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

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.