Japanese Wii games offer players not only more choice in the amount of software available in the United States, but also a closer look at the bizarre, wacky, and extremely fun games released only in Japan. I say weird and wacky, and Japanese games are often weird or wacky, but more importantly, they’re also a lot of fun to play, often very unique, and offer players a broader sample of games than shooting games. ordinary first person.
In this 12-part series, I’ll cover some of the most unique and bizarre Japanese games that are now being released for the Japanese market. I will also cover 3-4 games that will be released soon as they have all the details online. The difference is that with these pre-release items, I won’t be able to go into too much detail when it comes to the game.
For American and Canadian readers, and also for European and UK readers. I think it is very important to note that in order to play these games, you will need to install a Nintendo Wii Mod Chip on your Wii console. Once installed, you will be able to play the latest Japanese games (and European players can also play the latest US releases). There are several options for the Nintendo Wii Mod chips, and although I will not make any recommendations, I will tell you that the one installed on my Nintendo Wii is the WiiKey chip. It has never failed and works with every Japanese and European game on the market to date, as well as allowing me to play my games released in the US just like it did before.
Let’s go to the first game in my series of Japanese game reviews. It’s a dog’s life on Dog Island. This cute and wacky game immediately brought up thoughts on Nintendo’s NintenDogs series for Nintendo DS. However, the fact that these titles share the theme of dogs is the only thing that is similar between the two games. It’s also important to note that NintenDogs was exclusively for the Nintendo DS handheld, while Yuke’s The Dog Island is available for the Nintendo Wii (perhaps with an NDS version below).
Now, instead of just raising and caring for your dogs on the Isle of Dogs, just as you would have done with NintenDogs, there are many more things to consider and do. The story begins in a small town somewhere, we don’t know where this little town is, but we know it is a small town anyway. And as is common in small towns, it is the day of the big festival and you have won the official treasure hunt of the festival. Being the kind-hearted child that you are, you decide to give your prize to your little brother, who ran away from home against your mother’s wishes and instructions. The problems begin when his brother collapses. Turns out he has a disease and the ONLY way you can cure him is by taking him to a place called Dog Insland and getting some medicine. This, of course, involves a journey through dangerous seas on a pirate ship, but you decide to accept the challenge.
The problem does not start or end here. There are many enemies that stand in your way as you explore the world that is Dog Island. If you even get close to snakes, wild boars, or gorillas and they growl at you (or in the case of the snake, hiss) and look at you threateningly, your life meter will be lost. They don’t actually attack you in any way, but it seems that just looking at you in a threatening way is enough to end your life.
You don’t actually have any attack options per se. And the enemies you run past may be asleep, in which case they can’t harm your standard of living. They may also be awake, aware that you are there, but just peacefully go about their business as usual. In fact, you have a way of, well, a kind of attack. You can sneak up behind your enemies and bark at them. Depending on the strength of your bark, you can leave an enemy in a kind of stun.
While this may seem a bit silly, I did mention it was a weird and wacky game, all the enemies and health gauges aren’t really the main focus of this game. Your dog’s main role in Dog Island is collectibles. Actually, instead of saying that the focus of this game is collecting things, it would be more accurate to say that the focus is on collecting smells, new smells.
All in all, it’s a very different game to the Nintendo DS game of a similar theme, where you only feed and care for the dogs, rather than actually controlling one of the 48 available pets. While this all seems silly and not very attractive when it comes to video games. Dog Island kept me playing for about an hour and a half in one sitting. Most likely he would have played longer, but he had to move on to the next game. If you are interested in this type of Japanese game, I highly recommend it.