Nippon Marathon

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

49

Top Critic Average

10%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 critic reviews
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8 / 10
Jan 2, 2019

Nippon Marathon is a game that is proud to be exactly what it is. There are no pretences or delusions of grandeur, just good clean fun. Playing with friends is sure to bring a fair few laughs as you rain watermelons down on your rivals. Just be prepared to be taken out by sudden barrels and hordes of cute dogs.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2018

Nippon Marathon is one of the craziest games you’ll play in 2018 either solo or in multiplayer. The game is intentionally created to look like a very low-budget title with poor animations, physics, and visuals, but that’s all part of the charm and the game shouldn’t be overlooked because of this. Once you get into the race, the whole event becomes really competitive if your playing with friends and exciting if you’re playing solo. If you decide to brave the solo story mode (which you should), you’ll be greeted with four intertwining stories to play through, each with their own protagonist and hilarious story to uncover. Seriously, this is one game where you shouldn’t ‘judge a book by its cover’ as inside it’s an explosion of Japanese wackiness!

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7 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2019

If I had to pick a single word to describe Nippon Marathon, it would be fun. While I struggle to ascertain exactly which part of this beautiful mess calls to me so, I can recommend it for anybody looking for a wild multiplayer experience. Pick up four controllers and get ready for the marathon of your life.

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6.8 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2019

Nippon Marathon is a positively wacky, completely deranged party game, but it's also very repetitive.

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6 / 10
Jan 12, 2019

Nippon Marathon isn't not going to be everyone's tastes – those eye-wateringly janky visuals (whether by design or not) and the nature of physics-driven racing are an acquired taste that most people are going to tire of, fast. However, look past the surface and there's a multiplayer experience here that will appeal to fans of Gang Beasts and the like, who just want a silly party game that cares not for seriousness in any form.

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6 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2019

Weird Japan race is so cute and simple-minded, but somehow funny. Especially with friends in party mode.

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Dec 15, 2018

Nippon Marathon is a ridiculous bakage game that's a ton of fun with friends but its annoying gameplay is only tolerable in short bursts.

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5.8 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2018

Nippon Marathon is a dispensable title and a must play at the same time. A must play... for those who look for silly and timeless fun.

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5.8 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2019

Nippon Marathon offered some fun with its multiplayer showdowns and my friends and I had plenty of laughs as we raced across each bizarre course, but there’s no denying that it’s ultimately a flawed experience that lacks the depth to keep you hooked in for too long. Add to that some janky physics, a varying quality of level design, and a lacking single player mode and it’d be easy to completely dismiss the game and play something better. Still, the moments of fun it does offer deserve some praise and the silliness of the whole experience did offer something completely unique when looking for that local multiplayer fix. There are undoubtedly better multiplayer games to play out there, but if you want something a bit different (and completely bizarre) it might be worth giving Nippon Marathon a look just to experience the absurdity of it all first hand – just don’t expect to want to spend more than a few hours playing it.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2019

With its Takeshi's Castle style, Nippon Marathon will delight those who enjoy the peculiar and ridiculously funny style of these contests, although neither technically nor playable is anything special.

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