Saturday, February 06, 2010

Screw Sonic, I'll take Ivy the Kiwi instead

Full disclosure: I'm not the biggest fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. I spent a bit of time with the series' first two titles back in the day, but neither one left much of an impression on me.

So, when the folks at Sega announced a few days ago the forthcoming release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4, my reaction was "meh."

I had a much more energetic and excited reaction to the announcement that Yuji Naka, lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, and his team at Prope Ltd. will soon release (in Japan--sigh) a cutie-patootie platformer called Ivy the Kiwi? (Yes, the question mark is part of the game's name.)

Based on the trailer below, the title seems to be a sepia-toned combo of the DS classic Kirby: Canvas Curse and the upcoming WiiWare release Max and the Magic Marker.

DS and Wii versions of Ivy the Kiwi? will hit Japanese store shelves on April 22, although DSiWare and WiiWare versions supposedly will be released soon, too.

Should the titles be brought to the States, I'll probably pick up one of the Wii versions--even though I imagine it'll be easier to play on the DS.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

That looks slightly insane!

Bryan Ochalla said...

I actually think the DS version looks fun. I'm not sure how the control method will work on the Wii, though, which is why I'm a bit apprehensive. I'm apprehensive about Max and the Magic Marker (upcoming WiiWare game) for the very same reason.

Mischievous Lumi said...

Wow, that's super cute... Almost too cute for me. Ugh, this urge to want it, but at the same time its too cute that I want to hate it.

Bryan Ochalla said...

I hear ya, Luminairis--it's definitely a super cute game. It looks like there's some depth to it, though. That's got to count for something, right? ;)