The Ushi No Tane websites specialize in information about the Nintendo console versions of the Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King games. Both game genres are created and published in Japan by Marvelous AQL. The North American localization is handled by Natsume, while Marvelous AQL of Europe and Rising Star takes care of the European release.
The latest version of Harvest Moon in various regions of the world are Bokujyou Monogatari: Hajimari no Daichi (Japan), Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (North America), and Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Europe).
The latest version of River King, in all regions of the world, is River King: Mystic Valley (2009)
Since 2000, Ushi no Tane has been run by a grouchy old lady who happens to be fond of video game agriculture. It is not officially affiliated, sponsored, endorsed, or employed by the developers of Harvest Moon or River King.
New World First Week
| Posted at 09:17 PM on 07 March 2014Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World
has been out for a week, and quite a few players have already rushed through the game to get married. It turns out there are three tiers of wedding plans (based on cost), and two styles of weddings: a western wedding or an eastern wedding. The western wedding has the wedding dress and tuxedo, while the eastern wedding has kimonos.
While the Japanese players are far along, those of us who imported are really just getting started. I received my copy on Tuesday and have only made it to mid-Spring so far.
You spend your first week in the game at your neighbor's farm. Edda will show you how to water crops, care for animals, etc. This is not a skippable
tutorial and it is part of the story line of the game. When you receive your own farm, Veronica explains that she wants you to do business with the trading countries and anticipates that this will bring activity (and people) to Oak Tree Town. This means that there is no shipping bin in the game; you have to collect your products and take them to the Trade Station. At the beginning of the game you can only sell your products to Silkroad, and only on days of the week that Silkroad has set up shop in the Trade Station. Luckily your rucksack has 50 slots, so there's plenty of space to carry things around until you can sell.
Villagers will walk from place to place, and sometimes you can see them stop and pose. Even the shopkeepers aren't always standing directly behind the counter, but you can walk up and press A at the counter and they'll respond. The villagers aren't so stiff. Since they tend to do things, this means you can't always give them a gift. If Angela is bent down to look at a bookcase, you have to wait for her to stand back up before you can give her a gift; you can't just drop it on her head and move on! They also walk at a faster pace, so you may find yourself tossing gifts at spots where the villager used to be standing.
The starting old tools take a lot of stamina to use, but you can upgrade your tools after Geizer builds the construction table and fixes up your run-down house. The free mini upgrade also unlocks the Closet that allows you to change your hairstyle, hair and eye color, skin type, and face style at any time. No need to go to a salon or visit a cranky witch to change your face.
Challenge-wise, you have to ship a lot to entice the other countries to visit Oak Tree Town. There are also a lot of trophies you can achieve such as catching the largest of each type of fish. The game even gives you a percentage of how many you've unlocked (2% for me! slow and steady...)
Overall, the game seems like it has many features of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
available within the first two weeks of the game, but reserves the main challenge of the game for much later on down the road.
Media Create, the go-to company for vide game sales trends in Japan, has reported that New World sold a little more than 130,700 copies in its first week of release, making it the most sold game for any console during that period. It's been two years since a Harvest Moon game was released in Japan, so I'd imagine there's been a lot of anticipation for its release.
I've started posting content to the YouTube channel, with more to come later!
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| Posted at 04:46 PM on 01 March 2014
First off, on May 20th Nintendo will be disabling its global Nintendo Wifi system for older Wii and DS games. Players will no longer be able to use the Nintendo Wifi connect system in their old games. This will affect many games, including:
- Rune Factory 1, 2, and 3
- Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness
- Harvest Moon: Animal Parade (JP version)
- Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands (JP version)
- Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar
- Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
- Legend of the River King: Mystic Valley
This means that you will no longer be able to connect to remote games using Nintendo's Wifi network. Local wireless play should be unaffected. With Tale of Two Towns, the 3DS version shouldn't be affected, just the DS version will have its remote wifi crop field inaccessible. Basically anything with the blue Nintendo Wifi seal on its box will no longer have access to the Nintendo Wifi functionality after May 20, 2014.
In cheerier news, Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World
is out in Japan! The Japanese players have been posting a lot of in-game screenshots to the Miiverse community. If you have a Nintendo Network ID (created only by using a Nintendo console) you can visit the game's Miiverse by going to your Communities, scrolling down to the bottom to change your region to Japan, and then selecting the 3DS communities; since it is recent, it should be up near the top of the list. It has a picture of a pink Angora Rabbit as its menu icon.
After you start your game, you spend the first week with Edda, who manages the farm next to your own. After that, she'll give you a cow and Veronica will assign you to your run-down farm. Eventually you can upgrade your house and customize its furniture. You can even buy a television set to watch the daily weather on, and a gift wrapping station to wrap the gifts you give to your favorite villages. Your farm starts out with a cow barn (since you do get a free cow from Edda) but you'll have to build the chicken coop, just like in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
(Posted by 0305-Karen on the Miiverse)
Before you create your 3x3 crop fields, you have to clear the empty area by breaking up rocks and chopping down trees. You can water your crops twice per day. New crops include Burdock Root, Chili Pepper, Paprika (which did exist in Grand Bazaar), Melon (similar to Honeydew in Animal Parade), Lemon Tree, and Andes Potato. Almonds are in the game, but I don't know if they're grown or foraged. Some of these crops come from the international trade center, where you can also buy Wasabi sprouts (instead of just getting one per two trips to Land of the East in ANB). You also sell your farm produced items at the trade center by setting up a stall. There are a variety of stall types to choose from based on what you want to sell and the potential customers who are visiting the trade center. You can also earn money by completing requests from the trade center.
There are a few different festivals in this version of Harvest Moon: missing are the honey festival, critter festival, foliage festival, pumpkin festival, and snow festival. Instead, there is a spring fashion show, fall fashion show, a tea festival, and a pet show. The multi-day fishing festival from ANB is now only one day.
More information will filter through as players get through the game. Keep an eye on the Fogu forum
if you're interested
And here is the April Nintendo DREAM comic!
Still waiting for New World to pass through customs....Comments: Add | View (3)New World in a Week
| Posted at 10:39 AM on 21 February 2014
Marvelous AQL updated the official Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World
website today, adding in three more Harvest Sprites and the two special marriage candidates:
Returning as potential spouses from Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
are Reina and Cam. Both of these candidates do not have friendship flowers that appear on their character portraits when you talk to them, which makes it a little bit more challenging to judge how high your friendship is with them. The new Harvest Sprites are Torque (purple), Custo (blue), and Mora (orange).
Being that there is now only one week to go before the game is for sale in Japan, many of the large gaming magazines, such as Dengeki Nintendo
and Nintendo Dream
, have published in-depth articles about the latest entry in the Harvest Moon video game series. These magazines have introduced several more normal characters that have not been published on the official website as of today:
- The return of an older Witchkins from Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands
- A new bubbly child Harvest Goddess, basically an equivalent Harvestkins to the Witch Princess' niece, Witchkins
- The bi-seasonal fashion show judge and aristocrat, Del Cosa
- The effeminate pink-haired male doctor, Marian
These characters will most likely appear on the official website soon!
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