Last year, A game was released on the Nintendo Switch in Japan called Crayon Shin-chan: Ora an Hakase no Natsuyasumi (Crayon Shin-chan: My summer vacation with the professor). A crossover between legendary manga Colored pencil Shin-chan and the long run My summer vacation series of video games, it looked slow and cruisey and chilled and everything you could want in a game with a summer vacation focus.
Here’s the 2021 trailer for the Japanese release:
Looks nice, doesn’t it? Kazu Ayabe, director of the main series, was also responsible for this game, and the addition of more contemporary graphics – the first game was on the PS1 and the latest on the PSP – only made things look prettier. Like any other game in the main My summer vacation series, we all kind of assumed this was going to be a Japan-only release, but it turns out we were all wrong in the best possible way.
This morning it was announced that not only is Crayon Shin-chan: Ora an Hakase no Natsuyasumi
If you’re wondering 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 mini-games and just hang out. As the game’s new English-language website says:
Enjoy the Japan feeling in midsummer. Hike under the wide open sky and listen to the sound of cicadas tinkling through the mountains and the gentle murmur of the streams winding through the greenery. It’s an experience that will make you instantly nostalgic for the Japanese summer.
The international release of Crayon Shin-chan: Ora an Hakase no Natsuyasumi will be released in August for both PS4 and Nintendo Switch.