Shin-chan on Switch and PS4
Did you ever play Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale? Released nearly a decade ago for Nintendo 3DS as part of Level-5’s Guild02 compilation, the game is a slice-of-life adventure about a young kid named Sohta who’s just moved to a small town where giant kaiju fight every Friday. Its developer, Millennium Kitchen, found inspiration for the title from its flagship franchise Boku no Natsuyasumi, a somewhat popular slice-of-life series that saw a string of releases in Japan throughout the aughts.
Despite it never getting an official localization, Boku no Natsuyasumi has developed a pretty niche following in North America. So much so that it was pretty big news among a small group of fans when Millennium Kitchen announced it was developing a spin-off featuring characters from the Crayon Shin-chan manga and anime series. I remember gawking at the game’s screenshots when they first hit the web a few years ago, never really expecting I’d actually be able to play it. But I guess the fates are on my side because late last night, word dropped from Wario64 over on Twitter that Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi is getting localized later this summer as Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation – The Endless Seven-Day Journey –.
The Endless Seven-Day Journey features the entire Nohara family relocating to Assou, Kumamoto where five-year-old Shin-chan can spend his days exploring the countryside, taking pictures, catching bugs, growing vegetables, competing against other kids in town in Dinosaur Showdown, and more. If it’s anything like Attack of the Friday Monsters, it’ll be a relaxing experience filled with beautiful locales and charismatic characters. And while I may have no history with the Crayon Shin-chan franchise, I kind of doubt that will stop me from enjoying what this game has to offer. After all, I got more than enough delight out of Doraemon Story of Seasons despite not knowing a single thing about Doraemon.
Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation – The Endless Seven-Day Journey – will release this August for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. As of right now, the game will only be made available digitally over here. Check out the game’s official website for more details and to gander at some incredibly lush scenery.