Video: Check out this Japan-only Nintendo Club game you’ve probably never heard of

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We Nintendo fans are often proud of our vast and intimate knowledge of the company’s back catalog. Even when a piece of hardware or software isn’t released in our territory, we’ll import it or just sit around poring over details and videos of obscure releases we’ll never get our hands on. Knowledge is power, after all, and “Nintendo” and “power” go together like strawberries and cream, or cheese and onion, or…

Alright, back to the point – Nintendoji! More casual fans, and even hardcore fans, may never have heard of this DSiWare dungeon crawler. This was a digital reward only for Club Nintendo Gold and Platinum members, much like the Zelda: Twilight Princess Picross game, although this one is Japan-only and will therefore only have been played by a small fraction of fans worldwide.

Developed by Grounding and released almost exactly nine years ago on April 4, 2013, YouTube channel One Controller Port took a closer look at turn-based combat in which players work through dungeons and battle enemies to level up their abilities. and their inventory, and eventually find sacred relics that include items from the Mario series and other Nintendo franchises. Protagonist Kageshina Kurabe has, of coursappeared in Super Smash Bros. as a trophy and a spirit, so you may have seen it there.

As you can see in the video below, if the limited availability doesn’t present a big enough barrier to entry, there is also a language barrier for non-Japanese speakers. That said, we live in an age of machine translation that can help determined gamers get through even the most text-heavy games with a bit of perseverance (if you can find the game, of course). Additionally, the creator of the video has created a Google doc article guide to help curious gamers.

Risking his life to recover Mario’s hat? Nah, you’re fine. Yet, as fun as it is to feed mythology and hide Nintendo curiosities, with the 3DS, DSi and Wii U stores soon to disappear, it’s also sad to see another Nintendo game gone.

Few of us knew this one to begin with.

Let us know below if you knew about Nintendoji – or if you miraculously own the game, tell us!

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