Ushi No Tane https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=blogs&p=updates http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss PHP-Update HM:OW Release Date, SoS:FoMT 1.0.3. Patch, and RF5 Revealed https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1600467232 Happy farm'n Friday! The local Chehalem Mountain fire is now 100% contained. The outdoor air quality measurements from the federal Environmental Protection Agency fluctuated between "hazardous" and "very unhealthy" this week, so we spent most of the week indoors (again). There are large fires still burning on the east side of the river, though progress is being made there.Fire investigators determined that our local fire was caused by a campfire that was not extinguished properly. The large fire to the east was triggered by downed powerlines caused by last week's unexpected windstorm.But last night a wondrous thunderstorm rolled through and dumped a LOT of rain over the valley. Despite the rain, the Riverside fire is still burning but is now slowly being contained. Huzzah!

HM:One World Release DateThe upcoming Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 game, Harvest Moon: One World has been given an official release date of March 2 in North America and March 5 in Europe and Australia. The global pandemic has thrown a rotten turnip in many a plan, including the development of their latest farming game. The move to a March release also impacts the NISA limited edition bundle and the Gamestop Chicken Plushie bundle, so don't forget to update your preorder details if you move, change credit cards, etc. between now and next March.The official release date announcement also came with some fancy new screenshots and a summary of the story of the multi-environment game:Before the Harvest Goddess disappeared from this world, she imbued the tiny Harvest Wisps with the knowledge of various seeds, thus ensuring the various fruits and vegetables of the world would not be lost. Using the power given to these Harvest Wisps, you'll unlock various seeds as you progress through the game! But the Harvest Wisps can be tricky to find, as they all appear at different times and places. You'll need to use your noggin to make sure to seek as many as you can of them out!You can see the other three screenshots, including the new reindeer, goat, and villager Laura, on the Natsume Community Blog:
Harvest Moon: One World Release Date

SoS:FoMT page 1.0.3Another small update was added to the Nintendo Switch version of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. Marvelous notes that this patch fixes...
triggering of dialog when giving a disliked (-5 FP) or hated (-9 FP) gift to villagers for the first time,fixed the Solomon's Ring achievement that was supposed to unlock once players obtained 5 house pets,made some grammar corrections, andcorrected Marie's name at the Moo-Moo Festival, so her portrait doesn't display her name as "Elly" anymore when you talk to her.
The Switch should automatically download the 1.0.3 patch, but if it hasn't yet, you can request the download by pressing the + button on the Switch to access the game's profile page.

Rune Factory 5 RevealA Nintendo Direct Mini was published Thursday morning, with one of the showcased upcoming games being Rune Factory 5. Developed by Bokujou Monogatari alumni Yoshifumi Hashimoto at his studio, Hakama, and published by Marvelous, the game centers around an amnesiac who finds themselves in Rigbarth, a town "blessed by nature." No memories? Maybe joining the local peacekeeping ranger brigade will help bring 'em back! Boyah!
The new RF5 includes all the standard goodies like farming, fishing, monster taming, and marriage. Now there is a new comb-attack feature for the allies you take with you to dungeons. The trailer also shows a building of some sort on the back of a dragon? Oh interesting! Famitsu's article includes screen shots of elven ranger Scarlet, and strikingly handsome Reinhold commenting on how an unspecified item could bring out the protagonist's cuteness. The trailer on the official Marv website also shows blonde-hair ranger Revere mentioning a character named Kioku, shows character Priscilla in her wedding attire, and gives the default names for the protagonists as Ares (boy) and Aris (girl).RF5 is currently scheduled for a Spring 2021 release in Japan, and sometime in 2021 in North America.
Rune Factory 5 Official website (Marv.jp)Rune Factory 5 Game Details (Nintendo.com)
Guess I need to get back to playing Rune Factory 4. I started the game and was beaten up by a butterfly girl in the forest. I'll have to get back to it soon!

Until next time!

