San! Ni! Ichi! Hajime!!! Stretch your muscles and embark upon the ultimate marathon of Nippon in a crazy, physics-driven, four-player party racer where anything can happen!
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Feb 15, 2018

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By Just Good PC Games March 18

“Inspired by Japanese gameshows presents a crazy and fun local multiplayer foot race for fame! From heat seeking melons to old men in skirts, there is a lot of potential for this early access title.”

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Quite simply, Nippon Marathon is designed for party play. We wish to ensure that the game will thrive during get-togethers. That doesn't just mean by ensuring the courses we already have are finessed to perfection for multiplayer fun: that means every upcoming course, side-mode and mini-game can be inspired by player feedback to make it shine.

Nippon Marathon is Onion Soup Interactive's first ever game, and so Early Access is an important opportunity for us to make sure players have a role in its development. We have lofty goals for Nippon Marathon - and we want to make sure the game has been perfected before we even entertain the idea of calling it 'complete'.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“How long's a string of tentacles? Actually, the future development of Nippon Marathon is very well mapped out. Accounting for hiccups, unexpected additions, and even giant, laser-eyed panda attacks at our studio, we realistically hope to have Nippon Marathon feature-complete and ready to release in Autumn/Fall 2018.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of Nippon Marathon contains four courses, four playable contestants and a few extra surprises.

For the full version, we are aiming to include:
-At least eight courses
-A full, single-player campaign with a proper story, boss battles and myriad silly shenanigans
-Eight playable contestants
-At least three side-modes
-More collectibles, awards, Achievements, hazards, WTF moments and belly laughs
-Localization for Japan, Korea, China, Russia and more

For both Early Access and the full release, Nippon Marathon will support single-player and local-multiplayer for up to four players.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Our Early Access edition supports one to four local players, and features four contestants and four courses. We've already undergone some rigorous testing, so these courses are approaching a 'final' state - but based on feedback during early access we will tweak the design to improve the flow of the game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Though we will be adding more content to Nippon Marathon (extra modes, courses and features) during the Early Access period, we have no plans to gradually increase the price during this time.

Once the Early Access period is complete and Nippon Marathon is finished and ready to be released, the price will increase to reflect the extra content and polish.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“As well as tweaking the content that Nippon Marathon's Early Access version will include at launch, player feedback and suggestions will play a massive role in shaping the design of future courses. We're incredibly interested to understand the course features that players love the most, and the side-modes and mini-games that people want to see.”
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October 26


Wedy here and have I got news for you. ..The long awaited level 7 and story mode demo are here!

So lets not waste any time and crack on with the juicy scoop.


So far the Nippon Marathon has taken you through quite the sightseeing tour of PLANET NIPPON; we’ve travelled from the banks of KAWA RIVER to the steamy Mountains of YAMA-DORI. With the marathon reaching the final stages, grab your giant foam finger and your briefcase as we’re heading straight into the heart of NEO-JINKO.

As the trains in PLANET NIPPON run on time it’s often the case that the Bullet Train will leave early forcing you to drop all of your luggage and leap onto the roof of the train (it happens, we swear). This is where level 7 begins.

Expect the usual Nippon Marathon madness plus a few extra surprises, such as the soundtrack to the level being called “Kobe Beefed Up” and the term “Bull-Train”. Are you confused? Me too!

The madness doesn’t stop there. When you arrive at the station be prepared to be scared and confused from the bright lights and hundreds of salarymen. They’re everywhere.

With JINKO EKI STATION being one of the largest stations in PLANET NIPPON expect to knock over and bump into Salarymen on their way to and from work, but don’t worry. They’re used to it, and it’s actually encouraged!

Outside JINKO EKI STATION you may recognise the statue of TEISHU, a Shiba Inu with great business sense and a huge following of his own. Unfortunately you won’t have time to show your respect for him as you have the busiest intersection in the world to cross so grab a pineapple for that second wind to the finish line.

Level 7 gives you a taste of the final race NEO JINKO, but we can’t release that without giving away a HUGE STORY SPOILER, so I can say no more.


