If you’re looking for something a little different to play this holiday season, then you should be looking no further than the utterly nuts Nippon Marathon.
Available right now on Xbox One, Nippon Marathon is a physics based multiplayer party racer that deals with a whole ton of the crazy.
Set in the land of the rising sun, Nippon Marathon is the work of two people – Andy and Amy Madin – as it tasks you with overcoming the most brutal of odds in order to become the winner of the Nippon Marathon. But this isn’t just your usual running race and in order to be crowned marathon champ, you’ll need to navigate your way over barrels, past monks, over monkeys and around shopping trolleys if you wish for success to come your way.
It’s all about winning in Nippon Marathon and with a whole host of crazy characters in play, how you go about doing that is totally up to you – just make sure you become one with the raucous ragdoll physics and crazyness of the local multiplayer game, and all will be good.
Nippon Marathon on Xbox One will cater for 4 local friends who wish to get one up on each other, however technically you will find that the game can suit 8 players across the Party Games modes that allow for pass-the-pad gameplay. Should you have no friends, then you are also well catered for with a solo story mode and the opportunity for you to drop some AI into the Versus mode when your friends aren’t available.
Obviously though it is the local multiplayer experience that Nippon Marathon is playing towards though and it should be here where the game excels. If you wish to know more, then you could do worse than check out our review in the days ahead. Chances are Nippon Marathon on Xbox One will be pretty good though, and it’s a game that has been on our radar since winning our Game of the Show title at the Play Expo event back in 2017.
If you can’t wait though, and are looking for a hectic local multiplayer party title for the holiday season, then the Xbox Store will deliver a download Nippon Marathon on Xbox One right now. Does the £11.99 price tag deserve it? Only you can answer that question. Just make sure you let us know in the thoughts below.
San! Ni! Ichi! Hajime!!! Stretch your muscles and embark upon the ultimate marathon of Japan in a crazy party racer! Hurdle barrels, outrun Shiba Inu and dive out of the paths of bicycles – all while throwing fruit at your opponents and dashing across planks precariously balanced over waterfalls in an unreal marathon across the whole of Japan!Four-player drop-in/drop-out madness!Solo play is supported, but grab up to four pads and enjoy the supreme silliness of gaming’s greatest marathon. Need a bathroom break to brush pineapple juice off your onesie? Random pedestrian passing by your couch and wants to play? Whatever the cause, hop in and out for the ultimate party get-together!Experience surprises galore in a race across all of Japan!Cross the land of Nippon in a series of creative levels spanning busy city streets, narrow old streets, bustling markets, mountaintop shrines and even the top of a bullet train! You never know what will happen next in Nippon Marathon. Perhaps you’ll find time for an impromptu spot of slot machine fun? Maybe a news anchor will jetpack in to interview you on the racetrack? Heck, anything is possible…An expansive story mode with a bizarre cast of characters!Climb the ranks from rookie runner to marathon master. Experience the stories of lobster-man J DARWIN, narwhal enthusiast Elizabeth Nishibori, old uncle sailor Zenbei “XEN BAE” and wannabe dating-agency owner Snuguru Maestro, all while revealing the shady secrets of the unseen forces at play behind the Nippon Marathon. Can you beat the returning ten-time champion Handsome Hazuki and his cronies?Chill out with some Party Games!Some people like bird watching. Some people like a lazy Sunday afternoon drive. Some people like to throw themselves into a trolley, and smash head-first into man-sized bowling pins! Set your shopping trolley’s position, take a running jump, wince as you hurtle towards random hazards and pray you don’t end up in the emergency room. Mastered the Turkey in bowling? Then take on the L.O.B.S.T.E.R gauntlet! A precariously narrow, randomly generated assault course. Swinging hammers, pneumatic boxing gloves, and irate American footballers conspire to knock you into the drink!