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 Bachelor and Bachelorette in New World
| Posted at 09:47 AM on 15 November 2013
Last week, Marvelous AQL released information on two new marriage candidates in Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World
. The candidates are:
- Angela: Veronica's daughter. She is a nurse at a clinic.
- Klaus: A calm man who is a professional perfume maker.
This new male character is not the same as Klaus from Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
. "Klaus" may be his English name, but the doctor's Japanese name is actually "Kloze." It will be interesting to see what the new New World bachelor's English name will turn out to be, since Klaus is reserved for a stubborn doctor.
Also revealed from other information sources is that you can now decorate the interior of your house. The construction customization system from ANB is back in New World, but making objects appears to be the job of Blacksmith Geizer and his wife, Kuron. The Famitsu.com
website has an article
where Kuron is managing the blacksmith shop counter, with an accompanying screen shot of a Wooden Fence that requires 6 Small Lumber.
Besides being able to change your standard character features like in ANB (hair style, eyes, outfit, color, etc.), you can also change your hat, glasses, and wear up to three accessories.
Here is December's Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic!
In this month's magazine, Yoshifumi Hashimoto mentioned that this will be the last one, but only because they're going to start drawing the comic to highlight Connect to a New World instead of A New Beginning.
Ps4 fun times ahoy!Comments: Add | View (5)ANB and New Word Info
| Posted at 10:37 AM on 25 October 2013
In Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
news, German fans who want a cartridge version of the game instead of being forced to buy the 3DS eShop version will be able to pick it up at retail stores starting on November 30th. The game will still be in English though.
As for the in-development version, Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World
, MAQL updated their official website
with an explanation as to what new features are available in the game.
The amount and types of animals has increased with the addition of the wildlife safari. You can create a safari area in the game to add animals to it. There is even a Safari Tour, which sounds
similar to the Gardening Tour
in ANB, but there aren't any details on that aspect of the game yet. You can also care for rabbits on your farm.
The site also highlights that there are other farmers in Oak Tree Village. They can give you advice and compete against you in festivals. Two of the farmers we already know about: Fritz and Elise.
The Trade Station will allow you to sell your farm products on the open global market of the game, and you can even buy rare items from other in-game countries.
The nature areas outside of your farm have wild animals and critters you can catch. You can also go diving for fish and other items in the water.
For Japan fans who pre-order the game, they will receive an Angora Rabbit phone strap. The design of the strap has not been revealed yet, just the fact that they'll get this bonus item has been announced. I think I'd rather have Natsume's pre-order plushies than MAQL's phone trinkets, especially since my phone doesn't even have anything to attach the rabbit strap to!
And here is the translated Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic for November!
- CherComments: Add | View (8)Finally a new Harvest Moon game!
| Posted at 11:15 AM on 11 October 2013
If you weren't aware by now, in the latest edition of Famitsu weekly magazine Marvelous AQL officially announced the newest entry to their 3DS Harvest Moon games. Titled "Bokujou Monogatari: Tsugaru Shin Tenchi", which roughly translates to Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World
, the game is currently scheduled for a February 2014 release in Japan. That's about two years after the release of A New Beginning
. The game is on the Nintendo 3DS console, and will utilize its wifi features and
Street Pass functionality. It is about 80% complete in its development.
The prolouge of the game explains how you, as either a boy or girl main character, was bored of your monotonous lifestyle. You discover a recruitment flyer for a farming life in Oak Tree Town, and you jump at the opportunity to try something different.
The main feature of the game is connectivity according to Yoshifumi Hashimoto, the producer of the Harvest Moon series. Players will be selling their crop and dairy products to other "countries" in the game via a Trade Station. Some countries prefer one type of item over another, and you may have to travel to the other countries to make deliveries. You'll also swap personal farm data if you Street Pass another player, but the chances of that happening outside of Japan is pretty slim; I rarely SP someone whose last played game was Harvest Moon.
The article says that farming will be a little simpler, as the screen shots indicate with the 3x3 field sizes. Hopefully it isn't as easy as Grand Bazaar! There will also be other in-game farmers who will teach you how to care for your farm.
As the game progresses you'll be able to visit a safari area. The number of animals in the safari will increase as your build a relationship with them, probably similar to how more animals of a species appears in A New Beginning as you raise your friendship with them. There are twice as many wild animals in this version as in previous versions.
Marriage is also possible in this game, and the Famitsu article introduced two marriage candidates:
- Bachelor: Lega - He is a chef at a restaurant who has a serious personality and is quick to take action.
- Bachelorette: Lilie - She is a famous weather reporter, loves children, and her helpfulness makes her a popular person in town.
There have also been four villagers introduced: Veronica, Elise, Fritz, and Edda. None of them appear to be marriage candidates. Veronica comes from a wide variety of countries and has come to Oak Tree Town to be a peddler.
I'm sure we'll hear more information about the game as we get closer to it release date. I am hoping that they don't dumb-down the farming aspects, as it is suppose to be a farming simulation game
. In theory it should be a larger game than A New Beginning, as the sequels typically are.
Marvelous AQL has published their landing page for the game's official website. Keep an eye on it to see the new gameplay features:
You can also visit the New World section
of the Fogu forum for more info.
(Gotta finish the ANB guide by February!)Comments: Add | View (10)