Japanese Releases - News

October2009

September2009

  • News Nintendo Download 29-30 September 2009 (Japan)

    Things are back on track with a 2-4-7 week!

    After another download holiday Japanese downloaders (and their importing compatriots) are having a week that's more VC than WiiWare and more DSiWare than anything else. WiiWareHamekomi Lucky Puzzle Wii Returns (500pts - Tryfirst) -- This is the sequel to the game known as NEVES Plus elsewhere: a puzzle game where you need to use geometric shapes to fill..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - October 2009

    Two Nintendo games which recently got DS remakes are coming to VC.

    Next month's Japanese Virtual Console lineup is quite surprising - Two games which weren't expected to be released on the VC anytime soon, because they just got DS remakes, will be released anyway! Both of them are from Nintendo. Perhaps they're trying to convince other companies to put their recently remade games on VC as well -..

  • First Impressions Derby Dog (WiiWare)

    This breed needs a little more refinement.

    Pet sims have been all the rage with the "yoof" for some time; especially on the Nintendo DS with scads of games having words ending with "Z" instead of the more grammatically correct "S." Derby Dog for the Japanese WiiWare service is clearly designed to cash-in on this trend, however instead of simply raising a happy pet to..

  • First Impressions Minna de Tobikome! Penguin Diving Hooper Looper

    Jumping off a cliff can be fun!

    "Everybody dive!" is part of the title of Agenda's newest WiiWare game to hit the Japanese Wii Shop, and that is what this game is all about: diving off cliffs – as penguins are known to do – for big points! Of course this isn't March of the Penguins, so the penguins in this game aren't dropping off little icebergs, but plummeting off of cliffs so high..

  • Nintendo Download 15-16 September 2009 (Japan)

    The magic numbers next week are 3-3-4 as WiiWare makes a reappearance in Japan.

    After a wee holiday from the Japanese download service, WiiWare has come back with three new titles along with three Virtual Console titles and four DSiWare titles for happy downloaders everywhere. WiiWareMinna de Tobikome Penguin Diving Hooper Looper (500pts -...

  • News Nintendo Download 08-09 September 2009 (Japan)

    More arcade classics for the Virtual Console and DSiWare gets the spotlight as WiiWare takes another holiday

    For a second week running there's no new WiiWare titles for Japan, but at least there's two VCA titles for the Virtual Console on the way next Tuesday. DSiWare definitely gets the spotlight next week with multiple releases, though the majority are part of a new Nintendo lifestyle series..

August2009

  • News Nintendo Download 01-02 September 2009 (Japan)

    Another WiiWare holiday, but a few VC games and some DSiWare makes up for it.

    After last month's WiiWare windfall it shouldn't be a surprise that Japan is taking a little break from the service. Don't feel too bad for them, because there's three VC titles to tide over Wii downloaders and a few DSiWare titles from Nintendo as well. Virtual ConsoleTaikoo Risshinden (Super Famicom 800pts - Koei) -- A..

  • First Impressions Discipline (WiiWare - Japan)

    Art-house gaming comes to WiiWare.

    Discipline is a WiiWare game long-rumoured and only recently revealed. As possibly the most unusual game to yet grace the service, it game centres around a prison called Discipline, wherein you control a character apparently posing as an inmate. It's difficult to tell what exactly is happening because text plays a huge part in the game, with a lot of written..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - September 2009

    Konami and Square Enix offer more support.

    It's already the last Friday of the month again, so you know what that means - Nintendo of Japan has revealed next month's Virtual Console plans. As in the last few months, there's not exactly many games (For Japan's standards, at least) but those that are there are all quite nice to see. Too bad we'll probably not get many of them! As usual, Namco Bandai..

  • First Impressions Simple Series Vol. 4 - The Misshitsu Kara no Dasshutsu (WiiWare - Japan)

    Not quite Steve McQueen...

    Well, Simple Series Vol. 4 - The Misshitsu Kara no Dasshutsu is quite a mouthful, so for the purpose of these impressions please forgive the re-titling of this game with the shorter, but still thematically correct name Room Escape. D3 Publisher is known as a publisher of budget games and has pushed out dozens of them for the PS2 and other platforms over the years for the..

  • News Nintendo Download 25-26 August 2009 (Japan)

    The WiiWare party is back on with a load of new downloads for both Wii and DSi!

    After taking a couple of week's holiday the Japanese WiiWare service is back in action with five new WiiWare releases (two of them aimed at small children), two Virtual Console titles and five new DSiWare downloads. Yes it does seem terribly unfair, but that's life. If you're fortunate enough to be able to partake of..

  • News Japan Gets 20 More Namco Arcade Games

    As if the lack of Namco arcade game support in the west wasn't bad enough already.

