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The Ushi No Tane websites specialize in information, FAQs, and guides about the Nintendo console versions of the Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, and Legend of the River King video games. These 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: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsuna Tomodachi (June 2016), Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories in the App Store in various regions (except Japan), and Story of Seasons (December 2015, 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.

Latest Harvest Moon News

3oT JP release and SoM Sale | Posted at 01:08 PM on 24 June 2016
Happy Farm'n Friday! This week in North America, Natsume announced that Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories for iOS and Android will be on sale for 30% off in all regions the game is sold in. The sale will last until the 30th of June.

In Europe (and beyond), Rising Star Games announced last week that they will be publishing Harvest Moon: Skytree Village for Nintendo 3DS in Spring 2017 (March, April, or May). The PAL region will get the presence of magnificent Doc once again!

Now, in JAPAN, the latest edition to the Bokumono franchise, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns was released in stores and on the Nintendo 3DS digital eShop. The game currently is rating at 5 stars in the eShop and still priced at 10% off until the 6th. In this version, you find that your family is moving to a new town (again) and instead of going along with them, you propose to trek out on your own. Darius thinks that it is a good idea until you explain that you want to become a farmer. The two of you get into a debate until you finally convince him to let you follow your dream.

A new feature of this game is your personality trait. You set this option during the character creation. The Popular trait earns you a friendship boost with the villagers, the Rich trait starts you out with more money, the Animal Lover trait raises your friendship with animals faster, and so on. The game also has a novice/seedling mode and veteran mode to select from when you start the game.

The tutorial time is much shorter than the previous entry; you're on your own soon after you move to the old farm by the crossroads that lead to each of the three towns. The path to Westown is the only one available at the start, with the other two town entrances unlocking later in the game. Your uncle Frank will show you around town, give you the option to listen to him tell you how to handle basic farming chores, and then you're off to start your farming life!

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Another feature added in to pass the time are the part-time jobs. There's a variety of different jobs that are available each day, similar to the message board from Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns. There are jobs to brush farm animals, pick weeds, and chop wood; these jobs start once you select them and act like mini games that end after you've completed the task and receive your pay. Other jobs like shipping items or courier tasks will earn you money the next day. Shipping part-time jobs ask you to ship X number of a type of item (vegetables, eggs, milk, etc.) while courier tasks require you to take a package from the job-giver and deliver it to a recipient. There's even a part-time job to be a medicine tester for Doctor Ford (yikes!).

Famitsu.com posted an article this week with pictures of the pets that you can have on your farm. There are 28 types of pets available along with Hamtaro.

If you want to see more images of the game, the Nintendo Miiverse for Trio of Towns is open. You can also check out the UNoT farmer forum for information posted by players who have imported the game. The preview guide will also be updated when new features are unlocked that aren't already covered on the page.

Until next time!

- Cher
(Nooo, two of my dahlia tubers rotted... poo...)
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