I got an email telling me that NIS’ iOS game Character Chowdown has just been released with its Katakana pack free. Hiragana and Kanji will become available later.
Now this game, developed with Yummy Yummy Tummy, essentially teaches you Japanese characters in a fun and interactive form. NIS will also be releasing a future version with characters from Nippon Ichi series games.
I’ve played it for a bit and surprisingly I am learning to recognize the characters but how much of it is short term memory is to be determined.
The download is free at this link: http://www.characterchowdown.com/
Alternately you can scan this QR code: