Umihara Kawase Shun

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Umihara Kawase Shun
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Publisher(s) XING (PlayStation)
Agatsuma Entertainment (Windows, 2015)
Degica (Windows, 2016-present)
Platform(s) PlayStation
Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation
Japan: 28th February, 1997
Windows
All regions: 24th November, 2015

Umihara Kawase Shun is the second game in the Umihara Kawase series, released in 1997 for the PlayStation as game ID SLPS-00643. It is sometimes referred to as Umihara Kawase Syun, and is referred to as Umihara Kawase Seasonal in the English translation of Sayonara Umihara Kawase.

Details

With the extra power of the PlayStation, the platforms in Umihara Kawase Shun have been made polygonal, although Kawase and all of the creatures she encounters are still sprites.

Umihara Kawase Shun has a total of 50 fields, with the first field being field 0. Much like the original Umihara Kawase, though, it has some missing field numbers; the highest field number this time is field 55, with six field numbers missing. Like the original, the goal of Umihara Kawase Shun is for Kawase to make her way through the fields until an ending is reached. Some fields have more than one exit; each exit leads to different fields, and could potentially lead to different endings.

An Umihara Kawase Shun playthrough starts with eight extra lives, rather than Umihara Kawase's ten lives. Again, more lives can be found within some of the fields, in the form of Kawase's pink backpack, and failure to reach a field's exit after having collected a backpack will mean that backpack will not reappear.

As with all games in the series, replays of runs through fields can be saved. The number of replays that can be saved is limited by the remaining memory card space. Replays from Umihara Kawase Shun can also be played back in Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~.

After certain fields, short animations will be played, showing Kawase advertising actual products. The various later re-releases of Shun remove this in-game advertising; re-releases other than the Windows version replace the ads with artwork of Kawase.

Umihara Kawase Shun is the first game in the series to include a practice mode. Any field can be chosen to be played, as long as the field has been unlocked for use in practice mode by reaching the field in the main game mode, regardless of whether or not the field has been cleared in the main game mode.

Re-releases

Umihara Kawase Shun has been re-released a number of times with added content.

Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~

In 2000, Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ was released for the PlayStation, containing three new stages. This version was also released for download on the Japanese PlayStation Network in 2012. See the Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ page for more details.

Umihara Kawase Portable

In 2008, Umihara Kawase Portable was released for the PlayStation Portable. This version is considered a disaster; see the Umihara Kawase Portable page for more details.

Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ Kanzenban

In 2009, Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ Kanzenban was released for the Nintendo DS. This version also includes the original Umihara Kawase. See the Umihara Kawase Shun ~Second Edition~ Kanzenban page for more details.

Windows PC version

In November 2015, Shun was also released for Windows PC through Steam; it was originally released under the name Umihara Kawase Shun Steam Edition, but has since been renamed to Umihara Kawase Shun. Not long after its release, it was temporarily removed from the Steam store, following the closure of publisher Agatsuma Entertainment in December 2015[1]. It was once again made available for purchase under new publisher Degica on 5th February, 2016; this had been planned for 28th January, but was delayed slightly while the transfer of rights was completed[2].

This version of Shun contains all fields added in ~Second Edition~ and ~Second Edition~ Kanzenban, and online rankings for each field exit and ending, accessible from within practice mode.

Save data location

The save data for Umihara Kawase Shun is stored in the following location:

C:\Users\<your Windows username>\AppData\Local\UmiharaKawase Shun SE

The file UmiShun00.bin contains the main game progression data, while the repshun folder contains any saved replays.

Related media

In 1997, in the months following the release of Umihara Kawase Shun, Japanese magazine TECH PlayStation included some Shun-related content in its bonus discs, including some exclusive fields.

The first copies of Umihara Kawase Shun to be sold included a bonus picture stand.

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