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Kororinpa: Marble Mania - Nintendo Wii

by Konami
Nintendo Wii
Everyone
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) 69 / 100


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  • Simple and intuitive control system
  • 20 kinds of marble variations with different control, playability and look and feel
  • Full 3D control, tip the world on its side, and even upside down!
  • Over 40 diverse stages packed with tricks, traps and secrets
  • Compete against a friend with a 2-player race mode

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000N0WBMM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,191 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Kororinpa: Marble Mania is a fun and addictive action puzzle game for your Wii Remote. Players tilt and rotate the Wiimote to roll a ball around a maze to reach the goal. Using an intuitive control scheme, gamers of all ages and skill levels can pick up a Wii Remote and immediately join the fun.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Been Done - But It's Still Fun March 24, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Kororinpa Marble Mania is in essence Super Monkey Ball without the monkeys. Taking its cue from the classic Labyrinth game, you guide the maze in 3D and the marble acts with basic physics responses.

First, the premise. You have a series of themed maps that involve three dimensions of track. As you twist and turn the Wii remote, the track moves to match. As you give a tilt to the board, the marble rolls down the tilt. This is of course the basics - but soon there are ramps, sliding doors, sliding platforms, rotating pieces and other tricky objects involved in your path.

There are of course crystals to collect - what would a game be without collecting crystals! There is also a bonus green item on each level which is rather tricky to achieve, but unlocks new items. This gives you incentive to go back and re-play levels repeatedly.

Each level has its own theme. There are nature themes with leafy objects, a sugar-high theme with candies and cookies, an industrial theme with concrete, a cardboardy paper-Mario style theme, and so on. There are also background theme songs to unlock, and a variety of balls. Some make cute little noises, like the pink pig or the mrowling cat.

My first reaction was - do we really need another Super Monkey Ball game? Super Monkey Ball has a ton of great mini-games, great levels, and all around fun. Kororinpa is lacking a lot of that. All you have is mazes. The multi-player is just map racing.

It is challenging in a brain-train sort of way to figure out the solution to each puzzle, thinking in three dimensions. So from that point of view, I suppose you can consider this "Monkey Ball 1A" - not really better than Monkey Ball, but it gives you a new set of puzzles to figure out.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, but entertaining April 3, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The first time I sat down to play this game, I played for a couple hours before realizing how much time had passed. It is extremely simple to pick up, for gamers and non-gamers alike. There is no concept of "lives", so you can never really lose if you keep trying - you just keep starting back at the beginning of the level you are on, and you get to keep all the crystals you have collected. You can earn gold, silver, and bronze trophies by completing the course quickly, and you can also collect special objects which unlock secret levels, new music, etc. The game is easy to learn, but difficult to master - getting gold trophies is HARD!

I imagine the game probably isn't as much fun once you have gotten all the way through it and received however many trophies you are willing to put the effort into getting, but in the meantime I'm having lots of fun with it!

Unlike the other reviews I see here already, I have not played Super Monkey Ball on the Wii; I found the previous Monkey Ball game I tried on the GameCube repetitive and boring after about half an hour, so take that into account when you read this review.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well done use of wiimote April 23, 2007
By Flanel
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a fun and addictive game, and it really shows-off just how precice the wiimote is to the most sensitive movements. Great control combined with good software physics give the game a very realistic feel of momentum, gravity, etc. I actually like that the orientation of the camera remains fixed (doesn't follow behind the marble), however it would be nice if the camera would pull back a bit when when the marble heads towards it, such that you could see what is up ahead better. Thankfully I think the designers created the levels in such a way that the "coming towards camera" portions are rarely an issue. The 2 player gameplay was also entertaining.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARBLE MADNESS!! It's back! November 5, 2007
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Being a fan of the old NES game Marble Madness, I've kind of always been waiting for another game like it. Something unique, fun, and difficult. Kororinpa: Marble Mania fills the gap.

Many people will compare this game to Super Monkey Ball, and its really an unfair comparison. Sure, all "balance" games will be compared to the most popular series, but this one is definitely unique. Super Monkey ball feels more frantic, whereas Kororinpa overall feels more relaxed. You are timed for completing the levels, but you are not time-limited unless you want to earn prizes and gold/silver/bronze cups. So, if you want to take your time, go ahead. The game retains a good level of tension even when you're just cruising since it's more about balance than racing...which I found very enjoyable.

If you need to compare this game to a similar "balance" game, then think more along the lines of the old wooden Labyrinth game with the metal ball. Much like that old board-game, you will find yourself open to different interpretations of how to complete levels and get that ball to the other side. The later levels encourage some experimentation as well.

Overall, this game is very fun for "balance" game lovers, and it stands in it's own category of the genre...and it's only $30, so you can't lose!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game currently available for the Wii September 2, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I only own three Wii games - Resident Evil 4, Mario Strikers Charged, and Kororinpa. Thankfully Gamespot allows you to buy used Wii games and return them in 7 days for a full refund if you don't like them. It beats the heck out of renting from Blockbuster's limited Wii selection, and I've bought enough used Wii games to know that Kororinpa is one of the best out there right now. On my budget, I have to really love a game before deciding to buy for keeps.

There are quite a few Wii games out at this point, and the sad truth must be told that the majority of them are disappointing. Excite Truck is a fun game, but to me not worth the $50 price tag, while Strikers is easily worth $50 due to its replayability and online play.

At $29.99 now, purchasing Kororinpa should be a no brainer for any serious Wii gamer. It it the only game I've found to be using the Wiimote in such a sensitive manner. Players simply will not believe how accurate the board tilt is based upon tiny, tiny wrist movements here.

So not a game for anyone with shaky hands! This is a perfectionist's game - someone who doesn't mind spending time to continually reduce the amount of time it takes to get the marble from point A to point B.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game
Thank you.........Wonderful....and Trusting product and seller. Recommend. Word Word word word word word so many words required almost done.......and done
Published 9 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Steady hand required for fun
Need a steady hand to play as you move the path you are on not the marble to proceed, in other words you need to balance the marble as it rolls on the path. Read more
Published 13 months ago by DSpark
5.0 out of 5 stars Maze loveres rejoyce!
If you love mazes, or marbles, or just love a completely G rated good time for prople of all ages - this game is AWESOME!
Published 15 months ago by Mum2aBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Amazing!!!
This is the most amazing game for Wii that one can purchase. The subtle control feel creates the sensation of slickness, balance, tension and challenges most age levels from about... Read more
Published 17 months ago by lkop
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Game.
This game is for people who like a real challenge. one that will test your dexterity and your agility. It also tests your spacial abilities. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Inkydaffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and entertaining!
I played this game from start to finish, finding every green gem, unlocking as many gold and silver trophies as I could. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Diego Belozerco
5.0 out of 5 stars rolling fun
This game reminds me a little of the arcade game-Marble Madness-from the '80s. If you're not old enough to remember that-it bears a little resemblance to Super Monkey Ball (without... Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by Lisa A. Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging
The point of this game is to navigate your marble through different maze like settings using the wii remote and the movement of your wrist. Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Rebekah Plantz
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Fun
My husband is hooked on this game and is competing against his daughter for a better score. Now my 6 year old granddaughter is trying to beat him. Read more
Published on November 17, 2009 by B. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very addicting!
Like a lot of others, I found this game very addicting. I also like that it's family friendly. My husband and I both enjoyed it as did our 2 older daughters. The 8 yr. Read more
Published on March 29, 2009 by Emily E
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