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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: The Lost Valley 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 for EU and NA Sale | Posted at 08:21 AM on 25 November 2015
What? An update on a Wednesday? Yes yes! I have returned from Disneyland and met the goal of checking out Critter Country before it gets cleared out in preparation for the park's Star Wars Land expansion (and celebrating my 40th birthday too). I was expecting the farmyard petting zoo to be a little larger than a herd of cute goats and a couple of donkeys, but the little kids seemed to be enjoying it. Bwaaaaaaa bwaaaaaa! I kept an eye out for the mythical Disneyland park cats, but the only feline I spotted was walking across the sidewalk at one of the hotels outside of the park.

Finally some good news for the PAL region. Nintendo of Europe has announced the release date for Story of Seasons in Europe will be January 8, 2016 December 31, 2015. Yaay, finally!

The original press release from NOE had the game set for January 8, but this more recent tweet from their Twitter account updated the date to December 31.

In North America, Natsume is putting on its MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY Sale, placing many of its digital download titles on sale for steep discounts. If you were waiting to buy some farming goodness, now you can buy them for less G:
The sale also includes Alphadia Genesis (WiiU, $7.49), the mighty A-Train: City Simulator (3DS, $9.99), Mystic Chronicles (PSP, $7.49), and Yumi's Odd Odyssey (3DS, $9.99). The sale will last until November 30th. You can find a full list of Natsume digital titles on sale on the official Tumblr website:

XSeed Game's Rune Factory 4 will also be for sale as part of Nintendo of America's Cyber Sale, from now until December 2nd. The 3DS eShop digital download will be 50% off ($19.99 instead of $39.99). You can find a full list of digital deals on Nintendo's website:

And here's the November Nintendo DREAM 4-panel comic!

Fritz makes more sense once you understand that in Japanese most characters represents two letters. So "to.ma.to" is only three characters, which is spelled the same backwards or forwards. In English we see it as six characters, "t.o.m.a.t.o", which doesn't exactly spell out "tomato" when reversed.

Happy Thanksgiving! Make sure you eat your veggies, or at least some veggies; a fork-full will be suffice.

- Cher
(The Christmas light extravaganza is the project for this weekend. Gonna see Fogu HQ from Outer Space!)
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