“In the earlier days it was really an uphill battle”
More surprises promised throughout 2017
With brand new features
Natsume Inc. and Rising Star Games have announced that Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition will be releasing on Nintendo Switch in May 2018, hitting stores at $39.99/ €39.99. After a successful launch on Steam last year, this 'Special Edition' of the game will feature some brand new features that are only available...
“In the earlier days it was really an uphill battle”
The Harvest Moon series has found itself in a strange predicament in the last few years, with it functionally being split up between XSEED and Natsume. XSEED continues the “original” series under the name Story of Seasons, while Natsume retained the rights to the name and continue to...
"Natsume is probably known most as a non-violent, family friendly company"
Natsume is a publisher famous for its Harvest Moon series, which has now racked up more than 30 entries across a variety of systems and continues to sell briskly all over the world. However, there's been quite a bit of upheaval within the company of late, and boss Hiro...
Sometimes localisation to Europe can drag out a little longer than we'd like, but Harvest Moon: Skytree Village has almost arrived. Released by Natsume in North America in 2016, this '20th Anniversary' entry in the series was picked up by Rising Star Games for the EU and has evidently almost crossed the line. Now given a firm release...
More surprises promised throughout 2017
This week's European Nintendo Download Update details included the happy news that Harvest Moon 64 will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console; that was a welcome surprise as the title originally skipped the region and it was previously thought that plans to release it as a download had been dropped. North...
Getting back to the land
With its giant inflatable tree, pastoral picket fences and fully-stocked stables of farm-animal plushies, Natsume's booth at this year's E3 represented a rustic respite from the show floor madness, and we happily headed down to the farm to check out its newest title: Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. This latest is Natsume's...
Rising Star Games confirms European release in Spring 2017
We've known for some time that Natsume is showing off new 3DS title Harvest Moon: Skytree Village at E3, and now it's released an extended trailer. It helps to visualise a lot of the details that were recently confirmed, as this one clearly aims to get the series back on the front foot...
Farming sim to be shown off at E3 2016
Natsume has revealed that the 3DS is getting a new Harvest Moon game. Dubbed Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, this fresh instalment will be shown off at E3 this year, and apparently factors in fan feedback gained from recent releases like Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley and Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories. In...
Also expresses interest in the NX
As many of you are aware, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories is on its way to the Wii U, but not the 3DS. This is something that may be confusing – and perhaps a bit disappointing – to some, considering the fact that it is also set to release on smart devices. In the latest part of its winter Q&A, Natsume opted...
Isn't it relaxing?
As we reported a few weeks ago, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories will release on the Wii U sometime in 2016. It's releasing on multiple platforms, however, and the iOS version is supposedly due out sometime in the next few weeks. In an effort to promote the game more and to build some hype, Natsume recently shared some footage of...
Mobile versions will apparently be coming first
Harvest Moon is a refreshingly relaxing series within the RPG world. Rather than embark on an action packed globetrotting adventure, these games provide a break from tradition by having the player just enjoy farm life. Buying animals, tending to crops, and interacting with other villagers are the...
The Not-Harvest Moon finally arrives
The story behind Story of Seasons is a rather strange one. While it may be a Harvest Moon title in Japan, XSEED Games had to change the name in the West due to licensing. So, it's a Harvest Moon in every possible way, but it just can't be called that over here. The situation is complicated further, then, because...
Wii U eShop / GBA
If you're familiar with the original Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, released on the Wii U Virtual console earlier in 2015, then you know just about all there is to expect out of its follow-up, Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town. In fact, you should probably skim the review of the first title if you want a rundown of the...
We quite liked Marvelous' Story of Seasons when we reviewed it earlier this year. Our resident farming simulation expert Ron DelVillano said: "the charming characters and satisfying gameplay make this a game worth any Harvest Moon fan's time. If you're looking to start a relaxing new virtual life full of charm and charisma, look no...
Wii U eShop / GBA
Tending to the roots
If you're a fan of the Harvest Moon series, you know that a faithful instalment will leave only two questions: who do I get to marry and just how much free time can I afford to sacrifice over the next month or two? Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town sticks closer to this original formula than some of its more modern cousins,...
Out now in North America
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley was a divisive 3DS entry in the franchise, with some opinion that Natsume's attempts at modernising and evolving the series weren't a success; for our part we considered it to be below par. In any case, it'll have its fans, and around eight months after its release Natsume has issued an update...
Meanwhile, back at the ranch
Natsume always has a diverse catalog of games to show at E3, but the cream of each year's crop is undoubtedly Harvest Moon, the premier farm-life simulation series that's been offering players quiet pastoral pleasures since 1996. This year, after having just produced their first in-house Harvest Moon with last year's...
"We heard what our fans had to say”
With Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley receiving mixed reviews, it's no surprise that Natsume is trying to replicate more popular games from the series. The terra-forming won't be included within the new title Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, as it is more of a throwback to retro titles in the series. In fact the...
XSEED teases a Western localisation
PoPoLoCrois Harvest Moon launches in Japan soon, and brings together two very famous names in the world of Japanese role-playing adventures. Of the two, Harvest Moon is arguably the most well-known - this farming RPG has been a staple of the games industry since the days of the SNES. PoPoLoCrois is perhaps less...