- Cher(Ya got my Ps5 controller preordered! Now to find a place to preorder the actual console...)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1600467232 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 22:13:52 +0000
The First Bachelorette from HM: One World https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1599857655 Happy farm'n Friday! There wasn't much going on this week in the farming world. Locally, the nearby wildfires have turned the sky a strange shade of yellow and brought the scent of smoke everywhere. I managed to snap a picture of the latest dahlia bloom, though the yellow haze makes the greenery appear strange. It's also cold today (~65° F) because the wildfire smoke is blocking out the sun's late-summertime warmth.Our closest wildfire, the Chehalem Mountain fire, is 50% contained and somewhat far from any population center. Unfortunately, the Riverside fire on the east side of the Willamette River is coming dangerously close to many areas of dense population. Some have already evacuated west into Portland, while others are preparing to leave their homes if a go-now evacuation order is triggered. We're all hoping the winds become less of an issue so the professionals working on the fireline can gain the upper hand.The local dahlia farm is in the pre-evac area and posted some pictures on their Instagram account and Facebook account of the dahlia fields blanketed with smoke from the Riverside fire. They had to cancel the dahlia festival this year because of Covid-19, and now they're facing wildfire fallout. It's insane...

New HM:OW CandidateLast week, social media manager EE, temporarily standing in for out-of-office CeeCee, posted a summary for the second marriage candidate from Harvest Moon: One World:A musician! Malika lives in an oasis, and with the camel pictured with her portrait, she seems to be a character from the desert area. The animals and lute references remind me a bit of Gilbert the traveling bard from Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The Amazon catalog entry for One World names the desert area Pastilla. We've already met Kanoa from the oceanside village of Halo Halo, which leaves us with eight more candidates and three other environments to be eventually introduced.The Amazon description also notes that players can raise reindeer along with cows, sheep, chickens, and goats.

Until next time!

- Cher(Are the leaves turning golden because it's close to autumn or is it because of the smoke...)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1599857655 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:54:15 +0000
Doraemon Ps4 Release Day, Sept BokuMono Events, and Labor Day Farm'n Discounts https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1599257520 Happy farm'n Friday! There are less than 60 days to go before it's installation time for the 2020 Christmas Light Extravaganza! I've got a new design idea baking in my head, and as always, I'm not sure how much of it can be implemented until the strings of lights start attaching to the house. Though my spreadsheet of light inventory seems to not be up to date. I sware I have more curtain lights than the file says I have...I wasn't too keen on last year's carpet of light strings across the terraced terrains in the front yard. Even with a speed control box, it looked flashier than what I expected. This year, I plan to repurpose all those red, white, and green strings into something a bit more elegant and less gaudy. Of course, it may look even goofier in the end, but Chrismas lights are an outdoor artistic canvas; it gets wiped out every year to begin anew. Ya never know until you try!

Doraemon Ps4 Release DayThe Playstation 4 version of Doraemon: Story of Seasons is now available for digital download from the North American and European Playstation Stores. The game retails for $49.99 USD / $66.99 CAN / £34.99 UK and requries 787 MB of free hard drive space on the console. The Ps4 game is available in physical form in several countries in Europe through Bandai Namco EU, but digital-only in the UK and Italy. The game is also digital-only in North America.

This version does include the updated content that was added to the Japan region of the game: decorative farm ornaments like a golden Noby statue, more furniture for the farmhouse, new secret gadgets to use (Cupid's Arrow, Field Restaurant, and Barter Machine), new types of fish to catch, and a new whale pet. The Ps4 version also includes trophy support.
Doraemon: Story of Seasons on Playstation Store (USA)
The Nintendo Switch version (outside of Japan) has not yet been updated to include the new bonus features added to the Ps4 version. Namco Bandai JP has already ported the Ps4 features to the Switch edition, though not currently available yet in NA and EU.

September Mobage EventsThere's a new batch of events scheduled to take place this month in the online browser-based version of Bokujou Monogatari in Japan:
A wisteria-themed competitive harvest festival started on September 1. Players try to earn as many points as possible by harvesting wisteria flowers, bonsai, lilypad frogs, and purple sheep. In-game prizes will be awarded based on the number of points a player earns. Throughout the festival, friendship hearts can be sent to other players that can be exchanged for more in-game prizes. This festival ends on the 9th.The fun Bingo event starts on September 11. Players will grow special bingo crop seeds and hope they get three of the same crop in a row or a full board of the same crop for a max bingo, worth more points. In-game prizes will be awarded based on the total number of bingo points collected during the event. Players can use their Sunshine Ability to increase the number of harvestable items on their friends' bingo cards; however, bonus bingo points will only be awarded if the ability is used on an active three-in-a-row bingo. Typically it is best to wait until the board is full of the same crop to trigger a max bingo and then wait until a multiplier triggers to earn bingo points. This event often has time-based prizes that no longer become available for players to win once the availability time expires, so it's good to earn points as fast as possible before the prizes expire!Finally, a hungry animal event begins on the 21st. Players will grow crops to feed to one of three randomly appearing animals on their farm. Prizes are awarded based on how the number of fed animals. Players can feed their hungry animals as well as their fellow farmers' animals.

