Last year, a game was released on Nintendo Switch in Japan called Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi (Crayon Shin-chan: My summer vacation with the professor). The crossover between the legendary comics Pencil Shin-chan and long term My summer vacation a series of video games, it looks slow and complicated and comfortable and everything you would want from a game with a summer holiday emphasis on it.
Here’s the 2021 trailer for the Japanese release:
Looks really cute, doesn’t it? Kazu Ayabe, the director of the main series, is also in charge of the game, and the addition of more modern visuals – first on PS1 and most recently on PSP – only makes things look better. Like every other game in the main game My summer vacation series that we all assumed would be a Japan-only release, but it turns out we were all wrong in the best possible way.
Earlier today, it was announced that not only Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi it’s now PlayStation 4, but it’s also translated into several Western languages, obviously including English but also German, Spanish, and Portuguese.
If you’re wondering just how these games work, they’re about playing through a kid’s summer vacation. You walk around a sleepy town, talk to people, play some minigames and just generally hang out. As the game’s new English-language website says:
Enjoy the feeling of Japan in the height of summer. Wander beneath the wide open skies and listen to the sound of cicadas ringing through the mountains and the gentle babbling of brooks as they wind through the greenery. It’s an experience that’ll instantly have you nostalgic for Japanese summer.
The international release of Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi will be out in August on both PS4 and Nintendo Switch.