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Off-Topic / Re: What other games do you like / have you been playing?
« Last post by KawaseFan on Yesterday at 12:30:26 AM »
I play a variety of action and strategy games. My favorite developers are Nintendo and Treasure.
The Bangai-O series is my favorite. It's a lot like Umihara Kawase in that those patient enough to survive some difficulty spikes are rewarded with mastering a gameplay system unlike any other.
Bangai-O HD is only $10 on the XBLA, so give it a try if you get the chance.

I have Bangai-O for the Dreamcast.  I'm terrible at it but it's great!
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Off-Topic / Re: What other games do you like / have you been playing?
« Last post by Zera on February 19, 2019, 02:01:28 AM »
I play a variety of action and strategy games. My favorite developers are Nintendo and Treasure.
The Bangai-O series is my favorite. It's a lot like Umihara Kawase in that those patient enough to survive some difficulty spikes are rewarded with mastering a gameplay system unlike any other.
Bangai-O HD is only $10 on the XBLA, so give it a try if you get the chance.
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Sayonara Umihara Kawase / Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase ++ Limited Release
« Last post by KawaseFan on February 18, 2019, 11:36:17 AM »
Hopefully those who ordered a copy will be just as pleased!

Absolutely!  Mine arrived too and I'm definitely impressed.  I'm especially pleased with the artbook; in addition to the various sketches and character art, it had some pretty interesting details about the development of the earlier games, which was great.
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Site Discussion / Re: Welcome to the KawaseFan.net Forum! / Introductions Thread
« Last post by KawaseFan on February 18, 2019, 08:54:56 AM »
Hi Zera, welcome!

Besides the Steam Community boards for the PC releases and the Umihara Steam group, I'm not sure if other dedicated English-language Umihara Kawase communities exist (though, to be fair, I've not looked around much since I started this site).  I was aware of a Discord server a couple of years ago, but I didn't use Discord at the time and I don't think that server still exists.

If no other Discord server exists, I personally wouldn't consider creating one.  I've nothing against the idea, but I'd feel like I was actively hogging the moderation of the community, which doesn't sit well with me.
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Site Discussion / Re: Welcome to the KawaseFan.net Forum! / Introductions Thread
« Last post by Zera on February 17, 2019, 09:58:34 PM »
Greetings, KawaseFan (and other Kawase fans). Stumbling upon YouTube footage of Umihara Kawase Fresh reminded me that I beat Yumi's Odd Odyssey 3 years ago, and upon replaying it I was able to reach all 5 endings in Survival Mode. Now I have a sense of closure (and never have to play Stage 33 again).

I always like unique, polished indie games, and Umihara Kawase fits the bill. Is this the only Kawase community on the internet? Have you considered creating a Discord server?
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Sayonara Umihara Kawase / Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase ++ Limited Release
« Last post by Princess Rescuer on February 07, 2019, 03:16:24 AM »
He gets "messages from around the world"? How can I send him one?
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Sayonara Umihara Kawase / Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase ++ Limited Release
« Last post by CyanideBlizzard on February 06, 2019, 05:47:43 PM »
I've ordered my copy!  Thanks, CyanideBlizzard!

My pleasure!  Helping keep other Umihara fans informed is the least I can do as payment in return for having such a fantastic place for us to gather.

I also got my set, and I'm incredibly impressed with the quality.



The box itself is higher quality than I expected, especially in comparison to retail collector's.  Feels sturdy, and opens from right to left on the bottom side.  It's also rather deep, and not necessarily wide or tall which makes it fit fairly nice for storage purposes.



Toshinobu Kondo provides a rather nice page of information talking about his history with gaming and his personal fondness for Umihara Kawase.  The back of the paper is the same note but in Japanese, which I thought was a rather nice touch to provide the original transcript and the translation.



This is really where we get into the meat of things.  There's a lot of material in here.  On the far right we've got a folded poster of Umihara Kawase in some swimwear, and going left we've got a set of stickers.  Or I believe they were? I actually only took photos and then packed the box back up before getting back to work so I'll actually have to check that out again because I want to make sure, but I'm 90% sure!

Either way, moving on we've got a replica cartridge with the Western logo for Sayonara Umihara Kawase ++ alongside the original SFC artwork.  As mentioned in their previous posts, the cartridge is not playable, but it definitely feels/is authentic.  Was a really nice touch, and has a mold for it at the bottom of the box to be nicely inserted into.

Then we've got the Vita game itself, alongside the soundtrack.  It's really nice for both of these things to be offered, despite the fact that the game does not add much and I believe the soundtrack is the same one that's already available.  Still a nice addition to the set, even if both are easily acquirable. 

The art book strikes me as the same type you see in NIS America anime Collector's box sets.  Hard covered and pages appear to be semi-glossy as well.  It's a rather quality item, and outside of Toshinobu Kondo's personal doujin releases the first time we've seen an art book of Umihara Kawase.

Overall, I must confess I'm extremely impressed.  This was more than worth the purchase, IMO, and very well handled by the Strictly Limited team.  I didn't know what to expect, since I've never bought from them before, but they did a really nice job handling this set.  You get the impression that they really wanted to handle this with love. 

Hopefully those who ordered a copy will be just as pleased!
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Nice!  I'll probably import a copy in any case, even if just for collection purposes, but I wonder if it'll be released worldwide on the eShop around the same time.

It's planned to be released the same time worldwide on the eShop.
It's just that Success haven't revealed yet who is the publisher outside Japan and yes, they said someone else is handling the release outside Japan. I'm guessing it's Circle but we'll probably find out soon.
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Other Umihara Kawase Discussion / Re: Early Umihara Kawase footage
« Last post by KawaseFan on January 27, 2019, 12:18:06 PM »
I find it really interesting to see what games looked like during planning and development, seeing how much changed and what didn't change.  It's pretty cool to see the completely different early concepts for Umihara Kawase and how that process led to the idea of swinging around and attacking enemies with a fishing line.  As Canvas noted, the fishing line prototype's textures have a familiar feel, and the prototype even has a familiar level -- the prototype's Test Stage 3 becoming the final game's Field 10.  I definitely agree that the enemies' speed makes it look pretty hectic and I'm glad that was changed for the final release.  It does make me wonder, though, what the final game would be like to play with faster enemies (but without the respawning!)
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Don't need to speculate anymore.
https://twitter.com/success_g3/status/1088623550343217152?s=19
It has a planned release date of April 25th 2019

Nice!  I'll probably import a copy in any case, even if just for collection purposes, but I wonder if it'll be released worldwide on the eShop around the same time.
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