Pig ball alert! Marble Saga: Kororinpa to hit the Wii next spring

Hudson announced this morning that its sequel to underrated Wii game Kororinpa will be rolling onto store shelves in spring of 2009 (click here for an early trailer).

For those of you not familiar with the original game, Kororinpa is kind of like a modern day Marble Madness, a puzzle/adventure tasking players with navigating unique marbles through some pretty challenging courses using nothing more than the motion controls on the Wii. Not only is the game super addictive and fun, some of the marbles you can unlock are in the shape of cute animals like kittens, puppies, and the aforementioned pig. Trust me: you haven’t lived until you have seen a cute round pig rolling through a maze making adorable oink sounds at every bump. It is amazing.

Marble Saga: Kororinpa seems to include all the stuff that made the original so charming, plus a whole lot more! According to the press release (which you can view after the jump), the Wii exclusive will feature 4-player multiplayer, Wi-Fi leaderboards, customizable levels (!), and Wii Balance Board support. I genuinely can’t wait!

What do you think? Did you every play the awesome original? Are you excited about Marble Saga or have you hit your cute ball quota for this fiscal year?


Sequel to the Fun-Filled Puzzle Adventure Features Tons of New Levels,
Multiplayer Gameplay, Wi-Fi Connection And Wii Balance Board

REDWOOD CITY, CA – September 30, 2008 – Hudson Entertainment, the North
American publishing arm for HUDSON SOFT, today announced that it is
bringing Marble Saga: Kororinpa, an exciting puzzle adventure
centering around a marble, exclusively to Wii next spring.

The sequel to Kororinpa: Marble Mania, Marble Saga: Kororinpa is full
of new levels for gamers to explore, 4-person multiplayer gameplay,
tons of customization features, the ability to connect and compete
online and the use of the Wii Balance Board as features.

“Gamers will be amazed to see how much entertainment we have packed
into Marble Saga,” said Sabine Duvall, Vice President of Product
Development at Hudson Entertainment. “Whether players want to compete
with each other through multiplayer or Nintendo Wi-Fi connection,
explore more than 150 levels by themselves, or use the Wii Balance
Board for additional fun, this game really will deliver an
action-packed adventure for gamers of all ages.”

The story takes place with players heading out on a journey with
Anthony the Ant as he searches for the Golden Sunflower. By guiding
Anthony’s marble around the Ant World and searching for items which
are valuable to help reach the Golden Sunflower, gamers will help
Anthony save his colony.  Along the way players will face dangerous
mazes and use cool and amazing widgets and gadgets to guide Anthony to
his objective. With multiple levels to explore and three difficulty
stages within each level, no area is ever the same.

Unique features in Marble Saga: Kororinpa allow fun customization for
players. From designing the ball with attributes to helping players
navigate through stages easier, to Miis and preset fun images, to an
Edit Mode which allows for custom design of a unique stage, gamers can
really make this entertaining experience their own. For a more
competitive tone, a 4-person multiplayer mode allows players to
compete with three other opponents on the same map as each races to
the finish line. For more customization and group fun with others, the
Wii Connect 24 feature allows gamers to share the unique stages they
created with their friends or to receive extra stages from Hudson
after the game’s launch via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Additionally, Wi-Fi Leaderboards let players compete online against
each other to see who can navigate through the world the fastest.

For those who can’t live without gaming peripherals, the Wii Balance
Board can be used as players navigate through the world as the ball
with this new feature. In addition, gamers can utilize 40 innovative
and useful widgets to help assist them in guiding their marble,
including shrinking machines, movable bridges, vacuum tubes, cannon
vaults and more!

Marble Saga: Kororinpa will be available at retail in Spring 2009.

Chad Concelmo