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Hello everyone,


On 30th September we revealed a character intended for Nippon Marathon 2, a Canadian Mountie. What we didn't know was that the 30th September was Truth and Reconciliation Day - A Day that honours victims and survivors of Canada's residential schools, which sought to forcefully assimilate indigenous children in which the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) were involved.


Here is some more information on Truth and Reconciliation Day.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/first-national-truth-reconciliation-day-1.6188540


A member of our Discord channel brought this to our attention and we wish to make sure that Nippon Marathon remains a fun experience for everyone.


We're sorry, we were unaware of something that is very important to many families. Our ignorance is not an excuse and we have taken time to reflect upon this.


We want to ensure that Nippon Marathon and future games are fun for everyone and is never meant to be offensive. This has caused us to take a step back and evaluate all of our NM2 characters, as the last thing we want to do is cause offence. In the original Nippon Marathon, we never assigned nationalities and we made sure that all the characters were voiced by individuals of different races and gender. We take this all very seriously.


In regards to Benton and Tony, we will be withdrawing them from the NM roster.


If you or anyone you know are experiencing pain or distress as a result of their (or someone they knows) Residential school experience, then please get in touch with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (https://www.irsss.ca/)


We made a donation to the IRSSS this afternoon, consider making a donation to the IRSSS too.


Everyone reading this should feel free to talk to me or Amy about this or anything else. We are a safe space and our door is always open.


You can DM us on our company Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/OnionSoupLtd), my personal Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/MonAmieMadin), our discord (https://discordapp.com/invite/SpsyEHs), or even via email (amymadin@onionsoupinteractive.com)


Thank you

Hello everyone,


Firstly we would like to apologise for the radio silence from us. We thought we would provide you all with an update regarding all things Onion Soup Interactive, including Nippon Marathon 2.


BOSS BATTLE - FIBROMYALGIA


In October 2020 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I’d been suffering with the illness for quite a long time prior to this under the impression it was an old neck injury from 2008, but after the symptoms worsened and the illness’ characteristic chronic pain and fatigue became unbearable the doctors finally gave me a label that I could work with.


By this point it had become almost impossible to work on UEDI: Shadow of the Citadel, each day I was able to do less and less until I couldn't work on the game at all, heck I couldn’t even finish a meal at the dining table without going for a lie down, taking a ton of painkillers and sleeping for as long as my body demanded (or, ironically, laid awake, super tired and totally incapable of sleep). At its worst, the illness put me in constant physical pain, reduced my brain to mush and deprived me of sleep, sometimes for weeks at a time without any kind of reprieve.


I have a pretty strong work ethic, but since creating Onion Soup Interactive with Amy my desire to work on games is so strong that it’s been really tough to sit on the sidelines and try to focus on getting better. Fibromyalgia sufferers have a lot of trouble focussing on complex tasks and game design is really, really complex. For a while I tried really hard to fight through it, but it really isn’t possible to do that. I had to take a time-out, even if it lasted for a whole year… or longer.


Our wonderful friends in the Onion Soup Discord Server have been very supportive of us, they’ve insisted that health comes before work, no matter what and I’m really happy and proud of our community.


If you don't know already, Fibromyalgia makes the body produce excess cortisol (the stress hormone) and prevents the body from creating serotonin (the happiness hormone). You can imagine how taxing this is on mental health, Amy continues to do an amazing job of helping me through it. I know it isn’t easy for her. Amy, my parents, and our dog help keep my mental health in check. If you’re suffering with any form of mental health issue I absolutely insist that you must find some kind of help and support. You might spend a lot of time thinking the loneliest and darkest thoughts but making a genuine human connection with someone who really cares can help you drag yourself out the deepest of holes, I promise!


Since then I’ve tried so many things to help ease the symptoms of the illness, I cut gluten, caffeine, sugar and alcohol from my diet (my favourite things used to be coffee, pizza, whiskey and salted caramel brownies😭 😭 😭 . I had one year of weekly physiotherapy, 6 months of acupuncture, opioids, anti-inflammatories, supplements, exercise routines, meditation, and osteopathy. You name it, i’ve probably done it! I’m writing a detailed guide for other sufferers which may be of some help and it’ll be posted soon.


Finally, after a really long time I’m starting to feel slightly better. For a few weeks now I’ve been able to do a bit of work again, mostly art but also some work in Unity work too.


Getting Back on the Horse! - A New Game That’s Even More Stupid?


Amy and I agreed that jumping back into UEDI or Nippon 2 development would probably be too difficult for me right now and there would be a risk of triggering a flare up of symptoms and taking 10 steps back.


So instead we’ve been putting together a new ‘micro game’ collection. This allows Amy to learn more Unity skills and is also a much more low-pressure project.


We’re almost ready to share it with you, maybe in a couple of months. Before then though we’ll be running a closed beta, so if you’re interested just mention it to us in our Discord.

Oh, what the heck, here are a few GIFs just for fun.



We will be keeping the name a surprise until it's official announcement, but we are VERY excited to share it with you all. Believe me, keeping this project under wraps has been very difficult.


What’s next for UEDI: Shadow of the Citadel


We’ll be working on our new project for a little while longer, once we have that wrapped up and assuming I’m able to maintain my health, we’ll be getting back to the game. We’ll be making a conscious effort to keep it a tighter and more focussed action game than originally planned. We want to get the coolest and most fun gameplay aspects ready for you to enjoy so as not to risk the game getting stuck in development hell again.


