Chibi-Robo is a rather niche character that debuted on the Nintendo GameCube, or at least quite niche in North America and Europe. Still, Nintendo's quickly discovering that localizing a niche title for western release is cheaper than creating something new for the market. That should be quite evident with the announcement of this new 3DS title starring 4-inch hero Chibi-Robo, Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder.
As for what exactly Chibi-Robo's game is, that's something else entirely. In Photo Finder Chibi-Robo will break the fourth and ask players to find objects for him in the real world. These tasks, hunting down "silhouettes," will require players to use the 3DS camera to match shapes with what Chibi-Robo needs in-game. Accomplishing the challenges will help Chibi-Robo maintain an upkeep the museum where Chibi-Robo lives. Just make sure to watch his ever draining power.
These are the sorts of unique and enjoyable experiences that I adore when Nintendo makes, but in practice are often hard to truly find the value in. It's easy to respect them for what they're trying to do, but in practice feel a bit gimmicky. Matching shapes in the real world to complete tasks in-game? Meta breaking! Yet when for some reason your square flashlight won't work with the circle torch Chibi-Robo needs, just remember not to break your 3DS in rage.
Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder will launch on Nintendo 3DS on January 9, though a demo for the game should be available soon.