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Yumi's Odd Odyssey Hooks In Permanent Price Drop In North America

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Now just $19.99

Yumi's Odd Odyssey — released under its Japanese name Sayonara UmiharaKawase in Europe — remains one of the most charming titles on the 3DS eShop, a welcome continuation of a franchise seen on systems as diverse as the Super Famicom, DS and PSP, and the first to arrive on Western shores. Its unique combination of platforming and fishing — it makes sense when you play it — earned it 9/10 in our review.

As the first of the franchise to come to the West and arriving on the eShop at a retail-level price of $29.99, it may have struggled to grab attention; it costs €24.99 / £19.99 in Europe. It did receive a temporary $10 discount in early June, though publisher Natsume appears to have decided that it can't attract enough sales at its default price. It's now been reduced to $19.99 as a permanent discount in North America; there's no indication of a similar discount in Europe, especially as it was published by the developer — Agatsuma Entertainment — in the region.

Have you been holding off on this one, and does a $19.99 price tag reel you in? Let us know or, if you're a fan, pitch its merits in the comments below.

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unrandomsam

#2

unrandomsam said:

It was worth it for me at £19.99 no regrets getting it at all. (Fair price where about the same amount of profit is gained vs a retail sale and it was a retail game in Japan so fine by me).

sinalefa

#3

sinalefa said:

I hope more people pick this up. It is an amazing game, really original and challenging, and Natsume deserves support for localizing it.

One of my favorite games of this gen, along with Wonderful 101 and Scram Kitty. All boast a steep learning curve and innovative mechanics, totally worth the time you sink into them.

Kroisos

#4

Kroisos said:

I haven't gotten this yet simply due to the size of my backlog, and the $30 price tag had nothing to do with that. Given that it was a full retail release that would have been $40 had it been physical I thought the $10 discount for being download-only was more than fair. Apparently the market disagrees, or never got the memo that it's not just a typical download title, so I understand why the price is coming down. I just hope enough people buy it at this new price so that this isn't the only title of its kind to come over.

bofis

#5

bofis said:

if only this was one of the Club Nintendo rewards instead of games I already have!

BakaKnight

#8

BakaKnight said:

It's definitely becoming a deal at that price. It's a fun challanging game that deserve attention.

The only real warning is about the frustration, a couple of levels are nightmares able to turn even a monk into a demon!
Pure old-school evil level design in all its glory XD

Spoony_Tech

#9

Spoony_Tech said:

I'll put it on my wish list for now. Looks interesting but not brought to okay anytime soon.

StephenYap3

#10

StephenYap3 said:

Well, it was still worth my $30. Hopefully it will gather more sales this time, and I hope Europe gets the same discount too.

To those of you who don't have it, Yumi's Odd Odyssey is truly an amazing platformer in my book. It has the uniqueness in gameplay, the challenge (though frustrating at times), the soundtrack (which is one of the best I've ever heard on the 3DS), and the Japan charm. If I may add, this is my third favorite 3DS sidescroller platformer, right behind Shovel Knight and Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Linker2A03

#12

Linker2A03 said:

I had a feeling that it was an awesome game, but I wasn't sure of the $29.99 price tag. Once the $10 discount happened, I was still on the fence, until the last few hours of the sale. I told myself "if you can't forget about this, buy it."

Long story short, I would've paid the full $29,99 for the game, had I known just how awesome this game was before hand. It definitely takes a lot of skill to complete the levels, but do yourself a favor and get this game, when you get the chance.

Oh yeah, the soundtrack has been stuck in my head since I've purchased the game, too. Just about everything in the game has a nice and friendly atmosphere to it, which is what I love most about it. It's now one of my favorite platform games of all-time.

Sir_Teabag

#13

Sir_Teabag said:

looks interesting and the drop in price is great but i think its the difficulty level as stated might be a bit much for me as im not great at platformers, does look good tho and ill keep it on my wish list for now and well see...

IanAlbarn

#15

IanAlbarn said:

@bofis Yeah, I'm still very upset about that. I already have the games they are giving away. Heck, I'm a Platinum member because I already own a lot of the games they've released. Worst gifts ever.

HandheldGuru97

#16

HandheldGuru97 said:

I was planning to get when it was on sale at this price, if its here to stay...I'll go with a sold! (once I have an eShop card that is)

Sakura_Moonlight2421

#17

Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

Oh well this comes at a good time for me. I wanted to get this during the discount last month (which I forgot due to summer school) but I had to clear up my backlog of games first. :3 Might as well get it now before I forget .....again..

VIIIAxel

#18

VIIIAxel said:

I'll get this when I have the chance, and the money. Games like Smash and Pokemon have pretty much taken up all of my gaming budget. This game looked great, though, and I don't see any reason to skip out on it thanks to the lowered price!

Extremist

#21

Extremist said:

I'm getting this one, but I'm waiting for a MUCH lower price tag. This isn't a game I'll play for months and months, so I'll get it when it's on sale AFTER a perm price drop. It'll just stay on my watch list until that day comes... :)

Starwolf_UK

#22

Starwolf_UK said:

Agatsuma Entertainment have never put Code of Princess on sale here in Europe (it is the only game they've published on European eShop). Then again NISA have never put Etrian Oddysey on sale (this one irritates more seeing it for $15 in America now) so the antics of Atlus USA can't be used as a gauge.

MeloMan

#23

MeloMan said:

I was indeed on the fence about this.... I like platformers and quirky platformers, but this game seemed so over priced I definitely was not going to get it until dropped to a reasonable price. I still don't want to get it at $20, but people are really raving about this game. If I can open a gap in my gaming backlog then I'll be sure to pick this up.

tanookisuit

#24

tanookisuit said:

I've been holding off for a physical release. If it happens, my wallet is there as this looks like so much fun but $20 is just too much for a long term digital rental.

Beau_Skunk

#25

Beau_Skunk said:

This game's been on my Eshop wish list for awhile, so I'm glad to hear that. Though, if I'm paying $20 for a game, I'd usually rather get a physical copy for that price, but we'll see once I get another $20 to spend. (Saving up for SSB 3DS.)

I must add, the main character looks adorable.

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