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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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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August 18

Update - Version 0751: Fruit, Mazes & a Speed Increase of 25?

Wedy here with an update for all you Nippon fans! With game development rapidly approaching the finishing line, the developers have released what can only be described as

"The Update To Beat All Updates!"

So what does this update include I hear you cry? Well let me tell you...

Game Modifiers are now in stock! Purchase them from the In-Game Store and enable them from the Options Menu.

Turbo Mode On!
Not for the faint of heart, this mode is fast, furious and down right frantic. Turn this bad boy on and Versus Modes will increase in speed by 25%.

Minigames Off!
What, you want to turn me off? How dare you! You... you... MONSTER! Seriously though, I could do with a lie down in a dark room so don't mind me.

Item Config!
Wanna play bananas only? Well you can, you can also play melons only, pineapples only, mushrooms only or even choose no items at all.

Here's a tip: Turbo Mode + Minigames Off + No Items is a real test of skill for you and your virulent compadres.


There used to be a nightclub called Dropout near where I grew up, it attracted the very people you would expect - QUITTERS! So, we've added a drop-out feature - players 2, 3 and 4 can now pause the menu and give up on life should they wish. Typical!

There's been some improvements to the player reactions to the environment. Tumbles, crashes and falls are now more realistic and glitches should be less frequent however mistakes will now lead to more amusing ragdoll moments.

I'm not going to say much about this, instead I shall leave you with this screenshot which won't clarify anything at all.

The title says it all, your custom control scheme will now be saved, including assignments for players, buttons... everything! Yay!

Versus Modes against CPU opponents now include the four boss characters. What happens when Hazuki and Hideko face off? Will they have a tiff? Juicy!

Elimination by shiba inu. That is all. Actually it isn't, there's also been improvements to the melon based sudden death too, my oh my you're so spoiled!

Nippon melons are the best melons, you know why? Because they explode! However we've made them a little less accurate so that the leader doesn't get 'blue shell syndrome' and need hospitalising.

You can now earn Yen from playing GO-GO-TROLLEY BOWLING and LOBSTER MODE, hurrah!

So that's all for now folks,

Keep your eyes, ears and noses peeled for more updates regarding all things Nippon on my
Twitter Page, and who knows I may even get to release EXCLUSIVE sneak peeks at the upcoming NEO JINKO prefecture and on the somewhat elusive STORY MODE!

I've been Wedy Jones,

Keep it Real, Keep it Nippon!

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July 7

Controller Assignment Fixed!

Hot News! Controller Assignment Fixed!

Wedy Jones here with a morsel of juicy info for you. If you've been struggling to get controllers and keyboards assigned properly then you definitely wanna check this out!

The developers of Nippon Marathon just sent me these patch notes:

V0.662 Notes -
When using the controller mapping feature in the options menu you are now able to assign controllers to players properly. The keyboard will always remain as P1, so if you want to play multiplayer with one person on keyboard just ensure that controllers are assigned to P2, P3 and P4 and the controller mapping menu can now be navigated using keyboard, gamepad and mouse.

The developers then went on to say:
"We'll continue to improve this area of the game so please leave feedback."

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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