PRESS RELEASE: Sayonara Umihara Kawase Coming to North America Early 2014

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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NATSUME ANNOUNCES YUMI’S ODD ODYSSEY FOR NINTENDO 3DS

Long-Running Japanese Puzzle Platformer to Arrive in North America in Early 2014!

Burlingame, CA. – October 29, 2013 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, has officially announced they are bringing the latest title in the Yumi’s Odd Odyssey series (known in Japan as Umihara Kawase) to their North American fans. Featuring a girl armed with only with her backpack and trusty fishing hook, this traveling sushi chef departs on a journey in a dream-like world filled with fish and other wildlife gone awry.

You’ve never played a puzzle platformer quite like this! Using her fishing hook, Yumi must make her way through a variety of levels by running, jumping, and throwing her coveted fishing line. When thrown, this line will hook onto nearly all surfaces within each level. When the line is firmly hooked onto a surface or enemy, the line is able to take her weight. Yumi can use this traction to swing between platforms, lower herself down to other ledges, and even catapult herself great distances by stretching the line to its breaking point! Its unique mechanics are sure to excite even veteran gamers of the platforming genre!

“We have been interested in releasing this unique title for awhile now,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. “We are working very closely with Agatsuma Entertainment to bring this game to our fans, who we know appreciate games that are a little different, and also have lovable characters.”

Originally released on the Super Famicom and later re-released for the PlayStation and DS, this will be the first time Yumi’s tale is told outside of Japan. Created by the series’ original developers, such as the original programmer, Kiyoshi Sakai, as well as the character designer, Toshinobu Kondo, Japanese fans have been raving about the game since it was released in June 2013.

Players can follow the latest news for all of the beloved Natsume franchises at www.natsume.com and by scooping all of the latest Natsume updates, contests, screen shots and more at www.natsume.com/facebook and www.twitter.com/natsume_inc.

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