Proof that Japan gets everything awesome -- including first dibs on new releases, Super Famicom Classic Controllers
, and giant mechas piloted by bratty kids -- the island country's Minna no Nintendo Channel (Everybody's Nintendo Channel) has started to post student-developed games
in its DS downloads section.
For those of you unfamiliar with these titles, Nintendo hosts a 10-month seminar every year in which 40 students take courses on programming and game design, eventually working in teams to develop small DS games to be featured through download stations in Japan. This year's batch consisted of four different titles, including Wakerai no Heya Tsuzuki
, a Hotel Dusk
-styled horror adventure, and Nan de Momo Koko Yasan
, a touchscreen coloring game.Wakerai no Heya Tsuzuki
has already been posted on the Japan-only (for now) Minna no Nintendo Channel, available for free until April 22nd. Presumably, the other three student-developed titles will be set up with a similar arrangement in the coming weeks. Though we doubt Nintendo of America will bring these Japanese releases over when it finally releases Everybody's Nintendo Channel
in the states, at this point, we would be happy just to have the dang channel! It has been almost five months since the channel debuted in Japan!