Developed by Namco and based on a hiragana tile-piling Japanese variant of Scrabble. Try to guess whether this’ll make it to western shores…
Basically, Xing’s Joysound karaoke machine melted into WiiWare form. It’s developed by Hudson, and you’ll need their separately sold USB microphone to use the software. Interestingly enough, the download’s not a one-time deal, with updated track lists working their way from Hudson’s music mother brain to your console via the magic of eight-hour downloads.
Does exactly what it says on the box. Maru translates as circle, bou as line and shikaku as square. A puzzle game involving circles, lines and squares? That’s all we’ve got after three hours of trying to decode the screenshots. A baffling puzzler from Nintendo itself.
Okiraku Ping Pong Wii
Better known for the coffin-flinging antics of Guilty Gear XX, Arc System Works are turning their eye to the gentler world of ping pong. From the sounds of things this is to be just as comprehensive (if not more so) as Rockstar’s middling offering. As well as both automatic and manual movement controls, there’s four-player doubles and remote implementation that will add top spin or back spin based on swing, and not some cheap tap of a D-pad direction. You hear that rumbling, Liu Ping and co? That’s the sound of your imminent demise. Better get some sales in before Okiraku launches in Japan this March.