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SoS:FoMT Hidden Candidates, HM: LoH Complete EU Release Date, and My Time at Portia Sale | Posted at 01:37 PM on 20 September 2019

Happy Farm'n Friday! It's been a wet week here at Fogu HQ. The lawn grass has grown exceptionally tall, and yet it can't be mowed because it's too wet outside. On a positive note, being indoors all last weekend has given me time to work on filling in missing pages on various HM guides.

The next batch of Shawo Radish sprouts appear to enjoy the rain. I need to get these guys into the ground soon! I've an idea rolling around in my head to protect them from those pesky tree rats, who apparently are not appreciative of the stale Cheerios I left them as a peace offering (at least the crows enjoyed the breakfast cereal). Now they've targeted their attacks towards the round "squirrel proof" bird feeder. The tree rats are too large to fit through the protective cage that holds the bird seed, so instead they jump onto the cage and then jump off when they hear me walking down the hall towards the backyard, causing the globe to spin and dislodge the sunflower seeds via centrifugal force. And since they are technically eating the seeds off the ground, where they belong, I won't go into frenzy-raaar mode to chase them off. Clever little buggers...



SoS: FoMT Hidden Candidates

This week Marvelous revealed that the secret marriage candidates from Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town will also be available as challenge candidates in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. The candidates are the Goddess, Kappa, Won, and Gourmet. All of these candidates will require the base requirements of the upgraded farm house, a big bed inside the farm house, and a red-level friendship heart color. The challenge that these candidates don't have visible hearts on their character portrait that would indicate their current friendship level.

The quality improvements made to the rucksack in the Nintendo Switch version will help with completing these candidate requirements. Now that items can stack in the rucksack, instead of taking up one space in the rucksack with the GBA version, it will be possible to bring stacks of stamina-recovering food while spelunking to reach the bottom floors of the mines to complete Goddess/Kappa criteria. Likewise the stacking element also makes it easier to flood Gourmet with gifts while he's available in the plaza, without having to run back to the farm house to grab another group of eight gifts like in the GBA game; though having the Teleport Stone makes this a little easier.

SoS: FoMT will be released in Japan (both retail and digital) in less than a month!

(Is that a tree rat emblem on Gourmet's armor? Naaaah that can't be what it is...)



New SoS:FoMT Comic

The long-time series character designer, Igusa Matsuyama, recently penned a new story comic for the Official Japanese Website. In it he tells a short story about "Yuuto", the yellow-hoodie protagonist from the upcoming game. It's a cute tale about Yuuto's first crop, the people he meets, and the other activities he participates in while waiting for his turnips to harvest.



LoH Complete in EU

Rising Star Games has announced that the "Complete" edition of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be released in the EU region on October 25. This version of LoH contains the special edition and the four DLC bundles on a single cartridge (Nintendo Switch) or disc (Playstation 4). The "Complete" edition was released by Natsume on July 30 in North America.



Portia Sale

The farming/construction game My Time at Portia is on sale. The game is 30% off in the North American Nintendo eShop, and 40% off in the North American Playstation 4 Store. The game had a new patch released yesterday for all three consoles (Switch, Ps4, and XBox) to improve load times, add voiceovers, and correct bugs. The Nintendo sale ends on October 7, and the Playstation sale ends on October 1.



Weekly JP Sales

Doraemon: Story of Seasons is still in the Famitsu's Top 30 Sales for last week, clinging onto spot #30 with about 1200 additional copies sold. That brings the total at 93,390 sales since the game was released in Japan on June 13.



Until next time!


- Cher
(I'll have a review next week of Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure!)
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