Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-08-08 13:46 JST)
Game developer Bakumatsu Games has launched a multiplayer sumo game called Morodashi Sumo on PC (Steam) for $4.99.
Bakumatsu Games is composed of members from the popular Japanese content creator group Bakumatsu Shishi, who are active on Twitch and Niconico as well as YouTube, where they have over 425,000 subscribers. The group has now released their own unique sumo game.
Morodashi Sumo is set on a different version of Earth that is located in the multiverse. Morodashi sumo matches are fought with a variety of techniques, such as grabbing, thrusting, and leaping. The competitor who successfully removes their opponent’s mawashi (loincloth) and achieves “morodashi” (exposing their privates) is crowned the victor.
The game’s concept is not entirely outrageous because in the real sport of sumo, there is actually a rule known as “fujou make” which states that if a competitor’s privates are exposed, then they lose the match. That being said, it is prohibited to attempt to intentionally remove an opponent’s mawashi.
The protagonist of the game is a sumo wrestler who devotes themselves to daily training as they aim to become a Yokozuna, the highest rank in morodashi sumo. One day, after hearing a rumor about an almighty power being sealed within the morodashi sumo trophy “Chan-Kona,” they decide to enter the Morodashi Sumo Battle Tournament.
The victor of a match is the first to win three rounds, and as far as the actual removal of mawashi is concerned, the game uses effects to hide sensitive areas. This is even explained on the store page: “The nude part is hidden by the light effect, so you cannot actually see it.” Following a match, the ring is changed to a dance floor and the two sumo wrestlers dance with the referee.
The game includes a single player mode, a local two player mode, and an online two player mode. Players can use one of eight default characters or create their own custom characters. The character editor provides a high degree of freedom in changing your character’s appearance. You can alter the character’s body, hair, face, expression, add accessories, and more. There are 24 adjustable settings just for the face alone. Players use the prize money that is obtained by winning matches to unlock random accessories that can be added to their characters.
On the day of release, two members from Bakumatsu Shishi streamed the game on their YouTube channel. You can watch them enjoy playing the game while also being worried that their channel might be banned. The video is a good opportunity for those who are curious about the gameplay and want to see it in action.
The Steam page for Morodashi Sumo can be found here.