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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.

TLV DLC for EU on Aug 4 | Posted at 04:51 PM on 31 July 2015
Rising Star Games has announced that DLC packs for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley are coming out next Tuesday, August 4th. I am guessing this will be the two download content crops packs: Soybean/Basil and Cocoa/Olives. Also, there's still no official information on an EU release for Story of Seasons. Marvelous EU has confirmed on their Facebook page (Warning: Senran Kagura boobies galore!) that the company won't be handling the EU release, but that doesn't mean that it won't ever be released. With XSeed Games rejoicing about its over 100,000 sales (woo!), the game is anticipated to come out in the PAL region at some point in the future.

The farming aspect of Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale is pretty simple. You can buy seeds from the general stores, receive them as rewards for completing requests from villagers, or obtain them by defeating the monsters in the game. Seeds can be planted on the appropriate farm area. For example, you can plant the Pote Potato seeds on your beginning farm, but not in the fields of the Quiet Forest Farm.

After you plant the seeds and water the crops, you just have to wait for the seedlings to grow. The growth time is based on the the time you are spending in the game, instead of going to bed for a certain number of days like in mainline Bokujou Monogatari games. For example, it takes about 50 minutes of playtime for a Pure White Turnip to mature from seed to harvest.

An alert will appear on the top screen of the Nintendo 3DS when a crop is ready to be harvested, but it doesn't notify you which one of your crops is ready; the alert just tells you the farm location where the crop can be found. You'll also be alerted when a crop needs watering or when one of the special girls you can befriend is thinking of you.

- Cher
(Can't believe it is almost August already. Time for Christmas light extravaganza planning!)
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Popolocrois Patch | Posted at 12:55 PM on 25 July 2015
For this week, players of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley are still tackling the last mutation left to be documented, and there's no official word yet as to when the European players will be able to download the Super Dewey 2.0 patch.

The Japanese version of Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale is still in the sales charts, although it has dropped off a bit since the game is over a month old now. Famitsu estimates the game's retail sales to be approximately 64,000.

It is interesting to note that the game has a high retail/digital price of 5940 Yen. When Story of Seasons was released in February 2014, its price was only 4800 Yen. Even though the official Popolocrois: Bokujou Monogatari website says digital is 5500 Yen, the Nintendo eShop (as of today) states 5940 Yen. For digital downloads, Popolo also requires more SD card space: SoS is 4456 blocks, while Popolo is 8957 blocks.

So, I went ahead and did my part to help sales, even if is towards undisclosed digital sales :)

Also, there is now a 2.0 patch in the JP Nintendo eShop for Popolo that allows players to change the random battle frequency and adds a harder difficulty mode for more experienced players (easy, normal, and difficult are now available choices). These options can be changed at any time within the game's option menu. The patch also made some balance adjustments to the game such as with the item crafting system. The Popolo 2.0 patch is a free download.

- Cher
(Yesterday it was 82° F, today it is raining. *shrug*)
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Lost Valley patch 1.1 | Posted at 12:32 PM on 17 July 2015
This week the Super Dewey patch for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley landed in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Players will be notified of the available download when they launch the game from their 3DS main menu. The download requires 41 blocks of SD card space.

This patch has general bug and freezing corrections, increases the capacity of the Watering Can from 50 to 200, makes it easier to befriend the Harvest Sprites, and enhances the blue Harvest Sprite's watering abilities. For those who haven't played Lost Valley, players can hire the sprites to do various tasks in the valley area, with Dewey being the grouchy fellow who waters crops that have dry soil. His watering area is based on his Chemistry level (i.e., friendship), so the more Chemistry you have with Dewey, the more area he will water. This patch increases the range his sprinkling powers can reach. The blue sprite in my game is at 100% Chemistry, and he can now easily cover a massive area of planted crops with one-hour of watering work. While manually watering the crops is still one-at-a-time, although now with 200 water instead of 50, Dewey's expanded ability will save farmers time and effort on the days he's hired to work.

XSeed Games sent out a press release to announce that Story of Seasons has sold over 100,000 copies in North America. The company is pleased that the game has reached its high sales numbers faster than Rune Factory 4.

From the Japanese side, the JP release of Return to Popolcrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale is now up to over 60,000 sales since the game was released a month ago. XSeed's release about SoS sales numbers confirms that the game is still set for a Winter release in North America; remember, "Winter" could be anywhere from November 2015 to February 2016.

And here is the Nintendo DREAM 4-column comic for June!

- Cher
(It's going to be another hot weekend in Portland. Time for some AC and indoor farm'n!)
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