    There's still no sign of more Namco games for Virtual Console Arcade outside Japan - We're still stuck with their initial three releases. Meanwhile, Japan has gotten over 20 arcade releases from Namco alone (That's about 2/3 of all the arcade games available in...

  • Nintendo Download 18-19 August (Japan)

    VC and DSiWare on offer next week whilst the WiiWare holiday continues.

    After the mega update preceding the Oban Festival holiday this week it looks like things are returning to normal with 4 VC releases and 7 DSi releases for next week, though nothing new in the WiiWare pipeline. Virtual ConsoleIke lke! Nekketsu Hockey-bu (500pts - Technos) -- A...

  • First Impressions Tomenasanner

    Rock rock planet rock, don't stop. Rock rock planet rock - DON'T STOP!

    What Tomenasanner means is anyone's guess (try guessing in the comments - better still, please advise if you know!). It's written in katakana so it's apparently a word of foreign origin (sure sounds it!), but the closest that Google Translate offered was "tomen" which apparently means "bridle" in dutch and..

July2009

  • News Nintendo Download 04-05 August 2009 (JAPAN)

    It's a mega update in the Land of the Rising Sun!

    The release schedules around the world have seen bumper crops of WiiWare releases (and in PAL territories VC ones courtesy of the latest Hanabi Festival); naturally being Nintendo's home territory it should come as no surprise that Japan outdoes even these impressive download service updates. Next...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - August 2009

    The final Friday of the month brings us next month's Japanese VC schedule once again.

    Things aren't much better next month than they were this one - This time there's 4 non-Namco, non-arcade games instead of 3. A slight improvement, but still not that much better! Among the first games to be released will be the final Final Fantasy game to hit Japan's Virtual Console for now. Pengo, which has been..

  • Nintendo Download 28-29 July 2009 (Japan)

    2 arcade classics, 3 new WiiWare titles and a bumper crop of DSiWare next week.

    Looks like we're back to a more familiar release schedule in Japan, but the number of new DSiWare releases is more than normal with 9 new titles (though it has to be admitted two of these are guidebooks). The Virtual Console releases include Tecmo's second offering for the VCA: Ninja Ryukenden, which gamers elsewhere..

  • News Tomenasanner Mad New Title from Konami for WiiWare

    More mental game stylings as only the Japanese can deliver them!

    It's not really apparent why Japanese game developers have such a penchant for wacky game ideas that provide a draw for many curious Westerners: it could be a reaction to growing up in a culture of overwork and is an explosive expression of repressed id. Whatever the reason, it's welcome by many who regard games such as Muscle March..

  • Nintendo Download 21-22 July 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up, another classic Namco arcade game and some simple DSiWare puzzling adventure next week.

    Next week's schedule is a little on the light side (though as with previous weeks it's possible that Nintendo of Japan is updating their website piecemeal) with only 1 new WiiWare release, a couple of VC offerings and a single DSiWare release. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (800pts -..

  • First Impressions Japanese Nintendo Channel Update

    Along with the 4.1J Wii system update, Japanese Wii owners have also received an updated Nintendo Channel!

    The Nintendo Channel has long been a mixed bag: it provides Nintendo with a gateway into player's play habits (though you'd have thought this would be possible from the basic system given that the Wii has built-in networking capability) and also provides players with game trailers, short..

  • Nintendo Download 14-15 July 2009 (JAPAN)

    Japanese WiiWare is back from holiday with a vengeance, plus Shinobi!

    Aside from Electroplankton, last week was possibly the driest Japanese download week in living memory. Nintendo has made up for the WiiWare break last week with five new WiiWare titles in addition to two new Virtual Console Arcade titles and a slew of Game and Watch titles for the DSiWare service. Marcel has already posted the..

  • News Game & Watch Games to be Released on DSiWare

    Classic handheld games to be available for download soon!

    It seemed like a pretty quiet month for Japan - With just three VC games initially announced for a July release and this week having no WiiWare games at all it almost looked as if Nintendo was actually running out of games to release! It seems like it was all a ruse to surprise us with today's news though - Starting next week in Japan,..

  • News Hudson possibly bringing Shootanto Kakohen overseas

    Arcade-style shooter may be Hudson's first outing as a WiiWare licensor.

    Siliconera have found a US Trademark filing which appears to indicate that Hudson are undertaking the localisation of Grand Prix's 2008 arcade-style shooter Shootanto: Kakohen in what is sure to please folk curious about this currently Japanese-only title. The game was released in December 2008 and got some attention due to..

  • News New Monster Hunter 3 Trailer Captured

    Plus an unconfirmed US release date!

    Those lucky Japanese will soon be able to get their hands on Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~), as the game's Japanese release date of August 1st is now less than four weeks away, and Capcom are really stepping up the game's media assault with a new trailer launched within the past few days. Combining the game's ever-impressive CGI intro with in-game footage of brand new..

  • Nintendo Download 07-08 July 2009 (JAPAN)

    A couple of classics on the Wii and a whole lot of Electro-Plankton for the DSi next week in Japan.

    Well it looks like Japan is having a WiiWare holiday next week with no new titles having been announced via the website or the shop news bulletin. The two Virtual Console releases offer a catch-up title in the form of Super Punch Out for the Super...

June2009

  • News Dragon Quest IX Local Multiplayer In Action

    Slay those monsters with the help of your closest pals

    Japan is getting ready to be gripped by Dragon Quest fever with the upcoming launch of the latest instalment in the best-selling series, and as a result we're getting to see more and more of the game in action. One of the most exciting aspects of the RPG title is the multiplayer mode. While it's only possible to play with friends locally using..

  • Nintendo Download 30th June - 1st July 2009 addendum (JAPAN)

    Two more WiiWare titles coming Tuesday aimed at younger gamers and an extra DSiWare title on the 1st.

    Looks like the mock tears for Japan were premature last week as some additional releases mean Japan has a 3-2-2 week it turns out. Thanks to Nintendo Life reader Ratengo for noting that the Japanese Shop news item for this week's releases had two additional WiiWare titles that weren't detailed on..

  • Nintendo Download 30th June - 1st July 2009 (JAPAN)

    An unusually light release week for Japan with 1 WiiWare, 2 Virtual Console and 1 DSiWare release.

    After weeks of mass software dowloading we see a release week that would look at home in PAL territories or North America -- maybe it's going to be Japan's turn for light release weeks for a change? On the WiiWare front we have Final Fantasy Crystal...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - July 2009

    Just three non-Namco games the entire month!

    Japan is getting less and less games every month, but this has got to be the month with the least releases yet - Aside from the yet to be announced Namco arcade games, there will only be three games released in the entire month, meaning over half the VC systems will be ignored! The only good thing about it is that all three are high-profile games, but..

  • First Impressions Water Warfare

    We head to the playground to see if there's enough water in its soaker to keep gamers occupied

    Earlier this month, Hudson took a gamble and decided to release a first-person shooter on WiiWare. Due to it being the first of its kind on the platform and a new IP, some thought that Hudson would regret making such a bold decision. In the end, though, everything paid off, as not only did Onslaught..

  • News Tomodachi Collection Has a Strong First Day

    Releases shows Japanese keen to buy friends

    It may have taken awhile to be released, but Nintendo's highly-anticipated Tomodachi Collection had a great first day opening in Japan. Out of the 76,000 units that were shipped, 38,000 were sold on the game's first day on the market, which equates to a 50% sell-through rate. That's pretty impressive seeing as the top game last week sold only 38,000 units..

  • Nintendo Download 23-24 June 2009 (Japan)

    A feast of DSiWare titles to end the drought, an anticipated WiiWare title from Hudson and *two* arcade classics next week!

    Well, after weeks without a new DSiWare release in Japan the storm gates have been opened and next Wednesday is serving up a bumper crop of titles for the portable download service. Chuugakku Kihon Hana Tango Word Puzzle (200pts) from I.E. Institute, Ltd. is a word puzzle game..

  • Nintendo Download 16th June 2009 (Japan)

    2+2 on the Wii; DSiWare takes a break.

    Next week we have four downloads on the Japanese Wii and nothing new to download for the Japanese DSi. Mochi Mochi Q looks to be part Equilibrio and part World of Goo with cute little pink blob aliens trying to escape being eaten by cute big purple ones using the Wii remote NES-style and presumably some form of motion control. 800 points from Natsume Soft..

  • News XSEED: Retro Game Challenge 2 Isn't Coming To The US

    Publisher replies to personal request regarding the status of the game

    Nintendo Life forum member slapshot82 recently wrote a letter to US publisher XSEED Games asking if the company would relent on its non-committal stance regarding the North American localization of Retro Game Challenge 2. Sadly, the reply was less than positive: Thanks for the kind words, but afraid it's not by choice on us not..

  • First Impressions Escape Virus

    A fun little mobile game for WiiWare

    Escape Virus is the freshman effort from Peakvox - an iPhone and mobile game developer - with the focus being on pick-up-and-play arcade gaming and ascending to the top of the world ranking in each of five game modes. The menus throughout the game look like metal car number plates which drop onto a titled plane with a nice clanging sound. It's a bold and..

  • Nintendo Download 9th June 2009 (Japan)

    Music streaming, a Nintendo classic franchise and Namco arcade fun on the Wii and a murder mystery on DSi next week.

    WiiWare releases in Japan next Tuesday include something new in the form of Game Sound Station from Gust Co., Ltd. For 1000 points you get access to a number of tracks from dozens of video game soundtracks. You can then purchase tickets for listening to a larger number of tracks..

May2009

  • Nintendo Download 2 June 2009 (Japan)

    A 3+3 week for the Wii and another break for the DSiWare service.

