13 posts tagged korea
MapleStory 3DS hits Korea this April
Speaking of things we won’t get in the U.S., Nexon will bring the 3DS adaptation for its popular free-to-play MMO to Korea in just a month. You might remember that MapleStory DS never made it out of Asia, which will likely be the case for this one too. Nice boxart, at least…
Nintendo has found a clever way to make up for the slim list of 3DS titles that are translated and release for Korea — it’s going to just release Japanese and Western games un-localized as downloadable titles on the eShop.
The games will essentially act as downloadable imports, and they’ll likely be cheaper than importing physical copies, what with the strong yen and shipping fees.
Nintendo has flirted with downloadable imports in North America before on Wii’s Virtual Console, but I doubt it will carry over this Korean eShop practice to Western stores. Still, it’s nice to see Nintendo experiment like this, and who knows, maybe the initiative will be successful enough that someone in the U.S. office will notice.
Speaking of the eShop…
Korean Super Mario 3D Land commercials, released for the recent Korean launch of the 3DS. Two things: first, I guess I never paid much attention to the Cobalt Blue 3DS, but it looks way nice!
Second, I love every commercial in which a celebrity puts on a Mario moustache. Like this one, a true classic:
Buy: Super Mario 3D Land, 3DS system Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more See also: More Super Mario 3D Land stuff[Via Nintendaan, GoNintendo]
Comboy (Korean NES) commercial. Some things to watch for: the adorable, Mr. Sparkle-esque cartoon Mario flying around! Super Mario 3 and … Batman promoted as marquee titles! Dad waving his fist menacingly at his happy kid!
The SNES/Super Comboy commercial is even better, featuring a cartoon chorus of game characters including Bowser, Ryu, the hero from Dragon Quest V, Goku and Krillin, a Ninja Turtle, and Buster Bunny!
See also: More commercials
[Via Famicom no Neta]
Korean developer and publisher Nexon Mobile posted a job listing for developers to work on next generation portable game consoles, specifically naming the 3DS.
Those of you familiar with MMOs or free-to-play games will know Nexon for putting out titles like MapleStory, Dungeon Fighter, etc. It even worked with Nintendo to release a DS adaptation of MapleStory last year, though it never appeared anywhere outside of Korea.
Nexon Mobile has lately worked on bringing its popular franchises like MapleStory and Kart Rider to iOS. Perhaps it has similar plans for the 3DS? Whatever it intends to work on, I hope it releases in the U.S. this time around.
Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online, a Korean MMO releasing some time next year. Thankfully, this looks nothing like that other Ghosts ‘n Goblins Online title from Game Factory and Capcom, which was cancelled several years ago.
This one’s developed by Seed9, creators of Tomak: Save the Earth: Love Story, which GAF tells me is “a dating game where you date a girl’s head planted in a vase.”
Anyway, this doesn’t look completely awful! At least it’s still 2(.5)D platforming, and, um, there’s dancing? It’s not any weirder of an idea than a Mega Man MMO…
See also: More Ghosts and Goblins posts
Gomanna (Don Quixote), an indie fighting game from Korean developer Park Pyoung Lyong. This is for PCs, but I’m sharing it here anyway because it looks so cool, and it reminds me of the Bushido Blade/Kengo series. One of the characters in the video wields a hammer, too, which Old Boy fans will no doubt appreciate.
HG101, which posted instructions for running the demo, says Gomanna “tells a story about intrigues and feuds of certain fateful indivuduals in North- and South Korea.”
"Battles can get very intense and sudden …." the site adds. "The action is also very gruesome with lots of blood, and even dismemberment. The game, however, is at its core conceived as an online grindfest, and before you’ll be able to pull off anything like it is shown in the trailer below, you’ll probably have a lot of leveling to do in the final game, whenever it is released."
See also: More indie projects
Touch: Man to Man, a suggestively titled game that released in South Korea last week. Did Nintendo of Korea slip out a Duel Love-style game in anticipation of the country’s DSi launch in a few days? Did someone finally release a DS game in which a dude could touch another dude’s naughty bits with a stylus?
No, Touch: Man to Man isn’t nearly as fun as its title hints; it’s just some boring English training software! “Man to man” apparently is meant to be interpreted as “teacher to student” or something along those lines? What did you expect?
CERO GRB is A in this software, after all.
At least Koreans can still play wang-based minigames on their Nintendo DSes with Touch Dic:
Wait, that was just a multi-language dictionary? You might notice that Daewon released both Touch: Man to Man and Touch Dic. The Korean company ended up changing the title and cover art to Touch Dictionary some time after the game’s release in 2005, presumably out of embarrassment. It seems as if Daewon didn’t learn anything from that experience, though, as it neglected to run this title by any native English speakers.
See also: Yaoi console wars (NSFW, naturally)
While we’re enjoying the Nintendo DSi XL and speculation about the Nintendo 3DS in the States, South Korea won’t receive the standard Nintendo DSi until April 15th, when it releases there in White, Black, Blue, and Pink.
To make sure the system’s launch is a hit, Nintendo and Nexon are releasing a DS adaptation of super-popular Korean MMO MapleStory at the same time. Check out the rad limited edition red DSi bundle above!
Now, as my friend Nick Rumas pointed out, piracy, especially for the Nintendo DS, is ubiquitous in the country, so much so that I don’t believe Nexon would have spent money developing MapleStory DS if it wasn’t a joint venture with Nintendo of Korea.
Zemina Family Card, an adapter for playing Famicom games on MSX systems. I stumbled across this while trying (in vain) to find a higher resolution version of this Korean Devil World ad that rips off Metal Gear's NES cover, which itself is a ripoff of The Terminator.
The device has its own audio and video outputs, so you’d essentially use your MSX console as a controller. This guy actually threw an NES-to-FC adapter on the accessory:
Add a Game Genie and any other accessories that will fit in there, and you might just rival the Sega tower!
See also: The Elehobby Movit 2, the MSX robot
[Via Comandgame (defunct)]
Winter Sonata episode 1 (subtitled), part 1 of 6.
At a time when the site’s tumblarity is at an all time low due to a number of factors — JC vacationing in Tokyo, posting frequency slowed to a crawl, and the super-niche crap I’ve filled the site with lately — why am I driving even more readers away with a schmaltzy Korean drama series?
Because someone is crazy enough to make a DS game out of it, of course — that crazy someone being Seoul-based developer Skonec, who also worked on Tornado, Pictoimage, and that silly puzzle/horror import you’ll hear me mention from time to time, Joshikousei Nigeru.
Scheduled to release in Japan this December courtesy of D3P, Winter Sonata DS features images and videos from the show. You can play mini-games, complete photo puzzles, and answer trivia questions based on the drama. If you have a DSi, you can also take photos of yourself and superimpose them over Winter Sonata locations.
The story behind Winter Sonata actually sounds really interesting — I could totally get into this if I wasn’t already overburdened with current work/life/entertainment obligations. I can see why someone was like, “OMG I love this show so much! Let’s make a DS game out of it!” After all, the star of Winter Sonata, Bae Yong Joon, just received his own DS game in which he introduces Japanese gamers to the Korean language. It could work!
See also: Stylus sale at a South Korean shop
Servbot coffee mugs, made for the Korean launch of Dead Rising. Keiji Inafune signed 500 of these things and even drew little Mega Man heads on some of them. They’re absolutely perfect, except for two small issues:
- The Dead Rising logo
- My house is located nowhere near Korea
In related news, the header for Inafune’s blog is adorably inscrutable. Gotta love the solid gold laptop and coin fountain, but what’s up with the tiger-skin undies?
[Via Capcom Unity]