Sayonara Umihara Kawase — the latest in a line of hard-as-nails 2D platformers, in contrast to its cute ‘n’ quirky appearance — will be releasing on the European Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS under its original title this week. It was released last year under the title Yumi’s Odd Odyssey in America, should you want to look for reviews on the title.
The game follows the titular heroine Umihara Kawase as you navigate a surreal fish-infested world using her trusty fishing line as a grappling hook. This hook is unlike any grappling hook you’ve probably encountered, and is the reason for both the series’ longevity and insane difficulty. The hook’s unique elasticity results in physics-enabled mechanics, having both momentum, adjustable length, and bounciness that requires precise manipulation to make your way through the world.
I’ve put many hours into the original Umihara Kawase on the SNES and its PlayStation incarnation
via emulators THROUGH ENTIRELY LEGAL CHANNELS, and cannot recommend the series enough (except for the disastrous Umihara Kawase Portable, which is the only rotten cod in the series).
You can watch a speed-run of the original game here, if you would like to get an idea of the insane swinging shenanigans you can get up to.