A critically-praised-but-commercially-ignored Nintendo development team since 2005, CING has had a handful of original titles hit both the Wii and the DS. Hotel Dusk, Trace Memory, and Little King's Story were well-received by the gaming media, but just too unique for the House that Mario Built. Their most recent title, Last Window, hit Japan in January and once again failed to meet sales expectations (hopes?).
On March 1, 2010, CING filed for bankruptcy, citing liabilities of 256 million yen. What's next? Will they limp along like 3D Realms, or fade into obscurity...?
It's sad when Hannah Montana on DS can sell over 2.5 million while Little King's Story, one of the finest Wii games in the system's history, goes unappreciated, unbought, and unplayed.
So long, CING. We miss you already.