    The DSiWare service seems to be taking another holiday next week, but the Wii gets another six downloads with three new WiiWare titles and three new VC titles. No real surprises here as these games have been forecast in the press previously (the VC ones only today!). WiiWare titles for the 2nd of June: Okiraku Daifugoo (500pts.) -- a..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2009

    Mario's original racing game makes its VC debut next month.

    It's the last Friday of the month again, and you know what that means! Nintendo has revealed their Japanese VC plans for next month. It's not very diverse this time - Only 3 VC platforms will be getting new games! The Nintendo 64, Master System, Mega Drive, Neo Geo and PC Engine all have to sit out this time. At least it's not all bad news..

  • First Impressions Muscle March

    Namco delivers possibly the most bizarre game to come from Japan in years.

    If you've gotten into the Japanese import scene at all you've probably discovered that there's games released in Japan that never see localisation outside of Japan. Japanese game developers have a knack for coming up with some pretty unusual game concepts and Japanese publishers seem to be willing to bring these to a..

  • First Impressions Arkanoid Plus!

    Taito plays it safe in bringing back a classic.

    Whilst Atari's Breakout and Super Breakout pioneered the arcade block-breaking games that are well-worn cliches today, Taito's Arkanoid really took the idea to the next level and no one's improved upon it since. The game concept is pretty simple: a bar at the bottom of the screen is used to bounce a...

  • Nintendo Download 26 May 2009 (Japan)

    A little bit of madness and some exciting Arcade Classic surprises coming to the Japanese Wii next week, whilst the Japanese DSiWare service comes out of a dry spell.

    On the WiiWare front we have four titles coming out next Tuesday: Muscle March from Namco Bandai for 800 points features body builders and a...polar bear...trying to catch the people...

  • First Impressions Tsuppari Oozumou Wii Heya

    Su-mo! Su-mo!

    Back in 1987 Tecmo released Tsuppari Oozumou for the Famicom. This was the first (and one of the only) sumo wrestling games to come to home consoles and was basically a button masher at heart where the object, like real sumo, is to force your opponent out of the ring or put him on his back like a fat unruly turtle. A sequel followed on the Super Famicom, but the character design was..

  • Nintendo Download 19 May 2009 (Japan)

    It's VC week!

    Next week is a VC-heavy week for Japan with only one WiiWare title and four Virtual Console titles. The Japanese DSiWare front has been quiet since the 1st of the month which saw the release of the viewer for downloading videos from the latest Nintendo Wii channel: Wii no Ma. Shika Gari (sic) or Deer Hunt is a simple deer-hunting title and the sole WiiWare release for 500 points..

  • First Impressions Contra ReBirth

    BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!

    Remember Contra? After Green Beret (Rush 'N' Attack to Americans) it was the definitive run-and-gun game from Konami which saw two games in the arcade and ports and sequels on home consoles. I cannot say I ever played the latter, but the former I remember well. Despite being punishingly difficult (to me, anyway) there was something compelling about it that caused me to..

  • Nintendo Download 12 May 2009 (Japan)

    This week sees some catching up and another Rebirth!

    After last week's focus on the new streaming media channel from Nintendo with no new Japanese WiiWare or VC content, this week we're back to the standard 7 releases. Most of these are catching up with the NA/EU territories, but there's a couple of new titles in there as well including one that...

  • News Art Style Games Coming to Japan

    Japanese gamers are finally getting the Art Style WiiWare titles

    Nintendo's unique Art Style WiiWare titles have already been available in North American and Europe for some time now, but Japanese gamers have been left out in the cold. That's all about the change with the announcement that Nintendo is finally bringing its three Art Style titles to the Japanese WiiWare service on May 12th for 600..

April2009

  • Nintendo Download 28 April 2009 (Japan)

    Another six releases for our Japanese friends.

    I'm sure many in the PAL/NA territories will be green with envy and I've got to say I'm going to have a hard decision to make here. You see amongst the three WiiWare releases coming to Japan next week is Bit.Trip.Beat. Given that there's no projected release date for Europe whatsoever, can I resist temptation, especially when the game is only 500..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2009

    Only 6 games for Japan in May (Not counting yet to be announced arcade games), but it's quite a good selection.

    May seems to be a Famicom month of sorts - 4 of the 6 games planned for release are for Nintendo's original console. And they're not exactly obscure games either - Final Fantasy and Famicom Wars (The first in the "Wars" series, which includes Advance and Battalion Wars) will..

  • Nintendo Download 21 April 2009 (Japan)

    Green shades anyone?

    In Japan you simply cannot have a download release list that's less than four games and next week will be no exception with a mixed total of six. Only two WiiWare releases: World of Goo published by Nintendo themselves for 1500 points -- I think everyone knows what this game is by now! Hajiite Block Rush from Agenda for 500 points -- this one looks very pretty, but I'm not..

