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Namco and Rising Star Team Up to Bring More Harvest Moons to Europe

Posted by James Newton

Animal Parade and Sunshine Islands, to be precise

You wait six months for a Harvest Moon game to reach Europe, and then three come along at once. Rune Factory 2 sprouted across Europe today, and now publisher Rising Star Games has teamed up with Namco Bandai Partners to distribute two more titles before the end of November.

Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for Wii and Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands for DS both take slightly different approaches to the standard HM template, but still offer the usual farming and family elements that makes the games so unnaturally addictive.

We'll bring you more coverage and reviews of both titles later in the year.

NAMCO BANDAI PARTNERS ENTER INTO DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH RISING STAR GAMES

  • ‘Harvest Moon: Animal Parade’ for Wii and ‘Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands’ for Nintendo DS to be Distributed by NAMCO BANDAI Partners Across EMEA this November -

LYON, FRANCE – 8 October 2010 – NAMCO BANDAI Partners S.A.S. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Rising Star Games to distribute Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for Wii™ and Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands for Nintendo DS™. NAMCO BANDAI Partners will bring the two games to EMEA regions in November 2010.

“The Harvest Moon series has a very strong heritage of delivering consistently high quality games, so it’s with great pleasure that we will be bringing these two latest iterations in the series to our markets,” said Alberto González Lorca, Vice President Third Parties, NAMCO BANDAI Partners. “We’re looking forward to working with the team at Rising Star to maximise their potential and reach new fans.”

“The Harvest Moon games have enjoyed a strong European following for over a decade. With NAMCO BANDAI Partners we have a distributor with proven effectiveness in these markets who can continue to strengthen that position and grow the potential of this fantastic series,” said Martin Defries, Managing Director and COO, Rising Star Games.

The third title in the farm simulation series to be released for Wii™, Harvest Moon: Animal Parade is a refreshing new addition to the line up, with its greater emphasis on raising animals. Players are tasked with bringing the harvest king back to the island to revive the earth, all while keeping the farm in top shape. Use the Wii Remote as an axe, shovel, fishing rod, watering can and to milk animals, with the ability to ride every animal providing a fun diversion from the lush fields and paddocks.

Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands is the third in the series for Nintendo DS™ and brings even more depth to the renowned farming sim series on the console. This time the player has to raise the sunken islands and restore them to their former glory following a powerful earthquake many years ago. With a little luck there could be true love and even a family to start along the way.

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User Comments (12)

Robo-goose

#3

Robo-goose said:

In Harvest Moon, you get a house and land for free, but have to work like a slave to make a living.
In Animal Crossing, Your house is pretty dang expensive (not at first) but work is easy and profitable.

Which life would you choose?

James

#4

James said:

In Harvest Moon, you can ride an ostrich. In Animal Crossing, you have to write letters to an ostrich. No contest.

LordJumpMad

#6

LordJumpMad said:

In Harvest Moon, You can get Grow your own food, and Cook it, You can own and sell animals for money, you can get Married and have a Family.

In Animal Crossing,You sell Stuff you find on the Floor for a living, Have a House full of useless stuff you can't use.and You sold your Soul to a Money hugery Racoon name Nook.

Oregano

#7

Oregano said:

Hey Namco why don't you start publishing your own bloody games in Europe!

I hope they actually localise Tales of the Abyss 3DS... after all it's already been localised once.

Burning_Spear

#8

Burning_Spear said:

@Robo-goose

Don't get me wrong, I've logged almost 200 hours on Animal Crossing, but that seems like work. There are days when I play the game just so I won't have a mess of watering to do the next time. I just haven't gotten to the point of saying I don't care anymore. For me, Harvest Moon is a slam-dunk winner. Just logged three hours of Friends of Mineral Town this morning, and it would have been more if the damn red light hadn't come on!

Dodger

#9

Dodger said:

I laughed at the picture caption. xD

I haven't tried a Harvest Moon but I am happy with AC:WW so there are other games I would rather get. I do agree that there are times that it feels like work. When it starts to feel like that, I just put it aside for a couple weeks and take a break. The most that can happen is a character moving or missing a holiday.

KDR_11k

#11

KDR_11k said:

In Harvest Moon, You can get Grow your own food, and Cook it, You can own and sell animals for money, you can get Married and have a Family.

In Animal Crossing,You sell Stuff you find on the Floor for a living, Have a House full of useless stuff you can't use.and You sold your Soul to a Money hugery Racoon name Nook.

In Minecraft you can grow stuff but most people prefer beating pigs to death because meat is tastier. You don't get a house at all, you need to build it yourself but you can build as many or as few niceties into it as you want. You'll likely end up with several chests of useless stuff you hoarded in case you can ever find a use for it. And then it all gets blown up by a crazy green suicide bomber.

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