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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

New RF4 (Woo!), RF5 (What?), Doraemon Bokumono (What What?!), and JP Discounts | Posted at 01:26 PM on 15 February 2019
Happy Farm'n Friday! Earlier this week I came home from a long day at the office and went to give the red goji seedlings their little daily pep-talk and pats on the head, only to discover four of the six seedlings were missing from their seedling tray. Did they uprooted themselves and walked away?! What the heck? They were just simply gone!

The culprit was sitting on the heater vent a few feet away, who quickly took off once she realized that my vocal outbursts of "What the...?!" meant that those tasty green treats were NOT something she should of eaten. Yea, Intern Reba decided to go exploring while we were gone for the day, discovered the little innocent plants under the grow light, and then ate them. The two that did survive the massacre where outside of her kitty reach in the back of the seedling tray.

I guess it's not too bad; I did only want to grow two shrubs. She just picked out which two I was going to keep, and I had no say in the matter.

As for the black goji, so far only one of the six have sprouted. They seem to be slower to germinate than the red goji. Though now that there's space in the red goji seedling tray, thanks to Reba, the seedlings can be combined together in the same tray so the leftover tray can start on tomato germination.

Dangit, cat! Naturally, Mr.Fogu found the situation hilarious...

Rune Factory 4 AND 5!

Wednesday the 13th was a Nintendo Direct presentation, where both North American and Japan videos revealed that Rune Factory 4 is being remastered for the Nintendo Switch. Rune Factory 4 Special is scheduled to be released in Japan on July 25, and sometime in 2019 for North America via XSeed Games.

The updated version of the 3DS game has a new "Newlywed Mode" selectable from the title screen where players can enjoy married life in a new scenario added into the Switch edition. Also included is a new "Hell" level of difficulty for battles, an upgrade to HD graphics, and a redesigned opening title movie. I'll play it this time, really! Just got to finish Rune Factory 2 first...

Marvelous' website in Japan is also open:

Also revealed was that Rune Factory 5 has emerged and is in development, with a 2020 planned release in Japan. Yoshifumi Hashimoto revealed on his Hakama Studio Twitter account that the game is being worked on by his studio. The game, along with RF4 Special, have now been included as working titles on the Hakama website:

Doraemon Bokumono?!

Also in the Wednesday Direct presentation, Nintendo of Japan revealed Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari for Nintendo Switch, set to be released sometime in 2019 in Japan.

The game is being released in Japan by Bandi Namco, with production by Marvelous and development by Brownies, the studio that split off from the restructuring of Brownie Brown into Nintendo's 1-Up Studio.

Located in Season Town, you play as Nobi Nobita as you build heart-warming bonds with the game characters along with Nobi's robot cat, Doraemon, and his friends Goda, Minamoto ("Shizuka-chan"), and Suneo. Doraemon's magical pocket gadgets will surely come into play at some point. From my perspective, the game looks a lot like the cute April 2015 alternative-farming game Popolocrois Bokujou Monogatari; even the shops and animal barns looks similar to PopoBoku.

Bandi Namco has already launched the official website for this Bokumono spin-off game:

There's no official word yet of the game being released outside of Japan, though I'm expecting it to be a Japan-only release. We'll see, I guess!

Japan eShop Sales

Until March 6, the Bokujou Monogatari games on the Nintendo eShop in Japan are all on sale:

Until next time!

- Cher
(Looks like it's a good time to plant carrots outside, if I could grow carrots...)
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