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Chibi-Robo!: Photo Finder Releasing on North American 3DS eShop January 9

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Posted on December 18, 2013 AT 03:00pm

It’s been more than six years since Nintendo’s diminutive droid made an appearance on Western shores, but in a bit of a surprise announcement during today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Chibi-Robo!: Photo Finder will release in North America on the eShop Jan. 9 (a demo will be available the same day).

The game, which hit Japan in July, features the 4-inch-tall cult GameCube hero traveling back in time to the present day and photographing “NostalJunk”—mundane household items like toilet-paper rolls, coffee cups, and electrical outlets—to help a discerning curator open up a NostalJunk museum. Players will use the 3DS camera to snap pictures of these items that match certain in-game silhouettes, growing the museum bit by bit. If this all sounds a bit wacky, the trailer below should help illuminate the concept.

Andrew Fitch, Managing Editor
Andrew Fitch, a proud Japanese RPG and serial-comma enthusiast, has been attending E3 for close to a decade now. His least-proud moment? That time in 2004 when, suffering from utter exhaustion, he decided to take a break on the creepy, dilapidated—and possibly cursed—La-Z-Boy at Konami’s Silent Hill booth. Follow Andrew’s adventures in avoiding cursed furniture at his Twitter feed: @twittch. Meet the rest of the crew.

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