Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder Lands On Nintendo 3DS In January

By Ishaan . December 18, 2013 . 9:30am


Earlier in the year, Nintendo released a Chibi-Robo game on the Nintendo eShop Japan, focusing on photographing your surroundings. This game was subsequently confirmed for western release via the Australian Classification Board, but this morning, Nintendo confirmed their plans for the title with an official announcement.


Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder tasks you with helping a new museum get off the ground. You’re given silhouettes of objects the museum requires, and then need to use the Nintendo 3DS camera to find matching objects in the real world.


Along the way, you’ll also help characters like superheroes with various tasks, but you’ll need to keep an eye on his electrical reserves, lest he run out of battery. In addition, Photo Finder will have community events that focus on particular silhouettes, and give players a chance to showcase their creativity.


A demo for Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder will be available “soon” on the Nintendo eShop, with the full game available on January 9th in North America. A European release date has not been announced yet.

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  • mojack411

    I’m pretty damn happy about this. I absolutely ADORED the original Chibi-Robo game on the GameCube and was only craving more the moment I finished. Although this is another Chibi-Robo game, it doesn’t look like you’ll e doing all that much exploration in the actual game, which makes me sad. One of the things I loved about the original was seeing a normal household from such a small viewpoint made every so fantastical. Climbing stairs suddenly became a great endeavor!

  • Slickyslacker

    Unfortunately, this may mean the end of the IP, though it may grant new hope for die-hard Chibi-Robo fans, such as myself. Granted that the most recent release in the series never made it out of Japan (Happy Richie Oosouji), that foretold a grim future for the Chibi-Robo franchise. Now that it has been reduced to a photography-based eShop exclusive, it’s hard to say whether this is the end or not. Of course, I hope that Nintendo doesn’t entirely banish Chibi-Robo after the release of this (because neither Happy Richie Oosouji nor the Wii port of the original game are going to be localized), but Chibi’s future is sadly doubtful.

  • chroma816

    I’d love to see Chibi-Robo as part of SSB – whether as a character, or as an assist trophy.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    I could never forget about the time when I first gotten Chibi-Robo for the GameCube…(sigh)…I regret selling it back then.

    I never gotten Park Patrol for DS due ignoring it and being a Walmart exclusive (I think…?).

    • Slickyslacker

      Yeah, it was originally a Walmart exclusive when sold at retail. Of course, there are now many Gamestops that have used cartridges, and you can find a copy online as easily as any other game.

    • It was a Wal-Mart exclusive, but I have somehow seen it in a couple other places. It’s a pretty fun game, and probably available online or something through Wal-Mart.

  • I am so ecstatic about this. ;u;

    It’s a shame we missed out on that second DS title, but I’m really excited to see we’re getting this one~.

    Yay, Cheebo! ♥

  • Hours

    Ah, I’m so happy this is coming to North America. I love this series so much.

  • Androu1

    I’m still mad that they didn’t localize the third one, it looked like the best of the series.

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