Ushi No Tane - Harvest Moon Gameboy PHP-Update Harvest Moon 64 Finally Sprouts on the Wii U This week the long desired classic game, Harvest Moon 64 (Push the Start) was released on the Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console in North America and, for the first time, in the Europe region. The game cost $9.99 (USD) and requires 60 MB of space on your Wii U console. The game was originally released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64 console, a nostalgic console for many older video game players. It's a first time playing it for me, as I moved to the Playstation 1 after the SNES and experience Harvest Moon: Back to Nature instead. I've already goofed up by not standing in the middle of my plowed field before sowing my 200 G bag of Cabbage seeds. Au dangit...

There is a Nintendo Miiverse for the game available for players to post journals and screen shots!

Miiverse - Harvest Moon 64 Community(Play Journal Entries) | Nintendo
There's not much information from Nintendo regarding the Virtual Console system for their upcoming Nintendo Switch game console, set to be released next Friday. We know that VC games won't be available at launch (per their confirmation yesterday), but perhaps in the future we'll be able to play Harvest Moon 64 on the mobile console.

There's less than 5 days to go before Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be released in North America. Later today, XSeed will host a live stream of the game on their Twitch channel starting at 2:30 PM Pacific Time.

And here's the Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic for February!

Until next time!

- Cher
(The spring bulbs are beginning to sprout. Winter is soooo close to being over!) Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:46:56 +0000
SV free DLC, 3oT Boys, and 3DS Themes This week a new DLC became available for Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. The Harvest Sprite Statue Set is a free DLC that requires 7 blocks of SD space. This package unlocks the following Architect decorative objects at Doc's shop:

H. Sprite Flowerbed - 5 Bronze, 10 Great Tulip, 20 Yellow Pansy, and 50,000 GH. Goddess' Pergola (Blue) - 20 Material Stone, 1 Mithril, and 20,000 GH. Goddess' Pergola (Pink) - 20 Material Stone, 1 Adamantite, and 20,000 GH. Goddess' Pergola (Green) - 20 Material Stone, 1 Orichalcum, and 20,000 GH. Goddess Pergola (Yellow) - 20 Material Stone, 3 Gold, and 20,000 G
Back when Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley was receiving DLC, these items were given to players for free and could go to Doc to have additional ones constructed. In Skytree Village players must go to Doc's to have them constructed.

With less than two weeks to go for the North American release of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, this week XSeed is busy introducing players to the male marriage candidates:

Ford is the local doctor in Westown. He is rather serious and studious and doesn't have much experience with affection. He's actually quite clueless when it comes to romance.Hinata works at Moriya's wholesale shop in Tsuyukusa. He set out to become a famous actor to financially support his parents and many siblings.Ludus is the Mr. Fix-it of Lulukoko village. He constructs Farm Circles, clothing, house upgrades, tool remodeling, and even attaches bait to your fishing pole.Wayne is the postman of Westown. He has an somewhat-awkward fan following (in the game) that he fuels with eye winks and a charming smile.Yuzuki from Tsuyukusa makes hair accessories by trade. He's more mellow than his close friend, Hinata, and enjoys chilling out with some tea and snacks.
The Story of Seasons and Rune Factory 4 Nintendo 3DS menu themes were finally released in North America this week. These themes were originally released in Japan back in March 2016, and the EN ones look the same as the JP ones. Each one is available for $1.99 USD on the North America theme shop.

There is also a Trio of Towns 3DS theme available in Japan, so perhaps some day it too will be released in other regions.

Until next time!

- Cher
(3oT Fogu guide? Yep, 3oT Fogu guide) Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:43:18 +0000
Welcome 3oT Bachelorettes Happy Farm'n Friday!

This week, XSeed has started introducing the female marriage candidates from Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns:

Lisette knows the language of flowers (it is the topic of her first "friendship event") and manages the flower seed shop in Westown between Brad's Garden Grill and Miranda's general store. As you increase the Town Link Rank of Westown, eventually you will get a crafting collaboration request from her to supply flowers for her exploration into perfume and bouquet making.Kasumi is a teacher in Tsuyukusa who doesn't find conversation with the opposite gender very worthwhile. Ginjiro will try to converse with her for the sake of his daughter, but in general Kasumi just keeps to her work.Komari works as a waitress at Ginjiro's teahouse in Tsuyukusa. She and Kasumi can be seen hanging out here and there around town when Komari isn't working, but most of the time you'll find her at the shop.Iluka manages the counter at the Carosello snack shack on the beach in Lulukoko while her sister, Siluka, serves the guests. Iluka thinks highly of herself, but she really cares for her twin sister (although she keeps it to herself). Iluka, Siluka, and Ludus grew up together and had quite an interesting adventure, which you'll learn more about when you trigger their friendship events.Siluka is the quieter twin sister. She's more laid back than Iluka, and while Iluka can predict weather, Siluka can detect health ailments and auras.
XSeed also posted a short video on Youtube containing a summary of each bachelorette:

