I thought there were several points that make this a good learning resource for those just starting to learn to read:
- It forces you to choose your language up front, explicitly stating you may not change it later. While this may be something of a defect from some perspectives, it helps maintain your commitment to playing only in Japanese.
- It’s targeted at children, so the language is not terribly complicated.
- There are no furigana giving away the meanings of the kanji. However, there is an option to play in kana or kanji.
- The game adds spaces between words, which makes it a lot easier to read and easier to look things up in the dictionary when you get confused.
- The majority of the game’s dialog waits for your button presses, and you can adjust the message speed to be slower, which can help in the rarer auto-advancing cases.
- The game is on Nintendo Switch, so you can use the screen grab feature to snap pictures of text for later reference.
I use this game in combination with the Yomiwa Android application, which allows visual dictionary lookups.