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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.

SoS and Popopopopopo | Posted at 07:35 PM on 20 February 2015
Last week, XSeed announced that the official release date for Story of Seasons in North America will be March 31, 2015. Remember to pre-order your copy of the game to get the special pre-order bonus Angora bunny plushie!

(No, the game's release date has not been pushed back. The other dates were placeholder date and not official. NOW it is official!)

Marvelous is also ramping up the promotion of their crossover game, Popolocrois Bokujou Monogatari, which is a rendition of the cult-classic Popolocrois game mixed in with farming aspects. The Nintendo 3DS game is set to be released in Japan on June 18, 2015. Unfortunately, I can't say I know anything about Popolocrois, yet I have read a lot of good things about it from others who are fans of the series. It'll be interesting to see if Marvelous gives this little gem to its English localization team for North American release.

Happy Friday!

- Cher
(Back to farming weekend I go...)
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Lost Valley DLC #1 and #2 | Posted at 08:53 PM on 31 January 2015
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This week was the first download content release for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, and the first one is free for all players. If you have the Dresser from Doc, you will get new customization options:

The official press release from Natsume hints at future DLC that will have items that can "customize the Lost Valley", adds new crops and cooking recipes, and possibly new marriage candidates. The press release confirms that European players will also have access to these extra content packages once the game is released in their territory. Granted, the current player base hasn't even unlocked all of the existing crop mutations yet, so it may be a bit early to be adding in new plants to pull out our hair over.

The official release date for Story of Seasons has not been announced by XSeed Games yet. No hurry though, as that just makes more guide writing time before release!

- Cher
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01.14 Nintendo Direct | Posted at 01:41 PM on 17 January 2015
This week Nintendo aired their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, which featured Story of Seasons for a few moments. The game has a general release window of March 2015 in North America, but it doesn't have an official date as of yet. Once XSeed Games has a set date I'm sure they'll announce it on their various social media outlets.

The Nintendo Direct mentioned the game's theme is connecting with other lands and players, so it may be safe to assume that the wifi farm visitation system will be in place for the NA audience, but there was no mention if StreetPass will remain. The Direct also mentioned it was "exclusive to the Nintendo eShop", even though there will be a physical release with the little Angora Rabbit plushie pre-order bonus. So no worries there about it being digital only!

The StreetPass feature in Story of Seasons isn't very much anyway; you basically just see other gamers' farmers walking around your town, and you can talk to him/her to see the player's farm statistics. Not having it in the North American version won't be a big loss, especially since farming StreetPasses happen so rarely.

XSeed Games has also released a promotional trailer for the game. The background music is the winter season theme. Daikon has been translated to "Radish," and yams are "Sweet Potatoes."

As for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, the game has been out for about two months and players still haven't discovered all of the various crop mutations in the game. The missing crops are slowly being figured out though, so perhaps in a few more months we'll all have everything laid out. The game's first downloadable content (DLC) is expected to be out sometime this month, so keep an eye on Natsume's social media outlets for when they get a release schedule.

Natsume is still promoting their Lost Valley fan art contest, and announced the available grand prize the other day: a giant plushie Chicken/Chick set, a chorded Cinch bag, and a Lost Valley plushie cow headphones. What? Cow headphones?! Yep, with horns and ears. You could look like a cow while jam'n to your tunes! Mooo!

*edit* Here's a better picture of the plushie cow headphones. They're so furry! (BTW, the white lines on the box are the mini blinds behind the photographer, not part of the grand prize)

More information about the fan art contest can be found on the company's Facebook page.

And here is Igusa Matsuyama's 4-col Nintendo DREAM comic for January 2015!

Until next time!

- Cher
yam, sweet potato, yam, sweet potato...
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