Kandagawa Jet Girls Launches This January, First Screenshots, Preorder Goods (Updated)
Kandagawa Jet Girls has character, jet ski customization, online multiplayer, and a limited edition unlocking Asuka and Yumi from Senran Kagura.
Update: Added some additional details, most notably regarding the game’ modes and circuits, and more screenshots.
Marvelous revealed new details on PS4 exclusive Kandagawa Jet Girls, starting with a release date: January 16, 2020 in Japan. The game is priced at 7980 Yen plus tax. Game system details and the game’s first screenshots were also revealed. A Limited Edition and shop specific pre-order bonuses were also announced. A stream will also be held on September 25, revealing live gameplay.
While we knew Kandagawa Jet Girls features girls having duo races on jet skis and shooting each other with water guns, we didn’t know how that would translate to gameplay-wise. They didn’t officially confirm if it’ll actually be a jet ski racing game or not until now. So here’s a rundown of everything we learned.
Kandagawa Jet Girls is a jet ski racing game with shooting elements. The player controls both the girl driving the jet ski, called the “Jetter”, and the girl riding on the back called the “Shooter”.
When you switch to controlling the Jetter you can use boosts and drift, and when you switch to controlling the Shooter, you can use the items scattered on the circuit you obtained.
The circuits have various obstacles on them as well. You’ll need to reach victory by properly piloting and hindering the others, securing your first place. The game has 8 basic courses, but each course has multiple circuit variations and daytime variations.
The screenshots above show the Akihabara course and the Kanda River Asakusabashi course.
Next, Kandagawa Jet Girls has three modes confirmed so far:
We’ve got a story mode, with individual stories for each of the pair of girls. This mode’s stories are narrated through dialogues scenes between the races.
Then we’ve got a Free Mode, to race against the CPU, and upload your best time to online leaderboards. This lets you pick the rules too, like select the circuit you want, the number of laps, and the CPU’s strength.
Lastly, we’ve got an online multiplayer mode, with up to 4 players being able to race against each other. You can do either casual matches with friends or ranked matches.
You can customize the characters and jets. It’s unclear whether you can or not create your own character from scratch. While the characters shown on the screenshots look different, they’re still named by their actual names and aren’t player-created characters. The customization seems deep enough to pretty much make your own character though. The game has over 60 costumes in total, without counting the DLC ones. We translated the profiles for each pair of girls and their Jet Machines in our previous article.
There are over 50 parts to customize your Jet Machine, with each part having different effects on its performance. You can also change their esthetical looks, like their decals or colorings.
Kandagawa Jet Girls‘ boxart was also revealed.
Next, here are the details on Kandagawa Jet Girls‘ Limited Edition. It’s titled the Kandagawa Jet Girls DX Jet Pack, priced at 13800 Yen plus tax.
The Limited Edition comes in a box illustrated by character designer Hanaharu Naruko and contains:
- A 21-minutes long exclusive anime episode depicting the girls’ daily lives outside racing. Three screenshots from it were published.
- 2 CDs with OSTs from the game, 54 tracks in total.
- An artbook with over 60 pages.
- A copy of the game in a case with a different box art than the regular version.
- A DLC code to unlock Asuka and Yumi from Senran Kagura as a playable pair.
It’s also worth noting the Limited Edition’s illustration shows two silver-haired girls who weren’t introduced yet. They’re probably the best racers in the world and the final bosses or something like that.
As a reminder, Kandagawa Jet Girls is a new “multi media” project which includes a game and an anime. It’s similar to what Marvelous did with Valkyrie Drive a few years ago, and it’s a collaboration between multiple parties. We’ve got ex-Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki (who now works at Cygames), his old studio Honey Parade games at Marvelous, Kadokawa, and anime studio EGG FIRM. A new trailer for the anime was recently published, along with a new key visual:
Kandagawa Jet Girls’ anime will start airing on October 8.
A stream for Kandagawa Jet Girls was also announced for September 25, at 20:00 JST (Click here for time conversions). The stream will include live gameplay, revealed for the first time, and they’ll also exclusively broadcast the first episode of the anime. The stream will include Kenichiro Takaki and the following seiyuu: Yu Sasahara, Riko Kohara, Azusa Tadokoro, and Aya Suzaki.
I’m looking forward to the stream in order to learn more about the game and see it in action. While Wave Racer 64 with Hanaharu Naruko charadesigns and online multiplayer sounds fun, this is not enough to get me to buy this game. This is also an occasion to repeat myself: while Sony has been censoring Japanese games in particular since their policy change earlier this year, and while I personally disagree with their reasoning, all games are far from being affected. It’s not something systematical. Many sexual fanservice games are still releasing fine on PS4, and Sony isn’t “killing waifus” or whatever kind of nonsense some are claiming. Moreover, as I already explained, the situation isn’t as dire as Takaki himself made it seem like in the interview when he announced his departure from Marvelous, or else Kandagawa Jet Girls wouldn’t even exist in the first place.
You can also read this other Takaki interview we covered to know what he’s up to nowadays.
Lastly, shop-specific pre-order bonuses for Kandagawa Jet Girls were also revealed with sample illustrations. Some are included only in the Limited Edition, while some are in the regular edition as well, so you’ll have to check for yourself if you’re planning to import the game. As always with shop specific pre-order goods, some of the featured illustrations are pretty raunchy, so you should keep that in mind when deciding to scroll down or not. The bonuses are listed in the gallery at the end of this article, in this order:
- Amazon jp (Bonus DLC costume)
- Geo (Bonus DLC costume),
- Joshin (Bonus DLC costume)
- 7 Net Shopping
- Rakuten Books (Bonus DLC costume)
- Wonder Goo