Onion Soup Interactive surprised dropped an unlisted teaser trailer for a Nippon Marathon 2 Kickstarter campaign September 10.
Before sharing the video publicly, community developer Amy Madin revealed the upcoming project via the UK-based indie studio’s official Discord server.
“Next week, we'll be posting this video publicly and sharing it with the world, but we wanted you all to see it first. In reality, one of the main reasons we've decided to make NM2 is because of you guys and your support that you give us here in this awesome Discord, so please enjoy it and ask us any questions,” she said.
“As you can see from the video, we're running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, this means we need your help telling literally everyone you come into contact with that they should support the campaign and support Nippon Marathon 2. That's stuff for next week and beyond. For now, just enjoy the teaser trailer and let's look forward to Nippon Marathon 2 being funded and rejoicing together!
Madin added that the company has “cool things” for the Discord community to be involved in at a later date.
Real-time reactions to the announcement were highly positive, with one fan even saying, “THE LEGENDS ARE TRUE.”
Word of the Kickstarter campaign followed cryptic reveals of updated Elizabeth Nishibori, Snuguru Maestro, J. Darwin, and Zenbei character models. Only in retrospect did fans (like myself) realize these renders were produced specifically for the sequel.
The teaser trailer itself further highlights the enhancements that will likely be on display come release time. From that brief glimpse alone, it’s clear that almost every facet of the first game’s visual design, from environments to animations, has been drastically overhauled.
While Nippon Marathon 2 is still most certainly in its infancy, I’m very excited to see what’s in store. There’s a reason I’ve spent hours upon hours playing the original.
(Don’t tell anybody, but I’m rooting for an Exa-Arcadia release later down the line.)