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Niki - Rock 'n Ball Released in the US Next Week

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Yet another WiiWare game's US release date has been confirmed in advance - You can expect Niki - Rock 'n Ball in the Wii Shop next Monday, the 26th.

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!

Source: BPlus

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User Comments (23)



blackknight77 said:

I knew this game would be out this month. Also First Post

Drake thanks for plugging Snow Bros. I really enjoyed that game back in the day and it would be nice to see it on the VC again.

I heard the soundtrack for Niki. Pretty cool



Ian_Daemon said:

I loved Bubble Bobble and still play it actually. This looks pretty good. And for 500 points it's a winner! Looks like another DL for me...



Pablo17 said:

I am also interested in this game.

I was one of the few that tried Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint but didn't like it.



slambert215 said:

Cool! I might pick this up, I like the low price point.



-TR said:

I probaly won't buy it: I haven't yet, and won't. Probaly.

Fifth. For someone reason, everyone gets obessive about thae position.



Wiiloveit said:

Great that you get this one soon - here's hoping more people get it than the hyped up MaBoShi, because it's well worth a look, especially at just 500 points.



KDR_11k said:

I didn'tlike the game because the game design is tedious (kill X enemies that move towards you anyway and collect 6 pearls in a certain order) and the physics are pretty damn annoying, at least in levels that expect you to perform repeated, precise jumps or have you fall to the very bottom again.



Philip_J_Reed said:

@ WiiLoveIt:
I thought MaBoShi was excellent. Yeah, it was three mini-games, but the way they interacted with each other really expanded the scope and experience very well. I'd love to see more games take experimental risks like that one...

I haven't played Rock n Ball yet because...well, it hasn't been released here yet. But I'm also not entirely interested in what seems like a standard platformer. Maybe I'll give it a shot, but more likely I'll wait to see if any of my friends buy it instead.



Wiiloveit said:

@Chicken Brutus: I wasn't taking a stab at the game, just the sales of MaBoShi. Give Niki a go though, it's very different to your usual platformer.



luke17 said:

i would hardly call plattchen a actually looks better than this game from what i can tell. but i'll prob buy it just to check it out.



Philip_J_Reed said:

Ohh gotcha. I just misunderstood what you had said. I was disappointed by the sales of MaBoShi here, too. It was sad to see it missing from the top 20 list.



Wiiloveit said:

It didn't last long in our charts either though, although I think it managed to get to thirteen or something.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Enough with the "disappointment" of Plattchen already. Some people bashed it meanwhile many like myself and Wiiloveit really enjoyed the title. There's a BIG mix of opinions on the game. That's undeniable.

Anyways, I'm happy to hear this is coming next week. I predict Snowboard Riot or Evasive Space to come alongside this. Hopefully maybe SSB64 will come the week after or in the first week of February - that's my prediction.



tatemon555 said:

@ KnucklesSonic8: Do I have to keep on reminding people? SSB64 just came out in Japan, and the japanese get all the good games at least a few months before us. But I do hope that Evasive Space or Snowboard Riot come very soon.



WarioFan63 said:

and the japanese get all the good games at least a few months before us.

Sometimes thats the case and sometimes thats not.



Wiiloveit said:

@KS8: I think that many reviewers don't always have time to explore the whole of a game, and PLATTCHEN is one of those games that grows on you the more you play it - especially with all the new things it throws at you (enemies aside) and innovation, alongside the excellent puzzle style.



MrPoo6321 said:

Looks kind of cool... are we finally getting Animales de la Muerte this monday as well?



Wiiloveit said:

@MrPoo6321: I wouldn't count on getting Animales at all until you hear more news about it - at the moment, it may even have been cancelled, although I'm going to guess that it could be out from late February to any time in April.

RE: Niki Rock 'n' Ball:
The second part of the Bplus soundtrack is available on their website now: and features the world two music from Niki, alongside the Copycat, Mission and Underwater theme music from PLATTCHEN.

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