XSeed is still unsure if they can localize the extra download content that was made available in the Japanese version of the game. In total there were four DLC packs that contained much-needed bug fixes along with bonus content such as new clothing outfits, cultural events, an expanded Winter 25 festival, a snow bunny story from the traveling Producer storyteller, wedding clothes for Inari as well as a gifted child, and the addition of Stephanie and Woofio as marriage candidates. If the localizer moves forward with making the DLC available in English, it would be paid instead of free and Cheburashka the extra pet would be omitted. Naturally, fan feedback for the paid DLC has been very supportive. You can read more about the DLC decisions on the XSeed Tumblr:

XSEED Games About DLC for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Until next time!

- Cher
(Less than 20 days to go until English 3oT release!) Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:46:08 +0000
Skytree 2.0 Patch and Stardew SE A new patch for Harvest Moon: Skytree Village was released on Tuesday. Players will be prompted to download the latest update when starting their Skytree Village game. The free support patch will update the game from version 1.01 to version 2.00 and requires 36 blocks of SD space. According to Ceecee's announcement, the patch will "ease the severity of all storms and other conditions which are damaging to crops." This was an issue for players due to the number of storms and fog that damage crop health and affecting the chance of crop mutations. Some weather was so detrimental that whole patches of crops were destroyed despite players trying their best with fertilizer and watering to keep crop health high.

Blossom, I think you may be the only one that likes the foggy weather in Skytree Village...

505 Games has announced that they will be releasing a physical retail collector's edition of Stardew Valley on April 11 in the USA. The special edition comes with a copy of the game, either the Playstation 4 or XBox One version, a town map, CD soundtrack, and mini player's guide. The packaged deal will retail for $29.99. In the UK the SE is expected to be released on April 13. You can read the announcement on the official 505 Games Twitter:

505 Games
XSeed Games is having a bit 'o fun with the pre-order Capybara plushie for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns and pre-order Bunny plushie from the first Story of Seasons game. The Capy and Bunny Adventures have been popping up on XSeed's Twitter. The localization group has also been posting some screens of the upcoming farming video game, so keep an eye on their tweets to see more Bunny and Capy-san!

Until next time!

- Cher
(26 days to go until Trio of Towns is out in North America!) Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:36:44 +0000
Skytree DLC Released and no Hamtaro On Tuesday, the second set of DLC for Harvest Moon: Skytree Village became available through the game's Download Content menu. The two new DLC are $2.99 each (plus tax if applicable). The first is the New Female Character/Statue Set that requires 8 blocks of SD space. It includes the new bachelorette Nova and a totally awesome statue of the game's neglected should-of-been-a-bachelor, Doc. The second DLC is the New Male Character/Statue Set (9 blocks of SD space), which brings new bachelor Edmond and a statue of the Harvest Goddess.

The new statues can be crafted at Doc's Insta-building shop, but their material requirements are high! The golden Doc statue requires 10 Gold (30 Gold Ore), 3 Orichalcum (9 Orichalcum Ore), and 100,000 G! Nooo I was saving that G for my house upgrade! I don't have that much to spare! The golden shrine to the smexiest Harvest Moon character ever will have to wait for now. The Harvest Goddess statue requires 10 Bronze, 3 Adamantite, and 100,000 G.

As for the new marriage candidates, they appear to be pretty nice. You'll meet Nova as you exit your farm house. She's doesn't want to tell you much about herself, but after seeing how the wild bobcat likes you, she introduces herself and says she wants to see more of your animals.

With Edmond, the introduction is also when you exit your house, where you'll find Tabitha and Gareth arguing about the one-magic-user-per-area rule. Edmond is using his own magic to hide his appearance from the two, but you appear to be able to see him just fine. Rowan can't see him either, confirming that Edmond is a very powerful magic user indeed.

