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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 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 (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 one feline intern. 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.

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Rival Events in SoS: FoMT and Nintendo's digital New Years Sale | Posted at 02:20 PM on 10 January 2020

Happy Farm'n Friday! So over the Christmas holiday Mr. Fogu's sister gifted me a bag of lotus seeds. The nice part about these seeds is that they were already tipped. Typically with a lotus seed the top of the seed has to be ground down or cracked to allow water to penetrate the seed's exterior shell, which then triggers germination. I've destroyed a lot of lotus seeds trying to properly break their shells, but this new bag had that already taken care of! Huzzah!

Since there's an empty 1-gallon fish cube in my office from when we upgraded Office Fish to a 10-gallon tank, it is going to become home to a new lotus plant, or so we hope. I got a lotus seed to sprout at home and then brought it to work on Monday to be placed in the old tank, and by Thursday there was a leaf that had already reached the water surface and another leaf growing up from the seed's base. Looks like I've a happy indoor plant! My coworker is watching it too, as he's a little terrarium set up in his office that he's been looking to upgrade.

Rival Events in SoS: FoMT

In the original Gameboy Advance version of Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town the core marriage candidates had love interests that could result in a marriage between the two of them: Gray and Mary, Doctor and Elli, Karen and Rick, Kai and Popuri, and Ann and Cliff. Triggering the four rival events would engage the couple to get married. Once the couple married you no longer had the option to marry the available marriage candidate. The one left-over normal candidate would be Ann if Cliff left town at the end of the first year, which is a choice players can make.

Turns out the players in Japan don't like rival pairings. Hashimoto revealed in an interview about 3 years ago in Nintendo DREAM what he knew about how players felt when marrying a member of a set couple. Boy players stated they stop playing because the love rival took the girl they like, while the girl players felt the rivals are a better match to the marriage candidates than their main character is. Hence why there are no rival/couple pairings in the games anymore; the players in Japan didn't like them.

Since the 2003 GBA game included rival events, the Nintendo Switch remake also contains rival events: the sweetness between Mary and Gray, Doc not picking up Elli's hints of affection, Rick's meek endearment towards Karen, Popuri's interest in the adventurous Kai, and Ann opening up shy Cliff. But there is a limit.

Only the first two rival events are included in the Switch remake of Friends of Mineral Town. The original Black Rival Event and the Blue Rival Events can both be triggered pretty easily early on in the Switch game, as neither event has a minimum in-game year requirement like the original Green Rival Event (2nd year) and the Orange Rival Event (4th year) do.

For the Black Rival Event the couple needs to have black hearts (less than 10,000 Love Points). For the Blue Rival Event, you need to have triggered the Black event and the couple needs to have blue hearts or lower (less than 30,000 love Points). Players can basically see both of these rival events within the first few days of starting their game, minus the Kai/Popuri events of course, as those requires Kai's summertime visits.

After that, there's nothing else. There aren't any more hints of romance between the couple once the two rival events have triggered. They go on the rest of their Mineral Town lives as unmarried people, unless you chose to marry one of them. Jennifer and Brandon, the two new characters added to SoS:FoMT, do not have rival events and are not defined as a set couple.

I would of liked to see all four events in the Switch version. I miss the rival pairings :(

Nintendo Farm'n Game Discounts

In North America, a variety of digital games are discounted on the Nintendo eShop during their New Year SALE. The sale ends January 16:

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo Switch

The Switch edition of Yasuhiro Wada's world simulation game, Happy Birthdays, is also on sale for $14.99 (regularly $39.99). Wada's Little Dragons Cafe is also on sale for $17.99 (regularly $59.99, 70% off!), though LDC's sale ends on the 14th instead of the 16th.

Until next time!
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