Brick and mortar game peddlers will never die thanks to the creative minds of Kairosoft, the creators of Game Dev Story [$3.99 / Lite]. Hours before we donned our tinfoil hats and celebrated the New Future Year of 2011, the studio released a new game called "Waiwai! The Game Dealer" across the Japanese App Store. (Waiwai, we're told, roughly translates to "yay, yay!")

As its name and the studio's pedigree implies, Waiwai! The Game Dealer is a simulation game that puts you in the role of a game store manager, much like how GDS put you in the role of a game studio manager.  Hilariously, it appears as if you'll also dabble in the video game studio stock trade and -- get this -- offer food to your store customers.

Yeah... we're not so sure what the latter is all about, but whatever -- GDS had a monkey that could program. Screens below!

We've e-mailed the fine folks at Kairosoft to see if Waiai! The Game Dealer will be localized and we'll let you know when we find out. I think, though, that it might be safe to assume it will, provided Japanese sales are strong enough. As we've noted in the past, Kairosoft dug the reception of GDS and have confirmed that its sequel will see an English-language release. I'd imagine GDS2 won't be the end of the line for its localization efforts.

[Additional translation help given to me by owner of Rockmelon Soda, Topher! Thanks, dude!]

  • http://amazingappstore.blogspot.com/ Владимир Онищенко

    the same game with another name ?

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait, Game Dev Story hooked me for weeks. Couldn't believe it was a 1996 title re-released.

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      @OMFG~~~~~ "1996 title re-released."

  • Michael

    My God... What's next, a game publisher game and a game shipper game? xD

    Anyways, can't wait. Keep going, Kairosoft!

    • Adams Immersive

      I want a game-packaging factory game!

      • Shane

        I want a game playing game!

  • Crex

    YES! Hopefully this will make it to the U.S. appstore. That would be sweet!

  • Arashi541

    On the Japenese store the game didnt get that many good star reviews mostly 3 stars. I dont think this will be on par with Game Dev Story. Just Sayin

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    This company is awesome! The last time I was so hooked on a game (currently doing GDS for the first time) was Ace Attorney!! That's a very high standard, but there's something very charming about the game. Looking forward to updates on this thing..

  • E_Domina

    NICE! The UI looks even better now and i hope its just as fun as game dev story

  • Grepochris

    I've got the Japanese version.... it's ok but not as great imo. Their onsen management game is far more fun!

    One note though - hanbaiten (販売店) probably translates better as 'store'/'shop' instead of 'dealer'.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OBXK27RQCRRVSGI6MDT4TPNFZU Kenan .

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    Tons of free flash games including games like Mario or Zelda.
    Also, other classics like Worlds Hardest Game and Bloons.
    All types of categories for all types of gamers.

  • popopeee

    I've mentioned it before but these same devs also released Yu HotSprings Onsen game on the Japanese iTunes store. I hope they localize that one too.

  • Zenki

    IPAD!!!

  • http://awesome-in-a-can.blogspot.com Jonathan

    It would be awesome if they could let you import your games from Game Dev Story here.

  • Griffin J

    It's amazing that there are simulation games now for everything, from being a real life person leading a normal life, to running a game store. I kind of like this idea because it allows all those people interested in the different aspects of game developmentt to get some experience while having fun.

  • Griffin J

    It's amazing that there are simulation games now for everything, from being a real life person leading a normal life, to running a game store. I kind of like this idea because it allows all those people interested in the different aspects of game developmentt to get some experience while having fun.