As reported by XSeed Games last week in their latest Trio of Towns localization blog, the pet Hamtaro will not be available in the English version of the game. Placing Hamtaro on your farm allows the little guy to find wild items for you once per day if you saw the ! above his head, but he is not the only pet that can do so; any of the pets can possibly have that job. You also couldn't make Hamtaro your furmiliar. The hamster could be taken for a walk and hunt for treasure just like any of the other types of pets, but it wasn't anything special other than its voice that would pop up on occasion.

There's no news yet if Cheburashka, the post-Japan release DLC pet, will be available in the English version. Cheburashka's job is to fetch you gems, ores, and colored pearls when you see the ! above its head. It too cannot be a furmiliar but it also doesn't require to be fed Pet Food every day.

Until next time!

- Cher
(25 Gold Ore left to go... oh my Doc...) Sat, 28 Jan 2017 01:12:38 +0000
Skytree Bachelorette and 3oT Release Date This week Natsume revealed the silhouette of the next downloadable marriage candidate in Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. Naomi the reporter is also setting up an interview with this mysterious lady, so head over to the Facebook page to submit questions for Naomi to ask. Don't forget that buying the DLC package that includes this new bachelorette will also get you the magnificent smexy Doc statue.

Just a few hours ago, XSeed Games announced that the official release date in North America for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be February 28, 2017. The localization branch of Marvelous also released a new English trailer that highlights what you'll be doing in the game. It also clarified some JP->EN changes; previously, Zahau's spouse has been literally translated as Kalira ( カリラ ) and now her EN name is confirmed to be Caolila in the English trailer, which is a bit prettier I think. So far Tototara, Ginjiro, Frank, Carrie, Hinata, Kasumi, Yuzuki, and Lisette all keep their original names.

The trailer also included the logo for the Nintendo eShop at the ending. The Japanese version was launched on the JP eShop on the same day as the retail release on June 23, 2016, so it may be looking good for the same to happen in North America next month. There isn't a wishlist entry for it on the eShop yet though.

Here is the latest EN trailer of the game!

And here's the January Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic!

Until next time!

- Cher
(Ugh, there's not much time until Feb 28... so much left to do...) Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:09:05 +0000
Skytree DLC and Nintendo Swith Happy farm'n Friday! This week a patch for Harvest Moon: Skytree Village was released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America. This free download requires 36 blocks of SD space and updates the game to version 1.01. The patch included some bug fixes, preparations for future download content, and unlocked high level fertilizer purchases from Sam's shop.

Within a few weeks we'll have two additional marriage candidates in Skytree Village. The bachelor DLC comes with a Harvest Goddess statue for your farm land, while the bachelorette DLC comes with a STATUE OF SMEXY DOC to decorate our farm spaces with. The new candidates will be $2.99 USD each.

Community manager CeeCee will be introducing the new marriage candidates as it gets closer to their DLC release date. Keep an eye on the company's Facebook page for character interviews from reporter Naomi:
Next month the Harvest Goddess Pergola from Harvest Moon: Lost Valley will be a free DLC along with a Harvest Sprite Statue.

Also in North America, both Skytree Village and Story of Seasons are included in Nintendo's January Digital Deals. The farming games will be discounted until January 25. Skytree Village is 28% off ($21.59 USD) and Story of Seasons is 37% off ($18.99 USD). The sale also includes Natsume's River City Tokyo Rumble.

Last night's Nintendo Switch conference revealed the realistic game Farming Simulator was in development for the new home console (and confirmed by Giants Software) and a Bokujou Monogatari game was planned (and confirmed by Hashimoto). We already know that Stardew Valley is planned for the upcoming console. There's three farm'n games already associated with the Nintendo Switch!

Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any publicized interest from Marvelous for a new River King game. Back when the 3DS was revealed, a Kawa no Nushi Tsuri game and Bokujou Monogatari game were listed on Marv's website as planned for the new console. Eventually we received Hajimari no Shin Tenchi or Harvest Moon: A New Beginning for the 3DS, but the Kawa game fell off of Marvelous' website. It has almost been 10 years since the last River King game was released in Japan (June 2007). It would be super awesome if a new game was developed for the Switch, but that may just be a fish dream...

Until next time!

