Nippon Marathon developer Onion Soup Interactive has been very moved by the disastrous bush fires that are currently affecting Australia — so much so that they've pledged to donate 100% of the profits from their game for the next 6 days or so.
“It’s sad to see what’s happening in Australia. It’s sad to see homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined and animals dying from the fires.” says Amy Madin in a news post on the game's Steam Community page.. “We must protect the wildlife, with fires destroying lands the size of Scotland, they cannot survive without our help.”
What's Nippon Marathon All About?
If you're in your mid-20s or older, you probably remember MXC (also known as Most Extreme Elimination Challenge). This American dub of the Japanese game show Takeshi's Castle featured contestants trying to make their way through a physical obstacle course that was laden in traps and often resulted in embarrassing (though usually harmless) pratfalls.
Nippon Marathon is a game made in the same vein, having four players dressed up in silly costumes trying to make their way through an obstacle course in the ridiculous style of Japanese game shows. It looks like a boatload of fun, and now you can pick up a copy of the game and help save some adorable animals.
How You Can Help Australia
If you'd like to chip in some money and get a cool game, you can buy Nippon Marathon on Steam right now at the regular price of $14.99 or your regional equivalent. The entirety of Onion Soup Interactive's profits from each copy will be donated to the New South Wales Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). an organization that focuses on rehabilitating and preserving Australian wildlife.
Of course, you can also just donate to WIRES directly if you'd like to help out, too. In any case, Onion Soup Interactive's deal where they donate all of their profits to WIRES will be ending on January 14, 2019.
What do you think of Onion Soup Interactive donating 100% of Nippon Marathon profits to charity in the wake of the Australian bush fires? What's your favorite Japanese-style game show? Let us know in the comments below!