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Nintendo’s been making strides when it comes to mobile lately, but leave it to my favorite second party developer to bring us something simple, new and cute. We already knew HAL Laboratory was starting a mobile division called HAL Egg, and out of nowhere the company’s first title is available from both the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Called Working UFO when translated, it stars an adorable little flying saucer set to use his extending claw arm to move and place objects for others. Judging by the pre-release art, the tiny guy isn’t too pleased with his day job, but does it anyway because he has to — something plenty of people can relate with. The game looks to present slightly offbeat situations throughout, reminding me of Rhythm Heaven in the best of ways.

The controls appear to be very simple, with an on-screen analog stick and single button handled by touch controls. Based on your time and placement, you’ll receive in-game currency. While there’s no showing of what can be bought, we do see the UFO changing looks across the trailer, so costumes seem very likely.


Working UFO is available now in Japan for about $4.23, with no US release announced at this time. Here’s hoping, because I can’t get enough of this game’s theme song right now!

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.