Me find mistake! This year we’re seeing unprecedented shovel-fuls of Kinect titles that are little more than overpriced packs of samey mini-games. And they’re all just making me hanker for the King of the Mini-Games, Bishi Bashi.
Games like Burst The Balloon, Shake The Can To Outer Space and Mechanical Pencil Basher would be a perfect fit for Kinect yet there’s absolutely no sign of a Bishi Bashi for Microsoft’s technically marvellous, but practically almost pointless hands-free control system.
Kinect works best with short burst of silly social fun with control systems simple enough that Kinect doesn’t need to read your movements too precisely, and that’s exactly what Bishi Bashi is too.
It’s not as if the franchise has been abandoned either. Konami has continued to produce new Bish Bashis for arcade and mobile platforms, with the most recent released in 2009.
It most likely comes down to the fact that Japan’s not really interested in the Xbox at the best of times, so a device for an Xbox platform that requires space (something Japan is famously rather short on) was always going to struggle over there.
But seriously Konami, this is your chance to show the West how party games should be done, and to give Kinect owners something to really enjoy for once. Take a punt and you might be pleasantly surprised at the revenue generated. You’ll be all, like, “It’s Raining Coins”. If no Bishi Bashi Kinect game ever gets made it’ll be a Monster Catastrophe.