Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Last update: December 10, 2016
Prologue: Since childhood you have always wanted to run a farm, but you have had to move around from place to place because of your father's work. You have never been able to lose that dream, and finally decided to talk to your parents about your desire to become a farmer. At first your father is worried because you have no experience with farming, but you are very enthusiastic about it. Your father tells you about your uncle who had become a farmer. If you give it all you've got, then he would approve of your dream. You then set out to your uncle's farm in Westown to follow your passion.
A large point of the game is to increase the popularity and prestige of each of the three towns. You will have a menu option where you can see the current rank of each town; the lowest is Rank E, the highest is Rank S. You raise a town's prestige by shipping items for the town (you can select the town you ship through via your shipping bin), raising friendship with the villagers, and participating in the towns' festivals. As you raise the towns' ranks, you'll unlock new features and events.
You will also be trying to impress your father, Darius. He will assign you tasks/chores to do on your farm. Complete his tasks and you'll better earn his respect for your dream. Your mom, Marina, and little sister, Linne, will visit your farm from time to time.
Japanese release date: June 23, 2016 (retail and eShop digital)
North American release date: 2017
European release date: Not announced
Console: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Marvelous! (Official Website), XSeed Games
XSeed Localization blog
The game is NOT "New 3DS" specific. It will play on any version of the 3DS console.
In the latest version of Story of Seasons you embark on a farming journey to Westown to learn agriculture management from your Uncle Frank. Nearby you'll find there's two other towns. Each town has their own environment, villagers, and culture:
- Westown was a mining hub back in the day. Now it is a town of wooden buildings, platforms, cacti, and old railroad tracks. This is the town where your relatives live.
- Tsuyukusa is an oriental village with flowering trees and rice paddies. It is a serene and peaceful place.
- Lulukoko Village is like a tropical resort set along the shores of the ocean. It is a warm place where the residents like to go fishing and relax in the sand.
There is a fast travel system in the game so you don't have to run (or ride) from town to town. Just pay some money and go to the town you want to go to. These fast travel posts are located in each of the towns and are unique to each one. The fast travel taxi in Westown is a carriage, an elephant in Lulukoko, and a foot-taxi/litter in Tsuyukusa.
At the beginning of the game you will select whether you are playing as a girl or a boy, and select facial features and clothing styles. You can also select a personality type of either Animal Lover, Angler, Sportsman, Rich, or Popular. You don't choose the village that you want to live in, as you are settled right outside of Westown with travel to the other villages. You can also choose to play between Novice/Seedling mode or Veteran mode.
Character hair color and style can be changed by visiting the hairdresser shop Sharaku in Tsuyukusa. Clothing outfits are also crafted by shopkeepers in town, with each town having a different style of clothing. You produce the materials for the outfits, bring them to the shopkeeper, and pay a fee. You can also wear hats and eyeglasses. Clothing outfits cannot be sold or traded between players. Once crafted, the item appears in your house closet and its entry at the shop becomes marked as "purchased" so you don't accidentally buy it again.
Changing your skin color and eye color can be done by talking to Witchie in Lulukoko.
There are special Super Mario Brothers clothing outfits available. Mario, Peach, Toad, and Luigi outfits can be gifted to you via part-time jobs, with each outfit having special abilities. The Mario overalls will make your farmer move faster, and the Peach dress will help to raise your friendship faster with the villagers. Luigi's outfit makes it easier to catch fish, and Toad's outfit conserves your stamina. The effects of these outfits are temporary and will expire mid-day, but will refresh when you awaken in the morning (if you are still wearing the outfit).
There are four distinct areas in the game (the three villages and your farm area). Each of these areas will have their own weather pattern; it might be sunny on your farm, but it might be rainy in Westown. Inari the fox spirit who lives in Tsuyukusa will give you the weather report for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow for all four areas.
The game doesn't have a mountain or wild field area that you can explore. There is your farm, the crossroads, and then the areas for each of the tree towns. Wild items and insects can be found all over the towns; just pick them up off the ground. When collecting insects, you'll see the name of the insect as you get close to it.
The new animals included in this version is the Quail and the Buffalo. Other animals that will be returning are the Cow (in various pattern options) and old-style Bubble Cow, Sheep and Suffolk Sheep, White and Brown Alpaca, Chicken and Silkie Chicken, and the Llama. These animals will live in barns on your farm, with a small barn housing 1 animal and a large barn housing 4 animals.
The farming system is similar to the previous version of Story of Seasons where you use your Hoe to till a square of soil and then plant the entire square with seeds. The fields can be moved. Crops now have an additional four factors besides Star Rank: color, flavor, juiciness, and size. You can grow both crops and flowers. The shipping bin has returned, which you'll use to ship goods to different towns.
