NIP­PON MARATHON

Get some nuts

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - SACRIFICE -

As Os­car’s old dad used to say, “If it’s not a bizarre mash-up be­tween Takeshi’s Cas­tle and Mi­cro Ma­chines, I’m not play­ing it!” Judg­ing from our time with Nip­pon Marathon, it’s safe to say his dad’d fi­nally be get­ting the game he al­ways dreamed about. We’d let him know if he hadn’t left to live as a her­mit on Miya­jima, the Ja­panese deer is­land. The cast of wacky rac­ers are tak­ing part in the tit­u­lar game-show styled race that takes place all over Ja­pan. Think you can Beat Takeshi? The chal­leng­ing and bizarre ob­sta­cle courses you have to sprint through say oth­er­wise – crash­ing through a high-rise of­fice win­dow, leap­ing over bar­rels as you climb shrine steps, and hurl­ing your­self into shop­ping trol­leys to gain the edge. It’s hard to know what will hap­pen next, but that’s part of the crazy charm.

Fall off the screen and you for­feit a point to your op­po­nent, be­fore you all re­set to con­tinue on track. The tum­ble physics make sure the rac­ers fre­quently end up in hi­lar­i­ous sit­u­a­tions as they’re knocked around, des­per­ately try­ing to stay ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion – jump­ing and div­ing and hurl­ing fruit. Fun as the nor­mal races may be, there’s more con­tent com­ing, with Onion Soup hav­ing an­nounced a Tony Hawk’s HORSE-es­que score-set­ting LOB­STER mode. The marathon is only just get­ting started!

“IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAP­PEN NEXT, BUT THAT’S PART OF THE CHARM.”

Even baked beans can’t stand in your way of win­ning the marathon.

Above Shiba inu may be cute, but th­ese fast fiends can eas­ily cost you a race.

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