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Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns European Release Date

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Start farming on 29th June

A while back we reported that Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns 3D was on its way to PAL regions, which seemed more than likely considering the support that Rising Star Games had shown for localising the franchise in previous years. This well-known secret has now been confirmed through a press release, for Europe anyway, so fans can start to breath easy.

It's confirmed that the 3DS release will make use of StreetPass to trade messages and gifts, but those with a DS will also have a version to call their own. It promises to provide all of the expected farming and resource management alongside an adventure focused on two feuding villages. Check out the press release below for details.

Acclaimed video games publisher Rising Star Games is pleased to announce Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns for Nintendo 3DS and DS will begin to ship throughout Europe from June 29 2012.

Developed by Natsume and Marvelous AQL, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns offers the perfect mix of farming and adventure, and fans of the series can immerse themselves in eye-popping 3D graphics and gameplay on the Nintendo 3DS.

As the first Harvest Moon game for the 3DS, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns will also make exciting use of the Street Pass feature. When your 3DS detects other 3DS players in the area who own the game, players will receive a message and gift during their next play session.

For those without a 3DS the Nintendo DS version will give players an epic, detailed and splendid gaming experience.

German fans eagerly anticipating the release of Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns and Rune Factory Oceans can expect to hear news on their respective local release dates very soon.

For more information on all RSG titles, please visit the official site:

So, are any of you Europeans interested in picking this one up?

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User Comments (21)



grimbldoo said:

Hopefully you guys get a fixed version, meanwhile, I'll just be stuck not playing the petting mini-game.



Phle said:

I might get the 3DS version, but I haven't quite made up my mind yet. Seems like a cute game though.



Morpheel said:

I don't live in europe, but I'd wait for "Land of Beginning" (the game made for the 3DS).I know I'll do.



grimbldoo said:

@Kyloctopus #5
I know it works, I own it. But if you play the petting mini game with your animals more than five times a day and/or don't restart your system every time you save (restart only needed when the mini-game is played) then the game will freeze and exit out while you are going through the mountains.

They say that they are looking at the problem. but I doubt they will do anything about it as you can just get the DS version (no difference) and they are coming out with a new game soon anyway.



Flowerlark said:

I highly recommend picking up the DS version of this. I've been playing it on and off since it came out last fall and haven't lost interest in it in the slightest. I've gotten farther in it than any other HM game I've played and it's certainly kept me interested longer more than most other games I've played. Best HM game so far in my opinion.



Burning_Spear said:

The 3DS version is beautiful, and the glitches have not been an issue at all for me. That said, I fired up my XL a little while ago, and looking at the big, bright screen I couldn't help but think how nice this game would have looked on that behemoth of a handheld. Maybe for the second playthrough.



sillygostly said:

Why the hell couldn't they have just made this a multi-platform cartridge?!

It annoys me that DS games are not being "enhanced" in order to take advantage of the superior resolution and features of the 3DS. Hey, they did it for a lot of DSi games. I'm not asking for 3D features, StreetPass or any of that stuff for "3DS Enhanced" games (though it would be nice), but they could at least up the resolution for new titles. Virtually all games are originally produced with graphics more powerful than what the system can technically handle and they adjust the quality later on (which explains why some screenshots for DS games back in the day were of a much higher resolution than what the system is technically capable of displaying).

Plus, I'd really like to be able to play DS games on the train and still be able to exchange StreetPass data.



k8sMum said:

yeah, be careful with that petting game...nothing like putting in the time to do all your chores, hand out gifts, do errands for people then cross the mountain and BOOM! the game freezes and you lose all that day's work.

i do restart a lot just to be safe. it's a great game for those of us who love HM titles. i cannot wait for the new one.



Gumballamiyumi said:

looking forward. albeit,slightly annoyed. they should of made the 3ds version more superior and make it look like the "new beginning release" not to sound like a graphic critic(trust me,i'm not one i respect the classics and all that) but i'm very dissapointed they didn't choose a "AWL-like" style of this game. they should of pushed the handheld further. kid icarus uprising has proven that the 3ds IS Superior to the Wii. but alot of companies are just getting lazy now and resorting to "ds like graphics" take the upcoming 3ds epick mickey:power of illusion for example" they made it 2D they didn't properly focus on the 3ds' capabilities. it's just a waste of the consoles exsistence when you make the games graphics awful. the 3ds has potential and kid icarus uprising,mario kart 7,OOT 3D And SM3DL Have proved this. not being a hater guys. i LOVE Harvest moon. i'm just very angry at them for making us wait for the latter decent title "a new beginning" i don't know what to do. hopefully A NLife review will get me to buy it(hopefully)



ScruffyYoshi said:

Yes get me some farming acvtion in time for the summer. Sadly I've not enjoyed A HM since wonderful life and friends of mineral town due to additions like touch controls only. I hope that this one is more like those!



ScruffyYoshi said:

@luminalace I don't mind if they are, I just wish the new Pokemon games would do the same just to remove the borders and to own a 3ds version rather than ds.



Burning_Spear said:

To be clear, this was not intended to be a 3DS original. The game was made for the DS. In fact, Japan never got a 3DS version. To my knowledge, there were never any representations about this being anything other than the DS version with some extra features for the 3DS. The 3D was even slapped on as an extra — rather than redesigning everything, they pretty much just chose to "pop" certain elements, such as the tops of trees and houses. It all looks very nice, but, as another poster said, a from-the-ground-up creation in the perspective of A Wonderful Life would really be fantastic.



grimbldoo said:

@Burning_Spear #10 and #19
It would have looked stretched on the XL . They actually readjusted the game so that it would fit on the 3DS screen, you see more surrounding area on the 3DS than on the DS.

@sillygostly #11
A DS cannot read a 3DS game, to make a game backwards compatible would be more trouble than it's worth. I tried putting a Gameboy game into my DS Light and it couldn't read it.

@luminalace #12
No, the 3DS on has a petting mini-game, 3D (obviously, but they just made some of the background pop), and they refitted the game for the 3DS screen (they didn't just stretch it)

@k8sMum #13
Yup, Natsume's official email says not to play the mini-game more than five times a day and to save every day and reset after you have saved to clear the random memory.



SaSoBe said:

I'm kind of interested in this, but I always tire of Harvest Moon games so quickly...

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