Get some nuts
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.