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Wow, the new Harvest Moon is so Minecraft-y ⊟

I know we heard that The Lost Valley, Natsume’s new internally developed Harvest Moon for 3DS, would have Minecraft elements, but this cribs a good part of Mojang’s formula. I’m alright with that since we don’t have that kind of game on a Nintendo platform yet.

And so far it doesn’t look like this revamp comes at the expense of staple features like sheep shearing, crop farming, and NPC romancing. Natsume continues to surprise!

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's “3D” gameplay explained ⊟

Did you enjoy staring at a lil’ cow last night? Then you’ll like these other new Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley screens released by Natsume during E3.

In addition to this media, the game’s E3 brochure page explains the claims of novel “three-dimensional” gameplay:

This is the first game in the Harvest Moon series that can truly be called three-dimensional, as you can use your shovel to dig up and stack soil! That hill you see across the way that you can’t reach even if you jump? Try stacking some soil, climbing on top of the newly created “platform,” and jump again! This time you’ll be sure to reach it, and discover a new part of the land you couldn’t explore before!”

You can also use your shovel to dig downwards! Don’t like traveling all the way to the river to catch your fish? Just dig down into the soil to create your own fishing hole near your house!

Sounds like Natsume took the loss of Story of Seasons as an opportunity to build some Minecraft-esque elements into a Harvest Moon. This is a genius move.

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First screen of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley ⊟
So Natsume decided to go in this direction with its new internally developed Harvest Moon, huh? Bold move, including such divisive elements as adorable cows.
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First screen of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley ⊟

So Natsume decided to go in this direction with its new internally developed Harvest Moon, huh? Bold move, including such divisive elements as adorable cows.

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New Harvest Moon means new Harvest Moon plush ⊟

Natsume is flipping the script with a new internally developed Harvest Moon, but only partially changing things up with the expected cute plush animals. The script is half-flipped, propped delicately up on its side. Now, instead of pre-order bonuses, these adorable dog, chicken, and egg/chick toys will be sold for $25 each (via Tomopop).

If you’re at E3 this week, though, rush to Natsume’s booth, check out their lineup, and possibly walk out with the special E3 version of the plush dog, with a blue bandana! 

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TinyCast 034 - Harvest Wars - Tiny Cartridge

TinyCast 034 - Harvest Wars

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Natsume reveals… what? Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for 3DS ⊟
Coming in 2014, both to retail and eShop. So Natsume is still publishing Harvest Moon games???? XSEED recently announced plans to pick up Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World as “Story of Seasons,” leading me to assume Natsume had lost rights to the series.
Well, good for you, Natsume! This is getting really interesting!
Update: From the press release:

In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips like you might see in Holland, to a valley filled with water like Venice, the choice is up to you. You’ve never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this!

Reports indicate this this will be an internally developed game.
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Natsume reveals… what? Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for 3DS ⊟

Coming in 2014, both to retail and eShop. So Natsume is still publishing Harvest Moon games???? XSEED recently announced plans to pick up Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World as “Story of Seasons,” leading me to assume Natsume had lost rights to the series.

Well, good for you, Natsume! This is getting really interesting!

Update: From the press release:

In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips like you might see in Holland, to a valley filled with water like Venice, the choice is up to you. You’ve never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this!

Reports indicate this this will be an internally developed game.

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Story of Seasons pre-orders open ⊟
If you want to get your hands on the next generation of not Harvest Moon, pre-orders are now open for the game at Amazon. 
I’m not 100% sure the boxart on the Amazon page (and above) is the real cover, but I mostly wanted to point out the logo – it’s so different (though not so different that the words aren’t popping off of a wooden board)! And there’s no subtitle in Pink Mouse… this is all going to take some getting used to.
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Story of Seasons pre-orders open ⊟

If you want to get your hands on the next generation of not Harvest Moon, pre-orders are now open for the game at Amazon

I’m not 100% sure the boxart on the Amazon page (and above) is the real cover, but I mostly wanted to point out the logo – it’s so different (though not so different that the words aren’t popping off of a wooden board)! And there’s no subtitle in Pink Mouse… this is all going to take some getting used to.

