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A reminder for anyone playing Umihara Kawase Fresh! Any video clips and screenshots you save to your SD card on your Switch can be accessed on your PC. This way you can just grab the files and then upload them to wherever you like such as YouTube.
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May as well mention the second stream Kondo did which went through stages beyond the demo, playing as Cotton and a new boss shown.

Linked here: https://youtu.be/aS1LXevX7Qg

You forgot the most important news from the stream: Kondo is Iron Man ;D

Seriously, though, I'm liking what I'm seeing of the game's environments and what I'm hearing of the new music, and that is one freaky-looking boss!
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Really exciting little piece of video went up today, as Kondo himself streamed the demo of Umihara Kawase Fresh.  Of course, the video is in Japanese but I wanted to share it here for those that would be interested in watching this.

May as well mention the second stream Kondo did which went through stages beyond the demo, playing as Cotton and a new boss shown.

Linked here: https://youtu.be/aS1LXevX7Qg
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What I'd definitely like to know is why did Success/Studio Saizensen let Nicalis have publishing duties for Europe?

If this was previous entries in the franchise then it doesn't matter because the other Umihara Kawase games have very little text.

But this new game is going to have a story with dialogue so it actually helps getting it translated to EFIGS in Europe. For example, NISA who releases games like Disgaea 5 Complete on Switch have made it a priority that their games have French language options because Japanese game sales in France skew much higher compared to other European countries. So with Nicalis handling publishing duties for Europe which gives only an eShop release and only English for language options kills whatever potential it had to sell in Europe.

Is it because Success wouldn't have enough money to fund localisation for other languages? Then yes, it's understandable. However, if you just focus on France like NISA does and only add in French? Then it will be much more beneficial to the sales you make than if you decided to cut costs and not localise it.
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I'm not really surprised that Nicalis has picked up the publishing rights for the western release of Fresh, since they had worked with Studio Saizensen with Blade Strangers.  It's great that it will at least get a physical release in North America, and yeah, I wasn't really expecting a physical release in Europe/AU/NZ, regardless.  The delay is pretty disappointing, though; all I can say is I'm glad I was going to import it anyway.

The other, is since the Japanese release will also be in English, and be out several months prior, it makes for a hard justification to wait.  Even at a cheaper price, fans or people interested will just import the game.  Especially, as you mentioned sol-alpha, with Nicalis' mixed reputation for handling properties.  A digital only in EU also makes it even more likely anyone in Europe or Australia will just import the Japanese title, which means the overall sales will be rather divided. 

With the original release including English struck me as a move to encourage more people to import it, or for Studio Saizensen to possibly do something with it themselves.  However, this drastically changes things.  Not sure if they were approached later, or if this was the plan all along.  Very curious, to say the least.

Yeah, it's kind of bizarre.  The only actively interested English-speaking fans I can really see holding off for the western release (unless Nicalis do a special edition?) are those who specifically want to support their local release.
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Umihara Kawase / Re: Uku (Romhack)
« Last post by KawaseFan on April 18, 2019, 02:36:46 PM »
Nicely done, texh!
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Umihara Kawase Shun / Re: Umihara Kawase Shun Field Progression Thread
« Last post by KawaseFan on April 18, 2019, 02:13:17 PM »
I can't remember if the Steam version of the game had continues since I was surprised with the option on the DS game. Though I noticed you can't progress further if you've continued too many times I think.

Yeah, the Steam version has continues, too; one extra continue for every ten stages you've cleared (totally stole this info from an old post of Alc's because I forgot how the continues worked ;D)

Great choice to play the DS version, though; as you mentioned, it's pretty convenient to be able to take it with you and play it wherever.
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Umihara Kawase Shun / Re: Umihara Kawase Shun Field Progression Thread
« Last post by sol-alpha on April 18, 2019, 09:37:49 AM »
I have finished the route ending at Field 43. Now targeting Field 52 route. I like that the second screen shows the map of the stage and displays my position, enemy positions and the exits, very useful. I can't remember if the Steam version of the game had continues since I was surprised with the option on the DS game. Though I noticed you can't progress further if you've continued too many times I think.

I got stuck at Field 13 to Field 42 because I had forgotten how to do this. The timing to launch yourself to the ramp and to jump off the ramp is pretty difficult since I haven't found a consistent way of doing it. I'm lucky I actually did upload a video of myself doing that stage on Steam before lol: https://youtu.be/cykzhTXS8pE
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Umihara Kawase Shun / Re: Umihara Kawase Shun Field Progression Thread
« Last post by sol-alpha on April 17, 2019, 10:05:38 AM »
I am now starting from scratch since I haven't played any PC games for a long while. So what I did was I got a used copy of Umihara Kawase Shun Second Edition Kazenban (DS). I'm pretty happy with this since it's more convenient playing it portably.

I have only been playing in short sessions between Umihara Kawase and Umihara Kawase Shun. I am wanting to finish Shun before my import of Umihara Kawase Fresh! arrives.

So far I've only cleared the route ending at Field 30. I think I was last at Field 38 for progressing through other routes.
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I haven't updated in a while so, what's popped up?

There was an April Fools joke where Curly from Cave Story was going to be a playable character in Umihara Kawase Fresh!
https://twitter.com/success_g3/status/1112538539051225088?s=19

Success has released about nine videos so far which give tips on how to do certain techniques in the game for newcomers. It's subtitled in Japanese, maybe there'll be English versions for the western release by Nicalis or English fansubs.
1) https://youtu.be/Eb6u-mQxhG4
2) https://youtu.be/usNm8fYfK0o
3) https://youtu.be/1o1qpWpGdWU
4) https://youtu.be/6IBeXjfakXE
5) https://youtu.be/tSpW4MX7Nww
6) https://youtu.be/HTK6szyYogI
7) https://youtu.be/M4WqLDS_ts4
8: https://youtu.be/GowDRXnyt9U
9) https://youtu.be/f14Tl4elCxA

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