Marvelous Wasn’t Kidding; Discipline Sounds Crazy

By Ishaan . July 30, 2009 . 10:55am


Yoshiro Kimura, Producer of Little King’s Story wasn’t kidding when he told us Discipline would be Marvelous’s “riskiest title yet.” Just reading about it made my head spin.


Here’s a quick recap of what we knew so far: Discipline is a WiiWare game by Kazutoshi Iida, the developer behind Tail of the Sun, and takes place in a prison. It was first mentioned at TGS 2008, but since then, we haven’t seen or heard much of it. Now, we finally have some info, courtesy of Famitsu.


“Discipline” is both the name of the game and the high-security prison that the story’s events take place in. You’re undercover as an inmate, in order to assist with a test management run of the prison administration and procedures, so you can earn money to pay for your sister’s surgery.


The camera is stationed just outside of your cell, which you share with two other inmates. Your task is to keep your fussy housemates satisfied, a state of mind that is represented by a “desire meter.” You’ll be helping them with issues like sleeping troubles, boredom and wanting food.


To help the inmates, you make use of the Wiimote, referred to in the game as the “You-con” (presumably short for You Controller). Using your You-con requires that you first collect a type of energy known as “You Fluid.” You build up this energy by raising your Wiimote when you’re not being watched by the security guard. Being spotted by the guard while using your You-con will also get you in solitary.


Once you’ve built up your You Fluid, you aim the Wiimote at the screen to switch to a first person view. This is the game’s “My World mode. In this mode, you can shoot out your You Fluid at things like walls and the toilet. Depending on what you shoot at, you’ll end up solving different issues faced by the inmates. An example shown in the magazine concerns shooting your You Fluid at a poster to give the inmate some excitement. We’re not sure why this makes the prisoner excited, but there’s probably a good reason.


By solving these problems, you break through their “Heart Walls,” which sound kind of like the psychelocks from Ace Attorney (although, “psycholocks” as Edgeworth likes to call them seems a more appropriate term here). Breaking through the psy…er, Heart Walls, makes prisoners open their hearts up to you and give you a Heart Crystal.


Very touching. I wonder what else you can do with “You Fluid.”


Oh wait! That’s what it describes next. You can shoot your You Fluid at pigeons passing outside your window in order to “soar through the skies on a mental trip with the pigeon.”


Discipline hits WiiWare on August 25th for 800 points in Japan. Official site here.


Never let it be said Marvelous Entertainment lack originality.

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  • Saturnus

    You Fluid? Uhhhhh… What kinda prison is this?

  • ReturnOfSomeDude

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say…

    Probably never coming to the US.

    • Oh, they intend to bring it out in the U.S. The only way it wouldn’t see a western release is if NOA or Nintendo of Europe decide to block it.

      • jarrodand

        NOA won’t block *anything* so long as it makes an ESRB rating under AO. SCEA and Microsoft actually have more stringent content approval.

        • Yeah seriously! If Sexy Poker can get a NOA stamp of approval anything can.

  • jarrodand


  • O_o I’m reminded of that scene in Silence of the Lambs.

  • QBasic

    “soar through the skies on a mental trip with the pigeon.”

    ….WHAT!? Are you sure “You Fluid” isn’t just another term for heroin?

    Jamaican Dealer: “Wad ya seen here, I be helpin’ ya wit brudda.”
    Crackhead: “Sure, sure man… Hey, I’d like some of this….You Fluid, man…”
    Jamaican Dealer: “Ca’t ca’t do, brudda. Only be supply’n in dem Heart Cryst-alls.”

    • Dude, have you been playing Chinatown Wars?

      • QBasic

        I’ll be honest and blaspheme… That’s like the only GTA game I skipped out on due to a tight wallet and higher priorities. :(

        Though, I plan to pick it up when it hits the PSP.

        • Blasphemer! :(

          Edit: Thought I’d throw in a few more for good measure: Infidel! Heretic!

          • QBasic

            There’s gentile and godless too. :.< Alright, alright. I might buy it used; I think I caught a copy of it at my local FYE for like $24.

          • Good boy. :D

            I really hope they do a follow-up to Chinatown Wars. It was an awesome experiment. First GTA I really enjoyed since 2. (I’m a sucker for the old style)

          • QBasic

            Gotta ask though: What made you bring up Chinatown Wars out of the blue like that?

          • There’s a few Jamaican drug dealers in the game. You sounded exactly like them. :P

          • QBasic

            Hey, thank you man! :3 I’m glad someone appreciates that kind of humor around here. Though I can only wish I can *speak* like that… T_T All I gots is a Slavic-European accent. Kind of…

  • chulip goes dark

  • Some birds …weren’t meant to be caged.

    This whole game sounds like a trip to crazy town, just like SuperJail.

  • Props to Marvelous for the originality. I know what my next WiiWare download will be now…

    • Spencer wants some You Juice?

  • Parable

    This line just made my day…. “shooting your You Fluid at a poster to give the inmate some excitement”.

  • I bought the latest famitsu the other day and it has pics of this game in it. Personally, I find the art style to be extremely horrendous. It sounds like an interesting game, but I don’t think i can get past the character designs and bad art…

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