Video: Say hello to Sayonara Umihara Kawase Plus

The Umihara Kawase series has developed something of a cult following after its quirky Japan-only releases. These days, though, you can play them in the West! We take a look at Sayonara Umihara Kawase Plus, which recently released on Steam.

Agatsuma Entertainment’s fishing-pole-swinging platforming franchise started on the Super Famicom and saw releases on later platforms, but Sayonara Umihara Kawase, the new “retro revival” release, can be played on PC, Vita and 3DS (the latter under the name Yumi’s Odd Odyssey and published by Natsume). It’s known for its punishing, exacting gameplay, and in this video, you can tell it’s taking its toll on Jenni. It takes a certain type of person to like Umihara Kawase, but it’s a challenge in a way that platformers rarely are these days. Watch and decide for yourself whether it’s right for you!

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