|Release date(s)||JP November 19, 2009
NA March 9, 2010
EU March 19,2010
|Media||Wii Optical Disc|
|Input methods||Wii Remote|
Calling, or Calling: Kuroki Chakushin (CALLING ~黒き着信~, lit. Calling: Black Message) in Japan, is a survival horror video game developed by Hudson Soft exclusively for the Wii console. The game was released in Japan on November 29, 2009 and in North America on March 9, 2010. This game in Japan was rated CERO B (Means suitable for 12 years old and above).
Shinichi Suzutani and Rin Kagura visit "The Black Page", a mysterious website with only a counter that is said to show the number of people who have died after visiting the site. After entering a chatroom on the site, Shinichi and Rin are soon drawn into a strange void that lies between life and death and which manifests the memories of the dead. Using their cell phones, the two must try and escape from it.
From a first-person perspective, players explore the void which manifests haunted locations such as houses, schools and hospitals. Players use the Wii Remote's pointer function to interact with objects. The controller also acts as a cell phone in which ghosts speak to the player via the speaker. In addition, the player can also use the phone to warp around to different locations, as well as take pictures.
The ghosts also confront the player in featured "fright events". Players have to fight the ghosts off by swinging the Wii Remote and following button commands.
The game was originally unofficially unveiled when gameplay footage was leaked on to the internet in October 2008. Hudson reported that the footage was stolen from a PR company's servers. The game was officially revealed in Famitsu in July 2009. A demo is now available.