Farm'n DiscountsSince it's a long weekend for many farmers in the US, it's an excellent time to pick up on a couple of discounted games with farming aspects.
Steam
Summer in Mara = 20% off ($19.99, normally $24.99)Voodoo Garden = 50% off ($1.49, normally $3.00)
Nintendo Switch
Farming Simulator 20 = 33% off ($30.14, normally $44.00)Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition = 70% off ($8.99, normally $29.99)Little Dragons Cafe = 70% off ($17.99, normally $59.99)
Playstation
Farming Simulator 17 = 50% off ($9.99, normally $19.99)

Until next time!

- Cher(Enjoy your Labor Day, USA folks! Extra day for farm'n!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1599257520 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 22:12:00 +0000
UNoT 20th Anniversary, Sheepies in The Good Life, and the SNAC in Snacko https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1598656324 Happy farm'n Friday! Today is the 20th anniversary of the first Harvest Moon-related page created for the Fogu site. There was a Terranigma guide developed back in 1999 that came before the farm'n stuff (and it is still around). I couldn't find any online help for the farming Gameboy game or its sequel I played to help my Japanese studies. There were plenty of online guides for the N64 Harvest Moon 64 game back then, but nothing for the little handheld Harvest Moon GBC 2 game!Naturally, I had no idea at the time that the guides would still be sprouting along 20 years later. I do remember giggling about naming the HM2 GBC guide after the cow pregnancy potion! The guides wouldn't have continued without your ongoing support and encouragement, so thank you! Wooooo you rock!

Though Fogu never worked out to be a full-time gig, it's kind of neat to look back at everything that's been written during my out-of-office hours. For the first couple of years, the job I had simply required me to be present at the office, and they didn't care so much what I did while waiting for work to come in. During that time, a lot of the older content was written. Sometime around Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands I got a job that required actual work while at the office (doh!), which meant guide work could only happen on the weekends. Despite that, there have still been many guide pages published to help everyone with their farm'n games, both Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons. Though I will admit that there are quite a few places that need to be completed, resulting from a lack of time on my part. I apologize for that. Maybe when I retire from the workforce in another 20 years I'll finally have the time to fix those incomplete pages.I did manage to locate the first issue of the Harvest Moon News from 2003, part of an email newsletter that I used to send out before switching to the online Farm'n Friday format. The topic of the first news update? The upcoming releases for Friends of Mineral Town and A Wonderful Life in Japan. What a kwinkydink!


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(@@) Ushi No Tane
/-------\/ Harvest Moon News
/ | || Issue 1
* ||----|| www.fogu.com/hm/
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February 13, 2003


Last month, VIS put up the websites for Friends of Mineral Town
and A Wonderful life, with a notice that the next update would be
on February 14th. AWL's page only contained a index page with a
picture, while FoMT's page had some content on how an average
game day would play out.

Today VIS has updated the AWL webpage (see link below) with some
new screen shots. Like the FoMT page, the AWL page has a section
about how a game day would play out. There's screen shots of the
sun rising (pretty!), the tomato crops, feeding a goat, walking
to the mansion, listening to music, walking through town (scary
person with 1 eye!), putting the animals in the barn because it's
going to rain the next day, a date with Sepiria, and the strange
white yeti-looking fellow.

VIS plans to update AWL's page again on March 20th. The FoMT page
is suppose to have some "bonus" page up on the 14th, but it
hasn't happened yet. Maybe it will be up later today or tomorrow.

A Wonderful Life:
- Release date:
-- Japan = Spring 2003
-- US = late Summer / early Fall 2003*
-- Europe = unknown
- Price: unknown
- http://www.vis.co.jp/bokumono/series/cube_gba/cube/

Friends of Mineral Town
- Release date:
-- Japan = April 18
-- US = September*
-- Europe = unknown
- Price: 4800 yen, approx. $39 usd / 36 euros
- http://www.vis.co.jp/bokumono/series/cube_gba/gba/

*dates subject to change

- What sound do you hear when a cow explodes?
-- Cowboom!