  • First Impressions Let's Hitchhike!

    Nippon Ichi delivers an oddball game as only the Japanese can.

    It's literally called Let's Zenryoku Hitchihaiku!!!!!!!!! (yes nine exclamations!), which I guess you could translate as Let's Totally Hitchhike, Dude! (the "Dude" is my personal addition) and it's a recent release to the Japanese WiiWare service which I just had to try out after seeing videos of the game in action. Without..

  • News More Wii horror from Grudge director Shimizu

    Takashi Shimizu is working on a game adaption of his classic Ju-On film series

    Who doesn’t love having the pants scared off of them? There's nothing more exhilarating than the feeling! That’s why it’s welcome news that Takashi Shimizu is working on a new horror game for the Wii, which is tentatively called 'Feel'. It’s based on his hit horror films of the Ju-On series that included the..

  • Nintendo Download 14 April 2009 (Japan)

    Another week, another 5 releases for Japan.

    It's true the Japanese have another week with a mix of VC and WiiWare content, but Wii owners in North America and Europe need not feel the usual pangs of jealousy (well, I guess that depends on how much you've been wanting to see a couple of these...). On the WiiWare front we have a couple of things that will likely stay in Japan and something we already..

  • First Impressions Puzzle Bobble Wii

    Taito delivers another enjoyable update to an arcade franchise.

    For those who aren't familiar Puzzle Bobble is a late-90s arcade puzzle franchise from Taito featuring Baburun and Boburun from Bubble Bobble. Fans in the rest of the world may remember this game better as the ill-titled "Bust-A-Move." It's had five arcade iterations, two of which were ports on the Neo Geo MVS (Bust-A-Move..

  • News A DSi You Cannot Object To

    Capcom and Nintendo team up to bring a special edition Ace Attorney DSi to Japan.

    Fans of the Ace Attorney series will probably go wild at the prospect of owning the recently announced limited edition DSi that features the emblem of the game's police force, Taihokun. Over the years the series has been going from strength to strength, and now has 4 localised Western DS versions along with a string..

  • Nintendo Download 7th April 2009 (Japan)

    Another games tsunami hits the Japanese Wii Shop!

    You know I just bought 6000 Wii points for the PAL service expecting a ton of new WiiWare and Virtual Console Arcade titles to appear imminently. I may be somewhat impatient, but it's extra disheartening to see two single-release Fridays in a row and then the nearly non-stop flood of content hitting...

March2009

  • First Impressions Kimi to Boku to Rittai (You, Me and Shape)

    Nintendo surprises by publishing this off-beat balance game from Fyto.

    When I saw there was a bonus WiiWare update in Japan for some reason I was intrigued to see both games were from Nintendo. I was even more intrigued with the look of one of them: Kimi to Boku to Rittai (You, Me and Shape). The visual style and sparse soundscape reminded me of Intelligent Cube from the Playstation, but I..

  • News Japanese Releases 31 March 2009

    More? They get more?!?

    Incredibly after a super Thursday in Japan which saw a six title release on the brand new Virtual Console Arcade and two new WiiWare releases from Nintendo, Japanese Wii owners are still getting two new WiiWare releases and two new VC releases! I hope the rest of the world gets treated equally well for a change. WiiWare releases are: Let's Hitchhike from Nippon 1 for 1000..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2009

    Lots of big surprises for Japan next month - Multiple famous game series are going to get another installment on their VC very soon. Of course this includes some Nintendo offerings as well!

    The full list for April (And the last update of March) in Japan is as follows: Famicom: Takeshi no Chousenjou (March 31st) Castlevania III: Dracula's...

  • News Surprise Japanese WiiWare Released Today

    Two new WiiWare releases from Nintendo as well as six releases for the new Virtual Console Arcade

    What's been widely reported is that the Japanese Virtual Console Arcade got six releases today compared to the four released in the rest of the world (Return of Ishtar, Gaplus, Emeraldia, Space Harrier, Star Force and Solvalou). What's not been widely noted is that the Japanese also got two WiiWare..

  • News 6 New DSiWare Titles Coming to Japan

    The beginning of April will see the release of the DSi in three regions, and a whole load of new releases in a fourth.

    The good news: Japan is getting six releases at once, which might (underline might) suggest that DSiWare won't suffer as easily from the one-per-week schedules that sometimes affect WiiWare and the Virtual Console. Perhaps the smaller files and lower price points are encouraging..

  • News Korogashi Puzzle Katamari Comes to DSiWare!

    According to Famitsu, Korogashi Puzzle Katamari will be DSiWare's entry in the tremendously popular (and tremendously fun) Katamari series. But it won't look a lot like its bigger brothers.