- Cher
(Working from home while snowed in seems to have convinced my boss that I can work on my days off too! Wha....) Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:31:25 +0000
Happy New Year and Rooster Wallpaper The beginning of the new year brings a cheerful message from President Hiro of Natsume. In his New Year greeting, Pres Hiro outlined the games released by the company during 2016, thanked fans for supporting their many game series, and hinted at some potential surprises in 2017 for the 20th anniversary of Harvest Moon. You can read Pres Hiro's new years greeting on the Natsume website:

Happy New Year to Our Worldwide Fans!
Some possible surprises were discovered by several video game news outlets, as the ESRB has rated Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life SE and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for the Playstation 4 console. Currently to play these games you either need a disc copy and a Playstation 2 console or buy the digital version for the Playstation 3. If it is accurate, then players may be able to use their PS4 to play these classic games.

In Japan, Marvelous released special 2017 Year of the Rooster wallpaper. Designed by Igusa Matsuyama, the character designer of the Bokumono series (and the most recent Legend of the River King games), this celebratory artwork can be downloaded for free from the Trio of Towns website:

オリジナル壁紙プレゼント - スペシャル | 牧場物語 3つの里の大切な友だち
If you visit the wallpaper section of the Trio of Towns website using your mobile device, you'll see wallpapers sized for your smaller phone. Screen wallpaper for Android and iPhone are available.

And here's the Nintendo DREAM comic for December!

Until next time!

- Cher
(Ohh it is COLD outside! Winter storm this weekend!) Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:12:28 +0000
3oT Blog #2 and Skytree DLC The second XSeed Games localization blog for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns was released on Tuesday. In the Tumblr entry, the localizers explain how they worked with the Bokujou Monogatari team in Japan to make programming changes that better match non-Japanese farmer expectations. The article confirms that Farm Circles are still called "Farm Circles" in the English version, and the Town Rank system is now the Town Link Rank. You can read about the changes to veggies and fruit classifications on the XSeed Tumblr blog:

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns - Localization Blog #2
On Sunday the first download content for Harvest Moon: Skytree Village was made available under the Download Content menu within the game. The Farm Decoration Set is a free update that requires 5 blocks of SD space which will unlock 20 decoration options you can place in your farm area. There are 4 brick path patterns, 8 wall options, and 8 corresponding corner wall options. These can be constructed at Doc's laboratory and then placed around your farming space to spruce it up.

Tomorrow is the last day to enter Natsume's Christmas Skytree Village plushie contest. To participate in the fun, simply take a picture of your bluebird or bobcat plushie in a festive holiday scene, then send the picture to Community Manager CeeCee by midnight (Pacific time) on Saturday the 31st. Contestants must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (sorry Central and South America...) and can possibly win another Skytree Village plushie of their choice. You can read more about the contest criteria on Natsume's Facebook page:

The 50% off sale on Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories ends tomorrow.

Until next time!

- Cher
(Happy 2017 to everyone!) Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:00:09 +0000
New Seeds of Memory Update On Monday, a new update was released for Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories for Android and iOS mobile operating system. This update is free to download for all of those who purchased a copy of the game. For the iOS version, the problem with the Worried Citizen memory not unlocking was fixed, and Andrea's Tuesday afternoon farm visits were moved to the main field area instead of being across the water that required you to have a bridge to reach her, which you might not have built yet (this is now the same as in the Android version).

Several new animals were added to Hunter's store inventory. A baby Brown Chicken costs 3000 G, and baby Brown Cows and Cotton Sheep cost 15,000 G each. Hunter also now buys back your animals if your barns are too full to hold the new animals.

Brown Chickens will lay Candy Eggs
Cotton Sheep produce Cotton Candy Wool
Brown Cows produce Chocolate Milk
There is also a new Collections menu that displays a list of the crops and flowers. Tapping on an entry in the Collections list will bring up a description on how to grow the plant. If the crop is a mutation from another crop, the description will give the season to grow it in, what the crop is that it mutates from, and if you need to use any special fertilizer to trigger the mutation. The Collections menu also contains a list of the fish, where to catch each one, and in which season they appear. This is very handy to have since the game is marketed as a Harvest Moon game that doesn't need online connectivity (such as having to use an online guide to find out how to mutate a plant).

In Europe, Rising Star Games has select 3DS games for sale on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns is on sale for 9.99 Euros (regularly 19.99). The sale will end on January 5th.

In Japan, a Christmas themed Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns desktop wallpaper is available for free from the Bokumono website:
オリジナル壁紙プレゼント - スペシャル | 牧場物語 3つの里の大切な友だち
Until next time!

- Cher
(Mr.Fogu gifted me the LE Spanish Fighting Bull from Europe for my bovine toy collection. Auu, thanks dear!) Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:58:42 +0000