Marble Saga: Kororinpa Hands-On

There's something mesmerizing about watching marbles roll around.

Marble Saga: Kororinpa is the sequel to last year's Kororinpa: Marble Mania, in which you tilt the Wii Remote to guide your marble to the finish line. We had the opportunity to play with the sequel at Hudson's Gamer Day in San Francisco and found that it has the same fun formula as well as some cool new additions. You can play some levels with the Wii Balance Board, shifting your weight to move the levels around instead of using the Wii Remote. You can compete against others online for the best finishing times, and up to four players can play offline in split-screen mode. If you want, you can even bring in your customized Mii so that you have a marble with your virtual face on it.

Navigate through crazy levels with your farm animal-themed marbles.

The premise of Kororinpa is that you're trying to help Anthony the Ant get to the Golden Sunflower so that he can save his colony. We're not really sure how this ties into rolling marbles through treacherous apparatuses, but we don't need a reason to play with little, round, circular objects. You have control of the entire stage, and you tilt the Wii Remote to get your marble to roll past gems, collecting parts along the way (which help Anthony) and ultimately making it to the finish line. You aren't on any sort of timer so you never have to feel rushed. There are three difficulty settings, but the only difference is that there aren't as many barriers if you play on hard mode. Up to four players can play in split-screen mode, and there's the option of turning on collision, which will enable you to run into the other players.

There are 150 levels to go through, with specific areas just for the Wii Balance Board. Some of the trickier stages will require you to flip the Wii Remote in a full circle--which is impossible for the balance board--so there are some simpler stages that can be played using the board. There is also the option of holding the Wii Remote sideways if you're more comfortable that way, instead of twisting your arm in awkward positions.

Another new feature is an edit mode in which you can create your own stages. As you progress through the game, you'll pick up parts along the way. There are seven themed locations in Kororinpa, and you'll be able to collect a variety of items to build your own marble amusement park. An assortment of cute and funky marbles are available for you to unlock, some of which will make noises, and for those who want to challenge themselves, the football is also back. There are 20 in total to collect.

Play with up to four friends and try to make it to the goal before they do.

There is a lot more variety this time in terms of the environments and the stages themselves. You'll navigate your marble through tubes, cannons, bridges, and other gadgets. We had a chance to see several levels, some of which were set in outer space, and one was underwater. There was a Halloween-themed level with ghosts hovering in the background, and an ice level that had a magical, fantasy-like quality to it. Even the easier levels had some fun designs; the most basic stage we saw looked like it was pieced together by bits of cardboard. It may not have been as tasty-looking as the candy-themed levels from the previous game, but sometimes simpler is better.

Kororinpa is looking good so far, and it still has a ways to go before its spring release. For those who may have been disappointed with the lack of content in its predecessor, Kororinpa makes up for it with the new stages and editing mode. We'll update you with more about Marble Saga: Kororinpa as soon as it becomes available.

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8 comments
Mighty_Buff_Bob
Mighty_Buff_Bob

The first one was absolutely amazing, for what it was. Level design was well thought out as were the controls. Even if they don't make improvements and just give more of the same I'd be satisfied.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I knew I should have gotten the first one. I saw it in the used bin at a gamestop and I should have grabbed, but I had to get home to tutor my nephew. I'm still looking on ebay for a good deal on one. I am pre ordering this one. I hope it turns out good.

Hungry_Homer111
Hungry_Homer111

I had been thinking of getting the first one for a long time, although with so many games that I wanted (for Wii and 360) it slipped down on my list of games to get. I still hope to get it though, because I like those kinds of games. I hope that they do a good job with this game.

AnonymousDX
AnonymousDX

The first wan was so mediorce. Sounds like this Kororimpa might be something.

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WiiLover243
WiiLover243

i have the first one and mit was awesome so im going to buy this o ne!

lancea34
lancea34

I always wanted a marble game! If the developers nail the controls, this will be a must-buy for sure.:D