Nippon Ichi Software, a beloved RPG developer, recently posted on its website that it had officially finalized plans with Nintendo to release games in Japan for the Nintendo Wii and WiiWare. The only announced title right now is Let's Hitchhike for WiiWare (which was leaked in early October), for which no details have been released yet.
Whether Let's Hitchhike is an RPG or not, this announcement could be significant for RPG fans. Nippon Ichi Software, and its subsidiary NIS America, have developed and/or published many RPGs for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Nintendo DS, such as Disgaea, Atelier Iris, and Ar tonelico, just to name a few.
NIS has made no announcement of any plans, or lack thereof, to release its Wii or WiiWare titles in North America. However, NIS has proven in the past that it has a strong focus on the North American market, with over 20 titles released outside of Japan. Let's Hitchhike has a Japanese release date of March 2009, so more information on the game should be available within the next few months.