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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.

SoS VA and LV DLC | Posted at 02:10 PM on 14 August 2015
In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley news, the last batch of DLC is now available to European players. Players now have the choice to include the optional marriage candidates Andrea and Luke in their games. Remember, to download the extra content use the option from the game's title screen; you won't find it directly within the Nintendo eShop.

XSeed Games posted on their Twitter account that their next voice recording project is Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale. I would imagine this means the JP VAs will not be included in the North American release of the game. It makes sense, since I wouldn't imagine that a lot of potential game buyers would be fluent enough in Japanese to understand what the in-game characters were vocally saying. Also, some of the deeper JP voices (e.g., Anton the Scholar) are difficult for me to hear unless I crank up the sound volume and/or use the in-game options to decrease the background music volume, so replacing them with EN voices that are a little easier to understand is positive.

And here's the July Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic!


- Cher
(Being an adult is just like being an older kid. Really! *Kermit flail* wwhhhaaaa yaaaaayy!)
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TLV DLC for EU on Aug 4 | Posted at 04:51 PM on 31 July 2015
Rising Star Games has announced that DLC packs for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley are coming out next Tuesday, August 4th. I am guessing this will be the two download content crops packs: Soybean/Basil and Cocoa/Olives. Also, there's still no official information on an EU release for Story of Seasons. Marvelous EU has confirmed on their Facebook page (Warning: Senran Kagura boobies galore!) that the company won't be handling the EU release, but that doesn't mean that it won't ever be released. With XSeed Games rejoicing about its over 100,000 sales (woo!), the game is anticipated to come out in the PAL region at some point in the future.

The farming aspect of Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale is pretty simple. You can buy seeds from the general stores, receive them as rewards for completing requests from villagers, or obtain them by defeating the monsters in the game. Seeds can be planted on the appropriate farm area. For example, you can plant the Pote Potato seeds on your beginning farm, but not in the fields of the Quiet Forest Farm.

After you plant the seeds and water the crops, you just have to wait for the seedlings to grow. The growth time is based on the the time you are spending in the game, instead of going to bed for a certain number of days like in mainline Bokujou Monogatari games. For example, it takes about 50 minutes of playtime for a Pure White Turnip to mature from seed to harvest.

An alert will appear on the top screen of the Nintendo 3DS when a crop is ready to be harvested, but it doesn't notify you which one of your crops is ready; the alert just tells you the farm location where the crop can be found. You'll also be alerted when a crop needs watering or when one of the special girls you can befriend is thinking of you.

- Cher
(Can't believe it is almost August already. Time for Christmas light extravaganza planning!)
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