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Sayonara UmiharaKawase and Entire UmiharaKawase Collection are Coming to PC

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Agatsuma Entertainment has announced they’re bringing Sayonara UmiharaKawase to PC via Steam.

The wacky platformer will arrive sometime this October, for $14.99 /14.99 Euro / £10.99. The game recently saw a PS Vita port earlier this year in the form of Sayonara UmiharaKawase+.

The publisher is also bringing all of the classic games, UmiharaKawase and UmiharaKawase Shun, to PC sometime later this year. While the former was the first game (launched in 1994), the latter was its sequel (launched in 1997).

You can find a press release for the PC version of Sayonara UmiharaKawase below:

About

Completely optimized for PC, play as ‘Umihara Kawase’ – a 20 year old backpacking Japanese sushi chef armed with a fishing rod, a rubber fishing line and a fishing hook. Avoid fish-like enemies, conveyer belts, spikes, watery pits, time travel and more. The deeper in to this dream-like game players venture, the more challenging the solutions and the greater the time pressure becomes. Along the way, look out for shortcuts and secret exits and unlock bonus levels.

It is the elasticity of Umihara’s rubber fishing line that has always set this franchise apart from all other rope games, giving unprecedented levels of mobility and discovery. Tightening the line or giving lots of slack can be the difference between success and failure. The bungee like nature of the fishing line allows the player to stretch down to otherwise unreachable areas or be catapulted upwards.

Key Features

  • The latest version of this classic 20-year old franchise
  • Created by programmer Kiyoshi Sakai (also programmer on The Mosquito) and character designer & illustrator, Toshinobu Kondo – creators of the original game.
  • Unique 1970’s Japanese visual style
  • All the 60 new and re-envisaged classic stages, plus the new enemy placements as used in the PS Vita game but upgraded for PC
  • Additional bonus levels available once the game has been completed
  • Global time ranking
  • Unlock bonus features including some brilliant KAWAII style art and nostalgic audio with bonus sound track from the original game
  • 4 playable characters, each with their own special abilities
  • 60fps

New Steam features

  • Completely optimized for PC
  • Achievements
  • Leaderboards
  • Trading cards
  • Steam controller support
  • Steam CloudThe
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About

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18 comments
  1. Crayll
    Crayll
    September 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Awesome. Never got a chance to pick this up for Vita, might as well just wait for the PC version now.

    So many good games coming to PC, nice to see Japanese companies are realizing there’s a market here.

  2. JackDandy
    JackDandy
    September 9, 2015 at 9:13 am

    THE PC IS SUDDENLY FUCKING AWESOME AGAIN

    What’s next, Etrian Oddysey!?

  3. Rautaputki
    Rautaputki
    September 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Oh, cool. I’m very grateful that more Japanese stuff is finding its way to the Steam.

  4. Derp Minos
    Derp Minos
    September 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

    That was announced a while ago today.

  5. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    September 9, 2015 at 10:11 am

    “being awesome again”
    Except it’s pretty much digital-only/Steam-DRM only these days.

  6. Syndromic
    Syndromic
    September 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Now this I gotta have. I normally don’t like platforming games but I would probably buy this.

  7. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    September 9, 2015 at 11:23 am

    NEVER EVER

  8. JackDandy
    JackDandy
    September 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Never say never (ever)!

  9. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    September 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    GOG is getting even better and more popular, but I don’t think it’s getting the support Steam is by Japanese devs though. Still, glad they’re bringing their games to PC finally.

  10. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    September 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I still prefer consoles over PC for the sole reason of having physical, sometimes LEs that contain soundtrack CDs, artbooks and other goodies (Got the Umiharakawase figurine from buying the Vita version).

    GoG is okay, but it still doesn’t change that Steam pretty much killed the PC market (being dependant to an internet connection to install games, full pricing on digital, no longer being able to buy (used) physical games, sell them or exchange them, etc…).

    The current gen of consoles also push the whole deal of digital-only which is not doing any favors too.

  11. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    September 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Woah. I find it hard to stay away from my 3DS but with all these potentially great ports.

  12. JustaGuest
    JustaGuest
    September 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Umihara will always have access to my wallet.

  13. Booz
    Booz
    September 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    the specs and features look really good, I might give this a try someday
    glad to see more old japanese games also being added to the PC and steam, if they remember to add them on sales whenever there’s one of the big yearly events they’ll get people to try them every year
    that’s one of the cool things in steam, old games never really die

  14. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    September 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Yes! Always loved the gameplay of these games.

  15. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    September 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    That’s better to me. At least my corrupt country cant overtax digital releases.

  16. Siveon
    Siveon
    September 9, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I have yet to see Atlus port a single JRPG to PC.

    That said, Etrian Odyssey (and fuckin’ SMT) would be a great start.

  17. PenguinPlayer
    PenguinPlayer
    September 10, 2015 at 6:36 am

    “At least my corrupt country cant overtax digital releases.”

    Pretty much. DRM free is still the best option, but with GOG only working with dollaroos last time I checked and Steam being the only digital gaming platforming working with fair prices on my national currency, I gotta say, bless them, because at least I don’t have to spend a month’s salary to get an indie when I shop there.