By Jeff Neuenschwander / March 7th, 2014
Natsume has revealed via Twitter that Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, their latest localization effort, will release this month on March 20th in North America. Natsume revealed the date yesterday after receiving the good news from Nintendo.
For those unfamiliar with its backstory, Yumi’s Odd Odyssey is the latest game in the Umihara Kawase series of platform games. The series started back 1994 with the release of Umihara Kawase on the Super Famicom in Japan. A second game in the series, Umihara Kawase Shun, was released on the PlayStation in 1997, with a second edition of the game releasing three years later. The game would also be ported to the PSP as Umihara Kawase Portable as well as compiled with the first game, along with new levels, for the Nintendo DS game Umihara Kawase Shun ~second edition~ Kanzenban. Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, known as Sayonara Umihara Kawase in Japan, is officially the third title in the series.
It should be noted that this is the second time that Natsume tried to localize a game in the series. Their first attempt came with Umihara Kawase Portable, which coincidentally would have been known as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey. However, plans for a release fell through — and perhaps for the better as that game was terribly received in Japan.
Yumi’s Odd Odyssey will be releasing for the 3DS eShop in two weeks for $29.99 USD (Remember: this was a retail game in Japan). We can’t wait to give this series a go. We’ll also keep you up to date on whether the game will release in Europe as well.
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