Visit Your Friends’ Ranches In Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land

By Sato . October 9, 2013 . 10:50pm

Marvelous AQL recently announced the latest of their farm simulation series, in Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land, which introduces a new trading system and even more animals. Producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto talks about some of the game’s connectivity feature in this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine.


In the interview, Famitsu asks Hashimoto to share a few more details regarding word “connect” that is in the title.


“Firstly, it has the meaning of ‘connecting with communication functions,’” says Hashimoto. “The upcoming title will be compatible with the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass and Wi-Fi features, which will be used to trade various information with friends, and also to visit their ranches.” (Note that it isn’t confirmed if this means you’ll able to visit your friends’ ranches over the Wi-Fi specifically. We hope that’s what it means.)


“The other meaning is ‘connecting to the game’s world,’” continues Hashimoto. “There will be a ‘Trade Station’ that will allow you to ship your crop to other countries, meaning you’ll be using trades to connect to the other countries.”


With regards to personal data that can be exchanged with friends, Hashimoto says that the game will provide information on each others’ ranches, so you can know how far your friends have advanced and compare it to your own ranch.

Famitsu then asks for a few more details on the new Trade Station feature.


“You’ll get to purchase and sell specialty goods to other countries around the world,” answers Hashimoto. “At the start of the game, you’ll only get to trade with one country; however, the more you ship, the more countries that will be made available.”


“Additionally, when players ship goods they’ll get different reactions depending on the country’s preferences. For example, a certain good might get a pleasant reaction from one country, but it might get a normal reaction from another. There will also be some moments where the goods you’re trading start to trend.”




Famitsu also shares a look at some Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land characters in Elise, Fritz, and Eda. They’ll all be living in the same town, where they’ll be helping you out in various ways in your life as a Harvest Moon rancher.


As mentioned in our previous report, there will be a “Safari” you can visit after advancing through the story. You’ll get to take care of various wildlife creatures here.



Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land boasts twice the variety of animals compared to past titles. The above is a look at an Angora rabbit, owl, and reindeer, which can be found in the upcoming game.


Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land is slated for release on February 2014 for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • raitouniverse

    Hotdog, a new game! But will it surpass Animal Parade in animals, I wonder…

  • DigitalFowl

    Can’t really say I’m that hype for it.

    What I CAN say is that after the disappointment that was RF4 and its lack of any major changes, Rune Factory 5 better overhaul the series.

  • If there’s one thing I like about this.

    It’s that there’s gonna be a return to the 3×3 squares of crops.

    It might be just me but I’ve disliked the freestyle single-seed per bag growing of say Tale of Two Towns/A Wonderful Life, ect. and the 2×4 style in ANB was kinda… weird. I think I just generally enjoy the classic 9 seeds to a bag thing and for some reason I like that there’s a return to it.

    OTHERWISE I really liked ANB so I enjoy that this is probably gonna use a similar engine to that otherwise. Looking forward to this!

    • Armane

      I’d rather it goes back to a more freeform approach, as in the SNES/GB style of tilling the land, rather than dumping dirt on the grass.

      • Hmm, I can get that too! I more specify the 3×3 method because recent Harvest Moons have bucked the trend of 9 seeds coming in each bag. SNES/GB was always 9 seeds, so the best shape was always either a U or a circle, depending on if your game had the “jump over things” feature.

  • Namuro

    Ooh… I like the character designs and the art style in this one!

  • Zirixion Zwelt

    Was that really how an owl looks like..? It looks like a parrot, imho.

    Anyway, I’m really excited about this! I’m really liking the character design. I hope the other characters won’t disappoint. Hopefully, by the time I have a 3DS, this game would have an english version… Not! It’ll probably take longer, as it did with the previous title. But the wait won’t be hard, as the 3DS has a great-great-great library of games already.

  • Chim_era

    Oew this looks gooooood :)
    Just started with ANB so I can’t watch too many pretty pictures.
    I hope this one gets a faster release in Europe :)

  • Derek E Nay

    Oh wow. I adore the artwork

  • Adam Zaorski

    Now, when will we see it in US/EU dear fellow Japanese?

  • JuVu

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who saw Xillia’s Leia in that one picture, haha.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Awww, those animals look so adorable. I’m sure they will look even lovelier on the walls of my cabin.

  • Learii

    let me guess there will be online where you can visited your friend ranch just like animal cross?

  • Hmm. The art style looks a little “prettier” this time around. That pleases me.

    Even though I’m excited to see a new HM, I’m not as hyped right now with this information (especially compared to last night). But I do look forward to more information~.

    I’m also a bit more curious about when they’re going to bring HM back to home consoles, or if they even will for a while given they’re doing well enough on portables.

  • ChiffonCake

    Ah, there’s some nice art.

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