Umihara Kawase Fresh! getting a staggered release in Japan

That not-so-fresh feeling

The good news for Japan is that they're getting both the retail and eShop versions of Umihara Kawase Fresh! before the rest of the world does. The bad news is that those who want the retail version will have to wait a bit longer.

Those in Japan who want to snatch the game up through the Switch eShop can hop on the game March 28th, 2019. If the retail choice is more appealing, you'll have to wait until April 25th, 2019. Preloads for the game will go live the same day the Umihara Kawase Fresh! demo is available.

Umihara Kawase Fresh's retail launch edition to include full-color instruction booklet, and more goodies

Fresh to death

Nicalis is among the best when it comes to Switch retail releases that include extra goodies. They're going to continue that tradition with Umhara Kawase Fresh!. Amazon preorders for the game have gone live, and we now know that the retail release will include a full-color instruction booklet, and other items. As for what those other items are, Amazon's listing says they'll be revealed soon.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! Will Be Served Up To Switch Players On July 9th, 2019

Nicalis grabs publishing duties

SANTA ANA, California, March 13, 2019 — Nicalis, Inc. today announced a new partnership with Japanese developer Studio Saizensen to bring Umihara Kawase Fresh! to Nintendo SwitchTM in North America and Europe on July 9, 2019. A fresh new chapter in the storied series, Umihara Kawase Fresh! features open-world platforming gameplay starring a young girl who uses her fishing lure as a grappling hook, allowing her to progress through the quaint frontier town of Kingness.

Kawase is a traveling chef who has embarked on many magical adventures in the past. In Umihara Kawase Fresh!, she will put her navigating, grappling and cooking skills to the ultimate test as she completes various quests and discovers the secrets of Kingness, a town that is new to her yet somehow familiar.

Players will need to jump, climb, swing and slingshot their way across platforms all over town in order to clear goals and reach a specific destination to advance to the next quest. Each completed quest can be replayed in Time Attack mode, where a timer is added to let players compete for the best times in online leaderboard rankings.

Along the way, Kawase can use the lure to collect enemies and various food ingredients to store in her magical backpack. Combining ingredients with special recipes creates dishes that can be consumed to earn temporary special abilities, like jumping higher or being able to survive underwater for a longer time. The game also includes two additional playable characters: Cotton from the scrolling shooter Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams and another storied character yet to be announced.

Nicalis and Studio Saizensen continue their close working relationship, as the two companies previously collaborated on the crossover fighting game Blade Strangers and the hack-and-slash RPG Code of Princess EX.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! for Nintendo Switch will be available digitally and physically (NA only) on July 9 for $39.99 MSRP.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! - Time Attack mode detailed

Got a minute?

We learned a number of months ago that Umihara Kawase Fresh! would include a Time Attack mode, but no other details on the mode were shared. Today that changes, as a slew of new info has come in.

- go through different challenges while competing for the best time.
- each character, like Umihara or Cotton from Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams, will have their own leaderboard
- you are unable to use cooked food to restore their health in this mode

Umihara Kawase Fresh! getting a demo

Umihara Kawase Fresh! seems to be moving right along, with a launch date planned for April 25th, 2019. If you're someone who's still on the fence with this game, you'll be happy to know that Success is planning a demo for the game as well. They didn't give a release date for the demo, nor do we know if it'll see release outside of Japan. It doesn't matter though, as you can always create a Japanese eShop account and grab the demo no matter what!

Umihara Kawase Fresh! development now complete, aiming for April 25th, 2019 release

Success has announced that they've wrapped development on Umihara Kawase Fresh!. The game has now been submitted for a rating. If all goes well and no fixes are needed, we should see the game launch on April 25th, 2019. We'll certainly keep you updated on the rating situation.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! gets a Japanese release date, cover art revealed

Umihara Kawase Fresh! has gotten its Japanese launch date. Fans in Japan will be able to pick up the game on April 25th, 2019, and is priced at 5,800 yen. The Japanese version will support Japanese, English, and Chinese language options.

Umihara Kawase Fresh! - Japanese site open (new screens, art, videos, and cover art)

The official Japanese website for Umihara Kawase Fresh is now open! It includes the videos above, as well as some screens and art. Over in Japan, there will be a retail version of the game that costs ¥6,264.

Check out the site here

Umihara Kawase Fresh! - new gameplay details from a hands-on session

Umihara Kawase Fresh! is making its way to Switch this year, and a new hands-on session has provided us with some more gameplay details.

- there are routes that more skilled players can take to get to places faster
- every time you reach a new checkpoint, the game overwrites your respawn point to that place
- features a story, checkpoints, quests, and an open world
- the lives counter has been taken away
- backpack items are still present in the game
- enemies other than fish appear
- previously completed quests can be played again in Time Attack mode

Umihara Kawase Fresh! set to launch on Switch in the first half of 2019

While we don't have a firm release date for Umihara Kawase Fresh! just yet, we do have some idea of when it's going to launch. Success has confirmed that the title will launch sometime between Spring and Summer of 2019, stating that it'll be out in the first half of the year. That means at the very latest, we'll be seeing the game by the end of June.