NeoGAFfer duckroll spotted a mysterious, and potentially interesting, new DS game listing on Amazon.co.jp: Umihara Kawase Shun Second Edition: Complete Version
, due out March 26. In case the name doesn't ring any bells, Umihara Kawase
was a Super Famicom platformer similar to Bionic Commando
, but with a young girl in the place of the beefy military dude, and a heavier emphasis on self-contained, small levels, technical grappling, and ... fish. We adore the game
Unfortunately, if this is true, we're unlikely to adore the result. Umihara Kawase
was recently released in Japan on the PSP (a US release is planned
as well), and it's a mess
. Basically, the rope doesn't work right at all, failing to hook when it's supposed to, swing the way it's supposed to, or let go when it's supposed to. And if the PSP port (of the PlayStation version of the Super Famicom game) was so lazily and poorly made, what chance does the DS version have? Not to mention that the DS release is in extra danger of touch screen controls.