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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

March 2018 Mobile Events, LoH Plushie, and Gerry HM64 Guide Funded | Posted at 11:03 PM on 02 March 2018
Happy Farm'n Friday! The new crop planting attempt this week was verbena. While the tomatoes and marigolds are easy to grow (and they're doing quite well too), these verbena flower seeds have some odd instructions. So far I've had to put them in dirt like normal, but then place the tray of dirt in the refrigerator for a week (i.e., cold stratification). After that I'm suppose to keep them in a dark spot and then wait 3 to 4 weeks for the seeds to sprout. Oye, now I understand why that plant costs more than other similar annuals at the local garden centers.

And this morning one of the marigolds lost a branch. Overnight it seems one of the Fogu interns (I'm assuming it wasn't Mr.Fogu) tried to eat the plant's foliage, but then spit the unchewed leaf back out. Perhaps there is something to the theory of marigolds being pest deterrents.

Bokumono for Mobage March Events

It's a new month with a new set of community events in the Japan mobile Bokumono game on the Mobage network. Starting today, there's a harvest-style festival with a Hinamatsuri theme. Players can grow lamp trees, platform flowers, and care for little chicks dressed up in their girl's day doll attire. Harvesting farm products will earn festival points, with awards being given out on March 9 based on the total points earned.

Starting on the 11th is a hungry animal event, where players grow special crops to feed to one of three randomly appearing animals on their farm. Feeding the right number of crops per animal will award prizes depending on the total number of each type of animal fed. The 500-crop animal is challenging to feed during its appearance time, but other players can feed your assigned animal as well, helping to complete the task before it expires.

Then on the 22nd, a bingo-style event will take place. Players have a special event 3x3 sized field to grow bingo flowers. Match three in a line (or max bingo with all 9 slots) to earn bingo points, with prizes awarded based on points earned.

Light of Hope Preorder Bundles

The Ps4 and Nintendo Switch versions of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is scheduled to release on May 29 in the US and Canada. For farmers in the US, preorders of the physical edition of the game at Gamestop will receive a Chocolate Cow plushie (as long as they're in stock and not sniped by store employees, of course. Or stored in the employee bathroom, but that's another story...) The special edition of the game retails for $39.99:

Currently the special edition and its Chocolate Cow plushie is only available for Gamestop preorders in the US.

But there's a second option: The NISA Limited Edition bundle

This special bundle contains a copy of either the Nintendo Switch or Playstation 4 game, the above mentioned Chocolate Cow plushie, a CD of the game's music, an animal pin set, and a hardcover blank farmer's journal to keep notes in such as crop mutation tracking. This limited edition of the game is available on the NISA store and costs $64.99 plus shipping, with a release date of May 29:

Just FYI, NISA had some, erm..., security issues with their shopping site the past few days, so use Paypal if you're planning on ordering their Limited Edition of LoH.

Gerry's HM64 Guide Kickstarter Update

Matt Gerry's crowdfunding Kickstarter to release his detailed Harvest Moon 64 players guide to the public has reached its $3,500 funding goal and is still growing. Gerry has shuffled in some special prints of his guide to backers such as $30 for a black/white paperback copy of the guide, $40 for a color version, and $60 for a hardcover copy. There's still time to jump in to get a last physical print run of the guide:

Until next time!

- Cher
(Next week's overnight temps are going back up into the 40s! Next weekend is planting time, I hope!)
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