Meet Nintendo's Kensaku Ando and his terrible, terrible theme song
Kachi Kochi Kachi wha?
I'm all for a wacky theme song. I secretly love the Phantasy Star Universe and Portable theme songs even though I'm required to pretend that I hate them.
But the theme song for Nintendo's new search-themed "And-Kensaku" game -- no, I really can't stand it. I wouldn't suggest it, but hear it for yourself via the newly opened official site.
I think the title of the song is "Kachi Kochi Kachi." I'm not sure if that means anything to a Japanese person or if it's just gibberish. This is a Skip-developed game, after all.
Lower the volume, and you'll find a page full of details on And-Kensaku. You might remember this game as "Kensa X." The new name popped up in Nintendo's release calendar a couple of weeks back. The official site lists the Romanization as "And-Kensaku," so that's what I'm using.
The name is a cute little play on words. The robot in the pic, who serves as your guide to the game, is named Kensaku Ando (Ando is a real last name -- like the figure skater). "Kensaku" is Japanese for search. The game has a mode where you conduct "and" searches -- that is, searches consisting of multiple key words.
If you're wondering how Nintendo and Skip possibly made a game themed around web searches, and why there's a "Powered By Google" logo at the bottom of the page, see my previous writeup.
And-Kensaku hits Wii on April 29, making it Nintendo's big pre-Golden Week release.