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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), and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning in both North America and 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.

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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Black Friday Farming Deals | Posted at 08:53 AM on 27 November 2014
Happy Harvest Festival!

If you were looking to pick up some older Harvest Moon, Rune Factory, or other Natsume-related titles, many of them are for sale on the North American Nintendo eShop or the Playstation Network. Half-off of digital download titles! These prices will be valid until December 1st:

In the US, SOTA Toys is having a 50% off weekend sale all of the extra-large Harvest Moon plushies. The bundle with all five of the special plushies is only $44.99 (normally $90!). The half-off sale lasts until November 30th.

For those of you in EU, Rising Star Games is having a similar sale, but only the Lost Valley dog and Lost Valley chicken bundle at 20% off.

- Cher
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Lost Valley Release Day! | Posted at 07:24 AM on 04 November 2014
So, today is the big day!

The Lost Valley's 3DS menu model

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is officially for sale in the America region. The retail price for the game is $29.99 (plus tax if applicable), and can be purchased at stores or from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The digital version of the game is the same price and requires 635 blocks of SD card space.

I've was lucky enough to receive an early release of the game, so I had some time to play it last farm'n weekend. The game runs smooth, the camera is improved from the E3 build, and in general, it is a very happy and cheerful game. It has a relaxed pace to it, so you can take as long as you want to go through the mystery of the ongoing winter season. I haven't run across anything that requires items from specific seasons like Mr.Dunhill's plans from Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, especially since you can apparently grow all crops regardless of the season you're in; the crops just grow better in specific seasons.

One of the things I've been enjoying is the ability to completely mutilate the terrain. There's was a bump on a hill that I got tired of having to walk around on my way to the Goddess' Spring, so I spent the time cutting down the trees and I flattened it out. Screw you little bumpy hill, you're not so tough now! Now there's enough space to plant crops there if I wanted to.

Of the characters I've unlocked so far, I am rather fond of the eccentric Doc and his strange posing. He is quite a bit like Daryl from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, but Doc actually has his inventions for sale. He acts like the Saibara or Gannon of the Lost Valley, so you'll want to take some interest in him if you want to unlock the dresser used to change your clothes and hair style, and house features such as carpet, wallpaper, and drapes.

Something that I have had a hiccup with is with the contextual tools. Sometimes when watering my crops, I don't notice I haven't moved my target box to the next spot, and the tool tip switches from "Water" to "Fertilize." So, I tend to fertilize crops that I might not of wanted to use my precious plant food on. You can use either the circle pad to move the target box, or you can use the directional pad to move the target box north/south/east/west of where you're standing. As long as I pay attention to the tool tip, I can conserve my Fertilizer for the plants I want to use it on.

The Ushi guide for the game is very basic at the moment, since I'm only in Summer. I'm sure that my progress will soon be surpassed by farmers who have more free time ;) No worries though, as the message forum will be populating with player questions within the next few days.

Happy Farming Day!

- Cher
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