WiiWare Digital Manga Has English Subtitles

By Spencer . December 4, 2008 . 7:45am

m1 Months ago we reported Sunsoft, a subsidiary of Sun Denshi, was working on a manga delivery service for WiiWare. On January 6, 2009 it goes live with Princess Ai as the first title. The first three chapters cost 500 Wii Points ($5) and every two chapters afterwards cost 200 Wii Points ($2). Princess Ai has fifteen chapters which brings the total price for the entire series plus the viewer to 1700 Wii Points ($17).

 

While Sunsoft’s service is only announced for Japan the copy of Princess Ai being distributed over Japan’s WiiWare service has Japanese and English text. The English version of Princess Ai is based on Tokyopop’s localization. Since the audience for English manga in Japan is small it seems like Sunsoft is planning to release their digital manga viewer overseas. Tokyopop has a number of titles they could put on WiiWare too, but will anyone in North America be interested in buying them?

 

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Images courtesy of Sunsoft.


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  • lostinblue

    english subtitles? wow, pretty nice surprise; although I wouldn’t say I’m interested in reading manga on a TV.

  • Mazen

    This just confirmed my buy.

  • Mirko

    I’d love to get my hands on something like this. I imagine there could be music and a few effects added, as well as the possibility for really large artwork (if your TV is bigger than the average manga *g*),etc. Go Sunsoft.

  • alice

    I would totally be interested in this, although not Princess Ai. Actually there are very few currently running Tokyopop titles I might want this for -_-

  • ZefiroTorna

    Cool development, even though I’m only looking forward to the new Leiji Matsumoto title that was announced for this service.

  • Kuronoa

    I would use this service, I love reading manga. ^_^

    Hopefully other manga companies like Del Rey and Yen Press gets in on this. (or is that too soon to meantion?)

  • Joanna

    interesting concept, but I prefer my books and manga in paper format =(

  • thaKingRocka

    so the straight line says, “the second revolution will prevail”? jk

    this is good news. i’ve no interest in this particular manga, but i might be convinced to try this out with some other titles.

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