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Pole's Big Adventure Coming To Japanese WiiWare

Posted by Corbie Dillard

What do you get when you cross the original Super Mario Bros. game with some extremely over-the-top risque humor? You basically get Sega's upcoming Japanese WiiWare title Pole's Big Adventure. Yes, you read that correctly. The character's name is Pole. And if you're dirty mind immediately thought of a certain male appendage, you're on the right track.

Pole's Big Adventure looks to be a very standard NES-like (or dare we say Master System?) platformer title on the outside, but if you look deeper you'll find a game that will basically push the envelope for crude humor and just from looking at early screenshots of the game in action, it seems like the game will obviously poke some fun at our friendly neighborhood plumber Mario. As if to not be too obvious, the official Japanese web site even features a large mushroom on it, although the word mushroom is also a Japanese slang term for the aforementioned male appendage, so we'll leave further speculation to you readers on this one.

The game is set to hit the Japanese WiiWare service on February 3rd and has already received a "B" rating from CERO, so this odd humor should be interesting to see. While we'd love to see the game released outside of Japan just to be able to experience this game's unique brand of humor, there's been no official announcement of the game being released on the North American or European WiiWare services at the current time.

We'll keep you posted on any future developments regarding Pole's Big Adventure. Until then you can take a look at a couple of screenshots of the game in action from Japanese Famitsu magazine.

Update: You can now find out lots more about this game on the official Pole's Big Adventure website. For only 500 Wii points this is looking pretty good. Let's hope it gets a release outside Japan!

Check out the videos from Sega's Youtube channel also:


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User Comments (89)



Popyman said:

This sounds awesome! Maybe if this does good they'll make a old school Sonic!



Corbs said:

For some reason I kept thinking of that "I see your Shwartz is as big as mine!" quote from Spaceballs the entire time I was writing this one up.



Stuffgamer1 said: request a point of reference, what does the Japanese "B" rating equal in ESRB speak?



Stuffgamer1 said:

@slambert215: So it seems. I'm sorry I asked, as it was quite easy to look up on Wikipedia anyway. doh!

It's funny. I would have thought this game would get a "D" or MAYBE a "C" given what little I know about it thus far. Then again, I suppose the Japanese do tend to be lenient.

I also find it funny that their rating system works in the way it does. Makes me think of school grades, which would make more mature games fail.



dfalco said:

looks like a load of carp i use this word in stead of the other. because i am not sure if you are a lound to use the other word.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@dfalco: You mean "crap?" That's not even really a bad word anymore. Heck, my PASTOR has said it from the pulpit!

Reading further into the article on CERO, I found it odd to see that some M-rated games in America got a "Z" in Japan, including Assassin's Creed and Dead Rising. Then they've got this weird gem:

"For example, the game Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne was rated A by the CERO, but rated 12+ by the PEGI and M by the ESRB."

That's a heck of a difference! Why don't we just have one world-wide rating system, anyway? Wouldn't that be easier?



wesleyh said:

dfalco you're such a good boy for asking permission to use a naughty word. Your place in heaven is reserved. Then again, you dissed this game. HMM..



Corbs said:

looks like a load of carp i use this word in stead of the other. because i am not sure if you are a lound to use the other word.

Yes, you can say Halibut.



Wiiloveit said:

Sounds pretty good, in a weird "that's awesome" sort of way - here's hoping a western equivalent will be on it's way, although I hope that WiiWare isn't just going to get a load of flash-conversion-style games in future - I mean, it doesn't look too appealing, even though the concept is. I know what I mean...



longtimegamer said:

@We CAN say halibut? SWEET!

If this is really risque I doubt we'll see it here. Would be nice if sega made one that we COULD have here. Crazy's great. Wouldn't have to be risque. Just do the spoof thing.

@QuarterRoy00-They aren't the greatest in the world, are they?



-TR said:

Looks absolutly awsome. Another WiiWare game I'm going to get for sure...



MarkyVigoroth said:

I bet Mara (from Shin Megami Tensei if... and Persona 3: FES) would feel right at home with this...



