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Natsume Stops Teasing, Reveals Harvest Moon: A New Beginning

Posted by James Newton

So we can all stop guessing

You can stop scratching your head now: Natsume's finally announced that Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is coming to North America.

After nine teasers that had fans guessing everything from Lufia to Medabots, Natsume confirmed the new name for Japanese hit Bokujou Monogatari: Haijmari no Daichi (roughly "First Earth"):

We're very excited to be announcing Harvest Moon: A New Beginning for the Nintendo 3DS! HM: ANB will be making its debut during E3, June 5th to 7th, where first screens and game play details will be revealed.

We'll have English screenshots — perhaps even video — next week during E3. In the meantime, here's a Japanese trailer showing a farmer carrying a house around. No lie.

[via facebook.com]

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User Comments (34)

James

#2

James said:

Europe wants this very much, but Natsume doesn't publish games over here. Hopefully Rising Star will bring this over but at the moment Europe's looking at A Tale of Two Towns as its next HM game :)

47drift

#3

47drift said:

Dying to hear a release date for both this and Rune Factory 4. I'd better start saving up!

McHaggis

#4

McHaggis said:

I've been waiting for A Tale of Two Towns, only a month to go now. This looks awesome, too :)

Bankai

#5

Bankai said:

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooray!!!!!! I love me Harvest Moon.

Now we get to wait 18 months after the US release for Rising Star to pick it up!

GamerZack87

#8

GamerZack87 said:

A farmer carrying a house around? Bah, that's nothing! Why I bet Vay could carry two mansions around, one in each arm! Anything's possible with ab power! ;)

SKTTR

#10

SKTTR said:

Why?? I was excited, but now it´s just another Harvest Moon!
Seems like we get 2-3 Harvest Moon/Rune Factory games every year, and the quality is constantly dropping. Who is able to beat them all anyway?
With that kind of hype behind it, I expected more. Can only hope that this is the definite Harvest Moon and not just another slowpaced slog with annoying additions.

Mahra

#12

Mahra said:

OMG !! I Love this game Hope it Release Soon !!! Along With AC =D Cant Wait actually

SaSoBe

#17

SaSoBe said:

Another Harvest Moon... I really liked this series a few years ago, but now I'm kind of sick of it. They need to really change the game around before I try one again. Perhaps in a few years I'll change my mind and buy one, but probably not this one.

Marakuto

#18

Marakuto said:

I only have the Gamecube version so this might convince me to get another one even though I really haven't played it much tbh.

Morpheel

#19

Morpheel said:

@Deeda: Nevermind him.

I love Harvest Moon but this time I'll wait for your review NL, if I get too excited about the game I'll start to look for info about it and I'll spoil everything.

pariah164

#22

pariah164 said:

@zenarium Vintage troll. Please, please shut up.

As for the topic at hand, my body is ready. Definitely a day one for me, depending on when it comes out.

HandheldGuru97

#23

HandheldGuru97 said:

I might get this...then again every I try to buy a Harvest Moon game Natsume ALWAYS announces a new one. Please don't happen with this one.

RevolverLink

#24

RevolverLink said:

I've been really hankering for a portable Harvest Moon lately. Maybe I'll hold off on getting one of the many existing DS entries (and the 3DS port) and get this.

Leon_Pryde

#26

Leon_Pryde said:

Hurray! A harvest moon whose protagonists don't look like five-year-olds! I'm looking forward to this game. However, I hope they change the grass texture. Chroma key green would get nauseating after a while. On another note, I REALLY want that llama thing at the end.

Zach777

#27

Zach777 said:

Glad it was Harvest Moon! I'm pretty sure Rune Factory 4 is already coming over stateside.

OnionOverlord

#28

OnionOverlord said:

@SKTTR , I agree. Although I like the Harvest Moon series, it's becoming oversaturated. There was a time when I'd look forward to a Harvest Moon release. Now I simply don't care.

Burning_Spear

#30

Burning_Spear said:

Here's a link to the press release that reveals some features that haven't been discussed before, such as the addition of llamas and yaks. I'm not sure if I like the idea of being able to move your crop fields after you've planted them. This game has always rewarded good planning and punished poor planning; I don't know about having a virtual "undo" button for your farm. I might have to ignore that feature when I play — some of the old-school rules still make sense! Also, for the sake of clarity, this game is already out in Japan, and the above trailer was released months ago, though in smaller snippets.

http://www.natsume.com/news/news_pdffiles/pid_95_NatsumeHMNorthAmericaFinal.pdf

LadyStarstorm

#31

LadyStarstorm said:

Oh, I'm so psyched for this!! I was following their Twitter hints persistently... frequently replying to tell them "Why don't these sound like HM (Land of) Beginning!?!" so I was relieved that it was! For those saying "Bleh just another HM," as a longtime series fan since the original SNES game, I can assuredly say that the quality has been down lately, with the exception of Animal Parade on Wii... Tale of Two Towns was, to put it lightly, a huge boring let-down. This one looks to be more like the console games than the handhelds usually are, so I'm hopeful that it can breathe some new life in~!

k8sMum

#32

k8sMum said:

my love must be blind, because i want this one soooo much. i love me some harvest moon. playing AToTT can get a bit repetitive, but there are enough events to keep me playing. for those of us who adore the hm games, it does become quite addictive: just play one more day to get to (whatever), then, ok, just one more day...

i must be the odd man out, because i prefer the handheld games to the console ones.

Gumballamiyumi

#33

Gumballamiyumi said:

NOOOOO! RF2 Took 2 years years to surface to europe A YEAR!!! And so did RF3!! now we have a tale of two towns this month.TOTT looks like a ds game. sadly, i've never owned a console harvest moon. i've always wanted the gamegube game "AWL" because i just loved the graphics. now we've got the equivalent of "AWL" (the HM game i've ALWAYS Wanted) coming to the 3ds. that's good news but we're probably gonna get it late ;(

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