Seemingly, the Japanese have a bit of an obsession with games that teach you to type – while Mavis Beacon taught deathly dull keyboard skills in the western world, the land of the rising sun was incorporating typing in a bunch of more, well, game-y games. Even the moustachioed plumber Mario got in on the typing phenomenon with Mario Teaches Typing, where blocks, koopas and goombas were all painted with letters you needed to press to advance. And perhaps the strangest entry in the genre was Sega's The Typing Of The Dead, where you had to survive against a bunch of zombies seemingly weak against your awesome keyboard skills.
And now, nearly a decade later, enter Learn With Pokemon: Typing Adventure, where you play the part of a researcher rounding up the little critters by typing their names as they run towards you. With over four hundred Pokemon to find, type and collect, you're going to have your work cut out for you too – especially as the stages get trickier the further you go. With room for only four mistakes, you'll need to be both accurate and speedy to win.
Perhaps an odd choice for a handheld, the game will be released for the DS this September, and will come bundled with the Nintendo Wireless Keyboard, which can be used with other bluetooth-enabled devices too. Even if we don't really need help learning to type, the prospect of a new, quirky Pokemon game has us interested – we're hoping Nintendo will release more details soon.