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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

SoS:PoOT Contest in Japan, and new Disney Dreamlight Valley Video | Posted at 03:46 PM 29 July 2022

Happy Farm'n Friday! It's been hot here all week, and the heat will continue through the weekend. The tomatoes are loving the weather, though! The scraggly tomato plants I moved from the bad-soil front garden bed are thriving quite well in the tomato grow bags located in the back yard. Granted, the grow bags are only for tomato plants and contain tomato-yummy soil amendments, but they've tripled in height since moving them there last month. Now I've to discover what is so wrong with the nutrients in the front-yard garden beds. The watermelon and cauliflower seedlings I planted back in May haven't grown at all (really, they have had zero growth!), but the one white sunflower I managed to somehow germinate is growing. As are the zinnia seeds from the old gardener's estate I tossed into the empty spot where the scraggly tomato plants once were. So something nutrient-wise is borked.

As for my adventures in Rigbarth in Rune Factory 5, I'm now tracking down Oswald again. He holds a clue as to what's going on with the rune crystals. We probably shouldn't have let him go, but I might have never met Ludmila if we hadn't been nice to him. She's definitely a fascinating character. Romantically, I was going for Lucas, but Ludmila has piqued my interest...

Dreamlight Valley Gameplay

Disney released a new trailer showcasing their entry into the life simulation genre. The latest video for Disney's Dreamlight Valley shows some new information about character creation, interaction with Disney characters, and decoration crafting.

The new information about farming and fishing starts at about 1 minute and 41 seconds. Fishing can be done in the various bodies of water in the game's Disney character-themed worlds, and the various kinds of fish have weight as their measurement instead of a size like in Bokumono games. Growing a veggie garden requires players to plant seeds (Tomato, Cucumber, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Corn, and others) and then water them using a Royal Watering Can until the crops mature. The fish and veggies can then be used to cook meals with the help of Remmy the rat chef. The garden space and fishing functionality appear to be additional activities outside the game's main goal of crafting and questing. Mark Medina of IGN described the game as "not a farming simulator," as vegetables grow within minutes and the watering can never needs to be refilled. The game is more about relationships, character customization, and town building. After seeing this latest video, Dreamlight Valley reminds me more of My Time at Portia without the romance aspects or Animal Crossing after it added vegetable crops. The original announcement trailer gave more of an impression, at least to me, that farming was a bigger aspect of the game than the lastest gameplay video makes it to be.

Dreamlight Valley launches on Steam Early Access on September 6, with community interactions restricted to sharing in-game photographs on players' social media platforms. The full game is expected to be available sometime in 2023, with content updates planned for new Disney events or movies that may be announced in the future. The full game will be free-to-play, with paid content limited to cosmetic upgrades or game content extensions.

Marv JP Contest

To celebrate the release of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town on Ps2 in Japan, Marvelous is holding a follow-and-retweet contest for farmers in their region.

Farmers who retweet the above tweet before August 14 will be entered to win one of 10 cow-face towels given away by Marv JP. The towel is a decent size; much larger than a simple hand towel, for sure! Bokumono radio personality (and VA) Daiki Yamashita aired a 1-hour Let's Play of the Ps4 game on Wednesday and, at the end of the broadcast, showed how large the contest prize Ushi-face towel was.

You can learn more about the contest on the official Bokumono blog:

In Japan, the Ps4 game includes the expansion pass. The expansion pass in North America, Europe, and Australia is NOT included in the Ps4 game and must be purchased separately. Lucky Japan! There's probably a logical reason it had to be included in the JP region's game. We all remember how unhappy the JP region farmers were when the game was released in February 2021.

Daiki was also recently diagnosed with Covid, so let's hope he feels better soon!

Until next time!

(Finally getting an outdoor potting bench by repurposing an old shelf unit that was removed during the kitchen remodel demo. Huzzah!)

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