Importers will probably be familiar with Umihara Kawase, a cool platformer series with a strong Metroid style exploration element. You take control the titular character who is armed with a fishing rod, exploring a world filled with sea mutants. The series first made its debut on the SNES and over the years it has appeared on a few other platforms with the most recent installment appearing on the 3DS. None of these games were ever released outside of Japan, until now.
Sayonara Umihara Kawase, which was released for the 3DS in Japan sometime last year, is set to arrive in North America as Yumi’s Odd Odyssey on 20 March, 2014.
This localization was perhaps made possible by the digital distribution medium, making it safer and more cost efficient for developers to localize unusual games from the Land of the Rising Sun. Yumi’s Odd Odyssey will be released exclusively on the eShop for a fairly decent price of $29.99.