You Want Nippon Marathon 2?


I made Nippon Marathon mostly by myself with a little help from Amy, as she was first picking up the fundamentals of art and game design. It was very difficult and stressful, so when the time comes for us to begin working on Nippon Marathon 2 as a full-time project, we’ll be hiring some help. We’re not a big studio and we don’t have a lot of resources but thankfully there’s enough love for Nippon Marathon that we believe a publisher is willing to cover the expenses. This means I can focus of work that’s less mentally taxing, I’ve really enjoyed brushing up on my Maya 3D modelling and ZBrush 3D Sculpting skills recently and I think this is now a real strength of mine.


I wish we could start NM2 tomorrow, so much that I made a new character. She’s a Canadian Mountie called Benton who rides her trusty ‘horse’ Toby.


Here’s a render of them, please let us know what you think!


***EDIT: 1/10/21 ***

Benton and Tony have been removed from the Nippon Marathon 2 roster.

What we didn't know was that the 30th September was Truth and Reconciliation Day - A Day that honours victims and survivors of Canada's residential schools, which sought to forcefully assimilate indigenous children in which the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) were involved.

We apologise for any offence caused. To read our full statement, please read this.



Nippon Marathon CD OST now available



We’ve had requests for a physical Nippon Marathon OST for aaaaages, and along with many things in the world it was horribly delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Anyway, it’s just been released by City Connection and is available to order from Clarice Shop. The CD features the music from the original game as well as tracks exclusive to the Arcade Edition. It also features a written note from us (in Japanese).


Although the site is in Japanese and primarily for the Japanese market, Buyee supports international shipping from this store.


Buy Now: https://bit.ly/NipponMarathonCD


Nippon Marathon Turbo Hyper = Running



It has finally been released! Yay! The pandemic literally sucked the life out of the arcade industry but we’re seeing signs of life creeping back in now and you might start to see some of them in the wild soon. There’s a huge Japanese and US chain called 1UP where the game’s been on test. Then there’s a bunch of them in Japan and Hawaii too. Can’t we go and live there?


If you fancy a copy of Nippon Marathon Turbo for yourself, then they'e available to purchase from our arcade publisher, exA-Arcadia. Check it out here: https://bit.ly/nmturbo


If you are attending the "Made in Asia" Convention in Brussels this October, then you can actually play the game yourself during the convention. Arcade Belgium are hosting a NM Turbo tournament at the convention. Be one of the first people in Europe to play Nippon Marathon Turbo. How exciting.


Support a Local Artist


During the pandemic, we commissioned a piece of art for our website from our community member, KYLEZOOKI. We are super pleased with the results and recommend that you all go and support this amazing artist. Not only does it include myself and Amy, our Master of Ceremonies, Buster, and Company Flower, Mocha, were also included in the piece.


Go and follow him immediately on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KYLEZOOKI091


Phew that was a long one...


Again thank you all for your continued support, and thanks to everyone who continues to buy us a coffee. It's very much appreciated, and if you want to buy us one today, mine's a decaf oat latte;


Remember to drop by our Discord and say hello, everyone loves chatting about games, anime and other fun stuff and everyone’s welcome.


***edit 1/10/21 ***

Again we would like to apologise for any offence taken from our Mountie character, If you or anyone you know are experiencing pain or distress as a result of their (or someone they knows) Residential school experience, then please get in touch with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (https://www.irsss.ca/)


So that's everything for now,


Stay safe!


Andy, Amy, Buster & Mocha

Hello everyone,


Apologies for the lack of updates, we haven't been sleeping, we've been squirrelling away behind the scenes at Onion Soup HQ.


Here's some of the exciting news that we can share with you all:


Meet the newest member of Onion Soup Interactive


Her name is Mocha, and yes, she is part chihuahua and flower. It's a rare breed.


Amy loves taking photos of Mocha (there are a lot), and if you need a cute dog picture to brighten your day (and who wouldn't?!?!?), follow Mocha's Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/mocha_the_chiflower/).


She'll thank you later with dog kisses.


Nippon Marathon Turbo = Hyper Running OUT NOW



The highly anticipated arcade edition of Nippon Marathon, Nippon Marathon Turbo= Hyper Running is now available to purchase.


The hardware is available to purchase via publisher's exA-Arcadia's webpage.



With two new characters you can race to victory as British Royal V-Tuber Annabelle or wrestle your way to the top of the score board with IWGP Champion (Insane Wrestling Pigeon Grapple) Hato.



There's even three new levels to test your skills against, and an intriguing but also slightly terrifying "Ultra Route". What could that mean?


With the madness turned up to the max can you handle Nippon Marathon Turbo= Hyper Running? Perhaps ask your GP first.


Order now on exA-Arcadia's site.


UEDI: Shadow of the Citadel Development Update



With all of the excitement surrounding Nippon Marathon Turbo, don't think we've forgotten about

UEDI: Shadow of the Citadel. Since receiving feedback from the Steam Summer Games Festival, we took the decision to give the design and gameplay a serious overhaul, and we don't think you'll be disappointed.


We both agreed not share anything until it's ready, and that time is nearly here. Due to the pandemic and health issues it's taken a little longer than expected, but we cannot wait to share UEDI with you all. It'll be worth it. Promise.


To tickle your tastebuds, above is some never before seen concept art for UEDI: Shadow of the Citadel.


Stay tuned for more updates regarding UEDI: SotC and our other projects by following our socials.



So that's all for now!


Stay safe


Amy & Andy