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News: 6 New DSiWare Titles Coming to Japan

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

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 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

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..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2009

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

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

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!

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

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..

First Impressions: Pole's Big Adventure

 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..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2009

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

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

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..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2009

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..