I never miss a chance to fanboy-out on Umihara Kawase. The cult-classic Japanese series has been a true Holy Grail of video gaming, a masterpiece that has avoided our shores for far too long. Thankfully, everyone will now get a chance to play all three thanks to publisher Agatsuma Entertainment bringing them to the PC through Steam.
The first one to be released is Sayonara Umihara Kawase, the most recent in the series. This one is already available in the States for the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita, and it’s a solid revival that captures the spirit of the previous two very well. What’s the problem though? Ugh, it’s just really, really ugly. The new Steam version will run at 60fps and comes with leaderboards and the like, but still, those graphics… woof!
It will be $14.99 on release in October, $5 cheaper than the PS Vita release.
Without question, the best news is that the original Super Famicom classic Umihara Kawase, released way back in 1994, will be getting its first stand-alone release. If you’ve never played this marvelous little gem, then please seek it out. It’s one of the best Super Nintendo games ever made, and 21 years is far too long for such a masterpiece to go unnoticed anywhere in the world.
The game is already available as a bonus in the PS Vita version of Sayonara Umihara Kawase, but it is far and away a superior game. If you buy only one of these releases, this is it.
The last game is Umihara Kawase Shun, a 1997 PlayStation sequel to the Super Famicom game. Unlike the previous two, this one has never been released officially in the States, making this PC release its grand debut and closure to all fans who have been patiently waiting for a Western release. This one is okay, but after playing the first game, the physics feel a little off.
No release dates on these, but I’ll be waiting. I already have been for 21 years!