If you've read some of our coverage of Japanese gaming with forlorn longing, you might want to stifle some of those sighs - a few games from Genterprise and Tasuke Co. are unexpectedly making their way westward.
Recently evaluated by the North American ratings board, the ESRB, are G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre and G.G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den from Genterprise as well as Absolute Brickbreaker, Absolute Reversi and Absolute Chess from Tasuke. These will be the first DSiWare titles from either company to hit the virtual North American shelves.
In the meantime, you can read our first impressions of G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre, G.G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den and Absolute Brickbreaker (as G.G. Series Chō Hero Ōga, G.G. Series Shinobi Karakuri-Den and at Enter! Block Kuzushi respectively).
Additionally, when Absolute Chess hit the Japanese service as at Chess: Challenge Spirits, we described it as follows:
Chess against the DS or against a friend via "DS Download Play" and then a Challenge Mode where you complete "Missions" against various opponents? Sounds pretty good for a 200-point download, chess fans!
When Absolute Reversi made its Japanese debut under the title at Enter! Taisen Reversi, we summed it up as:
Tasuke keeps the budget board game flow coming with a reversi (othello) game that can be played against a series of AI opponents or a friend using the Download Play feature of your DS.
All five titles sold in Japan for 200 DSiWare points apiece, and hopefully their budget price will make the transfer overseas. We'll keep you up to date on all future developments regarding these titles as well as any other G.G. Series or Absolute games that make the journey west.