Yumi’s Odd Odyssey AKA Farewell Umihara Kawase Is Coming In Early 2014

By Spencer . October 28, 2013 . 1:30pm

YOO (3)Natsume originally announced Yumi’s Odd Odyssey for PSP when they picked up the rights to Umihara Kawase Portable, which was eventually cancelled. But, we will get a localized Umihara Kawase game!


Siliconera can announce Natsume  will publish Agatsuma Entertainment’s Farewell, Umihara Kawase in North America as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey.


“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.”


Yumi’s Odd Odyssey has the same rubber fishing line gameplay where you swing from platform Bionic Commando style. The 3DS game has a couple extra characters like Noko who can bend time, Yumi-chan a young version of Yumi, and Emiko a childhood friend that creates checkpoints. Another interesting tidbit is Natsume explained why Yumi is in a colorful world filled with fish. She’s actually a traveling sushi chef.


Yumi’s Odd Odyssey is slated for release in early 2014 as an Nintendo eShop download.


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  • Yessss!
    Every 3DS owner is contractually obliged to buy this now!

  • raitouniverse

    Great success. As long as we get to see the game, right? Digital or bust.

  • Hound

    Wasn’t her name Umihara Kawase? I guess they took “Umi” to shorten it and threw the Y on there so people wouldn’t have trouble pronouncing her name..

    Character development… She: “Looks up to no one” and “Doesn’t like poisonous mushrooms.” DONE

    • ChiffonCake

      Don’t forget that she can swallow medicine without water. That’s real skill right there.

      Anyway, I find the name change strange as well, but I’m glad that this is being localized.

    • name

      Yeah, except Umihara was her last name. Oh well.

  • Am I the only one actually surprised this didn’t get the Metal Wolf Chaos treatment (i.e. company talks big about a US localization that never happens)?

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      The funny thing about Metal Wolf Chaos is that it’s probably the most american game out there and it wasn’t released in the US.

    • GH56734

      Activision does this a lot with their FPS games when they announce them for Japan (the DS ones notably have one case with the exact same game released under two different names!)
      Then it’s cancelled.
      I’m still bitter about Tetra’s Trackers, Cowboy Bebop PS2, Macross PS1, and loads of other games like this :(

  • Jimmy Gnome

    Finally! I’m so glad this series will finally get some western attention!

  • I’m 100% okay with this.

  • Lakitu13


  • All Fiction

    Ah, that’s good news for Europe as well, because Agatsuma Entertainement own the translation, that means they can put it in the Euro Eshop, just like they did for Code Of Princess ^^

    • landlock

      Natsume would have done it anyway I would imagine.

      • All Fiction

        Natsume doesn’t exist in Europe, we got shafted on a lot of games, or worse, Zen United got the publishing rights. Just like Atlus always shat on Europe: when they published Code Of Princess for America only, Agatsuma put it on the European Eshop some months after the US release

        • JonathanisPrimus

          Natsume’s released their PSN exclusive games in Europe … it just takes them a few months.

        • landlock

          They’ve been releasing digital games for a while now.

          • All Fiction

            That is correct, but only on PSN, it never happened for (DS and) 3DS games, probably a Nintendo block to further enhance the stupid region lock. For example Atlus did release some games on the PSN, but never on the Eshop. Same thing for Xseed who couldn’t release Unchained Blades on the Euro Eshop, and Nicalis for Cave Story (but I believe that’s just them being lazy).

          • GH56734

            Don’t think it has anything to do with Nintendo, but rather with Atlus.
            Pokémon X Y was released the same day internationally, and Senran Kagura and Bravely Default are actually out in Europe earlier than in the US.

          • All Fiction

            Of course Atlus is one of the worse publishers when it comes to Europe (along with Arc System Works), but I cited other publishers, so I’m not pretty sure it has something to do with Atlus when it comes to this problem in particular.
            Senran Kagura will be released next year in Europe while it’s this month in the US, what are you talking about (moreover the publisher is Zen United, so it will certainly be delayed to 2015) ?
            For Bravely Default, it’s because Nintendo is the only publisher who doesn’t shaft Europe (but they did some terrible things to the european market in the 90’s), 90% of 3DS games come far later in Europe than the US, and a large part of them isn’t even translated (the worse being Atlus games with disgusting delays and game breaking bugs)

          • GH56734

            I got my facts wrong, my bad. I meant to talk about Tales of the Abyss 3DS.
            But I’m sure the region block or Nintendo’s policies as a console maker doesn’t explain why out of all publishers, Atlus games are the ones the most delayed, or with the most dysfunctional publishing process when it comes to Europe.

