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A bundle of Harvest Moon plush toys ⊟

Too many for one hug! SOTA Toys is offering a bundle of five Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley toys. $90 gets you a chicken, an egg/chick, a cow, a dog in a red bandanna, and a panda. You’ve got to be like the Farm King to raise pandas.

You save $20 by buying them together versus separately, but if you just want one you can do that. 

You can also get the dog for free by buying the game from Natsume, or you can upgrade to the Premium Edition and get an exclusive bunny. And GameStop has its own version of the dog.

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Harvest Moon’s collector’s edition bunny ⊟
Natsume is making all the right moves with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: the Minecrafty land customization, the $30 price point (for the standard edition), and this bunny.
It’s included with the Collector’s Edition of the game — other details of which have yet to be announced. But, like, what else do you need to know? Unless it’s outrageously overpriced beyond the standard edition, game + awesome bunny seems like a winner.
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Harvest Moon’s collector’s edition bunny ⊟

Natsume is making all the right moves with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley: the Minecrafty land customization, the $30 price point (for the standard edition), and this bunny.

It’s included with the Collector’s Edition of the game — other details of which have yet to be announced. But, like, what else do you need to know? Unless it’s outrageously overpriced beyond the standard edition, game + awesome bunny seems like a winner.

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Let’s learn about Harvest Moon's cute animals ⊟

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley introduces new “traits” for its farm animals, which affect their stats. Here are some examples released by Natsume:

Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall – This season is the animal’s favorite! Their affection level will go up faster in that season.

Elegant – These animals really, really hate being dirty! You’ll get a big affection bonus when you brush them. The higher an animal’s affection, the higher quality products they’ll produce, as well as a higher quantity of that product!

It’s possible to breed these traits into future generations, or create more beneficial traits through breeding:

Great Goods becomes High-Quality Goods: These animals have a strong and powerful body! Because of that, they will sometimes produce higher-quality products.

More Goods becomes Super Goods: These animals are gifted with fantastic health! Because of that, they will sometimes produce a higher quantity of products.

They all come with “really frickin’ cute” by default.

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Yumi’s Odd Odyssey now $20 ⊟

Not a sale, not a promo – Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, the localized version of Sayonara Umihara Kawase, has had a permanent price drop as of yesterday, to $19.99 on the eShop.

I never properly reviewed it, but I like it a lot, and $20 is an even more appealing price for it! And, uh, I should get back to that now that I’m sorta between games. I suspect a lot of people are between games just at the moment.

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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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Xseed and Natsume keep making E3 weirder ⊟

Seeing two new Harvest Moon 3DS games from different publishers — Story of Seasons from Xseed, and Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley from Natsume — at this year’s E3 is already odd, but the companies had more announcements today that will make the show even more interesting for handheld fans.

Who expected Natsume to announce A-Train: City Simulator for North American release? Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like, a city and transportation simulator for the 3DS. It’s developed by Artdink, makers of Aquanaut’s Holiday and a number of titles that rarely make it to the West.

Also odd: Xseed announced its localizing another PSP RPG (Natsume is bringing its own PSP RPG to PSN, Kemco’s End of Serenity). It intends to release Brandish: The Dark Revenant, a remake of Falcom’s more-than-20-year-old action RPG, on PSN some time in 2014. The publisher will also put out Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit, that rhythm cooking game for PS Vita, as a digital release this winter.

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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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End of Serenity on PSN this summer, Grinsia on 3DS May 8  ⊟

Yeah, a new PSP game! Natsume, following the success of Mystic Chronicles, picked up another Kemco RPG for release on PSN this summer.

Throughout history, mysterious objects known as “Atomigems” have existed all over the world. The people of the world have used them for many things, from simple family heirlooms to even objects of worship. However, recently, a gang known as the Underworld has been going around collecting any and all Atomigems they can find. What exactly is their aim?

Meanwhile on 3DS, Nicalis will publish an updated version of Grinsia on 3DS May 8. When did Kemco’s mobile RPGs become such a hot property?

Bust a Move 4 coming to PSN ⊟

Yeahhhh, gonna be able to download Bust a Move 4 on my Vita sometime this spring! And my PS3 and PSP should I decide to. Natsume is publishing the game as a PSOne Classic in North America.

This version of the Puzzle Bobble/Bust a Move series adds pulley levels, in which two sets of bubbles are attached to one another via ropes and pulleys, so you have to keep them balanced while breaking them.

This was a great game… on the Game Boy Color, where I played it, so I can only imagine the PS version is better. It’s got to be better as a handheld Puzzle Bobble than Bust a Move Universe.

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