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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 mainstream farming series in various regions of the world are:

The latest version of River King, in all regions of the world, is River King: Mystic Valley (NA 2008, EU 2009).

Since 2000, Ushi no Tane has been run by a grouchy old lady who happens to be fond of video game agriculture along with two feline interns. 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

Stardew for Vita, LDC in Japan, and RSG eShop Sale | Posted at 06:10 PM on 18 May 2018
Happy Farm'n Friday! I've given up on my lame attempt at growing half-eaten broccoli in the front yard. Last weekend the remaining broccoli plants were pulled up and bell peppers were planted in their place. The new pepper plants haven't been chewed up yet, though I'm unsure if a tree rat was the broccoli thief. Last weekend I watched one walk past the broccoli plants, avoiding the guardian marigold at the beginning of the tilled row, to roll around and dig through the soil in my top-tiered flowerbed. Plus none of the leaves were torn off the broccoli, which the little rodents tend to do with my dahlias. I may have been premature to blame the tree rats.

We also replaced the spinach that were planted from seed. Those didn't grow well at all. Mr.Fogu had brought home some spinach seedlings from his office (nurseries and CSAs visit during spring and summer to sell their plants) along with a few more Hood strawberry plants. Maybe he's catching the farming bug? Ah ha, I wish...

We've less than two weeks before Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is released for Ps4 and Switch. NISA sent me an email that their Limited Edition bundle of LoH is preparing for shipment. Though the Rising Star Games version of the LE has cooler-looking lapel pins.

Last week, Producer Taka guest posted on the US Playstation Blog about the upcoming release of LoH. He mentions that Gorgan became a marriage candidate based on fan feedback. Not sure which fans he's listening to, because THIS fan asked for Doc and not Gorgon!

So while we wait, let's go over some other farming-related games!

Stardew Valley for Vita

On May 22, Stardew Valley will be supported on the Sony Playstation Vita platform. The game will be a cross-buy with the Playstation 4 version. Buying the game on PS4 will make it also available on the PS Vita. If players already have purchased the PS4 version, starting on the 22nd they can play it on their Vita too!

You can read more about it on the EU Playstation blog:

Speaking of Stardew Valley, for the week of May 10 to May 16, the popular farming game remained in the top-10 downloaded games from the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan. Stardew Valley was ranked #3 in download popularity, beating Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze (#5) and Splatoon (#9). The most downloaded game for the console in Japan continues to be the Switch version of Minecraft.

Little Dragons Cafe in Japan

Yasuhiro Wada (HM creator) and Igusa Matsuyama's (HM artist) latest game, Little Dragons Cafe, will be released in Japan on August 30. Bokumono developer and publisher, Marvelous, will be handling the JP release of Wada's game. Subtitled "secret dragon and mysterious island" in Japan, the game will retail for 5800 Yen (about $52 USD). Marvelous has developed a rather spiffy looking website to promote the game, where you can see the game play in action and learn more about the characters.

Aksys Game's website for the US version and Rising Star Game's website for the EU version are pretty underwhelming compared to Marvelous' site!

LDC is scheduled to be released August 24 in US/Canada and "Summer 2018" in Europe. Don't forget there's a Limited Edition retail bundle in North America that comes with a dragon plushie, some art cards, and a CD soundtrack of the game.

Rising Star Games EU Sale

In Europe, RSG is having a Nintendo eShop sale on many of their titles, including Harvest Moon: Skytree Village (19.99/14.99, regularly 39.99/29.99), Harvest Moon 3DS: A Tale of Two Towns (9.99/8.99, regularly 19.99/17.99), and even Wada's game, Hometown Story (7.49/7.49, regularly 29.99/29.99). The sale is scheduled to end on May 24 (next Thursday).

Until next time!

- Cher
(The snow peas are beginning to flower. Looking forward to lots of stir fry ingredients!)
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