Philip_J_Reed said:

@13 QuarterRoy00:
It's you. You might want to refresh your memory of the Atari "in action." Not even the best looking games from that system could handle graphics like this! It's much closer to NES level.



Adamant said:

@Stuffgamer1: "It's funny. I would have thought this game would get a "D" or MAYBE a "C" given what little I know about it thus far. Then again, I suppose the Japanese do tend to be lenient."

It's mostly just America that's prudent enough to throw M ratings on silly toilet humor like this.



Bahamut_ZERO said:


Im scard......................

Butt all jokes aside (sorry. sorry. Couldnt resist ) this game dosnt look risque from the screens, but if it is, then I guess it will sell millions.......

Also, love the caption. "Family-Oriented". I dont exactly think any 6 year olds are loeaving comments and checking daily, but if the mod says so, then I guess it's true

@Adamant: Ah, so true. America is strict on ratings, eveything seems to be rated M now adays. I mean, Halo, rated M? Seriously, it's 15+, but since us Americans are too stupid to make a 15+ we have it M. Great, just great.

Oh and for good mesure: HALIBUT



CanisWolfred said:

There are so many inappropriates jokes I could make about this, just from the title alone! But alas, I shall resist the temptations towards vulgarity, and just say that I don't give a s**t about this.

Edit: Okay, after checking the official site and clicking on the mushroom that makes funny noises a gazillion times, I now care about this game!



ness said:

I am very interested in this game and the whole humor and jokes about some classic games^^ (that's what i also read about it).



Kawaiipikachu said:

Besides its obvious that Sega is flowlloring Capcom's 8bit trend but i heard that one of the injokes is that if you eat enouth mushrooms you grow beyond the size of the whole screen .



Objection said:

What about a halibut? Anyway, a classic Mario-esque game with crude/toilet humor? This could be interesting!



Stuffgamer1 said:

Actually, I already realized why we DO need separate rating systems. The Wikipedia article I quoted said why, but I didn't understand what it meant until I'd thought about it a bit. Basically, cultural differences make it more or less impossible to have a game rated only once. That one game got an E or E10+ equivalent in Japan because of their values, and an M in America because of ours. So what would we do if there was just one rating system, split the difference and call it a T? If we did, we might wind up with nothing BUT T-rated games. Dumb.

As far as this game in America is concerned, I HIGHLY doubt it'll be released. If it is, it'll be at LEAST a T. And I won't play it, because I try to limit needless innuendo in my life.



Ferret75 said:

It would be neat if it was rated T.
LIT, an apparent horror title, was rated E10+. x.x

M though would be a little crazy.



Corbs said:

@ Objection_Blaster - Check out post #10. I guess the halibut joke didn't go over too well.



Cthuloops said:

I do like halibut, but I think karp sounds better than carp. Plus they're all bones anyway (the carp that is). Then again crappie is fun to say.

Anyway, I think this game is rather boorish (another word that is fun to say). I will stick to good humour (note the "u") and keep my head out of the gutter.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@Corbie: No, it was fine. Your joke was just far ahead of our time and too advanced for us common folk to understand your superior knowledge



Objection said:

Oh, a halibut is a fish? I realized what post the joke was coming from but...
EDIT: This is my 1,000th comment here on WWW. Thanks for making a great site.



Corbs said:

Well I guess I can't expect everyone to have my superior intellect. Next time I promise I'll dumb things down for some of you.



slambert215 said:

Wow. We really get off-topic on this site. From fish, to swears, ratings, and me bringing up gears of war and maboshi all the time... (my two favorite games now)



MarkyVigoroth said:

Stuffgamer1-san: "And I won't play it, because I try to limit needless innuendo in my life."
You are looking at someone else who wants to pursue the "reduced innudeo" goal.



hal said:

cool, re-interpolation of Mario.

(yes, multi-pun intended. sry lol)



Ark said:

Poles and mushrooms, eh? The Wii must be the perfect platform. Sorry.
I doubt it will hit North America or Europe but I might be interested if it does.



