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Mahjong Coming To WiiWare On Friday

Posted by Darren Calvert

Relax your mind with the ancient game of tiles.

Who enjoyed playing Solitaire on WiiWare last week? Clearly our card game loving reviewer Sean Aaron did, he awarded it a mighty 8/10.

No doubt inspired by this success our new found friends at GameOn are set to release Mahjong this coming Friday (4th December) in Europe. You may not be too familiar with this game, but we hear it’s all the rage in China!

Here a few details about the game for your delectation:

  • Mahjong is one of the most played games. The game is well-known all over the world as an all-time classic.
  • 30 classic and challenging Mahjong layouts are included.
  • Popular Mahjong variations like Turtle, Tower and many others will provide you an endless challenge.
  • Over half an hour (30 minutes) of relaxing music are included and will play in the background.
  • Songs can play randomly, in order ... or just enjoy the silence.
  • Mahjong comes with many beautiful background images and textures.
  • Price: 500 Points

For more information you can visit http://solitaire-mahjong.com or check out our trailer below:

Who will be investing in this budget priced WiiWare game on Friday?

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User Comments (26)

Nintendo-64

#3

Nintendo-64 said:

That isnt Majong... I have a real Majong game at home and this type of game uses the Majong play stones but it isnt Majong. Damn,i was really happy as i read this news but after i saw the trailer i was very dissapointet.

(sorry for my bad english)

JayArr

#4

JayArr said:

Well now that the ice is broken maybe Sexy Mahjong will follow.......it would sell like hot cakes I tell you!

JeanLuc_Vaycard

#6

JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Also that video was a bit weak. You could barely see the gameplay. Why did they have it tilted to the side like that?

Egg_miester

#8

Egg_miester said:

if this game is good i'll buy it on day one when it comes to n/a i been wanting a good mahjong game

Djungelurban

#10

Djungelurban said:

So not actually mahjong but rather a shanghai game... Ironic then that Shanghai was just released on VC last week...

WillhamBoyGeniu

#12

WillhamBoyGeniu said:

Most well known game? I never heard about it since I read the review of the vc one last week. Looks not my kind of game to be entertained so ill pass.

Sean_Aaron

#13

Sean_Aaron said:

Well, from what little could be seen this has potential; especially as a budget 500pt. release. There is definitely a market for this title though and I do like a good game of Shanghai/mahjong solitaire.

Now if GameOn does a real mahjong game on the back of this that would be excellent.

cheetahman91

#14

cheetahman91 said:

Only 500 points? Nice. And in other news, Shanghai II will be a much more pointless release when this comes out.

Ristar42

#15

Ristar42 said:

Hmm, this and 'Happy Holidays Christmas' on the 4th... Hope they give us a VC game worth playing this week, last week was such a bad update.

Token_Girl

#17

Token_Girl said:

I would love a 4 player mahjong game with online. There's not even a version for Mac computers, only for PCs (at least, not in English). :(

Adamant

#19

Adamant said:

Stop calling it "Mahjong" already. God.

But uh, yeah, this is cool, I guess. Wouldn't mind a real mahjong game, though.

Sean_Aaron

#20

Sean_Aaron said:

@Token Girl: There's a web-based one I believe. Otherwise you can always score a Japanese Wii and have a choice between Nintendo's WiiWare offering Yakuman Wii which is quite playable without knowing Japanese and Mahjong Fight Club on disc from Konami (though I'm not sure what the installed base is for this one). I have the former and have never had problems picking up a match despite the 9-10 hour time difference.

@Adamant: I do sympathise. It would be nice to at least mention "solitaire" in the title. The creator of the first computer game called it "Mah-Jongg" so there is a case to be made for using that name -- though it is confusing.

Back to the game, from screens it looks like they're using the same engine for Solitaire which can only be a good thing!

Golgo

#23

Golgo said:

I 2nd/3rd/4th the calls for a real Mahjong game instead of this match-em-up caper.

ejamer

#25

ejamer said:

It's awesome to read that others would like a real mahjong game too! Not taking anything away from the solitaire game coming out - it might be good too - but that's just not as appealing for me.

I'd love to see a 4-player online version for WiiWare... but worry that it wouldn't get enough buyers in North America to make finding and playing games easy.

Sean_Aaron

#26

Sean_Aaron said:

@ejamer: There is one and it's even from Nintendo. Why it won't get localised is beyond me. It's got full tutorial, local single-player mode, Mii support, downloadable quizzes to test your hand-building knowledge and then online with the option to just play 1 round for a quick game or a full match and online ranking.

With regard to the Homebrew version, most people don't have homebrew so it's pretty much irrelevant. You kids have fun though.

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