Being fans of Nintendo, we stumble across Japanese speech and text pretty much every day. It’s an incredibly interesting language and one that would no doubt help us to actually understand what’s going on when playing imported copies of our retro favourites, but it just so happens to be one of the hardest languages to learn.
Thankfully, Shujinkou hopes to lend a helping hand. Shujinkou is an RPG designed to teach the player Japanese as they play; it’s said to “interweave Japanese language learning into the story and mechanics while maintaining its appeal to gamers”.
It has a proper story – things are set in a world where the Japanese language is being erased by Demons, with players having to save it – and the gameplay revolves around a Metroidvania-style setting where players must react to situations on-screen, familiarising themselves with the language as they go.
You can learn more about the game on its Kickstarter page if you’re interested; the project is aiming to reach a total of $50,000 to launch on Switch and has just under a month to do so at the time of writing.
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