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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

The SoS:AWL News from Famitsu's Interview, and new Kickstarter for Meetlight | Posted at 05:12 PM 04 November 2022

Happy Farm'n Friday! It's finally time to start installing the big Christmas Light Extravaganza! Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating with my holiday plans. It's been raining off and on all week, and this weekend is forecasted to be a deluge of precipitation. Bah! I've been grounded until next Wednesday when the weather should dry enough for installing the roofline and icicle lights.

In the meantime, we finished the first of our new tomato-cage mini Christmas trees. Pretty snazzy, ya? The star on the top is 3D printed with a color-changing C7 bulb, with two strands of 100 green mini lights and a custom-made separate string of red round bulbs meant to resemble red berries. We haven't decided to stick with the smaller red bulbs or larger ones. I like the larger bulbs (that I can get more of), and Mr.Fogu likes the smaller ones that I can't get more of because the bulb size was discontinued. The small red bulbs are currently part of the roofline strings, and I don't want to steal them for another purpose!

(As always, the Christmas lights don't turn on at night until after Thanksgiving.)

Next week might be the new floor install as we near the end of the kitchen/house remodel. At least that's the plan, but we've had no-shows with an electrician and random unannounced visits by other contractors ("You weren't told we were coming?" Nope, this is a surprise...). Maybe I won't have to pack up my PC and store it away for a few days. Our contractor figures it will take the crew 4 or 5 days to finish, so I might or might not have a workstation to write next week's Farm'n Friday.

Harvestella Released

Square Enix's version of a farming life sim was released today on Nintendo Switch and Steam. While the free demo is no longer available on Steam, the demo is still downloadable on Switch. The game retails for $59.99.

SE wanted to let farmers know that a day-1 patch makes several gameplay adjustments based on feedback from those who played the demo. For example, they've slowed down the passage of time in both the world map (which was super fast) and the farm/towns. The full list of updates is located in the latest Harvestella blog post:

SoS:AWL Update

We've 83 days to go before the release of Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life in Japan. Besides the ongoing Twitter campaigns, Famitsu held an interview with now-Producer Nakano (the director of SoS:PoOT and SoS: FoMT) and new Director Rika Hoshina that revealed some new information:

One thing that wasn't covered in the interview is where Director Hoshina got that cute dog plushie?! In the interview pictures, I recognized the Turnip and the Big Cow as part of the FansClub arcade prize series, but the large pointy-ear dog didn't have its source revealed. When HM:AnWL and HM:MFoMT were released in Japan in 2004, there was a write-in campaign to win one of 30 dog plushies. The art used for the campaign was the pointy-ear dog and the classic floppy-ear dog. Perhaps our pointy-ear dog plushie has been revived as an upcoming FansClub goodie, but we'll have to wait and see, I guess. It isn't offered as a pre-order bonus at any Japanese retailers that I've noticed.

Kassey was introduced as a valley resident, and he looks just like his twin brother Patrick. Go figure!

The December edition of Nintendo DREAM has a one-page piece about the new game, though nothing ground-breaking was revealed. The article noted that the screenshot we've seen with Takakura and Nami's daughter (pictured HERE) is one of the 70 new events added to the game, which takes place when our friendly farm hand visits the house to check on the protagonist's kid.

New Kickstarter Campaign

Two-person Indie studio Kamai Studios is looking for crowdfunding for their life-and-farm simulation game, Meetlight and the Secrets of the Universe. The duo are looking to raise at least $23,500 by December 7 to fund the production of their Steam game, with a future release planned for home consoles if stretch goals are met.

Meelight was inspired by some of the developers' favorite games, such as Stardew Valley, My Time at Portia, Ori and the Blind Forest, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. All excellent games (though Ori was a bit too difficult for my skill level).

Players take on the role of Anna, who has traveled to bountiful Alaya Valley to find a fresh start after losing her beloved. As it turns out, taking over the old family farm is the life restart she was looking for. Anna will be tasked with growing crops and raising livestock, but there are many other things to do. Players can collect raw ores and use their great-uncle's old forge to craft tools, use lumber and other materials to build their perfect farmhouse, grow ingredients for completing recipes from their great-aunt's cookbook, and even dabble into a bit of alchemy.

In fact, connecting with the magical spirit realm will unlock a different side of the valley, where fairies, forest guardians, and other mystical creatures are waiting to meet Anna. This clairvoyance skill has limited strength, but players can improve their abilities in areas, such as intuition, hearing, and materialization, that will further strengthen their link to the nature world. Perhaps Anna can even learn the secrets of the universe from these fantastic creatures.

There will be social interactions with the valley residents, where players can solve the residents' problems by completing quests. There are also romance options, both human and magical. Having children isn't planned, but it could become possible if stretch goals are completed. Instead of kids, there are a variety of pets that Anna can choose from, both domesticated and wild-tamed.

You can learn more about Meetlight on the game's campaign page and official website:

Until next time!

(Finally got my copy of Black and White running again! RIP Lionhead Studios...)

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