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  • News Natsume Talks About its Future Plans for the 3DS

    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...

March2016

January2016

  • News Natsume Is Selling Vintage Factory Sealed Stock Via Its eBay Store

    Sealed copy of Pocky & Rocky recently sold for $1,691.66

    Buying vintage games on eBay is a tricky business these days, as collectors have pushed the value of many sought-after titles to eye-watering levels. You'll find a robust market for factory-sealed releases too, some of which can sell for many times more than their original retail price...

July2015

  • News Natsume Revs Up Fresh Gotcha Racing Screens, Gameplay Details

    Top-down racer coming this Summer

    Natsume has released screens for its forthcoming top-down racer Gotcha Racing, which is due to arrive on the 3DS this Summer. Developed by Arc System Works and taking inspiration from the likes of Micro Machines and Super Cars, Gotcha Racing's unique selling point is that the vehicles you drive are constructed from...

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December2014

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

    Invading aliens, a fight for survival and all that jazz

    It is the year 2029 and aliens are attacking the earth. Have they observed mankind’s violent nature and opted for a pre-emptive strike to protect themselves? Or do they just dislike the way the people of S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team have taken to painting their buildings a shade...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

    I'm a scatman

    Right, let's get this dealt with from the start; S.C.A.T is an awful name for a game — we won't go into why here, but it actually stands for Special Cybernetic Attack Team. Interestingly, the cart shipped in Europe as Action in New York. That's a much better title, although the game has as much to do with the Big Apple as mushy peas...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Alphadia Genesis

    Alphadia Generic

    Like every other game genre, there's no one set of generally agreed-upon rules for what makes a Japanese RPG good. Some people simply can't stand turn-based gameplay, feeling it's an obsolete relic of an era gone past; others get misty-eyed with nostalgia and/or prefer its more deliberate pacing. Then there are gamers who debate...

November2014

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Natsume Championship Wrestling

    Tapped out

    Let's be honest here: wrestling is essentially one big television drama, and that's no way an attempt to belittle the incredible athleticism of the men and women involved. It's Eastenders with a mullet and tight pants, complete with plot twists and a cast of larger than life characters to root for. These heels and faces are the reason we...

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June2013

  • News Natsume: A Western Medabots 7 Release Not On The Cards

    "Hopefully maybe the next one"

    Natsume released Medabots 7 in Japan last September and little has been said on the localisation of the 3DS RPG since. The publisher is currently getting ready for E3 and has responded to a fan on Facebook about the chances of Medabots 7 making it to Western shores. Unfortunately, it wasn't good news: It doesn't...

May2013

  • News Natsume's Hometown Story Will Be Playable at E3

    Spiritual successor to Harvest Moon will see worldwide release

    Natsume has announced that Hometown Story, the new 3DS title from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, will be playable at this year's E3. The title, first announced last year as Project: Happiness, tasks the player with fixing up and developing a shop left to them by their grandmother...

June2012

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October2011

  • News Pluck Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns 3DS on 1st November

    Free toy too

    With the regular DS version of Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns already available in North America, Natsume has revealed a release date for its 3D companion: 1st November. As is traditional for a new HM game, customers who pre-order Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns on 3DS will get a free cuddly toy, this time the same alpaca that came with the DS release. Pre-orders are open now..

  • News Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Spooks 3DS Today

    Starting Hallowe'en early

    We took our first steps with Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix on WiiWare back in May, and now the spooky series has launched on 3DS as Natsume announces Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D is available across North America from today. The 3DS's first dancing game follows Gabrielle, a poor girl who's sneezed her soul right out of her body, and her attempts to recover it by..

August2011

  • News Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns Comes with Fluffy Surprise

    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...

  • News Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Crashes In Next Month

    North American date confirmed

    Natsume has revealed that the the long-awaited second Wii entry in the Rune Factory series, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, will see the light of day in North America on 27th September. The Rune Factory spin-off from the popular Harvest Moon series combines farming elements with more traditional role-playing features, with real-time combat and an epic storyline the..

May2011

  • News Sail the Tides of Destiny with New Rune Factory in 2011

    Natsume makes waves

    Following the acclaimed Rune Factory: Frontier, Natsume is preparing to bring the second instalment in the Wii farming roleplayer to North America, announcing Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny. As well as the series' now-established combination of real-time battle, crop harvesting and animal husbandry, players will be able to take control of Ymir, an enormous golem with mysterious..

