Strictly Limited Games
is a new distributor of otherwise digital-only titles not unlike Limited Run Games or Signature Edition Games. The Europe based publisher plan on releasing a new game each month starting in November with their first release Tokyo 42 for the PlayStation 4. They just announced on Facebook that one of the Vita games they will be publishing is Sayonara Umihara Kawase++. Not to be confused with the already released Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ for PC and Vita, this is a new title that is meant to be an updated version. Strictly Limited Games have said that more information will be released soon in regards to what will be added to the gameplay. It’s also worth noting that Sayonara Umihara kawase+ was already an enhanced edition of Sayonara Umihara Kawase, released in North America as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey for the Nintendo 3DS. Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ added several enhancements to the gameplay in Yumi’s Odd Odyssey including better graphics, 60fps (even on Vita), more levels, and the ability to play a full version of the original Umihara Kawase from 1994. Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ is a game that is highly recommended and you can check out our review here.

The interesting part about this announcement is that not too long ago, an Umihara Kawase game was announced for Switch. As of now, we do not know whether or not the Switch game is actually meant to be this title or if it’s a true sequel. In any case, it’s amazing to see this series get so much attention over the last couple of years. Gamers outside of Japan have finally been given an opportunity to experience this series as the three main games of the franchise are all available on PC and Steam in addition to the Vita and 3DS releases. Even better, characters from the games are also playable in the upcoming crossover fighting game Blade Strangers. The Umihara Kawase games might not look like much on the surface, but when you actually get around to playing them, you will begin to realize just how much depth these games have.

Sayonara Umihara Kawase++ will be released in early 2018. This is technically a European release, however it will be in English and of course is region-free. This also marks the first time the series will receive a physical release outside of Japan.

Justin Guillou
Justin joined Operation Rainfall to share his passion and knowledge for some of the more obscure video games out there.