Promises nostalgia and a return to series roots
Natsume has opted to go early with an E3 reveal, confirming that Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories is coming to Wii U this Winter; oddly it's also coming to PC, Android and iOS, which is a diverse mix of platforms. Perhaps in response to criticism from some fans that the franchise has drifted away from...
Natsume is an ever-present on Nintendo hardware, it seems, and it's got plenty of content on the way, sharing the happy news through its 'CeeCee' Tumblr page. For starters it seems the company will be busy at E3, and announcements at the show will include news for 3DS and Wii U gamers. There'll be "something for the Harvest Moon fans", too...
Farming is life
Following in the footsteps of last November’s North American release, Nintendo has today announced, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, for 3DS will be released in Australia on 20th June. Players take control of a boy or girl and shape the land to create their very own farm. At the same time, players must tend to live stock, fulfil...
Lost, but not missed
The Harvest Moon series has had a bit of a confusing production history, but the good news is that we're here to help you out with the basics. Originally created and developed by the now defunct Victor Entertainment Software until its acquisition in 2003, the Harvest Moon series has since been produced by Marvelous AQL. Though...
3DS eShop / GBC
Third time's a chore
Completing the trilogy of portable Harvest Moon games in the original series, Natsume released Harvest Moon 3 - a title originally release on the Game Boy Color - on the 3DS Virtual Console. This game expands on the two that came before it, recycling the tropes present in the series and shaping them into what more modern entries...
Performing beyond expectations in the region
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is a diversion for the series, as Natsume took the franchise in some new directions, with the title being the first to go "fully three-dimensional". Story of Seasons, previously released as a Harvest Moon game in Japan but being published under a different name - due to IP...
3DS eShop / GBC
Crop ‘til you drop
Clearly a testament to the popularity of the genre, the 3DS as a platform has been flooded with life simulation games. Ranging from the cutesy and calm world of Animal Crossing: New Leaf to the adventurous Fantasy Life, the surplus of games has spanned a plethora of sub genres, but they all come down to one thing: allowing their...
Bergsala strikes a deal with Natsume
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley hits North American stores on 4th November, the latest franchise entry for 3DS and one of its most ambitious titles to date. While the blend of farming, relationship building and RPG elements will be present and correct, this entry offers significant editing tools to shape the...
Europe barren for now
Natsume, Inc recently confirmed via Twitter that the North American release date for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will be 4th November: Although no European release date has been set, Natsume also confirmed that a publisher is being sought out and that it expects the title to reach the otherpart of the west sometime in...
Dances with turnips
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...
We'd be impressed by an Elegant Cow
Ahead of the release of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley later this year, Natsume has promised monthly developer logs that'll introduce a new aspect of the game. Last time we were told about the item system, and the latest entry is focused on the animals that you'll look after and utilise for your farm. Producer...
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
As we touched on in our first impressions of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, 2014 is looking to be a bumper crop year for farming fans, with Natsume’s upcoming agricultural adventure and XSEED’s Story of Seasons both set to sow the seeds of farming simulation in North American
Since its initial début on the Super Nintendo in 1997, Harvest Moon has blossomed into something of an institution; a non-traditional RPG that swapped swords for shovels, replaced fighting with farming, and let players find true love among the turnips, it captivated with a unique charm, and has been hooking would-be farmers on...
Moving into a three-dimensional setting
Natsume has been teasing multiple E3 reveals for titles on Nintendo systems, and has fired an early shot today with the announcement of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for 3DS, the newest entry in the series which will arrive — in North America at least — later this year. For its part the publisher is keen...
New Game Boy Color games incoming
If you're looking forward to playing more handheld classics on your 3DS then you'll be pleased to learn that the Australian Classification board has handed out ratings for two new Game Boy Color games. Harvest Moon 3 and Lufia: The Legend Returns have both been given a "General" rating, which is a good sign that...
Not a moment too soon
We've looked at the upcoming 3DS Harvest Moon a few times before, so it's with some relief that just three days before the game launches in Japan the Harvest Goddess has shown her face, alongside two more new neighbours that will no doubt make life on your farm much more interesting than it would be otherwise. The Goddess...
It's going to be moo-velous
Due out in Japan on the 27th of February 2014, Bokujou Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (roughly: Harvest Moon: Connect to the New World") will be the latest entry in the evergreen farming series and the third outing on 3DS. The theme of the game is "connectedness", interacting with other farmers online and via local...
Harvest Moon: Linking the New World is 80 percent complete
It has been revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu that a new Harvest Moon title is in development for the 3DS. Harvest Moon: Linking the New World is due out in Japan in February and is being produced by Yoshifumi Hashimoto. Character design is being handled by Igusa Matsuyama. The...
Wii U eShop / SNES
Early wake ups, extensive hours, back-breaking labour and ever-vulnerable to unpredictable weather patterns – farming doesn't sound like the most tantalising profession on paper. Way back when, however, developer Natsume clearly caught a glimpse of the positive aspects of the job and was inspired to create one of gaming's most beloved...
Cream of the crop
It may come as a surprise to some that a series of farming simulation games could become so popular and beloved by such a large audience, yet here we are, more than 15 years after the launch of the maiden game, with the release of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, Marvelous AQL has decided...
More importantly, it includes a 12-inch cuddly cow
Today Natsume Inc. has announced that a 15th Anniversary Edition of the upcoming 3DS title, Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, will be heading to North America on 6th November. We recently reported that those who pre-order the normal version of the game through GameStop or Natsume's online store will...
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