Konami imports Hudson trio

Wing Island, Kororinpa Marble Mania, and Honeycomb Beat join publisher's US lineup for Nintendo systems.

Once known as the driving force behind the TurboGrafx-16, Hudson Entertainment has been enjoying a higher profile in the US of late with the aid of some larger companies. Nintendo has been releasing its old TG-16 games on the Virtual Console, and Konami today announced that it would be bringing a trio of new Hudson titles for Nintendo platforms to the US.

This spring, Konami plans to release Wing Island and Kororinpa Marble Mania for the Wii, as well as Honeycomb Beat for the DS. Already confirmed for release in Europe, Kororinpa requires players to tilt the Wii Remote in order to navigate marbles through more than 40 mazes in single-player, or race to a finish line while collecting crystals in head-to-head multiplayer action.

Wing Island is another inhabitant of the European Wii's first-quarter release schedule. As a young bird who flies planes for a living, players will have to show their proficiency at a number of tasks, from guiding a group of planes in formation to fighting fires and dusting crops. Over the course of 25 missions, players earn money to upgrade their aircraft, and will be given the opportunity to compete against one another in minigames meant to test piloting skills.

For portable players, Konami is preparing Honeycomb Beat, a DS puzzle game in which players touch hexagons on the screen in order to flip them and change both their color and the color of any adjacent hexagons. Using that gameplay mechanic, the game challenges players to clear puzzles by creating specific patterns on the game board or to clear rapidly rising lines by making all the hexagons on them the same color. In addition to more than 200 puzzles, Honeycomb Beat will include a number of unlockable customization features that let players change the game's colors, background images, and music.

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hemakm3
hemakm3

Interested in Wing Island

ert47
ert47

Honeycomb Beat sounds like that mini game in NSMB... but with hexagons and not squares and yoshi's...

blackace
blackace

I enjoyed the Hudson Island games on the Turbo Graphix and SNES. They were always fun and challenging. Look forward to playing more of these type of games in the future.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Wing Island intrigues me. It could be incredible fun.

undox
undox

I would like to try the marble game. It might be like Marble Madness or Super Monkey Ball.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

the honeycomb beat doesn't sound too deep

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

Good! New, fresh games and not sequels!! However, I'm still looking for Hudson's Adventure Island on the VC... Hopefully this is a step towards that.

szindragon
szindragon

We really do need a new Marble Madness. But these sound interesting...but still, Marble Madness!

interpolred
interpolred

Honeycomb Beat sounds like a lot of fun! I'll be watching this one!

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Wing Island is the only one I've heard of.

rome_tx
rome_tx

Marble Mania. Is this the return of Marble Madness(NES)?

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

I have Honeycomb Beat, and it's awesome. Glad to see two Japanese Wii games make it over too...

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

Wing Island sounds like it will be an interesting game

Laki-Magi
Laki-Magi

It will be nice to have this type of variety in the US market for a change, although I'm sure that a strategic price point might be necessary to translate to the American audience.

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

lol Japanese games are so quirky sometimes!

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

These all sound cool. I'm always down for another DS puzzler.

Doolum
Doolum

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Doolum
Doolum

Konami imports are worth it.