Hometown Story’s Sentimental Movie Ticket And The Difference Between 3DS And Mobile

By Spencer . September 16, 2013 . 2:26am


Hometown Story from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada and Natsume is a game about running a small shop in a rural town. We’ve seen plenty of pictures from the Nintendo 3DS version, but the game will also be released for iOS.


"The iOS version does not have episodes with other villagers, players just run a shop. You get new items, you can save money, you can sell rare items on iOS too. Eventually, you will get new customers, but that’s pretty much all you can do," Wada said to Siliconera. "The core system of running the shop is the same on 3DS, but you will get to interact with the villagers and involved with their story."


I think one of Hometown Story’s highlights is the story since players can grant one and only one wish in the game. You can either choose to use it to make a villager’s dream come true or keep it for yourself. So, I followed up and asked Wada why he decided to make the iOS version different from the Nintendo 3DS release.


"It’s not because of technical limitations. I made the mobile version to be a pick up and play, to reach out to more people. If both versions have the same content, I don’t think the iOS version can be priced at $29.99, I don’t think there is anybody who will be that kind of game. That’s why I made the iOS version more compact with the essence of the game. Eventually, there will be in-app purchases. There will be rare items and villagers, but no story episodes. If you want to play even more there is the 3DS version," Wada explained.


The second hand store you run in Hometown Story grows in both games. At the beginning of the game the shop is 4×4. Players can customize it and expand it all the way up to 24×24.


What would Wada stock his shop with? "Games," he laughed, "but, you can’t sell games in this. One interesting item is an expired movie ticket that you can’t use. There is a story behind this, actually. A character wanted to take someone special to this movie, but he couldn’t. For this character, this item is sentimental and there are items like that you can sell in the shop."

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  • HansKisaragi

    I may pick up the 3ds version.. Looks interesting.

  • HansKisaragi

    I may pick up the 3ds version.. Looks interesting.

  • katamari damacy

    How dickish would it be if you could sell a treasured sentimental item like that back to the same person and have them pay a princely sum for it.
    I’m tempted to get this as it sounds a lot like Recettear, but the gameplay so far seems a bit too basic and unrefined.

    • Lumi

      Buys at 50% price “Yes, that’s a fair price for it”. Sells it back a month later at 230% “I can’t believe I got such a good deal!”

      • Taedirk

        Capitalism, ho!

  • Jesse

    Yeah…I’m getting the 3DS version. ^^;

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I really like Wada approach here. He seems to understand a lot the main difference between us more serious gamer compared to more casual gamers on smartphone market.

    The person who plays more on smartphone usually only play a more simple and easy to understand game meanwhile for the more core gamer, we would love if the game is more meaty and had more thing inside the game even if it is more expensive.

    Hope that more game developer especially Japanese company here will be able to take this approach too considering how we see many company have begin venturing more into smartphone market and kinda leaving the dedicated handheld market.T_T

  • Arcana Wiz

    This game really is looking interesting…… gonna buy it.

  • Hope that, in reality, the 3DS version isn’t gimped because of emphasis placed on the iOS.

    • kthanxyousuck

      The 3DS game was actually the original emphasis of the game. That’s why it’s getting the story as opposed to just being a shop game like the ios version.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I’m definitely buying this for 3DS. Not sure what I’m going to use that wish on though, it sounds like a big decision!

  • FlobotingIt

    At first, I was a bit underwhelmed by this game, but it’s slowly made its way into my heart very similarly to Harvest Moon games. I’m looking more forward to this than I am the newest HM game announced.

  • Learii

    I can’t wait to pick up my per-order tomorrow

  • GameTaco

    So, according to Natsume’s website, the Pochica plush version will be releasing on November 25. That’s all it says it is, too: “Hometown Story w/ Premium Plush Pochica.”

    Worth the wait/weight for $10 more? You decide. If you’re interested, you can pre-order now.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Can you design the town like in Harvest Moon new beginning? Thats kinda the big selling point for me.

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