April2011

  • News Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Does the Monster Mix on WiiWare

    Groove to the beat next month

    Considering the overwhelming success of Wii dancing games at retail, it's a wonder that next month's Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix will be one of a select few when it launches next month. Natsume's spooky-themed rump-shaker will land on the download front next month, bringing multiplayer support for four dancers as well as unlockable content as players dance..

  • News Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns Coming to DS and 3DS

    Double farming joy

    Natsume, the house that Harvest Moon built, has announced plans to bring Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns over to North America for both Nintendo DS and 3DS, according to a Facebook post. While the company explained this isn't the 3DS Harvest Moon game originally announced at E3 2010, leaving us to wonder if the mention of 3DS...

March2011

  • News Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Will Now Be Spooking Gamers in 3D

    Leaving the physical DS world and entering the 3DS realm

    Originally announced for the DS last summer at E3, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove ― Natsume's rhythm adventure game ― will now instead launch on the 3DS, utilising the stereoscopic effects to make the ghostly apparitions really jump out at you. Known for its Lufia series and more recently, for bringing Rune Factory 3 to the DS, Natsume has..

October2010

  • News Rune Factory 3 Sprouting Across North America in November

    November 9th, to be precise

    Whilst budding European horticulturists wait to get their green fingers on Rune Factory 2, due out tomorrow, North American farmers can look forward to the third instalment, the cleverly entitled Rune Factory 3, arriving on November 9th. As well as the usual mixture of farming and fighting, Rune Factory 3 is the first multiplayer title in the series, allowing you and two..

September2010

  • News Lufia DS Ready to Conquer Your Free Time in October

    October 19th, to be precise

    Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals is just one of many impressive-looking RPGs on the way to DS this year, with a richer heritage than many might suspect, having been highly regarded in its Super Nintendo days. DS owners will get their chance to see what the fuss is about when the game hits North America on October 19th, 2010. Taking a more action-oriented approach to its..

August2010

  • News Natsume Brings New Voice Actors to Lufia and Rune Factory Series

    Possible plush pre-order too

    Natsume announced Rune Factory 3 a few months back, with the promise of new features including a multiplayer mode, and Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals is set to arrive from Natsume before 2010 is history. Both games will arrive with a sparkling audio overhaul, courtesy of a new voiceover company bringing the scripts to life. Natsume's Vice President of Operations, Graham..

  • News Harvest Moon 64 Will Not Sprout on Virtual Console

    Bad news for farm fans

    There have been countless Harvest Moon games over the years, but only one currently resides on Virtual Console: the original Harvest Moon for Super Nintendo. The 64-bit follow-up Harvest Moon 64 is an oft-requested addition, but according to Natsume's Vice President of Operations Graham Markay, you won't be digging it up in...

June2010

  • News Rune Factory 3 Will be Harvested for DS Later This Year

    Natsume announces third part of Harvest Moon spin-off

    Whilst our European readers are still waiting to play the second handheld instalment in the farming-and-fighting series Rune Factory – though Rising Star Games is bringing it to Europe in the coming months – Natsume has gone and jumped the gun by announcing the third entry, smartly titled Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon, will be..

May2010

  • News Lufia Returns to DS with Curse of the Sinistrals

    Natsume bringing RPG over later this year

    It's been a long old time since we last played a translated Lufia game on a Nintendo platform: around seven years ago, in fact. Natsume's never been one to let a good IP lay dormant though, announcing it's going to bring the latest title, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, to North America later this year. Not unlike the recently-confusing third DS Fire Emblem..

August2009

  • News Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming Coming to DS in August

    The new Harvest Moon puzzler hits the DS this month!

    After a string of Harvest Moon titles for various consoles over the years, Natsume is now taking a turn at creating a puzzle title built around the Harvest Moon theme with their upcoming DS release Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming. While we're not sure how the game will go over with long-time fans of the series, judging from the new gameplay..

March2009

  • News Brand New Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store Screenshots

    We've just gotten our hands on a brand new set of Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store screenshots. As you can see from the new shots, the game has a very different look from the previous Harvest Moon titles, so this game should prove to be quite interesting.

    We'll have more information on Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store as it becomes available, as well as a full review when the game hits the WiiWare..