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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 AQL. The North American localization is handled by Natsume, while Marvelous AQL of Europe and Rising Star takes care of the European release.

The latest version of Harvest Moon in various regions of the world are Bokujyou 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. It is not officially affiliated, sponsored, endorsed, or employed by the developers of Harvest Moon or River King.

Lost Valley Characters | Posted at 02:44 PM on 19 July 2014
Ceecee at Natsume has started ramping up the promotion of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley by introducing some of the characters that you'll meet when playing the game.

The Harvest Sprites are a big part of the game, as they act as the upgrades for you tools. Instead of having to upgrade your watering can, you can ask the sprites to water your crops for you. The bag you carry around will also be categorized for easy searching, plus you can carry 255 of each item that you have inside your bag. How handy!

As new information becomes available, you can find it on Ceecee's Tumblr page.

On the Story of Seasons side of things, the game will finally be available for download on the Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop starting on the 24th. There will also be a patch available for those of us with the Japanese version, which will add a novice difficulty setting when starting a new game. The exact details for this new playmode aren't known yet, but Marvelous has stated that:

I would hope that there are adjustments to key features of the game, mainly unlocking the last two Trade Depot vendors and the constant need for stone lumber. The material is needed for a lot of blueprints, for construction of the boulder area of the Safari (500 pieces), and even for your own house upgrades. To get the material you'll have to smash it yourself from the random rocks you find each day (or from the initial boulders on your farm), or by buying it directly at Gunther's shop, where it exists in limited supply each day for 1500 G each. Things like making required materials more plentiful would be great in a novice mode of the game, but we won't know how simplified the game will be until after the patch is available.

- Cher
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MAQL Name Change and New Comic | Posted at 12:57 PM on 05 July 2014
There still isn't much news to report on in the Harvest Moon frontier at the moment. Neither Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley nor Story of Seasons have set release dates yet, so those involved with their development are still toiling away at their projects.

From Japan, on July 1st Marvelous AQL has completed their name conversion they announced earlier this year. Now instead of Marvelous AQL, the company is simply known as Marvelous. The North American group is still Marvelous USA, so no changes there. The new logo for the company is:
In the August edition of Nintendo DREAM, the magazine lists Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi as having sold over 222,000 copies since its release. The game's producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, even mentioned that he wants to let everyone know that the overseas version of the game is going to be called "STORY OF SEASONS" (in all caps, too!).

Nintendo Life also has an interview with Hashimoto-san about the localization of Story of Seasons. In general:
The StreetPass feature in Story of Seasons isn't terribly exciting anyway, so you're not really missing much if it isn't in the North Amercian localization of the game. The only person I've ever StreetPassed was the representative at XSeed's booth during E3. The 3DS version of Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns has StreetPass, but a StreetPass hit happens so rarely that it may not be worth the localization effort in Story of Seasons to include it. In Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi, all the StreetPass does is gets you the passee's farmer wandering around Oak Tree Town, and you can then walk up to the person and see their farm statistics. The wifi feature will be there though, which allows you to trade items and increase the Star Rank of the hosting farmer's crops and lowers the stress of the farmer's animals.

Here's Nintendo DREAM's August 4-col comic!

- Cher
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Post E3 Info Lull | Posted at 05:33 PM on 20 June 2014

Happy Friday! Things are settling back down to normal in the farming simulation world now that E3 is over. Both Story of Seasons and The Lost Valley were at the show.

At XSeed's booth there were a few stations that had an English demo of the latest Bokujou Monogatari game. It wasn't a very long demo; you did some basic crop care, brushed an animal, changed your clothes (as Elise demanded, since she claimed that "you stink!"), and visited the Trade Depot. There were some English changes that made their way back to the non-E3 attendees, which didn't always go positively in XSeed's way; mainly a few character name updates and the change of the currency from "G" to "¢". After some feedback, XSeed reverted some of their changes so that Mistel and Lillie retain their Japanese names (although I will miss Lyla...), and the currency is back to "G".

Over in the other hall at the Natsume booth, there were several stations set up for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The game is still in development, but a sample copy was available for attendees to try, which ended after a few days of in-game play. Playing the game is quite a bit different than simply staring at unanimated screen shots, and it seems that many attendees who played the game enjoyed what they tried. Even I thought it was a bit of fun, where I had to build a soil staircase of sorts to reach the top of a hill, and ran around digging up dirt, talking to villagers, and chopping down trees. The field area is quite large, which the crops and barns in one area and the farmhouse in another.

Both games should be a lot of fun for veteran fans and new fans to farming games. Two are better than one! Neither game has a set release date though, so now we simply have to sit back and wait for those involved to take their time with polishing their programs.

Since we've two full featured farming games coming up, the Story of Seasons info has been moved to fogu.com/sos1 and the Lost Valley info has taken over the fogu.com/hm12 section. Looks like I'll be busy for quite a long time. I tried to persuade the rep at the XSeed both to make a 2015 release for Story of Seasons, but I don't think she was convinced. Drat!

- Cher
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