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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. 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.

New Lost Valley Trailer | Posted at 11:55 AM on 24 October 2014
We've 11 days to go before the North American release of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley! Earlier this week, Natsume published the official trailer for the game on their YouTube channel. The game looks more filled in compared to the original E3 video we saw last June:

There's still a few more characters that haven't been introduced yet, such as the smexy underworld king, so keep an eye on the company's Facebook or Twitter accounts for reveals up until the game's launch.

From watching the trailer, we can see that the horse race, fishing contest, and cooking festival returns, along with a new Egg Festival. You can see some character interactions, the Harvest Sprites helping your farm (Calvin seems to help with animals), and images of the wedding and post-marriage child. Even our favorite DA DE DAA DAA Harvest Goddess makes an appearance.

Bergsala Lightweight will be publishing Lost Valley in Europe in the first few months (Quarter 1) of 2015. The parent company is also associated with Rising Star Games, so keep an eye on RSG's Twitter account for EU launch information. Besides the English language, the game is anticipated to be available in German (Das verlorene Tal) and French (Le Vallée Perdue).

There's no official news to report this week on Story of Seasons. I finished up most of the event documentation last week, except for the post-ring flower events; I will need help with those once the game is released in North America. There's only 12 random-type events in SoS, but there are 15 events with your farming rivals.

And here's the November Nintendo DREAM 4-col comic! Until next time!

- Cher
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Harvest Moon GBC 2 is now for sale in NA | Posted at 01:07 PM on 17 October 2014
This week, Harvest Moon 2 GBC became available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. The game sells for $4.99 in the Nintendo 3DS eShop and requires 57 blocks of SD card space. In this version of the game you can choose to play as a girl or boy farmer, and will be given the task to revive the local farm within three years or the village will be forced to turn it into an amusement park. You'll interact with the villagers, wander around a mountain area, collect pictures in a Photo Book, catch insects and fish, raise crops and animals, but not get married.

The game has a few differences between the genders; if you start out as a girl, you'll have 500 G more than if you start as a boy. There are also crop differences such as the girl can grow Potatoes and the boy can grow Turnips. In the original game, you could use a Gameboy Link Cable to trade seeds between games to fill in the missing crops, but the Link Cable is clearly not compatible with the Nintendo 3DS.

The Fogu guide for Harvest Moon GBC 2 is actually the first one I wrote on the farming series, 14 years ago. After that, players asked for another, then another, and so on and on and on!

There's 18 days to go before Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is released in North America. In less that three weeks, those of us who buy the game will be exploring a version that doesn't have existing Japanese information or guides. There'll likely be a lot of "how do I....?" questions and information sharing between players. It's a good thing there's an intre-net-dohicky now that allows for such things. No need to call Nintendo's 1-800 game support number!

XSeed Games has updated their localization progress log for Story of Seasons with information about the Television set. This house item can be made once you by the blueprint from Mistel's antique shop. The TV has three channel on it: the daily weather channel, the variety channel, and the Oak Tree channel. There's seven shows that can appear on the variety channel and three shows that appear on the Oak Tree channel. The show that airs will depend on the day of the week. Personally, I'm fond of the Georgio's Elegant Farm Life show because, well, it's Georgio :)

Until next time!

- Cher
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Lost Valley Release Date | Posted at 10:56 AM on 11 October 2014
The other day, Natsume confirmed that the official North American release date for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will be Tuesday, November 4th. You can pre-order the game at the company's online store if you're in the continental US (sorry Canada), or from your local Gamestop retail store. The European release date is still set for sometime in 2015, but the specifics aren't available quite yet. The special limited-edition of the game will come with a large plushie rabbit while the pre-order from Gamestop (or from the Natsume store) will be a smaller plushie puppy.

The game will sell for $29.99 (plus tax if required), and the larger bunny bonus version will be $39.99 from the Natsume store. How exciting!

As for Story of Seasons, XSeed has confirmed that the post-release Novice mode will be included in the English version of the game. It will be the cuter-named Seedling Mode, and you can choose between Seedling and normal mode when you begin a new game. The game has two save files, so you could have one on normal difficulty and another on easier mode. Note that Seedling/Novice mode doesn't affect everything in the game. It affects shop sell prices, stamina reduction, and fewer requirements to unlock the last two Trade Depot vendors.

XSeed has also started publishing updates on their Bokumono localization on their Tumblr account.

- Cher
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