41 posts tagged natsume
Yumi’s Odd Bosses ⊟
Hey guys, this is still happening!!!! There’s still not a firm release date (“later this month,” Natsume says), but Natsume continues to release updates about Yumi’s Odd Odyssey so I will continue to believe!
The latest screens show off bosses, who are, like all the enemies, giant weird aquatic creatures. I know! The first boss is a big tadpole thing (a returning character!) who jumps around the screen and releases little mini-tadpoles. A later boss is a big ol’ crab.
Thank you, Natsume, for reassuring me once again.
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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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Yumi’s Odd Odyssey English trailer ⊟
We still don’t have a specific release date for this January-bound eShop game, but this is a trailer promoting an English version of Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, and not a trailer announcing its abrupt cancellation, which is a good sign. So I’m not letting myself feel too anxious that this will be forgotten/delayed indefinitely/thrown out a car window and left to die in a ditch. For now.
[Update: Well, this is interesting — it sounds like eShop’s collapse at the end of the year “slowed things a bit” for Natsume, preventing the publisher from getting an earlier notice on this release date.]
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Yumi’s Odd Odyssey coming in January ⊟
AW YISS. Natsume isn’t making us wait long for the first-ever US release of an Umihara Kawase game. Yumi’s Odd Odyssey will be on the Nintendo 3DS’s eShop next month! Here are some new screenshots! With an “undercover time-travel policewoman” in them!
Yumi’s Odd Odyssey screens ⊟
One day later, and it’s still happening. I hope Natsume gives us a day-by-day confirmation of that fact.
Farewell Umihara Kawase hits eShop early 2014 ⊟
Yesss! The fun grapple-based platformer series is finally coming to the States, thanks to Natsume. God bless you, Natsume. You are doing the Lord’s work here. Props to Siliconera for the scoop/screens, and MrWezzle for the tip.
In a strange twist, this is releasing here under the name Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, which was the English title announced for that Umihara Kawase PSP game that had its Western edition cancelled. Yumi is the series’ star (if that’s not obvious), and is apparently a traveling sushi chef — which finally explains why the game is populated by giant fish.
Here’s a trailer from the Japanese version of Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, in case you’ve been following this blog all these years and somehow haven’t seen our post about the series.
Hometown Story Diary: Day 3 ⊟
My policy of not bothering to buy anything from the twin blacksmiths paid off. They came in this morning and handed me an axe, asking me to sell it in the hopes that it will draw the attention of their long-lost mentor. They didn’t ask me to pay for it, so helping them with their desperate quest is pure profit for me.
I wandered out of the shop (leaving a few customers, whoops!) and found a path blocked by a giant rock. I also found a cave in which some kind of secret ruins were hidden. I’m sure I’ll have more to do there, but for now I just stole a chunk of a mural that had fallen off, which maybe I can sell later. If this were an RPG, I’d be rebuilding the mural to decipher the cryptic imagery within, but it’s Hometown Story. I’m a sell it.
As for things I won’t sell, at least not immediately, I received a special order from Rachael the restaurant owner today. She wants paint and a board to make a sign. She just presumed I’d get all of that and then deliver it to her.
…I mean, I probably will. I guess.
Hometown Story Diary: Day 2 ⊟
A few in-game days into my new life, I bailed on work to go wander the surprisingly huge village. I ran into townspeople around the town square, the beach, and the forest. Most didn’t have names, but Rachael the restauranteur and Steve the mayor’s son (who Pochica hates right away) stood out.
A pair of blacksmiths moved in and offered to let me sell their wares in my store, so now I can sell people fine metal goods. My shop, which all the visitors compliment for its excellent selection, usually sells stuff like ore, a hammer, a log, cheese, and a fashion magazine. All the groceries you need to live.
While I was out, I found some weird purple mushrooms in the forest. I put them on my shelves and people bought them right up. I hope they’re not poisonous, although I suppose I am stocking some kind of medicine as well.
I’m still not sure how I should pick my products, and how important it is for me to buy a variety of stock. I’m also not sure what the deal is with the living scarecrow.
Hometown Story Diary: Day 1 ⊟
I visited a small town today, guided by a message telling me that “Nana” had disappeared. But who is this mysterious “Nana” character?
Oh, my grandmother. That makes sense.
Once there, I found the shop that she once ran, and was informed by a flying creature called Pochica that it was now my responsibility. So Pochica walked me through the basics of stocking the shelves, and in no time I had a store that offered a single egg. And then I sold that egg. I’m a tycoon!
Rune Factory 4 is a game after my own butt ⊟
There’s a great article by Jason Schreier at Kotaku about the work that went into Xseed’s localization for this 3DS JRPG. Read it if fun translations/localizations interest you!
Doktorzara is to blame for the pic above, one of many shots that have done a great job convincing me that I need to try this out.
Our leaked Pokémon XY shots ⊟
Wait, this isn’t Pokémon at all! This is Rune Factory 4, which released for 3DS earlier this week. And we didn’t even take these shots — credit for that goes to Sugarbloodsuckerz.
This isn’t the only video game joke Xseed threw in — here’s another one for a certain Western RPG you might be familiar with. The publisher brought this great item description back from Rune Factory 3, too.
Take Hometown Story home October 22 ⊟
Natsume’s Hometown Story, the shop management game created by Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, will be released on both eShop and retail October 22, for $40.
The physical versions offer some incentives in the form of cute preorder bonuses. The lil’ Embers are available with preorder from Amazon (red), GameStop (green), and Natsume’s store (yellow). Or you can order the “Premium Edition” and get the big Pochica seen above.
Aside from the plush toys (always a big draw for Natsume games!), I’m getting more and more interested in this. It just seems so sweet, and I’m all about living in a sweet fake town after Animal Crossing.
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