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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.

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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Popolo Sales Data and EU LV DLC | Posted at 05:38 PM on 03 July 2015
In farm'n news this week, Media Create reports that sales in Japan of Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale now total approximately 55,700. Its first-week sales were strong (46k), but now its second-week sales have slowed down to about 9,000. A lot of players would of bought it on its June 19th release date, so the slow down in sales is expected.

In comparison, Media Create estimated that the first two-week sales of Story of Seasons in Japan totaled about 160,000, and had about a 77% drop compared to its first week sales.

The European players of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley now have access to the second set of DLC packages, which contained Building Set #1 and Building Set #2. These packs add a variety of objects that player can craft via Doc to decorate their valleys. Building Set #1 includes the colored Goddess' Pergolas and the Harvest Sprite Flowerbed. Building Set #2 are new fencing choices such as brick, wooden, tile and plain styles.

And here is Nintendo DREAM's 4-col comic for May!

- Cher
(US peeps, have a safe Fourth of July!)
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