Nintendo has always seemed to lack in terms of presence when it comes to the digital front, but it seems now that they are making strides to rectify this situation. It’s a small step, but Nintendo has confirmed the release of Kuru Kuru Kururin for the North American eShop. This title was previously exclusive to Japanese and European audiences, with this Virtual Console release marking the first time the franchise will reach America.
For the unfamiliar, Kuru Kuru Kururin is a puzzle game that launched on the Gameboy Advance back in 2001. The player was tasked with guiding a helicopter-like ship through a series of mazes littered with obstacles. It was a simple, accessible experience, but it showed a great deal of creativity and generated enough popularity to spawn two sequels, both of which were Japan-exclusive. American gamers may recognize the ship known as Helirin as an Assist Trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, serving as the franchise’s sole appearance in North America.
While such a move may not seem particularly noteworthy, it suggests that Nintendo is indeed willing to try some new things with their digital services. The company has always exercised a great deal of restraint when it comes to their online presence, and that likely won’t change. If the possibility for more import titles to make their way to the eShop exists though, I think that’s a possibility many Nintendo fans can get behind.
Kuru Kuru Kururin is set to land on the Wii U Virtual Console on February 11, with the price point set at $4.99.