Object placement has returned as Farm Circles. These objects can be placed around your farm for aesthetic reasons, but they may also have a Power Circle ability that may affect other aspects of your farm such as crops or livestock animals. For example, the Cactus Farm Circle object will affect the flavor factor of the nearby crops. The Elephant Statue will trigger a watering Power Circle whereby you only have to water your crops once per day to have it count for twice. The Fox Statue will increase the friendship of your livestock. There are many of these objects in the game.
The farm contains multiple areas with a path to the north that leads to the crossroad that leads to the three towns. Each area is laid out in a grid shape, allowing you to place objects together as long as there is enough empty space available in the grid for it to fit. The fields take up 2 grid spaces (1x2), a small barn takes up 2 grid spaces (1x2), and a large field takes up 4 grid spaces (2x2). Ludus' shop in Lulukoko is where you can have these crafted. The Farm Circle objects typically take up 1 grid space, but there are decorative objects that can take up 2x2.
The maker sheds will come back as Farm Circle objects. There is a Cloth Maker, Milk Maker (used for creating cheese), Pot Maker (for spices and fermented items), and Seed Maker. There are 9 in total.
There are 28 types of pet options available. You can select one "fur-miliar" ("soul mate" in the JP version) pet that can follow you around while you venture out into the villages. You won't need to use a leash to have your furmiliar follow you around. These pets will bring gift items to you; just look for the "!" icon above their head and then interact with the furmiliar to collect the item. Inari will help you create a bond with your chosen furmiliar pet. The furmiliar will allow you to hear conversations from other villagers' pets and the wild animals. The wild animals (foxes, eagles, weasels, etc.) will not become a pet on your farm.
You can choose from a variety of dogs, cats, and a Capybara. There is a special collaboration with the Hamtaro anime character where you can potentially have a pet hamster as a pet, which is available from the animal vendor in Westown. It is unknown yet if Hamtaro (or simply named "Hamtaro") will be available in the English version due to possible licensing issues. While you can only have one furmilar, you can have as many other normal pets as you own pet barns to house them, with a maximum limit of 12 pets. Each pet barn can hold one pet. The pets can be purchase from the animal vendors in the three towns. You can sell your pets if you want to buy different ones.
The horse you'll use for traveling between the three towns. There are a variety of colors available from the animal shop vendors, but you can only have one horse. You can sell your horse if you want to purchase a different color.
Crops are seasonal (of course). You will be planting
- Spring: Strawberry, Cucumber, Turnip, Cabbage, Radish, Potato
- Summer: Pineapple, Watermelon, Onion, Melon, Tomato, Pumpkin, Corn, Sunflower, Shiso, Paprika (sweet pepper), Cassava (yucca)
- Fall: Wheat, Yam, Eggplant, Carrot, Spinach, Burdock Root, Green Pepper
- Winter: Bok Choy, Daikon, Broccoli
You can also grow fruit trees on your farm: Apple, Orange, Starfruit, Maple (for syrup), Banana, Cherry, Almond, Peach, Kiwi, Lemon, Lychee, Mango, Coconut, Cacao, Grape, Olive, and Persimmon. Tea bushes also return.
The flower options are: Marguerite Daisy, Pink Rose, Bell Flower, Carnation, Hibiscus, Red Rose, Lily, Sunflower, Blue Maria, Nadeshiko, Gerbera Daisy, Dahlia, White Rose, Mum, Gentian, Snowdrop, and Blue Rose.
Other types of crops include Rice, Mochi rice, Wasabi, Wheat Soybeans, Azuki Beans, and a variety of mushrooms.
Tools can be customized with four qualities. For example, you can remodel your watering can to hold more water, or perhaps remodel its weight so that it uses less stamina. You can also remodel its coverage area (e.g., 1 x 3).
Besides farming you'll be able to participate in part-time jobs. Talk to the recruiter to see who needs help, then head out to the villager to ask about the work. You'll be given the criteria for completing the job, then return to the person once the job is finished to receive your pay and reward. The job must be completed on the same day that you accept the job.
You can also fish in various areas around the towns without the need to locate a fishing dock. Marco in Westown is the fishing guru of Westown, and Zahau is a fisherman by trade. You will see the fish shadows in the water while you are waiting for your line to tug. You can also use a fish basket in Lulukoko Village to catch and trap fish. A fishing festival will take place during a game festival based in Lulukoko Village where you and your assigned team will try to catch as many fish as possible to beat the other team. There is no river diving in this game. Fish bait can be purchased from shops, but only Ludus in Lulukoko can attach the bait to your fishing line.
Mining is the same system as the previous two versions, where there is simply a mining node that you hit using your hammer. There are multiple mining points in Westown.
