Funghi's gotten so popular, in fact, that he's spawned a strangely calming little mushroom cultivation app for mobile devices, as well as a match-three-esque puzzle game that you can play a sample of online here. Very soon, fans will even get to play the puzzle game on their 3DS's! So, while Touch Detective drifts into the unknown, Funghi's superstar status continues to propel him forward. It's funny how some things take off unexpectedly, isn't it?
|Funny how a game based solely on the popularity of a minor |
character is celebrating developer Success' 35th anniversary
Even the bag the freebie comes in is cute! I wonder what the significance of apples is, though... (you'll see more of them later)
|Side A of freebie pouch|
|Side B of freebie pouch|
Closeup of the decal on the front. Apparently this marks the first time Hello Kitty has appeared without any clothes on. And what on earth is that thing in the middle?
Two page spread featuring Funghi x Hello Kitty merchandise. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version!
My favorite thing about the Funghi phenomenon is all the different Funghi varieties there are! I especially like the fuzzy purple Funghi-wearing Hello Kitty shown above.
I should probably actually read the descriptions surrounding all of these illustrations, because I have absolutely no idea what apples and pharaohs have to do with Funghi. Either way, it's pretty cute!
Finally, here's but a small sample of the Funghi x Hello Kitty merchandise available in Japan.
Food for thought/Additional information:
- Success, the developers of Touch Detective and Touch Detective 2 1/2, did Zoo Keeper and Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja for the DS!
- Not only can you buy Touch Detective and Touch Detective 2 1/2 in English on iOS devices, but Mushroom Garden/Funghi Gardening Kit and Mushroom Garden: European Winter are available for both iOS and Android devices for free! Go check them out! They've taken Japan by storm, and I, too, have been sucked in by the charm of Mushroom Garden: European Winter (I think it has something to do with the snow)
- The Funghi mobile games are done by a company called Beeworks Games, who also happen to have a Facebook page where they post far too many cute Funghi pictures
- Alternatively, you could go to the main Funghi website (Japanese only) if you wish to truly understand the reach this weird little mushroom character has