Kanji Strike

Latest NDS version: 1.0


Setup instructions

Create a folder named 'ks' in the root of your flashcart. This is where your saved games will be written, so you will be unable to save your progress if this folder does not exist. To start the game, run the latest Kanji Strike nds file anywhere in the cart.

Note: File save will only work on an NDS and not on an emulator.

Screens - Title

There are three save files. Each file records which kanji-pronunciation pairs a player has mastered.

Screens - Menu

The menu screen lets the player alter game settings.

Speed: How fast the blocks fall. Options: slow, medium, fast.

Blocks: The number of blocks. Options: 4, 5, 6.

Screens - Data

Shows how much the player has mastered, by grade level. Also allows the player to delete the save file currently in use.

View mastered: Opens the browser screen. See next section.

Delete save file: Delete the save file currently loaded. The player is asked to confirm before the delete is carried out.

Screens - Gameplay

The player starts with 16 life points. When a meteor reaches the bottom of the screen, it explodes and causes 10 points damage. A life point is gained every time the player shoots down a meteor. Zero life points means game over.

The player shoots down meteors by matching the pronunciation on the missile with the character on the meteor. More than one meteor can be 'correct' at a time.

The data

The material is organized as pairs of a kanji and a pronunciation. It is divided into 11 grades by kanji.

Grades 1-6 correspond to school grades, as recorded in KANJIDIC.

Grades 7-9 are the rest of the Jouyou kanji, roughly divided into the same groups as Kanken levels 4 through 2.

Grade 10 is the new Jouyou kanji.

Grade 11 is the Jinmeiyou kanji.


Kanji Strike is based on the game Kanji City Defender.

This package uses data extracted from the KANJIDIC dictionary file. Its documentation can be found at http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/kanjidic_doc.html. This file is the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, and is used in conformance with the Group's licence license.

This package uses the P Gothic font from the Ume-Font project. The font is the property of the Electronic Font Open Laboratory, and is used in conformance with their license.

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