Press release:
PQube, London (June 18th, 2018)- PQube and developers Onion Soup Interactive are pleased to announce the latest update to the hilarious multiplayer racer NIPPON MARATHON, coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

Currently in Steam Early Access, Nippon Marathon is billed as Micro Machines meets Takeshi’s Castle – a hell for leather physics-heavy race across Japan. Slip into your Narwhal Onesie, Lobster Suit, School Uniform or… er… Dogs Head and charge through locations across Japan!

Stay at the front of the pack to claim victory, but that’s no easy feat. With your competitors armed with fruity power-ups to disrupt your progress, and all manner of obstacles from collapsing gangways to feisty Chiba’s – you’ll need your wits about you to ensure you don’t do yourself a mischief!

From the rice paddies to the facility itself, the making of Sake is a fine art – though we wouldn’t recommend a tasting session right now. Weave your way through the backpackers to find a facility on the brink of collapse. Falling bridges and exploding barrels? Someone call Health and Safety!

You can’t come to Japan without experiencing a traditional Onsen in the mountains! But this is no time for a bath, not if the Snow Monkeys have any say in the matter. If they’re not throwing bananas, they’re jumping on your back (or straddling your face!). Remember folks – mischief maketh the marathon!

Handsome Hazuki, Shiro Hideko, KG Park, Felix Arizona join the party! If you’d like to know more about these not-so shadowy figures, then stop by the website[] for their full character bios! Or if you prefer your Boss characters spoiler-free, you’ll find their individual stories in the upcoming Story Mode.

​​Additional features and upgrades include:

• The in-game store is now open! Unlock new characters and bonuses – like new race-affecting extras. Want to level the playing field with ‘No Items Mode’? How about a Turbo mode? These unlocks will make the race more personal to your taste!

• The points you earn at the end of a race can now be converted into sweet, sweet Yen which you can spend in the in-game store!

• The new unlockable bosses will vary in cost in the store. KG Park at a cheerful ¥107,987, Handsome Hazuki proves good looks come with a price with the most expensive unlock of ¥902,714. Moustache grooming doesn’t come cheap.

• As an extra bonus, Onion Soup Interactive will give you, for this update only, enough in-game currency to buy at least one boss from the store!

• Tweaks and fixes to the fruit machine minigame. Items are now dispensed once the minigame is complete. Carp and Shiba now appear in place of the fruit machine objects.

• Fixes to resolution, options and saving.

And what’s Coming Next? The much-awaited Trolley Minigame is still currently in development. Please look forward to it in an upcoming update!

Nippon Marathon is out now on Steam Early Access, and is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One in Autumn/Fall 2018!

Buy Nippon Marathon on Early Access here:

Check out #NipponMarathon on social media! For more information and the latest news, follow us on Twitter at, on Facebook at and on the official Nippon Marathon website at

And for all Nippon Marathon updates, please follow the sport’s official news anchor Wedy herself at and

About Onion Soup Interactive
Hailing from the exotic dojos of Birmingham, Onion Soup Interactive is the newest kid in the indie shrine. Nippon Marathon, the officially licensed videogame of Japan’s #1 annual sports extravaganza*, is its debut title. The studio’s aim is to find and develop new forms of fun and to apply them in colorful and exciting fashion – all while trying to beat the Guinness World Record for volume of sushi consumed in a single sitting. Please direct all complaints to Buster the dog.
*Note to press: don’t fact check this.

About PQube
PQube is a publisher, distributor and service provider for the interactive entertainment industry with a global reach through UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and North and South America from its offices in Letchworth, Paris, Bristol and Bawtry.

As a licensed publisher with Sony, Valve and Nintendo and Apple, PQube’s software division publishes and distributes games for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita,Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, PC and digital download and has established a track record of success with major franchises including: Gal*Gun, Chaos;Child, Valkyrie Drive, Cat Quest, White Day, Root Letter, BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, MotoGP, Ride, MXGP, Harvest Moon, Senran Kagura and Steins Gate. PQube’s hardware division designs, manufactures and distributes consoles and accessories including the brand-new Atari ‘Retro’ range, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, SmartBoy, Retron 5, SupaBoy SFC, Sega MegaDrive, Atari Flashback and Blaze Tab. We thank all our partners and acknowledge all game names, brands and trademarks as properties of their respective owners.

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