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Yumi's Odd Odyssey Casting Into North American Waters this 20th March

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Catch this release

It's been a long journey, but puzzle platformer Yumi's Odd Odyssey, known as Farewell Umihara Kawase in Japan, will finally be available on the North American 3DS eShop on March 20th, according to publisher Natsume:

Natsume also confirmed a $29.99 price tag for the title.

This is the first time the series has ever ventured outside of Japan in its 2-decade history, but Natsume has expressed in interviews its desire to bring the latest game to overseas fans, and that digital distribution has been seen as a good way of helping lower the risks and costs involved.

The titular protagonist of Yumi's Odd Odyssey wields a fishing line and hook, swinging, flinging, and navigating herself through a multitude of levels. The series has drawn a cult following of fans outside Japan who came across its unique style in various ways, including a playthrough of the original Super Famicom title on GameCenter CX. No official word has been given regarding a potential release of Yumi's Odd Odyssey in Europe or Australia.

Will you bite on Yumi's Odd Odyssey, or is it just not hooking you? Let us know in the comments.

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User Comments (23)

JustinH

#1

JustinH said:

This is a definite buy for me, but $30 for download-only isn't happening. I'll jump at the first sale, though.

Gotta love that art. Someone is going to buy it hoping to see more of that and be reeeeeal disappointed...

element187

#2

element187 said:

I want to play this but not $30... Sigh. You are trying to build an audience outside Japan, you have to price it to sell on an impulse.... After you get the west hooked, then jack up the price.

Same with Senran Kagura Burst. You need to build an audience.

Both of these titles are mine as soon as they go on sale. But $30 is steep for a handheld series I never played before.

Chomposaur

#3

Chomposaur said:

Ah I was looking forward to this game i like the quirky japanese games. Hopefully if the sales of Senran kagura was successful we will get a Europe release.

sinalefa

#4

sinalefa said:

Natsume, you need a bait on the hook to catch these fishes. A demo could be the perfect way of doing it.

SpookyMeths

#5

SpookyMeths said:

Yeah, $30 is a bit steep for a puzzle game. I like to support localization of niche games, but I'll wait for reviews and a sale for this one.

sillygostly

#6

sillygostly said:

This game was already rated by the Australian Classification Board (attaining a G rating) under its original Japanese title Sayonara Umihara Kawase sometime last year, so a European release is almost a certainty.

It's not currently showing up in the ACB database (there are some classification entries that are inexplicably absent despite having been classified), but I distinctly remember seeing the classification entry for this when it was first classified.

Tops

#7

Tops said:

Definitely waiting for a review and most likely a sale. I haven't spent any close to a full retail price on a digital game yet, including AA Duel Destinies which I would love to get.

JCnator

#9

JCnator said:

After seeing some gameplay videos of the Super Famicom cult classic, it got me hooked. The price tag of Yumi's Odd Odyssey is rather salty for my taste buds, so I'd wait for a significant price drop and reviews before biting it.

WitchSugoi

#10

WitchSugoi said:

I don't mind the $30 price tags for Senran Kagura and AA5 since I know what I'm getting into and they have plenty of hours of playability. However, I'm very unsure about Yumi, $30 is a bit hard to swallow for the type of game it is. I agree a demo might help in this case.

Kroisos

#11

Kroisos said:

I really don't see the problem with the pricing. It's a full retail game at 75% of full retail price. I'm sure the price will drop fairly quickly, so hold off if you will, but the more people that do, the less likely games like this will get localized, so consider whether it's worth it to you to demonstrate a western market for these titles.

gregrout

#12

gregrout said:

There's a couple of games I'd consider buying if the price was lower. It's ridiculous to see these games priced between AAA titles and proven indie titles like Trine 2.

rjejr

#16

rjejr said:

This is the first of 5 3DS game articles in a row. Has anybody actually traded in their Wi U for a 3DS? Not seriously considering it, but yhe thought hss crossed my mind.

Sayonara Umihara still sounds so much better, like poetry.

For those who still havent' seen the trailer - from a Japan ND last year. It's in Japanese - except for "slow motion" but you can see it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEwan1E6Jrs

Nice casting pun Tim. Need to stop posting before I'm fully awake, which wont be for another hour yet.

RadioShadow

#18

RadioShadow said:

@ rjejr: The 3DS has a lot of great games now. Although I'm getting a Wii U when Mario Kart 8 is released.

I've been meaning to play the Super Famicom version. It looked like a fun little gem.

RR529

#22

RR529 said:

Don't really have the money (or space) to buy it, but it looks interesting, and the pricing is more than fair.

New, boxed 3DS games go for $40, so at only $30, it's digital only status has already given you a $10 discount.

gojiguy

#23

gojiguy said:

$30 for download-only?

ehh.... I'll do it but I'm not happy. I would rather a real physical copy for that price...

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