New Player Creation

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When starting a new save file, the first thing you do is select whether you want to play in in the easier Seedling Mode or in more challenging Veteran Mode. The difference between the two modes are:

You can't change your gameplay mode once you have started and saved your game. If you chose to play in Seedling Mode, a small green sprout will be next to your character portrait on the game's Save/Load screen. Nothing special will appear on the save game file of a Veteran Mode player.

The game supports two save files.

Gender

After you select your game mode you'll pick your farmer's gender. You can play as either a boy or a girl, which locks you to the opposite gender marriage candidates. Boy farmers can marry Iluka, Lisette, Kasumi, Komari, Siluka, and Stephanie. Girl farmers can marry Ford, Hinata, Ludus, Wayne, Woofio, and Yuzuki. Both genders can marry the magical deity, Inari.

You can customize your character so it visually appears like any gender you prefer, but during the wedding your character will wear the gender-specific clothing.

Character Appearance

Next you'll pick your character visual options: skin tone, face style, eye color, and hair color. ALL of these options can change later in the game. Witchie's magic can change your skin tone, face style, and eye color. The stylist outdoor stall in Tsuyukusa can change your hair style and hair color. The hair shop unlocks after you upgrade your house for the first time.

You can remove the default hat from your character once you upgrade your farm house and unlock the Clothing Closet. This will happen after Spring 12 of your first year.

Birthday

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On your birthday the villagers will give you presents when you talk to them. It is okay if your birthday falls on the same day as a festival; just talk to the villagers either before the festival or after the festival takes place. It is also okay if your birthday is on the same day as another villager's birthday.

Once you reach Rank C or higher with each of the villages, walking into certain areas on your birthday between 13:00 and 17:00 will trigger a surprise party with all of the town's villagers. For Westown you will walk into the Garden Grill, for Tsuyukusa it is at Tea-ful Reunion, and for Lulukoko it is just walking into Lulukoko (South). The town that holds the birthday party will rotate annually. Westown is in year 1, Tsuyukusa is year 2, Lulukoko is year 3, Westown is year 4, and so on. The birthday surprise party won't trigger if a storm happens to occur on your special day.

If you are going-steady with a marriage candidate or you are married, another birthday celebration will take place inside your farm house. Walk into your house between 19:00 and 24:00 when you have empty space in your bag to trigger a special evening meal with your sweetie. You will receive a flower bouquet or perfume and +1000 Friendship Points with your beloved.

Your Name

Your character's name will be limited to a maximum of 6 characters in length. You CAN change your name later by pressing the A Button when facing the bookshelf inside of your farm house and then press the X Button to bring up the change options. You can change your name and your farm's name. The names set for your character and farm are displayed to other farmers when you are using Connectivity Island via the Nintendo Network or you have enabled a pet to be your Street Pass avatar.

Personality Types

The personality of your character will give you a small starting bonus. There are a variety of types that you can choose from. The character's personality cannot be changed once you confirm your character options, and is no indication as to how you are expected to play your game. Simply pick the personality type that will benefit you the most.

After you prove your worth to your father (and see the ending credits roll) and raise the three towns' prestige to Rank A when you have seen the party celebrating your accomplishment (and you see the credits roll again), two more personality types will be available when starting a new save file:

The clothing items and cooking recipes that carry over from the Miracle choice won't be available to use in your new save file until after you remodel your original run-down farm house to unlock the closet and kitchen. The festival prizes in your new game will still be awarded in sequential order, even if you already own the clothing or kitchen recipe.