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The Ushi No Tane websites specialize in information about the Nintendo console versions of the Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King games. Both game genres are created and published in Japan by Marvelous. In other regions, you'll find Natsume, XSeed Games, Marvelous AQL of Europe, and Rising Star involved in the series' release.

The latest version of the farming series in various regions of the world are Bokujou Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Japan), Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley in North America, and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning in Europe.

The latest version of River King, in all regions of the world, is River King: Mystic Valley (2009).

Since 2000, Ushi no Tane has been run by a grouchy old lady who happens to be fond of video game agriculture. The website is not officially affiliated, sponsored, endorsed, or employed by the developers of Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, or River King. This is simply a fan site.




01.14 Nintendo Direct | Posted at 01:41 PM on 17 January 2015
This week Nintendo aired their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, which featured Story of Seasons for a few moments. The game has a general release window of March 2015 in North America, but it doesn't have an official date as of yet. Once XSeed Games has a set date I'm sure they'll announce it on their various social media outlets.

The Nintendo Direct mentioned the game's theme is connecting with other lands and players, so it may be safe to assume that the wifi farm visitation system will be in place for the NA audience, but there was no mention if StreetPass will remain. The Direct also mentioned it was "exclusive to the Nintendo eShop", even though there will be a physical release with the little Angora Rabbit plushie pre-order bonus. So no worries there about it being digital only!

The StreetPass feature in Story of Seasons isn't very much anyway; you basically just see other gamers' farmers walking around your town, and you can talk to him/her to see the player's farm statistics. Not having it in the North American version won't be a big loss, especially since farming StreetPasses happen so rarely.

XSeed Games has also released a promotional trailer for the game. The background music is the winter season theme. Daikon has been translated to "Radish," and yams are "Sweet Potatoes."



As for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, the game has been out for about two months and players still haven't discovered all of the various crop mutations in the game. The missing crops are slowly being figured out though, so perhaps in a few more months we'll all have everything laid out. The game's first downloadable content (DLC) is expected to be out sometime this month, so keep an eye on Natsume's social media outlets for when they get a release schedule.

Natsume is still promoting their Lost Valley fan art contest, and announced the available grand prize the other day: a giant plushie Chicken/Chick set, a chorded Cinch bag, and a Lost Valley plushie cow headphones. What? Cow headphones?! Yep, with horns and ears. You could look like a cow while jam'n to your tunes! Mooo!

*edit* Here's a better picture of the plushie cow headphones. They're so furry! (BTW, the white lines on the box are the mini blinds behind the photographer, not part of the grand prize)



More information about the fan art contest can be found on the company's Facebook page.

And here is Igusa Matsuyama's 4-col Nintendo DREAM comic for January 2015!



Until next time!


- Cher
yam, sweet potato, yam, sweet potato...
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XSeed Blog and State of the Farm | Posted at 11:47 AM on 26 December 2014
Last week, XSeed Games posted on the company's Tumblr account their recent entry to their Story of Seasons localization blog. The company confirmed that the Angora Plushie given out as the pre-order bonus for the Japanese release of the game last February will also be available to North American pre-orders. The stores that are confirmed to offer the plushie bonus are Amazon.com, Gamestop, and EB Games Canada.

For those of you curious about the size of the plushie, here is an image of it along with a 3DS and the Japanese cartridge for Story of Seasons. It is about the size of a tennis ball. The plushie was promoted as a charm that you can attach to your cellphone's audio port, where one would typically put a cellphone strap accessory, but it is a little too bulky for that! :) Since such things aren't common place in North America, I'd imagine that the attach strap may be omitted when the game finally hits retail stores.

The blog entry also mentions the Zebu cow, Angora Goat, and various Safari animals like the penguins, Sifaka Lemurs (which are really just recolored monkey sprites), and parrots. The animals that live within the Safari can't venture out of the Safari, so you aren't going to find Polar Bears wandering around your barnyard. The wild animals work similar to their incarnations in A New Beginning and Tale of Two Towns, where befriending them will result in a small gift. In Story of Seasons, the gifting event from the wild animals only occurs once (at least in the JP version).

You can read XSeed's latest blog entry here:

This morning, Natsume posted their latest entry to their State of the Farm. Community Manager CeeCee noted that the download content for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is planned to start in January of 2015, then one in February and another in March. They can't reveal exactly what will be included yet, but CeeCee hints at getting Doc to construct the Dresser within your house, so we can guess it may have something to do with additional clothing outfits.

You can ready Natsume's latest State of the Farm on their Tumblr page:


Merry (late) Christmas!

- Cher
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HM GBC 3 is Available in North America | Posted at 07:44 PM on 14 December 2014
Earlier this week, Nintendo released the last of the Harvest Moon Gameboy games, Harvest Moon GBC 3, for the 3DS virtual console. You can download the game from the Nintendo eShop for $4.99. The download uses 58 blocks of SD space.



In the last of the Gameboy series, you can select to play as a boy or a girl, who is tasks with revive a local island farm. The gender that you
don't select will be designated as your farm helper and lives with you in the farm house. Shipping is a little different in this game, as you need to place your crops into a storage hut and then call the Farmer's Union to schedule a pick up.

The island and the mainland are distinct areas, with different villagers. All of the shops are on the mainland, where you'll find a movie theater, aquarium, and shopping mail. Once you get your own boat, you can eve set up a booth at a morning farmer's market.

You can have a pet pig or falcon, raise horses to sell or race, use fertilizer to shorten crop growth time, and even have two children (if you're playing as the boy main character). There's a lot to do in HM GBC3!

There is a Fogu guide for this game if you ever get stuck. Keep in mind that if you play as a girl, the game will end after you marry.

And here is December's Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic!




- Cher
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