Detective Conan brings one of Japan’s most popular anime series to Wii this month - peep the review here. And we’ve already had the obvious fighting games based on Naruto and Bleach, as well as a swashbuckling adventures with the pirates of the popular One Piece and, uh, a Fist of the North Star pachinko game.
These games got us thinking about other classic pieces of Japanese animation that we’d love to see in videogame form, and how they might work. Whether or not any of them ever turn up, it’s worth checking out the original source material - hopefully you won’t be disappointed by this lot.
Conan may look only six years old, but the anime has its share of adult themes - there’s a murder every episode for starters, and at 473 episodes and counting, young Conan must be some kind of deadly curse for grown-ups. Unlike the disappointing Wii game, the TV series is funny, eccentric and full of personality. Some of the best moments focus on the adventures of the elementary school detectives Conan hangs out with to maintain his cover (he’s really 17) but dive in anywhere in the series and you’re sure to find something to like.
A starter set of the US version, Case Closed, costs $40 from Amazon.com.