be played and introduces not only the hero Niki but also the Turbofan, the Bumper and some of the monsters Niki has to fight in his first adventure.

Key Facts:
Genre: Jump 'n' Roll
Platform: Wii™
Developer: Bplus
Players: 1 or 2 Player cooperative
Control Styles: Wii Remote™ only - Retro or motion controlled
Presentation: 2D gameplay, 3D graphics and animations, 60 fps
Video Modes: 480p, 16:9 widescreen
Release Date: TBA
Price: 500 Wii Points™
ESRB rating: E for Everyone with Comic Mischief
PEGI rating: 7+ / 6+ Portugal
USK rating: Freigegeben ohne Altersbeschränkung

We'll have more information on Niki - Rock 'n' Ball as it becomes available, as well as a full review of the game once it hits the European WiiWare service this Friday.

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User Comments (30)

Clayfrd

#1

Clayfrd said:

gahhh first!

Okay, now that I've secured my first... I just have one thing to say. Can we trust BPlus?

danik

#2

danik said:

not really interested in this to be honest, something else to add to my growing list of games i dont want from wiware!

CorbsAdmin

#3

Corbs said:

Maybe this will help make up for the lack of World of Goo. (Okay maybe that was just plain mean of me) :P

Seriously, I'm excited for European gamers to finally get a chance to play World of Goo. I'm especially anxious to see the comments on it.

gameking23

#6

gameking23 said:

I knew this was coming out for a day or so now. Due to a previous post. Well its nice to know everything is official now. Hopefuly this game is better than Planttechen.

Paper92

#9

Paper92 said:

Looks ehh to me, maybe if i have a left over 500 points.

Or i could use it on a good NES game...

thewiirocks

#10

thewiirocks said:

I have to give BPlus cred for trying different things with the remote. However, whatever it is they are doing with the Wii Remote tilting does not look comfortable. In fact, it's giving me horrible flashbacks to playing Mario with the Power Glove.

The last game was marred partly by its controls. I hope BPlus doesn't make the same mistake twice!

Objection

#11

Objection said:

It actually looks decent. Here's hoping they deliver. I still have 500 points that can be theirs...

Killraven

#12

Killraven said:

i'm very unsure. we could certainly use some more platforming type action. i'm wait for a reviews. and hopefully, the reviewer will consider this a separate game, and not the thoughts of platchen impact this game.

Virus

#13

Virus said:

This actually doesn't look terrible. The only thing that's still getting to me is the control. Couldn't they have just controlled the character by making the player hold the Wiimote like a steering wheel?

Airola

#14

Airola said:

I'm surprisingly interested in this one.

It looks quite fun as it reminds me of some fun and simple C64 games Even that controlling system reminds me of playing games with a good old C64 joystick.

And with only 500 points being the price, I think I'm going to buy it if it's going to have even remotely good review.

Twilight_Crow

#15

Twilight_Crow said:

I like Plattchen, and I believe I'm gonna like this one (the price helps), also I read it can be played with the crosspad too, if that's so Bplus got a buyer.

CanisWolfred

#16

CanisWolfred said:

Looks more like a tech demo to me. I don't even get what the point is in this game. And the controls don't look all that friendly either.

DazzaAdmin

#17

Dazza said:

I am quietly hopeful for this one. It's no secret that I hated the convoluted gameplay in Plattchen, but I have to say this does look like it might be quite good fun.

I am glad Bplus have got the message about pricing now. At 500 points I expect this should sell nicely if the game doesn't stink somehow.

calculon

#18

calculon said:

Whilst I agree this one doesn't look terrible it doesn't look very exciting either. 6/10 at best I reckon and that's just because of the cheapo price point.

Bensei

#20

Bensei said:

@Virsu: Classic Controls are available
500 points sounds nice, however I hope it's better than the 500ers we had till now.

PALgamer

#21

PALgamer said:

I think the 500 points is due to the price of Plättchen over here. Bet this will be 1000 points in the US :P

Starwolf_UK

#22

Starwolf_UK said:

At 500 points I expect this should sell nicely if the game doesn't stink somehow.
Even if it does stink it might still do well. The Incredible Maze...

If this is 'it' from Nintendo Europe for Christmas instead of World of Goo,
Art Style Orbiant will be out on Friday as well unless NOE are breaking the Art Style pattern for some reason so Niki won't be the only thing. Still I hope for a World of Goo release (yeah I already have it but you lot can get it now...)

Bass_X0

#23

Bass_X0 said:

Its released on Thursday not Friday. 11pm in England Thursday nights. And remember that we get three or four WiiWare games on our weeks. If this and Art Style have been confirmed, its still possible to get World of Goo. If its ready.

Ian_Daemon

#25

Ian_Daemon said:

This gameplay looks surprisingly simple and fun (although I can see how switching between the two ball types could get difficult at times). I'm actually looking forward to this one!

Shortay

#26

Shortay said:

Looking forward to this one actually, looks pretty fun.

Hopefully it won't turn out to be another Plattchen scenario...

Wiiloveit

#28

Wiiloveit said:

I'm looking forward to it - the website description is much less complicated to understand than PLATTCHEN's, though I can see myself opting for the retro controls.
Maybe this will help make up for the lack of World of Goo.
You just crossed the line, my friend.

Clayfrd

#29

Clayfrd said:

Wait... I was taken aback there for a second. I think, though, after much scrutiny that... WiiWare is getting a puzzle game! Who would have thought? Well, I can't tell what's going on, so I'll check the website. Anyway, I'm kind of tired of people blabbering about having another puzzler. World of Goo was a puzzle game, but it was brilliance. It's not the quantity of puzzlers that hurts WiiWare, it's the quality. Don't misinterpret me, I'd love to see some platformers, but genre shouldn't matter, quality should. If I can find out what this game is about, I just might enjoy it.

Bensei

#30

Bensei said:

"Maybe this will help make up for the lack of World of Goo."

It doesn't have to, you can buy this and World of Goo together (or Plattchen in Europe :P) with only one 2000 points card!

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