At last year’s Nintendo Game seminar the house of Mario worked with a number of students to create a handful of experimental Nintendo DS games. Rather than being kept in storage for no one to play, Nintendo is releasing these games for free at DS download stations around Japan. Each game will be around for two weeks before it vanishes from the station and to some extent existence. Since the DS does not have flash memory once these demos are pulled off they won’t be playable unless someone keeps a DS in perma-sleep mode.
Unfortunately, this service is only available in Japan. Some of these sound really neat, but also language intensive. Wakerai no Heya Tsuzuki (pictured) is a touch screen horror game that plays in book style similar to Hotel Dusk: Room 215. Kiki Master is a conversation game where you act as a sounding board for the resident’s ridiculous problems. The first game, Nan de Momo Koko Yasan, might be the easiest to understand. In the game players use a magical paintbrush to color objects.
Just in case you are living in Japan here is the download schedule:
3.13 – 3.26 Nan de Momo Koko Yasan
3.27 – 4.09 Wakeari no Heya Tsuzuki
4.10 – 4.23 Kiki Master
4.24 – 5.07 Watashi no Otochabako