Sheep Racing Details in GLThis week, White Owls revealed some more details about sheep racing in their farmy-style who-done-it game, The Good Life. There will be sheep of various colors in the meadows of Rainy Woods. When riding a sheep during the races, the sheep with larger horns will fair better against obstacles, while the sheep's body type will determine how easy it is to control the sheep on the obstacle course. You can read more about this month's updates on the game's Kickstarter page:The Good Life Development News August 2020

New Cultural CenterAlso this week, the kitty farming game Snacko showed off the new Cultural Center being added to the game. The Cultural Center will house the Snacko Natural Artifacts Collection (SNAC). Players can submit items, such as furniture, fish, and cooked food, to the Center's collection for display. The SNAC exhibit is managed by Miss Curator, who is dedicated to preserving the island's history and culture. You can learn more about the new hoarding museum on the developer's Twitter feed:https://twitter.com/snackodev

Until next time!

- Cher(Someday I'll get the chance to play through my game backlog...)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1598656324 Fri, 28 Aug 2020 23:12:04 +0000
Another SoS:FoMT PC Patch, HM:MD Released for XBox, and XSeed's Fanart Contest Finale https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1598043460 Happy Farm'n Friday! Last weekend I spent some time clearing out the 2020 fruiting canes from the Snowbank Blackberry container in preparation for next summer's anticipated fruit (or I hope to see white blackberries next year). The plant is growing in a wooden container to keep it from spreading everywhere, so it is trained to grow upwards rather than sideways like a normal blackberry plant. After I finished and went back inside to write more for the SoS:FoMT guide, the whole plant decided to topple over onto its side! The roots had grown through the wooden container's bottom, destabilizing its structure and causing an imbalance that tipped the container. Bleh! And while working on trying to stabilize the ground, I snapped the handle off my metal garden trowel. Double bleh! The blackberries may have won last weekend's battle, but reinforcements are arriving soon! A new recycled-rubber container and garden trowel may help me to tame the thorny monster.It's another slow news week; sometimes, it is like that! At least the dahlias are starting to bloom. Some of them I have never seen bloom before because of poor soil quality. This purple fellow is "Ted's Choice," with a flower that has lasted two weeks so far.

SoS:FoMT PC PatchAnother patch was released this week for the Steam edition of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. This update fixed some dialog text issues.

Additional Mad Dash PlatformsNatsume's party-puzzle game, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is now available on the XBox One console and Windows PC through the Microsoft store. The game retails for $19.99 USD, requires about 635 MB of hard drive space, and supports XBox achievements. The game is still local multi-player only.Buy Harvest Moon: Mad Dash - Microsoft StoreI do like Mad Dash, but the later levels appears to greatly benefit with having more thatn one person involved. It is a tough single-player game.

XSeed's FoMT Art ContestThe fanart contest from XSeed Games wrapped up this week, and all eligible entries have been added to the XSeed Games Blog. There's such a wonderful mix of drawing, costumes, digital graphics, hand-made plushies, and more! The grand-prize winner will be announced in a few hours on XSeed's Twitch stream.

Until next time!

- Cher(Finally started the new Paper Mario the other day. I like it so far!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1598043460 Fri, 21 Aug 2020 20:57:40 +0000
SoS:FoMT Steam Patch and Sakuna EU LE Preorders https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1597440442 Happy Farm'n Friday! It's kind of a slow news week with regards to farming games. Earlier this week, the new iris plants from the local iris nursery arrived, so I gave the glass-jar-soil-test trick a try to see what the soil was like in the area I planned to plant them. Turns out the soil under the iris plants tends to lean towards clay, which I figured as much when compared to the rest of the crap-tastic soil in the front yard. The plan is to divide the existing iris this fall, so I'll take care of the soil issue then. At least I've got a starting point now.

SoS:FoMT PC PatchA new patch released this week for the Steam version of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town to help players running the game on Windows 8.1 along with other corrections. Whatever they did fixed the problem that I had with the Steam version, as I can now play the PC game too! Huzzah! I don't have to buy a new computer! I assumed the issue was a local one, but whatever was fixed in this latest patch permits the game to launch on my computer now.

