Nintendo's DS Station Displays Student Games
Curiouser and curiouser.
The Nintendo Game Seminar, if you haven't heard of it, is a 10-month-long game design course that teaches graphic design, sound and programming along with basic tips on how to survive in the industry. Lectures are given regularly by noted developers within the industry.
For the end of this year's seminar, Nintendo will be showcasing the four top student-made games at their DS Station event starting March 13. The event will also be giving away free Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword demo discs, among other things, so if you're in Japan, it's worth checking out.
The finalists are:
Nan De Momoko Koyasan: An adventure game that has you helping a witch and her monster assistant bring life to a world through art. The witch character's gameplay segments have her painting or coloring in some form, while the monster's job is more vague and seems to involve creating the pictures for the witch to color.
Wakeari Room Continued: This is an adventure horror title that I'm assuming is a follow-up to a previous student game. It has you investigating a mysterious woman and a strange storage room.
Kiki Master: Save a group of townspeople from their inner demons by developing your conversational skills and providing supportive responses to their problems. You're literally talking people through their troubles.
Watashi no Otochabako: I have no idea what the hell is supposed to be. It's described as a tactical music game, and it sort of looks like a menu-drenched version of Kirby Canvas Curse, but other than that, I'm clueless. The description makes some mention of voices, so maybe that's where the musical element comes from.
A group of misfit games if I've ever seen one. Shame those of us in the west will probably never get a chance to play any of them.
[Original source: Game Watch]