MarkyVigoroth said:

Hnn... I should have thought of this earlier, but Sega and Nintendo were rivals who once mocked each other (that King Boom ghost in Sonic Adventure 2 was a parody of Nintendo's King Boo, while there were blue hedgehogs in a Yoshi Game), so I see the sense of Sega parodying Nintendo today.
That means... Nintendo might parody Sonic! (...not vulgarly, though, since they want the consumers to forget about Conker due to his "bad turn," so to speak.)

By the way, the site came on. Since I was lyping this while listening to the music of the site, I noticed something: if you keep hearing the song that plays at the main screen of the site (the one that has two moosemen attacking a cowboy), you hear a "de de de de de..." voice. If you keep waiting, you hear a "ga gou gou [...] pe pe [...] ay. Yay!" (To be safe, please do not click on anything else when you are on that screen, since I do not know what happens at the time I am writting this.)



Popyman said:

Holy crap, the classic musical, "Segaaa!" plays on the site! Instant buy just for that!



Ricardo91 said:

I wonder if this will have motion controls?

@Bahamut ZERO. "Butt all jokes aside..."
That was probably the worst pun I've ever seen in my life.

@Adamant. Usually, when a game is rated M for dirty humor, there's other factors that contribute to it, like strong language or nudity. Games with just straight dirty humor usually get a T or E10 rating.

@Corbie. I thought the halibut joke was pretty good....
Btw, are we allowed to say flounder?

As much as I'd love to play a parody of SMB loaded with sexual jokes, I doubt we'll se this in America.



Wiiloveit said:

Just checked the (now updated) 'site - and from what I can make out, it looks pretty good, with one of my favourite things about it being the return of the old "SEGA" sound. The text on there also mentions something about the PS2 and 360, but goodness knows what it means since there is a lack of these logos on any of the other stuff that has the WiiWare logo on.

@Ricardo: No motion controls, but it is GCController / CC compatible, with standard D-Pad; A; 1; 2 affair.

Oh and also - this only costs 500 Wii Points, so this is a bit of a must buy... if you're Japanese

ADDED: Oh, I see that you've added that now. Good for you guys.



WiiwareFan09 said:

help. i just got my wii online and i have only 180 blocks left. so if i got a game more then 180 would the rest of the blocks transfer to an sd card



Philip_J_Reed said:

Nope. You'll need to clear up some space on your Wii. Delete any save game files from games you don't play anymore, and remove the channels you don't use, or some VC/WiiWare games you don't want right now. (You can redownload them for free from the shop channel, so don't worry about that!)

You can only download to the Wii console itself at this point, and you'll need all of those blocks to be in one place.



Ferret75 said:

^Although MM9 took up only 69 blocks.
Retro games tend to take up less memory, since their graphics don't take long to load and are basic.

Also, if you click the blue bar on the left, you hear a puking sound. o.0



Dazza said:

It looks pretty neat, but so much of it is ripped off from SMB. It's awesome that Nintendo are letting this come out on WiiWare in Japan



Doogle said:

This looks insane! Judging from the videos above it might actually be a top secret Master System game from 1986 that Sega were too scared to release at the time for fear of being sued! hehe



Mayhem said:

Whisky Tango Foxtrot?! Between this and Great Giana Sisters being remade for the DS, I think the SMB parody brigade is out in force. Frankly this looks to me so Sega of the mid 80s it's a bit strange heh...



Cthuloops said:

What's wrong with Conker?

Still won't buy this even though it is a platformer. Can I have at least 16-bit, please? Why is every dev avoiding the 16-bit generation on WiiWare? Or how about Neo Geo quality graphics? Despite size limitations, it would be totally worth it to me. Why must my love of all things 2D be crushed by devs who want 8-bit or Atari level graphics? I am looking forward to Eduardo the Samurai Toaster mainly because of this. I would love to see some high quality 2D 16-bit or above graphics on WiiWare.