Sakuna EU LEThis week, Marvelous EU revealed the special limited edition bundle for the rice-farming demon-bashing action game, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, in Europe and Australia. The Golden Harvest Limited Edition package on November 20th will come with a physical copy of either the Nintendo Switch or Playstation 4 game, a 132-page art book, double-sided poster, the 3-disc CD soundtrack, and a collectors box, for the price of £49.99/€59.99. That's close to the same bundle as XSeed's Divine Edition, with North America getting a wooden omamori charm instead of a poster for its November 10th release.In Japan, Marvelous JP has teamed up with retailers to make retailer-specific bundles available for Sakuna. There's a mix of papercraft goods, lapel pins, and keychains, with Ebten's porcelain tea bowl and lunch towel being the most expensive at 12,078¥ (~$113 USD). The game is scheduled to be released in Japan on November 12.

Until next time!

- Cher(Bleh, 100-degree temps forecasted for this weekend... ice cream time!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1597440442 Fri, 14 Aug 2020 21:27:22 +0000
HM:OW Preorders and Bachelor #1, and SoS:FoMT version 1.0.2 Update https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1596837102 Happy Farm'n Friday! Summertime is beginning to wind down out here. It even rained yesterday! The tomatoes are taking their sweet time to ripen, though; a few of the green fruit are sitting on their vines, but nothing is ready to be harvested yet. This year we only planted two varieties: Pink Bumble Bee and Golden Jubilee. We also have zucchini this year. The plants have been kind enough to not bombard us with excess squash. We're just getting the right amount to toss on the grill or make it into bread. Nummy!

HM:OW Preorder BonusesLast weekend, Natsume revealed a ploofy chicken plushie that will be the preorder bonus for Harvest Moon: One World at Gamestop. Both Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 preorders will come with the exclusive plushie, while supplies last, for $49.99 (USD).Harvest Moon: One World | Nintendo Switch | GameStopHarvest Moon: One World | PlayStation 4 | GameStop

NIS America has also compiled together a collector's edition, available directly from the NISA website. The Harvest Moon: One Word Limited Edition will contain 1) a copy of either the Switch or Ps4 game, 2) an animal lapel pin set, 3) a CD soundtrack of the game's music, and 4) a cloth poster of the game's box artwork. The NISA edition does not come with the ploofy chicken plushie. The price of the LE package is $79.99 USD:
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1596837102 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:51:42 +0000
SoS:FoMT Candidate Popularity, Stardew CE, Good Life and Portia Updates https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1596229373 Happy Farm'n Friday! Hope everyone is still staying safe. The local area has been doing well, with everyone following mask rules when out in public. Our local school district will be moving the school year to online education for a least the first semester. Unfortunately, our state has a few eastern counties that have had a surge of Coronavirus cases. One has a 23% positive test rate, and the other has a 30% positive test rate. They've now gone back to closing most everything after being some of the first areas to start reopening.The patch for correcting Mythic Ore in the Switch edition of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town has not been released yet, so hopefully soon that'll be taken care of. According to fogu.com site logs since the game's release, the most popular marriage candidates in SoS:FoMT (based on the number of pages accessed) are:CliffGrayBrandonHuangDoctorKarenJenniferPopuriRickEllyRanMarieKaiKappaHarvest GoddessBon ViviantApparently, there isn't a lot of interest in the smexy gourmet :( He's the end-game candidate in my main playthrough, so he at least gets my vote!

Stardew Physical ReleaseThe video game merchandise company Fan Gamer will be releasing Stardew Valley in physical media format. The digital-only-until-now game will have physical releases for Nintendo Switch and Steam/PC through the fangamer.com website. Two versions are available for preorder: a Standard edition for $29 USD (PC) or $34 (Switch), and a Collector's Edition for $64 (PC) or $69 (Switch).The fancy Collector's Edition includes a physical copy of the game with paper instruction manual (a rarity now a days), a replica deed to your in-game farm, a wooden lapel pin, a 4-inch tall wooden sculpture standee, a 14-page comic, a farm-animal printed cleaning cloth, all packaged in a special CE box. If you preorder before August 15, a 10"x16" poster will also be included. Wowzers, lots of goodies!Orders wil not ship until November 6th. If interested, check out the preorder page on fangamer.com:Stardew Valley Standard Edition - FangamerStardew Valley Collector's Edition - Fangamer

Good Life Sheep RacingDevelopment of the countryside who-done-it mystery game, The Good Life, continues with a recent update from White Owls describing the game's sheep-riding time trial feature. At certain points in the game, Naomi will be tasked with riding a Herdwick Sheep through an obstacle course, avoiding trees and boxes, with the goal of reaching the end of the course before the trial time expires. .Other recent additions to the game include wintertime blizzards (brr...!), a garden where Naomi can grow flowers and vegetables, and Rainy Woods villagers' eating schedules.The Good Life is scheduled to be released later this year on Playstation 4, Steam/PC, Xbox One, and now Nintendo Switch too!