Cooking is also confirmed to exist in the game. Cooking recipes can be learned from the villagers, and can be arranged by adding a "topping" to your cooked dish. A cooked dish will have a Meal Power effect that when eaten will affect your farmer.
You may also remodel the exterior of your farm house as well as the interior. There are specific styles that you can remodel to; you won't be building each object and placing them inside your house. Ludus runs the carpentry shop in Lulukoko Village, where you will hire him to remodel various buildings on your farm. Your farm house has a mailbox, but there is no television set in the game. The closest thing to a TV are picture show shops that will unlock as you raise the rank of the towns.
The game does support StreetPass. Other players that you tag will help to add variety to the types of gifts your furmiliar pet will retrieve for you. The players you street pass will have their pet appear in your game and not their avatar like in the previous version of the Bokumono series. You will be able to see the passed player's name, farm name, birthday, current in-game time, farm degree, and personality type.
There is a Nintendo Network support option called Connection Island. You and up to three other players can gather together on this island to exchange gifts and text chat with each other. The meeting point to access Connection Island is Dessie the mini-goddess in training. You can talk to her in Westown to access the multiplayer area. You can trade an with the other players you connect with, re-trade if you don't like what you got ("Hey, can I have that back?"), and even use a special item swap shrine if you don't like any of the items available for trade.
A new feature is the Postio, a place where you can send letters to the villagers and your family members. You can select the stationary and even attach a gift, and send it off for a short fee. After a few days you'll receive a letter in response. The Postio opens up in your first Fall season.
There are a variety of ways to restore stamina: there's overnight inns, restaurants and tea houses, a medical clinic in Westown, and even a public spa you can pay to soak at.
Shops will open at different hours depending on the town the shop is located in. Westown's shops open around 10:00 am, and Lulukoko's shops have a mid-day siesta where they close up for a little bit and then re-open later in the day. The shops do not have limited inventory items like in the prior version of Story of Seasons. Small Lumber, Small Stone, Lumber, and Stone can be purchased from shops and doesn't require you to make it yourself.
There are a variety of festivals in the game. There is a Pet Show with various difficulty levels, the Fashion Show, the end-of-season crop festivals, the animal festivals, Cooking Festival, the Team Game festivals, the Starry Night (Winter) and Luminous Night (Spring) romance festivals, and the Pumpkin Festival (where you give pumpkin pudding to the kids) in Tsuyukusa. Dessie, Witchie, and Inari have their own deity thanksgiving festival based on the town they're associated with; Dessie's festival in Westown involves the villagers gathering together to eat pizza.
Some festivals are town specific, while others involve all three towns. Only on New Years Eve will you have all three towns celebrating a festival. You will have to decide which town you want to celebrate with.
The festival judges from Story of Seasons will be returning too: Woofio, Del Cosa, Matsuba, and Saffron. They are not interactive villagers except for Woofio, who was added in a post-release DLC to become a villager in Lulukoko.
With 43 villagers in this game (the most ever in a Bokumono game), a festival or birthday will appear in your farmhouse calendar every few days or so. Since there are so many events and birthdays, the calendar can be flipped from a month view to a week view.
Each of the three towns have their own marriage candidates. You'll talk to the candidates and give gifts to raise their friendship levels. Each candidate has a flower on the conversation dialog box that displays their current friendship level, and each town has its own flower type: Westown has a rose, Tsuyukusa has a camellia, and Lulukoko Village has a sunflower.
Once you raise a candidate's friendship to a blue flower or higher, you can give a going-steady pendant to confirm your commitment with that person. You may propose marriage once you have completed all of the marriage requirements, with each towns' candidate requiring a specific proposal item. The item you need for proposing to a candidate in Lulukoko is the Blue Feather, a Wedding Ring in Westown, and a Comb in Tsuyukusa. The wedding will be themed based on the town your fiance is from.
The fox spirit character Inari does not have a specified gender, but yet is also a marriage candidate. You can marry Inari regardless if you are playing as a boy character or a girl character. Originally Inari could not have a child, but due to JP player objection to this case, Marvelous added a gifted child to those who married Inari in a post-release update patch. It is assumed that this will carry over into the EN version.
This same download content patch introduced two new marriage candidates: Woofio the festival judge and Stephanie the festival master of ceremonies. Post-marriage Woofio does not take off his dog costume.
After marriage you may have a child, which has a random gender. The child's hair color and eye color will resemble the spouse you chose to marry. You'll also enjoy meal time with your family.
Fox Spirit (girl)
Fox Spirit (boy)
Cheery Older Bro
Shy Little Bro
Goddess in Training
Hero's Little Sister
Martial Arts Master