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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. 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 mainstream farming series in various regions of the world are:

The latest version of River King, in all regions of the world, is River King: Mystic Valley (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 interns. 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 Harvest Moon News

LoH DLC for Steam, LDC EU Date, and RSG EU Sale | Posted at 06:15 PM on 17 August 2018

Happy Farm'n Friday! Things are beginning to cool down as Fall slowly creeps up. This year's PotatoLand has started to flower, and the Fall raspberries are beginning to ripen on the canes. Even the springtime baby goldfish in the pond are beginning to turn gold from their juvenile brown coloring. It's a bit melancholy to see Summer fade away, but the seasons must go on!

The dahlias are still opening up and hopefully will continue to do so until October. This fellow is another dahlia plant that bloomed for the first time this year. This particular flower was too heavy for the plant and eventually bent its own stem, so now it is in a vase on the kitchen island.

Light of Hope PC DLC

On Tuesday, Natsume surprisingly updated their PC version of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope to version 2.0, adding the initial console-only "Special Edition" features to the Steam version of their game. This free update adds bug fixes and several SE features such as a herding bell on the outside of the chicken barn, the animals' names and friendship when you stand close to a livestock or chicken, a way to track cooked recipes for earning the 5-Star Chef Steam achievement, and new character Soleil the gem sprite. Just like in the Ps4 and Switch versions, Soleil is a potential marriage candidate and a local multiplayer option.

On the downside, the 2.0 update also added Milk as a required ingredient when making Delicious Feed at the Windmill; the PC version didn't require Milk until this 2.0 update was released.

With the Special Edition features launched on the Steam platform, the optional DLC packs also available as separate purchases. Players can buy and download the Decorations and Tool Upgrade Pack ($0.99) with the magnificent Doc statue, the Divine Marriage Candidate Pack ($1.99) that unlocks Gorgan and the Goddess as potential spouses, the Doc and Melanie's Special Episodes ($2.99) that brings new clothing outfits and farmhouse interiors, and finally the New Marriage Characters Pack ($3.99) that adds new characters Michelle and Shirlock into the PC game. Players can by them individually or buy a combined DLC bundle for $9.96.

Now that Light of Hope Special Edition features are also on PC, I'll see about recording all of Gorgan's romance events! Oh la la, as Elise might say.

The game is on sale until August 21 (next Tuesday) in the Steam Store to promote the Steam release of the Special Edition features. The base game (without DLC) is 30% off (down to $20.99 USD, regularly $29.99). A bundle edition that includes the game and the four DLC packs is on sale for 23% off ($30.95, regularly $39.95).

Since my 240+ hour PC game now has all the same features as the Nintendo Switch game, guess I don't need to play the physical console edition anymore. That frees up the console for Little Dragons Cafe!

Little Dragons Cafe Updates

Rising Star Games revealed that the European (physical and digital) and Australian (digital only) release date for Wada's Little Dragons Cafe will be September 21. The game is out NEXT FRIDAY (the 24th) in North America!

In Japan, publisher Marvelous has added a 10-page digital manga to the game's promo website, drawn by Bokujou Monogatari long-time artist, Igusa Matsuyama. In the manga, a reporter and cameraman from LDCTV interviews various villagers and the main characters, bumps into the island's wild animals, and even has a tasty meal prepared by the cafe chef. You can read the digital Japanese manga on the Marvelous website:

Europe Digital HM Sale

Rising Star Games is having a sale on their Nintendo eShop titles. Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns is on sale for 9.99 (50% off) and Harvest Moon: Skytree Village is on sale for 19.99 (also 50% off). The sale is scheduled to end on August 30.

Until next time!

- Cher
(More Christmas lights arrived today!! Now to start constructing this year's addition to the Light Extravaganza! 11 weeks to go!)
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