Harvest Moon And No More Heroes Coming To Mobage

By Ishaan . July 25, 2011 . 8:27am


DeNA are collaborating with five major Japanese game developers to create games for their Mobage service. The company held a press conference today where Yoshifumi Hashimoto of Marvelous Entertainment, Keiji Inafune of Comcept, Suda 51 of Grasshopper Manufacture, Yuji Naka of Prope, and Noritaka Funamizu of Crafts & Meister were in attendance.


Also present was the president of AQ Interactive. AQI will be publishing all of the above developers’ games on the Mobage service. You may recall that Marvelous and AQI will soon be a single company.


Three of their games were named. Hashimoto will be bringing a Harvest Moon social game to the service; Inafune will develop a game called J.J. Rockets; Suda 51 will be bringing a No More Heroes game. In a press release following the announcement, DeNa reveal that the Harvest Moon and No More Heroes games are planned for release this winter.


Just last month, DeNA announced that they are collaborating with Level 5 to create a Professor Layton crossover with Kaito Royale, titled Professor Layton Royale. That game is slated for release in Japan this fall, with a worldwide release planned sometime after that.


Image sourced from Impress Watch’s report of the conference.

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  • eilegz

    great more watered down “mobile” games…

    • Given the sorry state that Japan is in right now, you shouldn’t really judge. 

      • eilegz

        yeah but then given by the same guy that bash and criticize the japan industry and how they are falling behind.

        • Thomas Maloney

          which is one of the reasons why he moved his sights over to the social gaming scene.

    • haqua

      Great, more pointless complaints.

  • And the U.S. will never see these games…

    • That’s not true! Mobage is coming overseas, so perhaps we will see them. Professor Layton is already announced for a worldwide release. It depends on the company, but I’d imagine a lot of Japanese developers would like to bring their mobile games abroad.

      • Layton has a social game? Thank you companies for trying to get me out of my gaming comfort zone to play a series I like. >:U

        But yeah there’s a lot of series turning into them I wonder if most of them will be localized or will be have to deal with mainly local stuff.

  • Mobile games and portable games in general are quite popular in Japan.

  • Key persons behind Sonic, Mega Man, Street Fighter II, Rune Factory and No More Heroes celebrating the fact that they will be working on mobile games.
    Yu Suzuki would have been the icing on this cake.(Shenmue mobile still gives me nightmares)

  • haqua

    The only name I needed to see was ‘Yoshifumi’ before I approved.

  • Elemiel

     Pardon me, but what is this “mobage”?

    • Mobage’s a social-networking games service in Japan, primarily on mobile phones. They’re in the process of expanding it to overseas though.

  • A Harvest Moon SOCIAL game? And I think to myself….what a wonderful world.

  • Oh wow last time we had a Harvest Moon discussion I mentioned a social/mmo game.
    HM makes sense but NMH seems like a forced project to me.  I dunno why but it doesn’t scream “social gaming” to me unless Mobage has a variety in type of games.

  • puchinri

    Crafts&Meister? ;u;
    I really want to see more stuff from them. By the way, I heard the composers for Earth Seeker were from Capcom. Are they ex-employees and joining C&M? Or still w/Capcom? Or just not with either?

    And I’m looking forward to more info on some of this stuff, just to see what will come of it~.

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