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Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns Comes with Fluffy Surprise

Posted by James Newton

Hint: it's an alpaca

Natsume's next farming adventure is nearly ready to sprout in North America, with Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns coming to DS on 20th September.

As is par for the course, the publisher is offering a special pre-order bonus to anyone who puts down money for the game at Gamestop: a cuddly alpaca, celebrating the grazing camelid's first appearance in the series.

HM:TTOTT (catchy) is also scheduled to release on Nintendo 3DS later in the year, with more information expected soon.


Still Time To Pre-order And Get A Limited Edition Harvest Moon Plush Alpaca!

Burlingame, CA. - AUGUST 25, 2011 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns has gone gold and will be released for the Nintendo DS on September 20th, 2011. Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns is also set to launch on the Nintendo 3DS with some exciting new features. The release date will be announced shortly.

"Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns is one of the most unique Harvest Moon titles we've ever released!" said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. "For the first time, players will get to choose what town they want to live in! There are also other great new features, such as the ability to raise adorable Alpacas!"

Konohana and Bluebell villages were once the friendliest of neighbors. Then a huge dispute erupted between them over, of all things, food! Both towns were certain that their cooking was the best in the world. This feud has transformed these happy neighbors into bitter rivals.

As a new farmer to the area, players choose which village to live in. Will it be Eastern-styled Konohana with its abundant fields of crops, or the animal-loving, European-styled Bluebell? Players will pick a home, build a thriving farm, and compete in a huge variety of festivals. If they develop their skills enough, and they might even find a way to bring these two towns together once again!

As a bonus, players who pre-order the game can still receive a limited edition collectible plush Alpaca from participating retailers, such as GameStop. Hurry and place your order before they're gone!

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User Comments (31)



ueI said:

I'm certainly not preordering this if there's a possibility the 3DS version will be better.



Ron_DelVillano said:

I would pre-order from Gamestop, but they'd probably just end up opening my game, remove some of the contents, then claim that it's a brand new copy.

But I sure do want that alpaca...



Taya said:

I'll probably wait for the 3DS version. Hopefully it will be released shortly after the DS version and we won't have to wait too long.



NESguy94 said:

@Besen That was a really dumb of GameStop.

I won't be picking this one up, I played the first couple Harvest Moon games and they are all the same after a while. How many Harvest Moon games are on the DS now. I bet there are 7 by now.



WolfRamHeart said:

Dammit, I want that alpaca but there is no way that I am pre-ordering this at GameStop. I want the 3DS version anyway and I'm getting that one from Amazon.



ueI said:

Thanks, that was very helpful. The 3DS version looks better but I'm still not sure whether I want the game at all. I'll have to read some reviews first.



komicturtle said:

I think there are only 4 HM on ds. Harvest Moon DS and Harvest Moon DS Cute are the same games- and the weakest.

I'll have to see the 3DS version.



Kyloctopus said:

Nintendo Power said that they found out a few differences between the 3DS one and the DS one is that the 3DS one has 3D, significantly improoved graphics, an animal petting minigame, and a Streetpass feature, which you trade crops.
Also when I get the game I'm going to Konohana. And I'll move after I get married.



SunnySnivy said:

Ok, pre-ordering the DS version just for this.

I was going to get the 3DS version but forget it, I'm not waiting.



Tasuki said:

Any possibility of a review coming up for this game. I have always been a big fan of the HM series since its days on the SNES.



Morpheel said:

There are 11 HM games for the DS counting spin-offs, girl versions, reimaginings and rune factories.



ueI said:

Since this one isn't out just yet (Natsume loves their delays), the DS only has 10 Harvest Moons. The fact that none of the ones I played were nearly as good as Friends of Mineral Town is the reason I'm so skeptical about this one. Although, it's looking great!



justinr said:

NO WAY I'll be getting that alpaca, which is disappointing. Starfox 64 3D was the last game I'll buy and/or prepurchase at the Gamestop. It just ain't worth it anymore to be a console player... there's just no honest retailers out there, and it sure doesn't help when the developers (including Nintendo) pushes you in the direction of the dishonest (GameStop).



Burning_Spear said:

Hmmm ... After seeing the comparison of features, maybe it's worth it to buy the DS version and play it on my XL.



HeroOfCybertron said:

Wait so the 3DS version doesn't come with an alpaca if you preordered it at GameStop? GameStops web site says both versions get the alpaca and I preordered the 3DS version before the delay so Ibetter get my alpaca.



Saeros_Fae_Falla said:

I will choose what town i'll live in based on which one has a potential wife that look's like Nami from HM:AWL.



WolfRamHeart said:

@HeroOfTime: I would highly recommend that you speak with the store manager at your GameStop to ensure that you do get your alpaca plush. They might be willing to save you an alpaca for when you pick up your 3DS copy of the game or better yet give you one when the DS version comes out. Just let them know that you saw the pre-order offer on the GameStop website. Good luck, I hope that you get one.



daznsaz said:

i heard they could of released 3ds one at same time.but have held it back because of sales. bummer can everyone get a 3ds please



Samholy said:

i will wait for the 3ds, then probably buy both DS and 3ds at the same time so i can play with my girlfriend !



HeroOfCybertron said:

@WolfRamHeart yeah I was thinking that I should ask the manager about the alpaca bonus item and see if they can save me one or give me one when the DS version coms out. Thanks for the advice though.



Pokefanmum82 said:

Only Gamestop in the States did that. All of their Canadian locations still have the game Deus Ex with the coupon for Onlive

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