Learn Japanese through puzzles in Kana Quest for Nintendo Switch


Next week, Whitethorn Games – publisher of inclusive, accessible, low-stress games including Lake, Calico, and Wytchwood – and developer Not Dead Design will release the kawaii Kana match ‘em up, Kana Quest, for Nintendo Switch™!

In just a few short days you’ll get to befriend all the adorable Kana at home or on the go. With over 300 hand-crafted puzzles across 13 worlds set in a cheerful, retro-arcade pixel art environment, learning Japanese has never been so fun!

Kana Quest will be available on Nintendo Switch™ in North America and Europe on March 28, and in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea on March 30.

Kana Quest offers a unique twist on the educational game genre, teaching players to read Japanese through engaging tile-swapping puzzles. In Japanese, each phonetic letter is called a Kana. In Kana Quest, players must rearrange a grid of Kana in order to match tiles with shared sounds. When all Kana in a level are connected by matches, the puzzle will be complete! Whether players know how to read Japanese or not, Kana Quest offers hundreds of brain-bending puzzles that will challenge even fluent speakers, all set in an adorable, pixel-art retro-arcade aesthetic!

Key Features of Kana Quest include:

  • Match and Learn: Puzzles and lessons for all skill levels! Kana Quest was designed for anyone to enjoy, no matter your level of Japanese.
  • Double the Fun: Know how to read Hiragana already? No problem! Swap between Hiragana and Katakana at any time to add to your knowledge of the Japanese language!
  • No Tests, No Problem: Unlike other educational games, Kana Quest features ZERO pop quizzes so that players can learn in an interactive and engaging way!
  • Kawaii Kana: Beautiful sprite art and catchy music will accompany players on their language-learning journey

Kana Quest will be available on Nintendo Switch™ in North America and Europe on March 30, 2023. The game will be available on Nintendo Switch™ in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea on March 30, 2023. Kana Quest is now available on PC via Steam worldwide.


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