Yumi’s Odd Odyssey (Farewell, Umihara Kawase) Reaches North America In January

By Ishaan . December 12, 2013 . 10:30am

Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, known in Japan as Farewell, Umihara Kawase, has a release window in North America. Natsume will release the game in January 2014, the publisher announced this morning.


Yumi’s Odd Odyssey is, in a sense, similar to the side-scrolling Bionic Commando games. Yumi carries a backpack and fishing line that she can use to swing around, traversing the game’s stages, finding hidden items and alternate exists. The game will also include a Ranking feature that lets you compare scores against other players.


Natsume will release Yumi’s Odd Odyssey via the Nintendo eShop as a download title. This is the first game in the cult classic series to be released outside Japan.


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  • Adrián Alucard

    and it seems it’ll be released in Europe too (Rated by the Australian classification board)

    • Julien_N

      Oh, really? Cool! I didn’t know that.

      That said, I am still waiting for an official announcement and am not really pleased that it will be digital-only, but it’s better that nothing, I guess.

      • Adrián Alucard

        And now the game’s rated by the USK (the germans) And will come with the original title

  • Caleb

    Dang. I was hoping for a physical, as many others probably were. I’m glad it’s coming though!

  • Hoshi星

    I will buy and love it!

  • Brimfyre

    One series I never thought I would see on our shores. Fantastic news.

  • 60hz

    loved this game on the SNES and PS1… good to see it’s coming out, though i question the name change???

  • Zonic505

    WOW, next month? That was rather quick, considering it was confirmed in late Oct. Now I just wonder how much it’s going to cost.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Next year is going to be the death of me..*so many games coming out*

  • InfectedAI

    Great. Always nice to see more franchises leave Japanese shores. I’ll definitely keep an eye on this.

  • PersonaSpace

    I’m glad companies like XSeed and NIS are taking risks with games like this on the eShop. I’ve never actually heard of this one before, but I’ll be doing some research on it now.

  • Theofratus ‘Geese’ Lester

    Been playin’ Umihara Kawase since the Super FamiCom and PlayStation days, and now I get to play it on the Nintendo 3DS.

    It better be hard this time.

    • Shippoyasha

      It definitely was a Super Fami treasure only hardcore gamers, importers and emulation gamers had access to. It remains one of my favorite skill platformer of all time.

    • Julien_N

      Did you try the DS compilation? It has additionnal fields for the PS1 version and some of them are rather difficult.
      There are still two exits I can’t reach yet, 57 and 58 (Those are not DS-exclusive though) :
      If you managed to clear all routes in both games, congratulations! It is not an easy feat, especially for Shun.

      • Theofratus ‘Geese’ Lester

        No, I haven’t. And I keep forgettin’ to buy it.

        But for now, I’ll download it and play it from there ’til I buy me a legitimate copy.

  • NimbusStev

    Ahh that’s so cool! I just discovered this game last summer at the Toronto science museum’s video game exhibit. It was sorely missing from my Super Famicom collection, so it’s great to see a modern release like this!

    • I went there too :) Such a cool exhibition.

      • NimbusStev

        I went there the same weekend I went to Anime North. I never thought I’d have more fun at a museum than a giant anime convention but this exhibit really did end up being the highlight of the whole trip. There were so many games to play!

  • Not the hugest fan of the name change, but seriously, at this point I’ll take it happily. Umihara is a game that should have come to America two decades ago, and it coming over in any form is a huge ray of hope.

  • Psycho_Calibur

    Yumi’s Odd Odyssey sounds like a Jojo spinoff.

    • Armane

      Or an Oddworld game; just needs an extra d in odyssey.

  • Hinataharem

    I’m still pleasantly shocked this was being localized in the first place

  • Yay! No other words necessary.

  • Aristides

    “Natsume will release Yumi’s Odd Odyssey via the Nintendo eShop as a download title.”

    Yikes! Well I guess I got no choice again -_- I serenely hope Nintendo gets their crap together with their Network.

  • Buying it day one. I sure hope it’s as good as I expect it to be, because the last Natsume game I bought, Hometown Story, I also expected to be good, and I really want my $40 back.

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