Umihara Kawase Fresh!

Publisher and developer Nicalis, Inc. has announced it is teaming up with Japanese developer Studio Saizensen to bring Umihara Kawase Fresh! to the Switch in both North America and Europe. The game will arrive on 9th July and will also receive a physical release in the US for $39.99.

The latest entry in the popular Japanese platformer series promises to offer a "fresh" new chapter, with plenty of open-world platforming gameplay, requiring the young chef named Kawase to use her fishing lure as a grappling hook. Here's a bit more about the story and gameplay direct from the PR, along with a teaser trailer:

Kawase is a traveling chef who has embarked on many magical adventures in the past. In Umihara Kawase Fresh!, she will put her navigating, grappling and cooking skills to the ultimate test as she completes various quests and discovers the secrets of Kingness, a town that is new to her yet somehow familiar.

Players will need to jump, climb, swing and slingshot their way across platforms all over town in order to clear goals and reach a specific destination to advance to the next quest. Each completed quest can be replayed in Time Attack mode, where a timer is added to let players compete for the best times in online leaderboard rankings.

Along the way, Kawase can use the lure to collect enemies and various food ingredients to store in her magical backpack. Combining ingredients with special recipes creates dishes that can be consumed to earn temporary special abilities, like jumping higher or being able to survive underwater for a longer time. The game also includes two additional playable characters: Cotton from the scrolling shooter Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams and another storied character yet to be announced.

Umihara Kawase Fresh Box Art

Nicalis and Studio Saizensen have previously collaborated on the crossover fighting game Blade Strangers (which also featured Kawase) and the hack-and-slash RPG Code of Princess EX. The upcoming Nicalis release Crystal Crisis will also include Kawase as a playable character.

Is this a game you would be interested in adding to your Switch collection? Have you played any of the previous entries in this series before? Tell us down in the comments.