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Marble Saga Kororinpa

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Marble Saga Kororinpa

Also known as: Marbles! Balance Challenge (EU), Kororinpa 2: Anthony to Kiniro Himawari no Tane (JP)
Developers: Hudson Soft, Trisys[1]
Publisher: Hudson Soft
Platform: Wii
Released in JP: August 6, 2009
Released in US: March 17, 2009
Released in EU: May 1, 2009

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

To do:
  • Investigate the demo version for differences.
  • Check to see if \sound\SD_Koro2.brsar.tmp and \sound\SD_Koro2.brsar.2.tmp have any unused sound effects or music.
  • See if any content from Kororinpa: Marble Mania is still present.

Marble Saga Kororinpa is the sequel to Kororinpa: Marble Mania, a Wii launch title. Now featuring a story mode, level editor, better controls, and overall a far more polished experience than the original.

Wii SDK Leftovers

The theme from Mario Kart: Double Dash, as well as a Yoshi sound are present in \snddemo\sound_data.brsar. These are simply leftovers from the Wii SDK.

Unused Text

Present starting at 0x130 in \mess\messdata.bin are a number of Mario character names, specifically their Japanese names. This particular assortment of characters is the playable roster from Mario Party 8, which was released by Hudson Soft two years prior.


Unused Graphics

Copy Button


A button with the text "Copy".

This texture is loaded along side the file select menu, and matches the "Erase" and "Change Icon" buttons present on said menu. This is likely a leftover from Kororinpa: Marble Mania as that game allowed the player to copy saves.

Unused Level Preview


An unused level preview. It is a copy of the preview for The Empty Lot 01 (Normal) with the text "ボ一ドダミ一" overlaid in white.

This texture can be seen by using the Action Replay code 0079BFB3 00000003 and opening the Wii Balance Board menu on the American version of the game.

Regional Differences

Title Screen

North America Europe Japan
MSkoro-titleUS.png MSkoro-titlePAL.png MSkoro-titleJP.png

The title screen was changed to accommodate the name difference between regions. Of note are three things:

  • The publisher information: the American version reads "Published by Hudson Entertainment, Inc", the PAL version reads "Published by Hudson Soft Co., Ltd", and the Japanese version omits the text entirely.
  • The European version adds a wave pattern behind the logo.
  • The American version omits some of the visual elements on the sides of the screen.

Wii Balance Board Stages

The American version has only 30 balance board stages whereas the European version has 100 balance board stages. All of the American Stages appear in the European Version.