|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson / Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 17, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The inherent Japanese vibe of the series is quite remarkable, whether you're looking at the unique stages or paying attention to the catchy (but decidedly childish) tunes and sound effects. You'll also be able to unlock new balls as you progress, turning the standard marble into a panda bear, a pug, or even your own Mii! Each sphere has different characteristics, and therefore you might want to make varied choices based upon the stage design. Some levels might require a more bouncy approach, while others will entail more patience and a slower, less slippery ball.
Fortunately, the physics are very well implemented in this title, so there won't be more frustration than that generated by your own impatience or, ultimately, lack of expertise. You don't really control the ball, but rather the environment. This is easily done by tilting the Wii Remote accordingly. The controls are very intuitive throughout the game, and there are only a few elements that make things a little trickier, such as the cannons, which will launch your ball in unpredictable directions. You're supposed to tweak its trajectory quickly, but you don't have more than a split second to correct the position of the Wii Remote, so it's definitely challenging and not as satisfying as other obstacles you'll overcome by exaggeratedly tilting the Wii Remote or letting the ball bounce a couple of times and then making it stop abruptly.
You can change the set-up and hold the Wii-mote vertically or horizontally during gameplay, but I prefer the latter choice, as it seems more natural and also less tiring. Either way, getting through the game isn't too hard. Granted, things get more difficult as you advance, but it never reaches "impossible" levels of difficulty. Of course, if you want to step it up a bit, you can always replay the levels in Hard mode once you unlock it.
If you're a chill person with a decent amount of skill and enjoy casual games, you will have a great time playing Marble Saga: Kororinpa. The game is very entertaining, and it allows you to relax and have a good time without worrying about Chimera, Locust, and the likes. In addition, it puts the Wii motion controls to good use, unlike other Wii releases. If you have a few friends, you can even compete with them in four-player, split-screen mode, which adds a ton of pressure but makes the game even more fun. I wouldn't recommend this game to people who become angry easily or want to get things done fast. Patience is a definite virtue in this series, and if you're not made for that, well Kororinpa is not for you.
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