    Korogashi Puzzle Katamari looks (and appears to play) very similar to Pac-Attack, but you can judge for yourself by watching the trailer below. The game should be released in Japan this coming week for 500..

  • News DSiWare Wants You to Mind Your Manners

    Another DSiWare game is coming to Japan this spring, and it looks...interesting.

    Kuukiyomi is the name of the game, although it seems more like an interactive etiquette course than a proper game. That's not to say it's a bad idea; watch the trailer. It's positively fascinating. And if they can actually make the lessons in good manners fun (it's tough to tell from the trailer, but certainly it can..

  • News Major League Eating Coming to Japan Next Week

    Looks like Nintendo Japan has been feeling a little awkward by showering download titles upon the Japanese population whilst Europe and North America have to make due with what's slowly rationed out to them. At last the jealousy can ease a little!

    Next week only two releases, both of them WiiWare: Major League Eating -- 500pts (half the price of the US release!). This has already been released..

  • News Phantasy Star Zero Mini Coming to DSiWare

    Looking for another big franchise to dip a toe in the waters of DSiWare? Well, Sega's got your number.

    The Phantasy Star series is set to release a DSiWare installment in the form of Phantasy Star Zero Mini. Japan will receive the game sometime this month, and while there's no assurance that it will see an English-language release, we can certainly hope. One way or another, it will be..

  • News More DSiWare? Hudson to the Rescue!

    Or maybe not. At least, not yet... Sudoku Beginner 50 and Sudoku 150 are upcoming Sudoku downloads for the DSi, courtesy of our good friends at Hudson.

    Now we here at WiiWare World can't read Japanese (our lifelong shame!) and there's only so much we're able to glean about this game. But since the "Beginner 50" version is selling for 200 Nintendo points and the "150" version..

  • News New Golf Game Coming To Japanese WiiWare Next Week

    Arc System Works is bringing out what appears to be the sole new WiiWare release on the Japanese service next Tuesday, a game centred around golf putting called Okiraku Pata-Gorufu (Family Golf Putter). You're able to choose from four characters (a cute anime family rendered in cel-animation style) and try to putt your ball into a series of holes doing various trick shots. Wiimote control only with use of a simple arm swing after setting shot power to get the ball rolling appears to be the interface. The game will be 500 points, we expect Aksys Games will publish this in North America and Europe sometime later this year.

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  • First Impressions Rainbow Islands Towering Adventure!

    Rainbow Islands has been selected as the 3rd of Taito's Collection on WiiWare; it seems natural given that it's the arcade sequel to Bubble Bobble, the previous release

    I'm old enough to have seen the arcade game, but I guess I frequented the wrong arcades because I never laid eyes on this game until I bought the Bubble Bobble collection on the original Playstation. It's a rather unique..

  • News Rainbow Islands Out in Japan Tomorrow

    I'm pretty sure a lot of people expected a WiiWare update of this game after Bubble Bobble Wii (Plus outside of Japan) came out, but who could have suspected it would be released only a few weeks later? Well, it's coming out in Japan tomorrow for 800 points and I don't think I need to tell you I'll be downloading this and providing my impressions soon.

    The game is titled Rainbow Islands: Towering..

February2009

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2009

    Even Japan seems to be getting less and less VC games - Only 7 games will be released in March! There's two surprises this time - One's a great game which was thought to be stuck in licensing hell, while the other's a legendary Japan-only game which is commonly thought to be one of the worst games ever made!

    The full list is as follows: Famicom: Clu Clu Land D (A Disk System "sequel" to..

  • First Impressions Mr. Driller World

    The plucky arcade star comes to WiiWare!

    The gameplay is so simple you would be right to wonder why a game like this wasn't released for the Atari 2600, and this is a large part of the attraction and part of the novelty: the idea of what is essentially a classic arcade game being released in 1999 when arcade games were almost exclusively lightgun shooters and driving games seems bizarre..

  • News Mr Driller Tunnelling His Way To WiiWare and DSiWare

    According to the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, Namco is set to release a new version of its successful Mr Driller franchise on the Japanese WiiWare service this month.

    Entitled Mr Driller World, the game will retail for 800 Wii Points and should be digging its way to sunlight on the 24th February. In addition to this, another Mr Driller game is due to emerge from solid ground on..

  • First Impressions Bubble Bobble Plus!

    Bub and Bob hit the WiiWare service in style.

    I've got a confession to make, and it's not that I don't like Bubble Bobble, because I do like it and the two arcade follow-ups: Bubble Symphony and Bubble Memories. No, I actually want to confess that I didn't want to buy or play this game tonight. Now, like everyone else I saw the announcement which came out of the blue and thought: wow, a new..

  • First Impressions Overturn

    Whilst many of us are used to WiiWare games consisting of puzzle games and the very odd platformer, we are starting to see some more ambitious games.