MarkyVigoroth said:

beastman93-san, Conker turnel extremely vulgar at "Conker's Bad Fur Day." (If only they released the originl kiddie version...)



tatemon555 said:

This seems like a very fun NES style game. And would you guys please shut up and actually talk about the game? You must be very hyperactive tonight.



MarkyVigoroth said:

To start with keeping back on topic, a part I keep watching was Pole overgrowing after he got that mushroom!



Twilight_Crow said:

This looks funny and I love platformers, but I seriously doubt they'll release it outside of japan, of course some puns in the game must be international but I'm sure half of them are japanese directed and wouldn't be funny unless someone explains them to you, like the mushroom slang; still, I'd like to get it anyway.



ness said:

@ beastman93 (#60):

This game makes jokes about some 8-bit games (for example SMB), so it wouldn't make much sense to do it with 16-bit graphics.



ness said:

Can it be that some of you interpret too much sexual content to this game?

EDIT: Argh, sorry for the double-post =(.



Philip_J_Reed said:

Comment number 69 questions the amount of sexual content in Pole's Big Adventure. How appropriate.



Linkuini said:

Okay, why the heck are there so many words for... nevermind. I don't even wanna know.



Terra said:

Oh, for the love of halibut. If this doesn't get released in the west, I'll eat my Slipper.
I'm kidding, instead i'll eat my Space Hopper.

No but seriously, this game does look like it could be quite good coming from Sega and with a Master System look, this could be quite good. it seems like "Old" is the New "New", with all these 16-bit and 8-bit retro styled games coming out/released through WiiWare



Objection said:

@Marky-Part of that could be that all the text in the vids/pics is in Japanese. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some verbal innuendos in there.



ness said:

MarkyVigoroth (#71): "Except for the mushroom, I have yet to see any real For Adults Only content in the game..."

And why should the mushroom be a "For Adults Only content"? Because it is a Japanese slang term?

The game makes jokes about the 8-bit era, so it can (and i think it is) just be a reference to Super Mario Bros.



Wiiloveit said:

Oh, for the love of halibut. If this doesn't get released in the west, I'll eat my Slipper.
I'm kidding, instead i'll eat my Space Hopper.
Don't push it, Terranigma



Terra said:

Did i say Space Hopper? I meant my Mattress.

Whenever someone tells me not to push things further, i almost always do just to see how people react. It's usually quite funny but not always. i have become a bit more careful of certain things though.



ness said:

@ beastman93 (#78): "Still won't buy this even though it is a platformer. Can I have at least 16-bit, please?"

I don't know how these sentences can't refer directly to Pole's Big Adventure.



Terra said:

Ladies and Gents, the unthinkable which i had foreseen over the last couple of weeks has finally happened. Shockingly, I am sticking to a more permanent avatar. Not just any avatar though, one of my old Ark Avatars. The weekly changes in Avatars was fun but it's nice to use one of my old one's again. This one (Probably) won't change for at least a month or two, instead of a week.



themortalangel said:

I'm actually surprised here youd think that Nintendo would almost be slightly skittish about allowing an adult styled spoof of its big mascot.



Wiiloveit said:

@Terranigma: Well... that's naff. Now I've got nothing to look forward to every Friday (except new WW games every other week, I suppose). Either way, I suppose that it probably is better that you stick to one avatar, and although I don't really know what that one there is about, I'm just gonna say that it's not that bad.



Terra said:

This one's a picture of the protagonist of Terranigma, Ark. I changed the avatar by cropping the image so it focuses more on the shot of Ark and not so much on his surroundings.



CanisWolfred said:


Yeah, it looks much better not Terr!. Before it looked like a Nuclear bomb blowing a huge crater into the planet (which would've been pretty cool too).



Terra said:

I hate to be picky with grammar and spellings but do you mean it looks much better now? If so, then thanks. I like it better like this.



Atlantis1982 said:

I probably would of got this game even if it was 1000 points, but with it being at half as much, as I thought this would be, I'll get it. Of course, assuming this game hits our shores.

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