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.
Harvest Moon GBC 2 is now for sale in NA
| Posted at 01:07 PM on 17 October 2014
This week, Harvest Moon 2 GBC
became available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. The game sells for $4.99 in the Nintendo 3DS eShop and requires 57 blocks of SD card space. In this version of the game you can choose to play as a girl or boy farmer, and will be given the task to revive the local farm within three years or the village will be forced to turn it into an amusement park. You'll interact with the villagers, wander around a mountain area, collect pictures in a Photo Book, catch insects and fish, raise crops and animals, but not
The game has a few differences between the genders; if you start out as a girl, you'll have 500 G more than if you start as a boy. There are also crop differences such as the girl can grow Potatoes and the boy can grow Turnips. In the original game, you could use a Gameboy Link Cable to trade seeds between games to fill in the missing crops, but the Link Cable is clearly not compatible with the Nintendo 3DS.
The Fogu guide
for Harvest Moon GBC 2 is actually the first one I wrote on the farming series, 14 years ago. After that, players asked for another, then another, and so on and on and on!
There's 18 days to go before Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley
is released in North America. In less that three weeks, those of us who buy the game will be exploring a version that doesn't have existing Japanese information or guides. There'll likely be a lot of "how do I....?" questions and information sharing between players. It's a good thing there's an intre-net-dohicky now that allows for such things. No need to call Nintendo's 1-800 game support number!
XSeed Games has updated their localization progress log
for Story of Seasons
with information about the Television set. This house item can be made once you by the blueprint from Mistel's antique shop. The TV has three channel on it: the daily weather channel, the variety channel, and the Oak Tree channel. There's seven shows that can appear on the variety channel and three shows that appear on the Oak Tree channel. The show that airs will depend on the day of the week. Personally, I'm fond of the Georgio's Elegant Farm Life show because, well, it's Georgio
Until next time!
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| Posted at 10:56 AM on 11 October 2014
The other day, Natsume confirmed that the official North American release date for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley
will be Tuesday, November 4th. You can pre-order the game at the company's online store
if you're in the continental US (sorry Canada), or from your local Gamestop retail store. The European release date is still set for sometime in 2015, but the specifics aren't available quite yet. The special limited-edition of the game will come with a large plushie rabbit while the pre-order from Gamestop (or from the Natsume store) will be a smaller plushie puppy.
The game will sell for $29.99 (plus tax if required), and the larger bunny bonus version will be $39.99 from the Natsume store. How exciting!
As for Story of Seasons
, XSeed has confirmed that the post-release Novice mode will be included in the English version of the game. It will be the cuter-named Seedling Mode, and you can choose between Seedling and normal mode when you begin a new game. The game has two save files, so you could have one on normal difficulty and another on easier mode. Note that Seedling/Novice mode doesn't affect everything
in the game. It affects shop sell prices, stamina reduction, and fewer requirements to unlock the last two Trade Depot vendors.
XSeed has also started publishing updates on their Bokumono
localization on their Tumblr account
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| Posted at 04:03 PM on 19 September 2014
At the Gamestop Expo last week, there was a preview of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley
aired on Twitch.tv. Graham from Natsume explained a little bit more about the game while a video demo was aired to viewers. You could see that the season was Spring, yet it was snowing as that's part of the stuck-in-winter storyline. There were also some new crops revealed such as pansies (pink, purple, and yellow colored), Pink Dahlias, Carnations, "great" quality crops, White Berries, and Celery. The interview also highlighted the "dirt customization" where players could raise and lower the level of the land, with a maximum of 16 levels in either vertical direction. There are also different types of animal feed such as Great Animal Feed, Silent Feed, and Active Feed.
Another aspect is that when your personal bag is full, the harvested crops will automatically go to your storage instead. No more "your bag is full" message. If you watched the video really close, you could see another character that hasn't been officially introduced yet: the inventor/scientist, Doc.
In other Natsume news, Legend of the River King 2
is now available for purchase from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The old Gameboy Color game costs $4.99 and requires 49 blocks of SD card space. The game follows the story of two brothers who are sent on a request by Yuki, who accidentally broke the Heaven Jewel into two pieces and asks for your help to retrieve the broken gem. The kid brother starts in the inland area and moves towards the sea, and the teen brother starts in the sea area and moves inland. Their stories are the same but just start in reverse of each other.
There's also an ancient Fogu guide
for the game, circa 2000, as well as a text FAQ
if you prefer to go that route. Note that the COMM option at the grocery store doesn't do anything in the Virtual Console version, since that was how players would connect their River King and Harvest Moon GBC 2 games together via the Gameboy link cable, allowing them to trade bugs, fish, flowers, and other items.
As for Story of Seasons
, we already know that the added Novice mode reduces shopkeeper prices and conserves stamina when using tools, but it also
decreases the amount of shipped items required for unlocking the last two Trade Depot vendors, Ice Country and Tropical Country. Players are still required to ship at least 3 million G worth of goods, but the specific items required for each vendor to unlock have been reduced by 30%.
For example with the Ice Country requirement, players are required to ship at least 100 fences (among other things) to the vendors at the Trade Depot. When playing Novice mode, you only have to ship 70 fences to meet the shipped-fences requirement. Thatís a little bit easier compared to the original Veteran mode of the game.
Will the game still have two modes when it is released in North America, or will the standard be Novice mode? *shrug*
Also coming out of Japan is news from Marvelous about a crossover between Bokujou Monogatari
and the classic strategy RPG, Popolocrois. The game is called Popolocrois Bokujou Monogatari
and will be for the Nintendo 3DS system. It isnít a full Bokumono game, but rather a Popolocrois game with farming aspects added in. It is being produced by Yoshifumi Hashimoto, who has just finished up Forbidden Magna (3DS, Oct 2 Jp release), and Tamori Yousuke, the creator of the Popolocrois manga series. It looks like our farming video game producer doesnít get very many breaks between games.
Marvelous has launched their official website about the game at http://www.marv.jp/special/game/3ds/popoboku
if you want to check it out. There are screenshots of Prince Pietro growing and harvesting crops, which will be shipped for money. It looks quite pretty.
The game has only been recently announced, so weíll have to wait and see how much of our farming game is rolled into this new 3DS game.
And here is the October Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic!
- (whew... back to farming...)
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