We spent a remarkable amount of our formative years doodling video game characters into the margins of our textbooks, so we appreciate Namco Bandai's
initiative to cut out the middle man. According to Andriasang
, the developer recently partnered with publisher Gakko Tosho to create elementary school textbooks which feature persistent storylines and other RPG elements. For instance, a "Math Adventure" book has student solving arithmetic puzzles to gain keys, which can be used to earn some form of treasure.
It's certainly an interesting take on the concept of educational gaming -- and, based on our elementary school Writing class journal, which is literally filled, cover to cover, with Pokémon
illustrations and fan fiction, we imagine it'll gain some traction with Japan's young people.