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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: The Lost Valley 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.

SoM Diary #2 and RSG Winners | Posted at 01:37 PM on 02 October 2015
This week in North America, Natsume released its second Developer Diary for Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories. In the latest edition Producer Taka wrote a little bit about the town that's a short distance from your farm. He writes that the town will have a plaza where seasonal festivals will take place, and let us know that there'll be a Cooking Festival in Spring and again in Fall. Taka also explains that festivals are a great way to learn more about villagers and the marriage candidates. You can read the entire post from Producer Taka on the company's Facebook page.

In Europe, Rising Star Games has wrapped up its Lost Valley art contest. The three selected winning entries were placed on RSG's Facebook page for all to see. The grand prize winner is a cute drawing of romp with Gareth (many ladies seem to like the wizard, no love for Doc...), with the runners-up being a drawing of what happens when plants go bad and an art sculpture of the lovely Harvest Goddess. You can see the winners on the company's Facebook page.

In Japan there's not much to report on. No new information yet on the next version of Bokujou Monogatari from Marvelous. The only news is the addition of the Halloween promotion for the mobile version on the Mixi social mobile platform. There's a special Halloween-themed background that you can obtain by turning in points.

The mobile version most likely will never go beyond Japan, as it was already attempted once with Harvest Moon: Pocket Ranch. Unfortunately, Pocket Ranch was in English beta before the rest of North America was smart phone ready; I had to use Mr. Fogu's iPod Touch to sign up and play. Since the beta ended in 2011 there's been no peep if the rest of the world will get the popular mobile version, as it is restricted to Japanese gaming portals Gree, Mixi, D Game, and Mobage/DeNA, with over 3.5 million downloads in Japan since the app was released. The only English farming apps have been the mobile version of Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming (which is fine if you like puzzle games and have an iDevice, as the Android version is super tiny) and the upcoming Seeds of Memories.

- Cher
(Oof, must resist Amiibo cards... )
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