After the disappointment of Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint, we must admit we didn't have high hopes for this game, but when it was released in Europe we actually found it quite good, and, at just 500 Wii Points, how can you resist? While Plättchen was a puzzler, Niki's more of a platformer/action mixture, not completely unlike arcade games such as Bubble Bobble and Snow Bros., but of course with its own interesting twists.
The press release announcing the game's US release date is below:
Bplus, independent software developer, today happily announces the release of its second WiiWare title Niki - Rock 'n' Ball this coming Monday, January 26th 2009, in North America on WiiWare™, for the irresistible price of only 500 WiiPoints™.
Niki – Rock 'n' Ball is a new interpretation of the unforgettable Arcade classics, where the only goal is to vanquish all opponents to reach the next stage, with a completely innovative and unique gaming mechanism and beautiful 2.5D graphics.
Roll along with Niki Ball through fantastic worlds, find all the ZeLeLi pearls and liberate your village from cuddly as well as evil monsters before it is too late!
Timing is everything! Jump in the nick of time to avoid landing amidst barbs and hop about across the stages, thanks to the realistic gaming physics. Snap on the ZeLeLi amulet, transform yourself into Niki Rock and force even the most obstinate monster to its knees!
Explore all the stages and win valuable medals dribbling through them alone or along with a friend.
Play Niki – Rock 'n' Ball with all the familiar controls in the Retro style or experience the novel controls in the Wii™ style!