Wild Shiba Inu sighted as multiplayer Japanese sports extravaganza Nippon Marathon sprints out of the blocks on Steam Early Access… today!
Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac editions all appear on the finishing stretch, with contestants expected to cross the line in Autumn/Fall 2018
PQube (London, UK) 16 February, 2018 PQube and Onion Soup Interactive have fired the starting pistol to unleash Nippon Marathon, the one-to-four player racer set across Japan, on Steam Early Access. Later this year the full game, complete with extra courses, contestants, party modes and a full single-player story campaign, will charge onto Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac.
San! Ni! Ichi! Hajime!!! Stretch your muscles and embark upon the ultimate marathon of Japan in a raucous ragdoll party multiplayer racer where anything can happen. Hurdle barrels, outrun Shiba Inu and dive out of the paths of bicycles – all while chucking fruit at your opponents and dashing across planks precariously balanced over waterfalls – in an unreal experience that must be played to be believed.
You can’t spell Nippon Marathon without ‘P’, ‘A’, ‘R’, ‘T’ and *checks letters* ‘I’, we suppose… Solo play is supported, but grab up to four pads and enjoy the supreme silliness of gaming’s greatest marathon.
See all of Japan!
Cross the entirety of the land of Nippon in a series of creative courses spanning busy city streets, village lanes, bustling markets, mountaintop shrines, supermarkets and even unsafe sake distilleries! Four courses will be available at the launch of Early Access, with more being added on the road to completion.
Go toe-to-toe with some of the coolest contestants who ever did, er… contest! Lobster-man J DARWIN, onesie-obsessive Elizabeth Nishibori, school uniform fan Zenbei “Xen Bae” and the completely normal Snuguru Maestro are among the challengers vying for the podium!
Swinging poles! Giant face-slapping fish! Cyclists! Shiba Inu! Panes of glass! Traffic! False doors! Barrels! Rolling beams! Wobbly planks! Flying fruit! More Shiba Inu! EARTHQUAKES!!!!! Dodge and dive over the lot or suffer the painful and embarrassing consequences of physics-based collisions…
Tons of surprises!
You never know what will happen next in Nippon Marathon. Perhaps you’ll find time for an impromptu spot of slot machine fun? Maybe a news anchor will jetpack in to interview you on the racetrack? Heck, anything is possible…
Need a bathroom break to squeeze pineapple juice out of your foam lobster claws? Random pedestrian passing by your couch and wants to play? Whatever the cause, hop in and out for the ultimate, flexible party get-together!
Nippon Marathon is out now on Steam Early Access, and is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One in Autumn/Fall 2018.
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About Onion Soup Interactive
Hailing from the exotic dojos of Birmingham, Onion Soup Interactive is the newest kid in the indie shrine. Nippon Marathon, the officially licensed videogame of Japan’s #1 annual sports extravaganza*, is its debut title. The studio’s aim is to find and develop new forms of fun and to apply them in colorful and exciting fashion – all while trying to beat the Guinness World Record for volume of sushi consumed in a single sitting. Please direct all complaints to Buster the dog.
*Note to press: don’t fact check this.
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