Electroplankton has finally received a
release date for the DS here in the States:
January 9, 2006.
[UPDATE: The product page now lists the Release Date as "Announced" instead of 1/9/06. What's unknown now is whether this pushes the game further back or moves it up to the mid-November dates seen on your typical retail web site. Thanks, Nintendo Gal!]
The hard-to-describe music-interaction simulator (with cute digital creatures) fits perfectly with Nintendo's recent strategy of releasing titles, like Nintendogs, which break the mold and don't fit our traditional notions of what a game can really be. (Check out some "gameplay" videos here.)
If you're put off by the primitive-looking graphics, keep in mind that 'plankton is the work of but one man, the "media artist" Toshio Iwai (who supposedly crafted the game's Japanese manual as well). Get ready to sample some funky Mario remixes on your DS in the new year.
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