Portia Content AdditionThis week, the Steam version of My Time at Portia was updated with additional quests for the Hulu bothers, Toby, and Paulie, along with several bug fixes. Later this fall, a new series of events will be added to the game that takes place after the completion of the main storyline. Pathea hints that there may finally be a chance to resolve the rivalry between the protagonist and their rival, Higgins.No news yet about content additions to the console versions of Portia. The Steam version has had two content additions, whereas the console versions have only been issued patches to fix loading bugs and other hiccups.
Until next time!

- Cher(Zucchini and tomatoes are starting to produce! Huzzah!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1596229373 Fri, 31 Jul 2020 21:02:53 +0000
Sakuna Release Date, SoS:FoMT Sales, and New Features in Doraemon:SoS https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1595623613 Happy Farm'n Friday! So... how about those server issues last week, eigh?! Took a while to get things sorted back out, but now the server is speeding along as it should. While waiting for the riled-up server chickens to calm down before making another attempt to chase them back into their pens, a lot of the EN localization changes were completed on the SoS: FoMT guide. There's a few things that fellow farmers have noted are different than what the guide states, so if you see anything weird feel free to let me know!Now that blueberry season has wrapped up, it's time for dahlia season to begin. This fellow, called Pipsqueak, started blooming last weekend. The tubers are doing better this year compared to last year when I tried leaving them in the ground to overwinter the year before. That didn't work at all in the top-terrace soil. The middle-tier terrace has been spruced up a bit and has some tomatillos and purple broccoli sprouts planted. That bottom-tier terrace though; meh, the soil is so poor that only weeds grow there, and they don't even grow very well! Ah, someday that'll get fixed too.And in other news, the Fishing Spirits Nintendo Switch game I've been drooling over since it was released last July in Japan has now sold over 450,000 copies. This popular fishing game is finally being localized by Bandai Namco into English... for Southeast Asia! The English title for the game is Ace Angler. The game lets up to 4 players catch big monster fish using Nintendo Switch Joycons as rod and reel. No release date yet, but at least it's finally getting an English adaptation. HUZZAH!

Sakuna Release DetailsThe rice farming and demon-battling action game, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, finally received an official release date after its delay last December. The Switch/Ps4/Steam game will be released on November 10th in North America, November 12 in Japan, and November 20th in Europe and Australia.A limited-edition physical edition of the game is now available for preorder in North America. The Divine Edition ($60) contains a copy of the game, a 3-disc soundtrack of the game, a 130-page art book, and a Sakuna-themed omamori charm. Marvelous EU will reveal their special physical edition on their online store at a later date. In Japan, a Famitsu DX Pack is available for preorder through Ebiten for 12,078 Yen (~$115 USD). Sounds expensive, but it comes with a lot of goodies. This special edition contains a physical copy of either the Ps4 or Switch game, a hard-cover art book, a placemat, a wooden keychain, and a porcelain tea bowl with an animal-motif print.

SoS:FoMT!Gemsutra noted yesterday that XSeed has revealed the Switch version of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town has already sold 100,000 copies of the game since its release 10 days ago. Congrats!Though there are a few rough patches here and there, and XSeed (i.e., Marvelous USA) is quickly working on solutions. The first fix was with the Steam version of the game, where the game would not launch when activated. XSeed fixed this (for some players) by adding a compatibility mode for older CPU chips that don't support AVX instruction set extensions.The Switch version also has a few hiccups, such as missing Mythic Ore from the Spring Mine and two fish with the same name. The publisher is working on corrections for these too, but these fixes must pass Nintendo review before a patch can be added to the North American eShop. Marvelous EU is also working on the Mythic Ore fix in the Europe and Australia regions.The Switch game is currently 25% off in Japan during Nintendo of Japan's Summer Sale. The sale ends August 17.