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XSEED publishing the next Harvest Moon ⊟
Only it’s not called Harvest Moon, because Natsume owns the name. Instead, Connect to a New World will be known as Story of Seasons when it comes out in North America this year for Nintendo 3DS.
XSEED is owned by Harvest Moon developer (and Japanese publisher) Marvelous AQL, so I guess it makes sense for the company to pick up the series. I do wonder if there’s a sizeable audience of Harvest Moon fans who don’t pay as much attention to video game news, and who are going to miss out on this one. But at least you know where to go for  cute alpacas.
XSEED also recently published Rune Factory 4 – another farming-based sequel to a Marvelous-developed series once published by Natsume in North America. Hope you’re alright, Natsume.
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XSEED publishing the next Harvest Moon ⊟

Only it’s not called Harvest Moon, because Natsume owns the name. Instead, Connect to a New World will be known as Story of Seasons when it comes out in North America this year for Nintendo 3DS.

XSEED is owned by Harvest Moon developer (and Japanese publisher) Marvelous AQL, so I guess it makes sense for the company to pick up the series. I do wonder if there’s a sizeable audience of Harvest Moon fans who don’t pay as much attention to video game news, and who are going to miss out on this one. But at least you know where to go for  cute alpacas.

XSEED also recently published Rune Factory 4 – another farming-based sequel to a Marvelous-developed series once published by Natsume in North America. Hope you’re alright, Natsume.

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Never seen that with a 3DS game cover ⊟

You can see what I mean when you skip to the 2:18 mark of this LinandKo unboxing for Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. At first it looks like the inside cover is taking advantage of the box’s eco-friendly gaps, as we’ve seen in some other designs, but when you pull out the jacket, it’s a spot-the-difference game! Marvelous AQL is giving people plenty of value for their money with this 2-in-1 game pack.

Did you know that this is the fastest-selling Harvest Moon release in Japan? It’s already moved 131,000 copies during its first week in stores there, nearly exceeding Marvelous AQL’s lifetime forecast of 150,000. The series has performed well on 3DS, but something about this entry must have really resonated with buyers. Maybe it’s the Angora rabbits?

If you can’t wait for Natsume to announce/release this game for the West, here are some English “Let’s Play” videos posted by LinandKo.

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Pretend animals are talking while you play Harvest Moon ⊟

That’s the messaging behind these Japanese ads for the new 3DS game, Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land, and I couldn’t approve more. I want to play a game that lets me go hang out on a farm and stare at angora rabbits! I just want to stare at angora rabbits I guess.

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Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Boxart ⊟
There’s a lot of emphasis here on the animals, what with the new Safari feature being introduced to Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. This releases in Japan on February 27. Don’t forget that North American publisher Natsume is selling a few of its games with a $10 discount on the eShop, including its Harvest Moon 3DS titles.
Stark contrast between this cover (via Infernal Monkey) and the other one Marvelous AQL unveiled this week.
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Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Boxart ⊟

There’s a lot of emphasis here on the animals, what with the new Safari feature being introduced to Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. This releases in Japan on February 27. Don’t forget that North American publisher Natsume is selling a few of its games with a $10 discount on the eShop, including its Harvest Moon 3DS titles.

Stark contrast between this cover (via Infernal Monkey) and the other one Marvelous AQL unveiled this week.

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  • Source neogaf.com

Natsume eShop sale ⊟

Curious about Hometown Story? Maybe, like me, you feel like you’ve put off sampling Harvest Moon for long enough. Through January 31, a few Natsume games are on sale on the North American eShop, for $10 off.

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns is $20; Hometown Story and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning are $30. That’s roughly one million hours of gameplay in total.

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