I know what you’re all thinking, what exactly is story mode?
PLANET NIPPON loves visual novels and manga, so that’s exactly what Story Mode is. A visual novel, but with a difference.
Story Mode allows you to choose and follow the journey of the four main characters from pre-Nippon Marathon to post-Nippon Marathon.

Each story lasts around two hours to complete and don’t think you’re just reading a visual novel for two hours, you have to race too! Remember to read my Wedy Guides to learn more about popularity as it’s even more important to be popular in Story - it can move you from 3rd place to 1st.

The story follows a general theme but is personalised for each character; so expect to learn why Zenbei “XEN BAE” has two names, who exactly is Nishibori, why J DARWIN wears a lobster suit and why Snuguru Maestro has a love of watermelons.

You’ll also be introduced to the boss characters as well as a few new faces, like my colleague NNBC Anchorman Abe Watanabe. As the story develops you’ll see the truth behind the Nippon Marathon and just why Handsome Hazuki is the contestant to beat. You’ll also see more of me, Wedy! I play a part too, and quite a big one!

In early access you can play the first 13 chapters of Snuguru Maestro’s story to give you a taste of what’s to come when the full story mode is unlocked on full release.

    There have also been some changes to the general gameplay:
  • Achievements have been reenabled
  • Me (Wedy) now appearing in the character selection screen - but how do you unlock me (Wedy)?
  • Fixed spawning issue where characters would spawn after finish line.
  • No longer eliminated if 1st player gets too far ahead in the levels.
  • General optimisation increased for smoother gameplay.

So for now I hope you enjoy playing EKI JINKO STATION & Snuguru Maestro’s story.

You won’t be disappointed.

So that’s all for now folks.

I’ve been Wedy Jones.

Keep it real. Keep it Nippon.
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September 19

Story Mode Preview: Pass Me My Reading Glasses

Wedy here but you knew that already.

The developers would firstly like to apologise for the lack of communication over the past couple of months; development of the game has completely taken over. I managed to grab an exclusive interview with one of the developers Buster regarding how development is going.

Oh dear, oh dear. After the interview, Buster sitting in an averagely sized lower visual quality puddle of tears did inform me that it will all be worth it when the game is released.


So with that covered let me bring you another exclusive… Story Mode.

Story Mode has been covered in mystery until now. I was able to steal, erm I mean borrow a copy of Story Mode when Buster was wiping away the tears and now can show it to you guys! Exciting!

So lets start with the basics.

There are four stories, one for each character, allowing you to follow their journey from pre-Nippon Marathon to post-Nippon Marathon Champion. Don’t forget to bring your running shoes as you’ll have to run each race from the Nippon Marathon that you’re all familiar with.

Each story lasts approx two hours and if you play all four stories that’s a whole EIGHT hours of story action alone! Don’t think you have to complete the story in one marathon sitting either (we won’t judge if you do), the game will save progress automatically so you can quit and continue story at your own leisure.

I know what you’re thinking, so I’ve completed Darwin’s story so I don’t need to complete the others right?

Well think again.

Each character perspective will merge together to bring you the ULTIMATE NIPPON MARATHON experience. I remember seeing something similar on The Simpsons, the “Trilogy of Error” episode I think it was?

So Wedy fans, erm I mean Nippon Marathon fans let me show you what story is all about.

Unfortunately story will not be playable on early access until closer to the full release date (Winter 2018).

Whilst stealing, erm I mean borrowing Story Mode I overheard a phone conversation between developers how JINKO EKI STATION (level 7) is due to be released on Steam Early access by the end of next week.

Oh before I go remember that Nippon Marathon is at EGX in Birmingham this weekend so if you’re going make sure to check out the game on PQube’s stand.

I’ve been Wedy Jones,

Keep it Real, Keep it Nippon
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About This Game

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.


Four-player madness!
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!

Wacky characters!
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!

Epic pratfalls!
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…

Drop-in/drop-out play!
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!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-2370M
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 Graphics
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce Gtx 970
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000

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