    Overturn is one of these, a 3D arena-based robot fighting game which features not only 2-player split screen and a single player story (tournament) mode, but online play with up to four players -- truly impressive considering the game fits in only 200..

  • News Bubble Bobble Plus Out On WiiWare Next Week

    ...If you are in Japan of course! Yes that’s right, no sooner than Bubble Bobble Wii was announced now it is dated for release on Tuesday, 10th February on Nintendo of Japan’s website.

    The game will have 200 maps, 100 for the original game and another 100 in the arrange mode. Taking into account the two difficulty settings this makes a mighty...

  • First Impressions Pole's Big Adventure

    I have a confession to make. I hate platforming games.

    I think outside of sports games they must be my least favourite genre. So why would I be interested in a game like Pole's Adventure, which is very much a mishmash of 8-bit platformers? Well, because it takes the piss out of them fantastically of course! I think it's safe to say that if you aren't familiar with 8-bit games from the Nintendo..

January2009

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2009

    It's that time of the month again! Time to see what VC games Japan will be getting next month. Not much surprises this time really - Square Enix continues its support with a Japan-exclusive game, while Sega releases another game in their original mascot's franchise. Nothing really too stunning this time though! Two new games which could potentially be released elsewhere are on the list too.

    The..

  • News Pole's Big Adventure Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    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..

  • News Pop Them, Drop Them SameGame Hits Japan Next Week

    It's time for another Hudson WiiWare game! The oddly named Pop Them, Drop Them SameGame, based on the old PC game SameGame will be available in Japan next Tuesday.

    Costing a mere 500 Wii Points this simply seems to be an update of the classic game, featuring upgraded graphics, (presumably) music and multiplayer modes. Of course there are also some Hudson touches applied - You can change the tiles..

December2008

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2009

    After a somewhat lackluster December, Nintendo of Japan has decided to start the new year with a rather good month. Aside from one of the most wanted N64 games, the general theme seems to be sequels - There's a lot of them planned for January!

    The full schedule is as follows: Famicom: Tantei Jinguji Saburo Kikena Faturi (January 6th) Getsu Fuuma Den Zoids: Mokushiroku Nintendo 64: Super Smash..

  • News Art Style Continues on DSiWare

    Exciting times for fans of the Art Style series - Nintendo of Japan has just revealed that two more games will be headed to DSiWare. They will be launched alongside the DSiWare service in Japan this Wednesday! Both games don't seem to be based on any of the bit Generations titles for GBA, and are completely new.

    In Art Style: Aquario you are presented with three large vertical stacks of blocks,..

  • News Manga Coming To Japanese WiiWare in January

    Sun Denshi has finally announced that their upcoming digital manga service will be coming to the WiiWare service in Japan on January 6, 2009.

    The first release will be their Princess Ai Monogatari manga and will contain the first three chapters of the ongoing story for 500 Wii Points. Readers can then download additional packs of two chapters for...

November2008

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - December 2008

    It doesn't look like Japan's going to get much of a holiday treat - There's only one notable game to speak of being released the whole month, and pretty much all of the other games were never released in the west! There's only 10 titles lined up for the month in total, which is also a surprisingly low amount.

    The full schedule for December is as follows: Famicom: Atlantis no Nazo (December..

  • News LostWinds Coming To Japanese WiiWare In December

    While the US, Europe, and Australia have been enjoying Frontier's amazing WiiWare launch title LostWinds for quite some time now, Japanese gamers have had to sit back and wait in anticipation that eventually the game might see a release in Japan.

    Now thanks to famed rpg giant Square-Enix, the game will finally see a release in the land of the rising sun. The game is set for release in Japan..

October2008

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - November 2008

    November actually has quite a few surprises in store for Japan. Although there are no new Nintendo 64, Neo Geo or MSX games, Japanese Wii owners will soon be able to download Mega Man 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System), and the next Square Enix game, among others.

    The full list is as follows: Famicom: Mega Man 3 (November 4th) Smash Ping Pong Dragon Buster Super Famicom: Ogre Battle: The..

  • News Slot Car Racing Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    Well it looks like the folks who brought us Family Table Tennis have been quite busy lately cooking up several new titles for Nintendo's WiiWare service. We just recently brought you news about their new mini-golf title Okiraku Putter Golf and now news of yet another title has been announced called Slot Car Racing.

    Slot Car Racing is set for release on the Japanese WiiWare service later this year..

  • News Everybody's Theater Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    It seems Japanese Wii owners are getting yet another perk not likely to be seen outside of Japan in the form of FujiSoft's Minna no Theater (Everybody's Theater) this December.

    Minna no Theater will allow Japanese Wii owners to stream television shows, anime, and movies on their Wii consoles. The downside is that the software alone will cost 500 Wii Points to download and then an additional cost..