            Oh, the nineties Nintendo :(
            But without them, a lot of Square, Enix and Capcom games would have never been translated for European languages (they didn’t have an European subsidary at the time, only Konami did…). And they were the ones who localized Terranigma against all odds.
            Sure, no Chrono Trigger is an infamy… but it has less to do with Nintendo and more to do with the fact Europe (and even the US) had little relevance to Japanese companies when it came to localizations, some even without a proper localization departement (like Namco nowadays!).

            However I’m bitter about them souring their relationship with Square Enix and Sony, and refusing to support Dragon Quest 7 N64 (leading to its cancellation)

          • All Fiction

            I was more concerned about the planned shortages and the rising prices, the publishing in itself was pretty good in the 90’s.

            For Atlus, it’s very true that it has nothing to do with Nintendo (except for the digital releases), because they fuck up all their releases in Europe, Nintendo consoles or not. I thought that the region lock of the 3DS would make them deliver games faster, as there is no possibilities to import, but it’s even worse than before, someone made a chart

  • Juuu

    Second time’s the charm, eh? ;p Wishing Natsume the best of luck on trying to get the series over here for real this time! I’ll definitely pick it up!

  • Kelohmello

    Dammit. I was hoping for a physical release with the soundtrack (I really really really want that soundtrack…). Oh well. Will be buying this for sure.

    • Dsvkb

      It honestly disappoints me every time I see a game like this get the download only treatment.

      • Suicunesol

        Honestly, considering the content and the game in question, it really would have little chance at retail. It’s a good fit for a download game because that’s how all of the decent puzzle and sidescroller games (Pushmo, Steamworld, etc.) have been making their buck.

  • Caleb Kinkaid

    While I would much rather see a physical release, I’ll still be downloading this day 1.

  • kylehyde

    2014 is going to be awesome

  • Oh man, yes. Good.

  • PenguinPlayer

    Yes. Hell Yes! Nobody believed me, they thought I was mad, but it happened! HAHAHAHA

    Just bought Dual Destines on the eShop and will buy Senran Kagura too, I have no problem with digital, just wished Nintendo made an account system already.

  • Impressionnant

    America wins again.

  • British_Otaku

    I appreciate the motion, but probably buying the Japanese version instead and maybe the European release on the side. Once I know there is a physical release, you will have a hard time getting me to ignore it, even if the booklet is probably a pamphlet.

    The name change is bugging me as well… I have no idea why but name changes for this, The Last Story and Okamiden make me want to flip tables even if I love Ace Attorney so far…

  • Huh. Even though I sometimes have a hard time with Natsume and their choices (and translations themselves), I do appreciate their work and their willingness to localize some things.

    I’m hoping they won’t change much (at least that Agatsuma won’t let them), and I am looking forward to the release.

    I’m already prepared to be annoyed with name changes. The title is a start; not much else after will phase me, given this is Natsume.

  • Mastema

    It’s happening


    I am experiencing a range of emotions here.

  • DS23

    Oh wow, a domestic release for this series at last. Cool.

  • Hinataharem

    Wow! I never expected this to get localized! We are getting a lot of surprise localizations lately. May the days of Japan-only games finally disappear?

  • laurenhiya21

    Hey, this is a surprise :D
    While I much rather have a physical copy… it makes sense. 2014 is going to be awesome :D

  • So it’s Yumi’s Bizarre Adventure?

  • dahuuuundge

    Why rename Umihara Kawase to Yumi?

  • Weeb

    Oh man. This is gonna be the 3rd time buying this game. Bought a physical copy for collection purposes, one of the the japanese eshop and now this.

    Too bad there isn’t a physical release.

  • leingod

    Bionic Commando with a cute girl? Cool. I remember playing one of these on a SNES emulator some years ago.

  • Renaldi Saputra


  • Göran Isacson

    Oooh, so she’s a sushi chef. That explains everything. Especially the giant pencils.

  • ninjapresident

    Gimme dat physical release ahhhh

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