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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Mostly Positive (11) - 72% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Positive (48) - 87% of the 48 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Feb 15, 2018
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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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April 4

Sink into the Party Game where all shell breaks loose: L.O.B.S.T.E.R Mode out NOW!

Roll up! Roll up! L.O.B.S.T.E.R Mode has arrived in Early Access! The first of three planned Party Games for Nippon Marathon, L.O.B.S.T.E.R Mode is a pass-the-pad test of skill and endurance for 2-8 players.



After every player picks and names their own contestant, they must run Surfin’ Jack Cactus’ gauntlet: a precariously narrow, randomly generated assault course filled with swinging hammers, pneumatic boxing gloves, basketball cannons and irate American footballers, as well as paper targets that grant bonus time when hit. There may be some beached fish flopping around, too…

The player who records the longest distance before the timer expires wins the round, while all others shellfishly grab a letter. Between each round Surfin’ Jack Cactus spins his bonus wheel to see whether more time’s added to the clock or the course is re-rolled, and the sole winner is the player who manages to avoid being dubbed the LOBSTER, PRAWN or EBI (depending on the chosen length of the game).



In addition to the four key Nippon Marathon contestants, LOBSTER Mode also introduces a selection of playable spectators to ensure everybody has a unique avatar during eight-player parties.

Like the full Nippon Marathon itself, L.O.B.S.T.E.R Mode will evolve during the game's Early Access period, with additional course elements and contestants planned for future updates. We'll be listening to suggestions in the comments below and on the Community boards during the creation of these new course features (check out the pinned thread). So be sure to let us know what you think of L.O.B.S.T.E.R Mode - your suggestions could be implemented in the future!



And for our huge Asian fanbase, today's update brings an extra-special addition to Nippon Marathon. Japanese, Chinese and Korean localization is now available, plus our talented commentator Sora has recorded all the announcer dialogue in Japanese as well, for added authenticity.

We want to thank you all for the immense support so far, and we hope you love today's new features. This first big content update is just one of many we have planned for 2018, and we can't wait to expand the wacky world of Nippon Marathon even more in the coming months.
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April 2

L.O.B.S.T.E.R mode is coming 04/04/18!

Greetings contestants! Wedy here with a very special announcement: Nippon Marathon is expanding this week! Look how happy that news has made Surfin' Jack Cactus below!



On Wednesday, every Early Access player will gain access to the very first Nippon Marathon Party Game: L.O.B.S.T.E.R mode, which supports 2-8 players in a pass-the-pad jamboree of epic proportions!



And that's not all: Nippon Marathon's upcoming update will also add localization support for Japanese, Korean and Chinese, and will ALSO be unleashing an authentic Japanese commentary track into the Nippon News Broadcasting airwaves!



We'll bring you much more info on Wednesday when the update goes live. Until then, I've been Wedy!

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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.

Features

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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000
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