  • News Okiraku Putter Golf Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    It seems that the Arc System Works, the creators of Family Table Tennis have another game heading to the WiiWare service soon. Okiraku Putter Golf has just been announced for WiiWare and is due out for release in Japan before the end of 2008 at the bargain price of only 500 Wii Points.

    Not much information was released alongside this announcement other than the fact that it will make use of the Wii..

  • News Overturn Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    The official web site for Studio Zan's upcoming WiiWare title Overturn has gone live, although portions of the site are still labeled as "Coming Soon" on various pages.

    The game is due out on the WiiWare service in Japan sometime in November. No price has been set as of yet, but the game will contain three different modes of play including: Story Mode, Local VS. Mode, and Wifi Mode. Wifi..

  • News Tecmo's Latest WiiWare Project is a Monkey-Spanking Simulator

    The Toyko Game Show was so full of glitz and glamour that many titles fell by the wayside and probably didn't get the attention they deserved. Tecmo's Playshake would appear to be one such title.

    From what we can gather it's a collection of mini games (which appear to have online ranking modes) that focus on waggling the Wii Remote like a fool. Footage of one mode - where players are asked to see..

  • News Boom Tapper Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    With the severe lack of puzzle titles available for the WiiWare service (yeah, right), it's obviously going to be quite refreshing to see a new entry come to light. Developer Alpha Unit is currently getting ready to release their new boom box-infused puzzler Boom Tapper in Japan on November 11th for 500 Wii Points.

    In Boom Tapper your job is to...

  • News Tetris Party Released On WiiWare In Japan

    Judging from the Japanese WiiWare releases today it would appear that Tetris Party is about to make its way to other regions sooner than many expected. This is great news for all the Tetris maniacs out there who've waited long and hard for a Tetris title to reach the Nintendo Wii console.

    Update: Tetris Party is now confirmed on the official site to be coming out on the 20th October. That's this..

  • News WiiWare Announcement Blowout - Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands and More

    Shortly ater the recent press conference in Japan, Nintendo released a few lists of upcoming games. While they already announced their new DS and Wii games, they didn't announce any WiiWare games during the conference, which means that the WiiWare list would most likely be very interesting.

    As it turns out, it is - a whopping 50 WiiWare titles by...

September2008

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - October 2008

    Next month's Japanese VC list isn't a pretty sight - You can easily see that even in Japan, the amount of released games is quickly decreasing. Only 9 games will be released in the entire month! There are some gems in the lot, but it's still pretty disappointing to see.

    Their full list of upcoming games for October is as follows: Famicom: Kanshakudama Nage Kantarou no Toukaidou Gojuusan..

  • News Major League Eating Coming to Japan, With New Characters

    Did anybody really expect Major League Eating: The Game to be released outside of the US? We certainly didn't, but apparently the game is heading to Japan next month!

    The game is set to be released in the land of the rising sun on October 14th. It comes with a change specifically for Japan: The characters representing Rich LeFevre and Juliet Lee will be replaced in favour of the Japanese Noboyuki..

  • News Wii Chess Comes to WiiWare in Japan

    If you keep up with retail Wii games, you're probably aware that way back in January, Europe got the game Wii Chess, which was basically just chess (With Wi-Fi) at the price of a budget title. Nintendo never announced the title for release in any other region - Not even Australia - Until now!

    Next week, Japanese players can download the renamed World Chess on WiiWare - This is exactly the same as..

  • News Mega Man 9 Release Dated For Japan

    We are getting ever closer to the release of the greatly anticipated Mega Man 9 on WiiWare. Capcom have officially dated it’s release as the 24th of September in Japan now as confirmed by Famitsu. For the reasonable asking price of 1000 Wii points we are all in for a treat with this retro sequel.

    Rumours have been flying around about the American release date on WiiWare, it looks likely that it..

  • First Impressions Space Invaders Get Even

    Players across the globe have been shooting aliens in the Space Invaders series for 30 years now but Taito has decided to put the shoe on the other foot this time as Space Invaders Get Even puts you in control of the Alien UFO, and your goal is to crush mankind once and for all!

    Now that this game is out on the Japanese WiiWare service we took it upon ourselves to give you the inside scoop - is..

  • News Japan Can 'Play With Kappa' In September

    Here’s an interesting looking game heading to Japan later this month. Play with Kappa: Kappa and his Forest Friends is an educational game by Cable Entertainment for WiiWare. The story is about a young kappa and his quest to become human.

    The game takes the form of an animated picture book which is narrated. There are quizzes which the kiddies can partake in to test if they have been paying..

  • First Impressions Alien Crush Returns

    Alien Crush Returns has been on our radar for some time now. We're massive fans of the original game here at WiiWare World and the idea of a 3D update has us very excited indeed. It's out in Japan as we speak and we've had a quick blast to see if this lives up to expectations.

    Alien Crush Returns is a pinball game with a difference. Set in an alien world and based on the much loved PC Engine /..