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Umihara Kawase
Game Code: ATA Genre: Action / Platform
US Title: not released in the USA US Publisher: -
Japan Title: Umihara Kawase Japan Publisher: TNN
Title in Kanji: 海腹川背 Title in Kana: うみはらかわせ
European Title: Europe Publisher: -
Developer: TNN / NHK SG Players: 1
Accessories: none Special Chips: none
Save: battery

Definitely up there with the most bizarre games on the SNES, Umihara Kawase features a little girl and her rubberized fishing line. Many of the fish enemies have chicken-like legs, and seem to appear out of thin air. The key to this game is to make your way to exits using your fishing line to catapult yourself across gaps and other dangers (as the little girl cannot jump high). The game itself is not that long, but it is incredibly challenging. The multiple routes provide plenty of replay value as well.

Cart Title Translation (thanks SoM2Freak and me):

I guess the correct translation of the super-title is "Rubbering Action Game," and below that in Chinese characters it has the title, "Umihara Kawase," and below that it has furigana that indicate the correct reading of the Chinese characters that form the title (i.e., hiragana that read "u," "mi," "ha," and so on). Umihara Kawase literally translates to "Sea, belly. River, back." "Umi" (sea, ocean) in this case would refer to "fish of the sea," i.e. ocean fish, while "kawa" (river) would refer to "fish of the river," i.e. freshwater fish. So it is probably an idiomatic expression that means "The belly of a saltwater fish is good to eat, and the back of a freshwater fish is good to eat."

Cartridge label information

Region Country Serial Code notes Scan
Asia Japan SHVC-ATAJ-JPN regular release link

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PCB Information

ROM Chip ID Region Known Man. Dates PCB Type CIC SRAM Decoder/ Logic Circuit Special Chips
SHVC-ATAJ-0 (front) Japan 9448 SHVC-1A1M-11 D411A 16k MAD-1 -

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