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The Ushi No Tane websites specialize in information, FAQs, and guides about the Nintendo console versions of the Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, and Legend of the River King video games. These game genres are created and published in Japan by Marvelous (JP). In other regions, you'll find Natsume, XSeed Games/Marvelous (USA), Marvelous (EU), and Rising Star involved in the series' release.

The latest version of the mainstream farming series that have been released in various regions of the world are:

The latest version of River King, in all regions of the world, is River King: Mystic Valley (JP 2007, NA 2008, EU 2009).

Since 2000, Ushi no Tane has been run by a grouchy old lady who happens to be fond of video game agriculture along with two feline helpers: Intern Captain Bootu and Intern Hondo Mewnaka. 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.

Latest Farming Video Game News

Piczle Cross SoS on Monday, Marv Steam Sale, FS for Kids Relase Date, and The Start of the HM3GB Comic | Posted at 02:18 PM 23 February 2024

Happy Farm'n Friday! Springtime is coming, or maybe it's here now? The next few days are sunny and in the mid 50s°F (10°C), and many plants are waking up. The peonies, tulips, and anemones have started to emerge in the small flowerbed at the top of the stairs, which means it is also time to put out the slug traps before those pests make a mess. Last year, the slimy runts devoured the giant orange tulips before the plants could produce flowers. Grrr! I also pulled the winter layer of leaves off the iris bed yesterday since slugs like to eat those, too. Gave them a bit of fertilizer and double-checked to ensure the rhizomes weren't covered by soil. My anti-slug campaign will ensure that we'll see some flowers this season.

SoS Piczle Next Week

It's almost February 26, the release date for the new SoS crossover puzzle game, Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons! This number-puzzle game developed by Score Studios and published by Rainy Frog will be launched on Nintendo Switch and Steam/PC next week. Rainy Frog recently released a new trailer to promote the game:

SoS: Piczle will have over 350 farming-themed nonogram puzzles to solve spanning the last five Story of Seasons titled games. Completing puzzles will unlock entries in the game's encyclopedia of SoS artwork and expand the in-game farm that appears in the background during puzzles. There are Steam achievements, too. The Switch version is 9.99 ($, £, or €), 1000円, or $15.00 AU. The Steam version will be about the same price.

You can learn more about this spin-off game on the official website:

Marvelous Steam Sale

Speaking of SoS, several Steam/PC editions of our farming series are on sale for half-off or better during Marvelous' publisher sale. These deals end on February 26 (next Monday):

Also, Bandai Namco's Doraemon: Story of Seasons is discounted 45% off until March 1, but the game's sequel (Friends of the Great Kingdom) is not on sale.

FS Kids Gameplay Trailer

GIANTS Software this week released a new trailer for their upcoming farming game for mini-farmers-in-training, Farming Simulator Kids, along with the game's release date.

FS Kids will be released on March 26 on the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Nintendo Switch. The game is listed as $2.99 on the Apple platform, but on the Nintendo eShop, it is $29.99. GIANTS will also sell a physical edition for Switch, which will be available at retailers such as Amazon, Gamestop, and Best Buy. The boxed edition includes a 12-page farm-themed coloring book and an empty game case containing a digital code to download the game from the eShop. That price seems a little unbalanced between platforms... /shrug.

The game looks cute for kids, but I'm curious if it's $30 cute.

HMGB3 Book Comic

At the end of the Bokujou Monogatari GB 2 guidebook published by Shogakukan in 1999, we saw how Sara successfully revitalized the town farm with the help of "Peat " and Sakuramaru the talking horse. Together, they stopped the farm from becoming a theme park. It turns out their stories continue in the Bokujou Monogatari GB 3 guidebook published in 2000! (Seriously, how was that 24 years ago already...).

So here's the first page of the book's comics, drawn by long-time BokuMono character illustrator Igusa Matsuyama:

Ooph, Sara thought she was rid of that egotistical Pete

Though Igusa Matsuyama named him "Peat" in the last book, we'll use "Pete" moving forward.

Until next time!

(I better not have caught bad germs from the knuckleheads coughing in the room during jury duty...)

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