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Wonder Momo is one of those things that's popular in Japan, but less so elsewhere. There was an arcade game in the late 80s, an ongoing web comic, and a few game ports on other devices (also for Japan). Now we can all get a look at the weirdness that is Wonder Momo: Typhoon Booster. All you need is an Nvidia Shield and 15 bucks.

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This is a side-scrolling beat 'em up wherein you take on the role of Momoko, a schoolgirl turned "powersuit hero." Yes, a Japanese schoolgirl. You have to take on monsters, robots, dinosaurs, and more with your glowing Wonder Hoop. It's very Japan.

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The visuals are very clean with a cel shaded comic book vibe. It was designed for the Nvidia Shield, but probably doesn't need all that processing might. It's reportedly coming to the Mad Catz Mojo as well. The price it pretty high for a mobile game at $14.99, but our limited experience with the game at GDC was enjoyable. Also, do you know of other titles where you can kick a dinosaur in the face? I didn't think so.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Cheeseball

    Bandai has been making really shitty mobile games as of late. First, the Tales of Phantasia debacle on iOS (e.g. always-online connection, integrated-IAP trash, ruining of game mechanics), now this.

    $15 for a game that doesn't even utilize the full extent of the Tegra 4? Fail.

    At least they kept Haruko Momoi's voice acting though.

    • Skya

      Contra 4 DS is awesome. Maybe I should give this WoMo a try too, after... they release on non-Tegra device, hopefully.

      • Cheeseball

        To be honest, I am considering buying this for the SHIELD. Especially if the gameplay may be as good as Duck Tales Remastered. That price tag however...

        $4.99 and $5.99 are much more reasonable prices for a premium game.

  • Anthony L.

    $15? Namco think they're Square Enix?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    What the heck is thi...?

    Oh it's by Namco...

  • GraveUypo

    that's more than i would pay for metal gear ground zeroes. i won't even mention how much i would pay for this.

  • Andrew Vrba

    So do these Japanese devs understand the mobile market, and it's pricing levels at ALL?

    • Pocketmouse

      Japan has nothing to do with this. It's Bandai-Namco being really greedy.