Doraemon:SoS Ps4 InfoBandai Namco finally revealed the features they added to the Ps4 version of the game. These additions were not included in the original Switch version or the later Steam/PC version. The new content includes more decorative farm ornaments, furniture for the farmhouse, new secret gadgets to use, new types of fish to catch, and a new whale pet:The new secret gadgets are Cupid's Arrow (raises your friendship with the villagers), Field Restaurant (lets you harvest cooked dishes instead of crops), and the Barter Exchange (lets you exchange unwanted items with villagers). There are also new golden statues of Nobi, Sneech, Sue, and Big G. The golden Doraemon statue is already available in the game. Now there's more golden goodness to decorate the farm with!These features will be added to the Switch and Steam versions in Japan via a free update on July 30, the same day the Ps4 version is released in that region. An update to the Steam version will be released later. In North America and Europe, the Ps4 version will be released on September 4.
Until next time!

- Cher(Wooooo PokemonGo Fest is this weekend!)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1595623613 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 20:46:53 +0000
Farm'n Game Patch Updates, FS Video Contest Winners, and July Bokumono for Mobage Events https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1593810919 Happy Farm'n Friday! It's another week of stay-at-home, now with a state-wide facemask mandate. It's been interesting to see all the different designs of masks that everyone is coming up with. It's a mix of hand-made, construction, and surgical-style masks. Creativity is overflowing here!
Those in the USA who preordered Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town through Amazon.com have received email notification from the online retailer that the shipping date for the game + preorder plushie has been delayed. Instead of a July 14 release date delivery, the game is expected to ship from Amazon sometime between July 29 and August 28. The reason for the delay is unknown, though it may be a safe assumption that it is COVID related.

Recent PatchesThis week, the patch to fix the invisible wall bug for the Nintendo Switch version of Stranded Sails: Explorers of the Cursed Islands was released. Roka Publishing apologized for the COVID-related delays with patching the game.Also patched this week was the Japanese version of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. The game update released a few weeks ago (version 1.1.4) introduced a bug that removed the text from the overhead thought bubble to indicate something eaten was delicious or unpleasant. For example, the text bubble that appears above the cooking festival's gourmet's head while he tastes contest entries, or the text bubble that appears after eating the community stew during the fall harvest festival. The 1.1.5 patch added the missing text bubble back into the game.The Switch edition of Summer in Mara has also recently been patched to fix various bugs and hiccups that came about when the game was released. Another patch has been submitted to Nintendo to review that will add some quality-of-life improvements to the Switch edition such as fast travel to islands that have been previously discovered and enabling Koa to craft and cook while away from her home island.

Farming Simulator Contest WinnersBack in April, the team at Farming Simulator invited players to submit fun videos showcasing the Bourgault DLC farming equipment. Giants Software has now revealed the third, second, and first-place winners. You can check out the winning videos on the official Farming simulator website:Bourgault Video Contest: Winners + Reaction Video!

July BokuMobage EventsThere's a new batch of events scheduled to take place this July in the online browser-based version of Bokujou Monogatari on the Mobage social community platform:A summer fireworks-themed competitive harvest festival started on July 1. Players try to earn as many points as they can by harvesting Dianthus firework flowers, Dianthus firework trees, goldfish-catching cats, and yukata-wearing rabbits. In-game prizes will be awarded based on the number of points a player earns. Throughout the festival, friendship hearts can be sent to other players that can be exchanged for more in-game prizes.A Big Crop event begins on the 11th. During this event, players grow special crops in a dedicated event field. Harvesting these crops will increase a level bar. Once the bar is filled, then a three-card monty game triggers where players pick one of three random cards. As you pick the right card, the pick-a-card chain continues until the wrong card is selected (a maximum of 5 hands are dealt), at which point players are awarded in-game nuts. These nuts will award prizes based on the amount collected during the event. There will also be a large crop in the middle of the dedicated event field that increases its size (i.e., becoming a big crop) as players trigger the three-card mini-game and earn their nuts.The fun Bingo event will be the final contest for the month. Starting on July 21, farmers will grow special bingo crop seeds and hope they get three of the same crop in a row or a full board of the same crop for a max bingo, which is worth more points. In-game prizes will be awarded based on the total number of bingo points collected during the event. Players can use their Sunshine Ability to increase the number of harvestable items on their friends' bingo cards, but bonus bingo points will only be awarded if the ability is used on an active three-in-a-row bingo. Typically it is best to wait until the board is full of the same crop to trigger a max bingo and then wait until a multiplier triggers to earn bingo points. This event often has time-based prizes that no longer become available for players to win once the availability time expires, so it's good to earn points as fast as possible before the prizes expire!
Until next time!
-Cher(I think there's a game coming out next week...?)
https://fogu.com/hm/index.php?s=news&p=updates&t=1593810919 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 21:15:19 +0000