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Harvest Moon and PoPoLoCrois Fantasy Farming RPG Heading to 3DS in Japan

Posted by Karen Halloran

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The name Harvest Moon (now Story of Seasons in western territories because of licencing issues) will be familiar to most Nintendo gamers as it's a longstanding series with many titles and spin-offs. The more obscure PoPoLoCrois – originally a fantasy manga series that was later adapted as two anime series and five strategy RPGs in its native Japan – only saw the western release of one of its games for the PlayStation Portable in 2006 simply titled 'PoPoLoCrois'.

The PoPoLoCrois franchise has stayed reasonably quiet in the past few yeas, but Marvelous Inc. is now reviving it as a 3DS-bound strategy RPG following the adventures of Prince Pietro, PoPoLoCrois' kind-hearted protagonist. Gameplay looks to be a combination of the PoPoLoCrois series' turn-based grid-style combat and Harvest Moon's signature farming and village life simulation elements.

So far there's no word on when Japanese gamers can expect the game, and no mention of a western release yet. Do you have fond memories of PoPoLoCrois' only western RPG release? Is the fantasy setting enough to make this worth a look? Can you just not stand sad cows? Let us know in the comments!

[via tinycartridge.com]

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User Comments (16)

CanisWolfred

#5

CanisWolfred said:

I always wanted to play Poplocrois...not exactly sure why, though...

But I can dig a Strategy RPG with farming. Hope it makes it over.

ModestFan93

#6

ModestFan93 said:

@CanisWolfred The game was si mitch fun for my teenaged self. The characters were so cute and the gameplay not to hard but challenging enough.

I recommend people who are able to buy the original game. And this news is so out there I never would have expected this to happen.

Azikira

#9

Azikira said:

I remember I had this game on PSP way back when, I don't remember anything about it but the name sure stuck with me.

onery

#10

onery said:

Anyone related to porting it over, you got customers knocking now at the mention of Popolocrois...

Zatioichi

#11

Zatioichi said:

This sounds AMAZING! I love PoPoLoCrois and was pretty sad that we only got one game. I doubt it'd make it outta Japan but if it did I'd buy it hands down.

SuperWiiU

#12

SuperWiiU said:

I believe the PSP game was a combination of 2 PoPoLoCrois games. I loved it. If they combine the two you'd end up with something like Rune Factory. Yes please to a western release.

mamp

#13

mamp said:

IDK what that one game is and Harvest Moon is a series I don't care for so...yeah...

AndymanMessiah

#15

AndymanMessiah said:

Never heard of this series but I like Harvest Moon and I'm always up for a strategy RPG. Probably instant buy for me. Will wait for reviews though.

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