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Sayonara Umihara Kawase Confirmed For 3DS

Posted by Damien McFerran

Super Famicom classic gets an update

It has been revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu that Umihara Kawase — a series which started life on the Super Famicom and has since enjoyed instalments on the PlayStation, PSP and DS — is getting another sequel, this time on the 3DS.

A platformer in which the lead protagonist uses a fishing line to hook herself to enemies and parts of the environment. The new game is being developed by the original team, which will come as a relief to those who endured the terrible PSP version, which was coded by Rocket Studio.

Sayonara Umihara Kawase is set to launch in Japan this summer, with a price of 4980 yen. There's no word on a western release yet, but given the cult status of the Super Famicom version, we'd like to think it's at least in with a chance.

If you've never seen the Super Famicom original in action, here's Shinya Arino playing it on an episode of GameCenter CX:

[via neogaf.com, nintendoeverything.com]

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User Comments (22)

MeWario

#1

MeWario said:

Man hadn't heard of this franchise but it sounds pretty cool! Here's hoping it comes our way :)

WiiLovePeace

#2

WiiLovePeace said:

I came to appreciate this game series after seeing it on GCCX. Happy to see a release on the 3DS but doubtful it'll leave Japan, given none of the games have had an english release afaik :'(

KnightRider666

#3

KnightRider666 said:

Did this come to the US on the DS? The fishing lure mechanic screams Bionic Commando! If they localize this for the 3DS, I'll surely pick this up.

YUXLOA

#4

YUXLOA said:

Welp, time for me to get a Japanese 3ds. The DS collection was probably my favorite DS game.

MayhemStaff

#8

Mayhem said:

Woot... now let's hope for a Western release. The SFC version is ace (and a little valuable sadly).

Ralizah

#9

Ralizah said:

OK, Nintendo, remember your pledge to bring more traditionally Japanese-only games to the West. This seems like a good candidate.

Rafie

#10

Rafie said:

@NoPLo I was wondering when someone was going to mention that! Hahaha I was already thinking it.

Dpullam

#11

Dpullam said:

I've never even heard of this series. The 3DS can always use more games though.

edhe

#13

edhe said:

I just finished watching that GameCentre CX episode, and damn, does it look difficult. If the 3DS version is anything like that, I probably won't enjoy it.

Windy

#14

Windy said:

The 3DS has brought me back to the wonderful world of 2d platformers. I loved Shinobi, Nightsky, cave story along with many others they have been releasing on the Eshop. I haven't been playing platformers really in years. Looks like I would love this and thanks for getting me back into the platformer/puzzles genres.

Windy

#15

Windy said:

@Ralizah They also promised a Robust online multiplayer game service. that has gotten better but is still not up to snuff. I want to say things take time but were on 3 years now. Since Capcom wanted to play around and make it difficult to get Monster Hunter online for 3DS I have 4 words- Phantasy Star Zero Sequel

SMEXIZELDAMAN

#16

SMEXIZELDAMAN said:

So is it a dating sim or what? What else could be the reason for those large breasts? >:[ I will be dissapointed if it is some sort of platformer! >:[

SparkOfSpirit

#19

SparkOfSpirit said:

I always wanted this series to release over here (the SFC version really should have been a VC import), so I'm really pulling for this one to come out here.

Plutonian

#20

Plutonian said:

I've only watched the first five minutes, but I have to stop for a minute just to say that I think the guy playing the game is funny as hell. His comments about the chair, the "motor cycle", and his question about the girl's destination all made me laugh.

misswliu81

#22

misswliu81 said:

i too have never heard of this series but from what i have seen in that episode, the game play looks difficult but challenging. they should release this in europe, north america and australia.

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