More things the Japanese have that the US don’t: student DS games

This is usually the part of the article where I bemoan the fact that everything seems to be cooler in Japan, but I’ll spare you today as I’m too busy being jealous to elaborate. It seems that sometime last year, Nintendo invited a small number of students at the Nintendo Game Seminar to create experimental titles for the DS, which were going to be free to snag later down the line from Japan’s download stations. A large part of my jealousy here stems from the fact that Nintendo made no such offer to America, but they probably assumed we’d turn in a bunch of hand-drawn penis games, which is probably mostly true.

Now the games are actually available for download, but through the Everybody’s Nintendo channel on the Wii instead if at download stations. You can only get the downloads from April 16th-22nd, and you can only get them through a Japanese Wii. The game currently available is Wakeari no Heya Tsuzuki, a horror game you play book-style that is comparable to Hotel Dusk: Room 215. Pause here to allow me time to drool on my own shoes, realize it and get a paper towel to clean it up.

The other three student titles are Nan de Momo Koko Yasan, Kiki Master and Watashi no Otochabako, and they will likely be available later down the line. No details about what those games are like are available, but it’s a pretty cool project nonetheless, especially for those of us who have a perpetual hard-on for the different and indie-inspired in our games. Where’s our Everybody’s Nintendo channel, Ninty?

[Siliconera Via Nintendic — Thanks, Jonathan]

Colette Bennett