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SoS: FoMT Heart Events, new mobile BM in China, Mad Dash info, and D:SoS Release Date | Posted at 01:43 PM on 16 August 2019

Happy Farm'n Friday! The tomatoes are starting to be harvestable; that is, when I can get to them before something else does. There's a local mouse that has been partaking in the tomato crops, eating the meat of the tomatoes and leaving just the shell of the fruit behind. Originally I assumed it was a tree rat, but the tomato branches holding the fruit aren't strong enough to support the weight of a squirrel. Last night I heard something scurrying up the backyard patio screen door to reach the bird feeders, and caught sight of a mouse attempting to feast on the birds' sunflower seeds.

The Cooper's Hawks are still being fed by their parents. I can hear the kids right now calling out to let their parents know where they can drop off their hunt spoils. Last week there was just a single fledgling, but sometime this week a second one showed up. Not sure if the new fellow is from the same nest or a neighborhood kid trying to get a free meal. They're more interesting than a Junco nest, that's for sure!

Doraemon Release Date

Bandai Namco announced this week that their version of Bokujou Monogatari for Nintendo Switch and Steam (PC), Doraemon: Story of Seasons will be released on October 11th in North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. The game is a combined effort by Brownies (Fantasy Life for DS), Marvelous (production supervision), and Bandai Namco (publisher). The game puts Doraemon, Noby, Sue, Sneech, and Big G on an farming adventure as they try to unravel the mystery of the great tree in the watercolor world of Natura.

In North American the game will only be sold as a digital download, while in Europe both digital and retail releases will be available. It is not publicly available on the North American Nintendo Switch eShop or Steam store quite yet.

Story of Seasons FoMT Updates

This week Marvelous released two more romantic video clips for their upcoming Nintendo Switch game, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. The first video is the beginning of Rick's Yellow Heart event, and the second is the beginning of Elli's Black Heart event.

With Rick's romance event, he clearly has a green heart color during the yellow heart event. Producer Nakano did mention in his A9VG interview from last week's update that they had expanded on the romance portion in the remake of the Gameboy Advance game. In the original game there were love events at black, purple, blue, and finally yellow heart colors; heart color stages green, orange, and red did not have romantic events associated with them. In the remake we've seen romance events at black (Elli and Cliff), purple (Karen and Popuri), blue (Popuri), and now green (Rick's). Pretty interesting!

Mobile SoS from Tencent Games

New information has been revealed about Tencent's Bokujou Monogatari mobile game being developed in collaboration with Marvelous of Japan for the China gaming market. The mobile phone is officially titled Bokujou Monogatari OL (牧场物语OL).

Bokumono OL features either male or female protagonists and include crop growing, animal care, and fishing. There's still limited information about what other features will be part of the game or if it will ever be released outside of China.

You can see a preview movie for Bokumono OL over on Weibo:

Harvest Moon Mad Dash

Natsume explains how to combine playing pieces together on the playing field to make harvestable plots in the farm-themed party game, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, coming out later this year for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Up to four players can pick up plots on the playing field and put them together into areas large enough to produce crops and fish. Making the right combinations will complete the shipping requests and fill up the Power Meter, which will trigger a mad dash of harvestable goods once it fills to the top. And yes, it is actually fun. You can read more on the game's mechanics on Natsume's recent Facebook post:

Weekly JP Sales

Doraemon: SoS jumped up from #27 to #23 in Famitsu's Top 30 Sales for last week, pushing another 2100 copies for a 8-week total of about 84,600. Rune Factory 4 dropped from #11 to #18 with 3500 sales, putting its 3-week total at 47,700.

The Fishing Spirits game is still selling great and is back at #2 of 30. At least Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure is scheduled to be released next month, so I guess I can take care of my fishing itch in a few weeks...

Until next time!

- Cher
(Took Intern Reba for a quick vet checkup this morning. Even with a Thundervest and kitty calming pheromones, she's still a raging ball 'o hiss!)
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