Finger Gun Games provided Nintendo News with new details for their upcoming language-learning eShop game called Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese.
Fans looking for game that will provide them with a basic introduction to Japanese may be interested in knowing a bit more about the Wii U eShop game that’s currently in development. Cordero Wilson, the studio’s lead programmer, shed some light on his new project.
At launch, Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese will teach people the fundamentals of hiragana (ひらがな) and katakana (カタカナ) using interactive games. But Finger Gun Games is still on the fence when it comes to introducing players to more advanced lessons involving nouns, verbs, grammar, and kanji via future software updates.
“It’s natural to expand the game to include more lessons,” Wilson said. “Normally we would do this, but with [Nintendo NX] around the corner we can’t focus too much on a long term project just yet. Otherwise, we would be working on an expansion and the new console’s release would sneak up right on us. Plus, we’re using this year to release shorter projects that will take only a month or so to finish so we can expand our library.”
Wilson, who also developed Minecraft-inspired Wii U eShop adventurer Stone Shire, talked about the inspiration behind Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese — a genre far and wide different from block-building and resource-mining:
“The reason for this project is very simple. Me and my colleague have been learning Japanese since we came from college, and we noticed there’s very few Japanese learning games at all on [Nintendo]. There was My Japanese Coach for Nintendo DS, but that’s about the only one that was ever available. And the Wii U GamePad is a very nice interactive peripheral that is very underused. There’s phone apps and the Internet for learning Japanese, but the apps are usually boring and the Internet requires most people to be on their phone or in front of a computer — not a good place to sit and focus to learn a language with Facebook right there in a new tab. So we decided to create this game mainly for people like us who want both a more fun way to learn Japanese and to be able to sit with your Wii U GamePad on a couch or in a seat. Realistically, I guess we just switched to a different distraction.”
When Nintendo News published the news about Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese’s announcement last week, readers were quite receptive to the upcoming language game. Wilson said he’s “glad to see that there’s Japanese language enthusiasts still out there.”
Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese is being both developed and published by Finger Gun Games, and it hasn’t been released on any other platform. Wilson plans to have the game finished this June. From there it will be submitted to Nintendo for testing and approval, and fans in North America and Europe can expect to see it on the eShop by August.