Cave may be best known for ridiculous bullet hell shooters but their latest game, just unveiled for a release this year on Xbox Live Arcade in Japan, has a very different design. Nin2-Jump (read: Nin Nin-Jump) looks like a puppet show complete with MST3K style silhouettes that react to the action and the star of the show — Nin Ja — suspended on a stick. I have no idea how it plays (kinda reminds me of Super Meat Boy but with attacks) or if I could ever enjoy it, but I’ll surely be back with more when the trial hits Japan. In the meantime, you may see more Nin Ja from me as he’s just jumped to the top of my list for next character to represent me in icon/avatar form around the internet.
Checking in on my Japanese Xbox account a few weeks ago (ya know, before E3 madness) I was astounded to see these three guys all over the Dashboard. Apparently Xbox Man and his PR/Marketing cohorts find themselves in awkward positions while trying to drum up some modicum of support for the Xbox in Japan. I have no idea what they’re saying but there are numerous spots that you can watch at the official site and some revolve around individual games. Xbox Man prepares a scene from Monster Hunter Frontier, the gang waxes up their Virtuaroids for the new Virtual ON game, and tea cups are dropped at the revelation of a Lost Planet 2 console bundle. Xbox Man is the best part of the campaign, though, speaking only in a robot-ized voice that, in true Pokemon fashion, only ever says ‘ECKS‘.
Finding the site for Xbox Man also led me to this page (you’ll need to log in with your Xbox Live account) where Microsoft Japan has been posting desktop wallpaper from some of its games for the past, oh, five years. Some nice stuff there but really, don’t you just want to see Xbox Man? If you can’t be bothered to click through I threw in one of the videos from GameTrailers after the cut jump break thing.
I’d mentioned this in a little rant I wrote a while back but thought I’d share a video of just how you go about ordering pizza, sushi, and more through your Wii. This is, of course, exclusive to Japan… for now. How quaint, you can even mark your favorite foods for quick ordering. Up next from Nintendo: WiiPages to replace your phone books, EncycloWiidia to replace that unreliable free information on the internet, and Wiit Germ, a Nintendo sanctioned nutrient supplement that you can add to your food when it arrives. Can. You. Please. Make. Some. GAMES!?!