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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. In other regions, you'll find Natsume, XSeed Games, Marvelous AQL of Europe, and Rising Star involved in the series' release.

The latest version of the farming series in various regions of the world are Bokujou Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Japan), and Harvest Moon: A New Beginning in both North America and 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. The website is not officially affiliated, sponsored, endorsed, or employed by the developers of Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, or River King. This is simply a fan site.

The first Lost Valley bachelorette! | Posted at 05:18 PM on 10 August 2014
Natsume continues to reveal new characters for their upcoming game, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. We now have Hanna, Jimmy, and the bachelorette, Emily.

Another character who was revealed is the first harvest sprite, Rowan. The yellow fellow will help you start your story in the valley by guiding you through the basic tutorials.

We already know that the Harvest Sprites will eventually be able to help you manage your farm, so hopefully we'll learn what Rowan's special ability will be.

As for Story of Seasons, things are quiet from XSeed's side as they are still toiling away at the game's localization. Remember that any release dates you discover online or at retail stores are just placeholders and not confirmed information.

The game's newely-patched Novice Mode has made it easier to conserve stamina when using tools, and items cost less in the stores, but it didn't seem to resolve the material supply problem. Construction objects require the same amount of materials; the boulders at the Safari Zone still require 600 Lumber and 100 Stone Lumber, yet the cost of construction is now only 70,000 G instead of 100,000 G. Being that money is rather easy to collect, especially now that you can work more by using less stamina, it doesn't feel like goals like the Safari remodels have been rebalanced with the introduction of a beginner's mode. It just means you can buy the required materials from Gunther's carpentry shop for less money, although Corona doesn't sell more of the materials while playing Novice mode versus playing Veteran mode.

Here is the September Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic!

- Cher
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Lost Valley Characters | Posted at 02:44 PM on 19 July 2014
Ceecee at Natsume has started ramping up the promotion of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley by introducing some of the characters that you'll meet when playing the game.

The Harvest Sprites are a big part of the game, as they act as the upgrades for you tools. Instead of having to upgrade your watering can, you can ask the sprites to water your crops for you. The bag you carry around will also be categorized for easy searching, plus you can carry 255 of each item that you have inside your bag. How handy!

As new information becomes available, you can find it on Ceecee's Tumblr page.

On the Story of Seasons side of things, the game will finally be available for download on the Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop starting on the 24th. There will also be a patch available for those of us with the Japanese version, which will add a novice difficulty setting when starting a new game. The exact details for this new playmode aren't known yet, but Marvelous has stated that:

I would hope that there are adjustments to key features of the game, mainly unlocking the last two Trade Depot vendors and the constant need for stone lumber. The material is needed for a lot of blueprints, for construction of the boulder area of the Safari (500 pieces), and even for your own house upgrades. To get the material you'll have to smash it yourself from the random rocks you find each day (or from the initial boulders on your farm), or by buying it directly at Gunther's shop, where it exists in limited supply each day for 1500 G each. Things like making required materials more plentiful would be great in a novice mode of the game, but we won't know how simplified the game will be until after the patch is available.

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MAQL Name Change and New Comic | Posted at 12:57 PM on 05 July 2014
There still isn't much news to report on in the Harvest Moon frontier at the moment. Neither Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley nor Story of Seasons have set release dates yet, so those involved with their development are still toiling away at their projects.

From Japan, on July 1st Marvelous AQL has completed their name conversion they announced earlier this year. Now instead of Marvelous AQL, the company is simply known as Marvelous. The North American group is still Marvelous USA, so no changes there. The new logo for the company is:
In the August edition of Nintendo DREAM, the magazine lists Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi as having sold over 222,000 copies since its release. The game's producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, even mentioned that he wants to let everyone know that the overseas version of the game is going to be called "STORY OF SEASONS" (in all caps, too!).

Nintendo Life also has an interview with Hashimoto-san about the localization of Story of Seasons. In general:
The StreetPass feature in Story of Seasons isn't terribly exciting anyway, so you're not really missing much if it isn't in the North Amercian localization of the game. The only person I've ever StreetPassed was the representative at XSeed's booth during E3. The 3DS version of Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns has StreetPass, but a StreetPass hit happens so rarely that it may not be worth the localization effort in Story of Seasons to include it. In Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi, all the StreetPass does is gets you the passee's farmer wandering around Oak Tree Town, and you can then walk up to the person and see their farm statistics. The wifi feature will be there though, which allows you to trade items and increase the Star Rank of the hosting farmer's crops and lowers the stress of the farmer's animals.

Here's Nintendo DREAM's August 4-col comic!

- Cher
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