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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: A New Beginning 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.

Memorial Day Sale and LV DLC | Posted at 12:18 PM on 23 May 2015
This week, Natsume begain dropping hints as to what will be included in the next download content package for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. Two new villagers will be added, but there is little information so far on their names or occupations. The male villager appears to have some sort of urn or bag attached to his side; maybe he's a candymaker? Mmmmm.... caramels...

Why don't we have a chocolatier bachelor yet? I typically stay single in-game, but a fellow who specifically works with chocolate (versus just your general all-around chef) could work out quite nicely.

There is also a Harvest Moon game sale going on this weekend on the North American Nintendo 3DS eShop. Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (3DS freeze-free verison) is on sale for $9.99, and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is on sale for $19.99. The sale also includes other Natsume published games such as Yumi's Odd Odyssey ($9.99), Hometown Story ($9.99), Reel Fishing Paradise Mini ($1.99), and others.

I'm still working on both guides for Story of Seasons and Lost Valley while juggling other non-farming related obligations. There are still many JP->EN changes left over in the SoS guide as well as new content to complete, and the bachelorette pages are coming along in LV. E3 is also coming up in a few weeks. Busy, busy!

- Cher
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Lost Valley DLC #3 | Posted at 10:24 AM on 08 May 2015
Happy Friday!

Last week, Natsume released the third download content for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. This DLC added new crops, trees, recipes, and flowers to the game. It is initially free, but after May 19th will be $0.99 each.

The Crop Set 1 DLC will add Basil and Soy Beans to the available seed choices from Sam's shop. The merchant will stop by your house in the morning and give you 50 of each crop seed. These crops don't mutate, but they will product the higher-selling Great quality when grown in their preferred season. Sam will also give you 20 of each new type of tree seedling; the Cacao Tree and the Olive Tree.

With new crops comes new cooking recipes. Hanna will add 48 new cooking recipes to your kitchen, including the recipe for the elusive Grilled Arowana, which previously could only be obtained as a cooked dish by completing higher-level requests. There are recipes that use your existing crops too such as a Tomato Sandwich that doesn't use Tomatoes, fruit pies, and flavored popcorn.

The Crop Set 2 DLC has less content, but does contain two plants familiar to the Harvest Moon genre. The Moondrop flower seeds and Blue Mist flower seeds will be added to Iris' shop inventory, but unlike Sam, she won't be generous and does not give you some seeds for free. The flowers take 7 days to grow at any elevation (as that is the nature of flowers) and will grow into Great versions during their preferred seasons; Moondrop in Spring, and Blue Mist in Fall.

There is another set of DLC that is planned for release, so keep watch on the company's social media accounts for news.

In other Lost Valley news, Nintendo of Europe (NOE) has confirmed that the release date for the game will be June 19th (yaaay). No word on an EU date for Story of Seasons.

From Japan, Marvelous is promoting their release of Popolocrois Bokujou Monogatari, which is set for June 18th. Players who pre-order the game will receive a Prince Pietro cellphone strap. There is no information yet on whether Marv will use its EN localization team to publish the game in North America, but XSeed Games has already stated what they're working on for the rest of 2015, and the game isn't on their publicized to-do list at the moment.

And here is March's Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic (yea, been a while!)

- Cher
(Flu virus minions, your fight against me was pointless! Oooh my head hurts so bad...)
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Story of Seasons is out in NA | Posted at 12:49 PM on 03 April 2015
The first of the Bokujou Monogatari games to be localized by XSeed Games and published by Marvelous was released on Tuesday the 31st. Story of Seasons is now available for purchase at many retail establishments in North America or downloadable from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. I've been fielding questions about the game for the past few days, and the same ones keep coming up, so here's a list of answers ;)

Where can I find Brick and Iron?

Brick can be found when diving into the river in the Riverside Pasture area. Iron can be found when diving in the Piedmont area. Alternatively, you can buy Iron from the Silk Country vendor from the beginning of the game, and Brick from the Rose Country vendor starting in Spring of year 2.

How do I unlock other Trade Depot vendors?

The last two vendors unlock after you have shipped a total of 3 million G and a set number of items. Depending if you are on Original Mode or Seedling Mode, the requirements will be different:

Where is the Mine?

There isn't an explorable mine in the game, but there is a crack in the wall within the Safari area that you can hit with your hammer to obtain ores and gems. The Safari area unlocks when you walk into the guild hall between 6:00 and 17:00 on Fall 1 or later.

Can I change the clock from 24-hour to 12-hour?

Nope, the dev team didn't change the clock during localization. There's no in-game option to change it to your preference.

When do I unlock animals?

Cows are available at Silk Country from the start of the game, but you'll need to build a poultry barn to house Chickens before you can buy them from Asche. Sheep unlock with Cabin Country, and rabbits are at Silk Country starting in Fall of year 1. Alpaca, Jersey Cows, and Suffolk Sheep are all at Cabin Country starting in Spring of year 2. Silkie black Chickens are at Cabin starting in Fall of year 2. Angora Goats (Cabin), Black Rabbits (Silk), and Brown Alpaca (Cabin) are available starting in Spring of year 3. Llamas are at Silk Country in Fall of year 3. The last set of animals, Araucana Chicken (Wheat), Camels (Silk), and Zebu cows (Wheat) unlock in Spring of year 4.

- Cher
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