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This Year’s Harvest Moon Games Are…

By Spencer . May 21, 2009 . 9:41am

Natsume has more Harvest Moon games slated for 2009 and these aren’t puzzle spin-offs. Harvest Moon: Animal Parade and Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands stick to what the series is known for crops and cuddly creatures.

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WiiWare Harvest Moon Squeezes Out Vegetable Expansion Pack

By Spencer . April 28, 2009 . 9:00am

Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store with its paper cutout characters just came out in Japan. Marvelous plans to expand the game beyond egg painting with downloadable content.

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Harvest Moon Gets WiiWare Farm Store Spinoff

By Spencer . March 6, 2009 . 6:29am

Marvelous’ first WiiWare game won’t be their furtive project only known as Discipline. On April 29 Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store will arrive on WiiWare in Japan. Take note of the “series” word in the title. This game doesn’t follow the standard formula of farming and getting married.   In Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store […]

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Here’s What Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming Is

By Spencer . February 17, 2009 . 10:47am

Earlier this month we discovered Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming. I thought it was a localized version of Harvest Moon: Sparkling Sun and Companions a Natsume insider in the comments (no kidding!) told us that was wrong. So, what is Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming?   A follow up to Puzzle de Harvest Moon.   Harvest Moon: […]

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Natsume Farming More Harvest Moon

By Spencer . February 4, 2009 . 1:45pm

Natsume working on another Harvest Moon game? No way! It looks like the publisher who tirelessly localizes Harvest Moon games for North America has another one on deck according to retail leak by good old Gamefly. They have Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming in their system slated to come out late spring-ish on the Nintendo DS. […]

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Where To Go Next: Rune Factory

By Ishaan . January 18, 2009 . 2:11pm

It isn’t very often that you get the feeling a game has been made just for you.   I can count the number of games that have made me feel that way ever since I started gaming on one hand. One of these games happens to be the original Rune Factory on DS.   Here’s […]

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Harvest Moon Used To Sell Coffee Creamer

By Spencer . January 7, 2009 . 11:29am

I imagine a late December brainstorming session at Marvelous went something like this… Harvest Moon has cows. Cows make milk. Nakazawa Foods sells dairy products. !!! Get them on the phone right now!   While we’ll never know what truly happened between Nakazawa Foods and Marvelous the result is the same. Harvest Moon’s cuddly farm […]

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The Creator Of Harvest Moon Inside Harvest Moon

By Spencer . December 16, 2008 . 7:59am

Yasuhiro Wada, the man behind the Harvest Moon games and current President of Marvelous Interactive, cleared time out of his day to make a cameo in Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness. The tribal tower guard known as Wada is based on the creator of the Harvest Moon series. Wada-san, to the best of my knowledge, […]

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Harvest Moon Sweetens PSPs In March (Update)

By Spencer . December 12, 2008 . 6:36am

The Nintendo DS is absolutely saturated with Harvest Moon games. This past year Marvelous introduced Harvest Moon: Sun and Group of Friends in February and next week Harvest Moon: Welcome! Bazaar of Wind comes out in Japan. So, it’s time for Marvelous to move to another system and they chose the PSP. This isn’t the […]

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The Second Generation Saves The World In Rune Factory 2

By Jenni . December 8, 2008 . 12:02pm

The second half of Rune Factory 2′s storyline may seem a bit unbelievable, but provides much more challenge and story than the first generation provides. After the player steps into the shoes of the hero Kyle’s seven year old son or daughter, the opportunity to level up, explore the world’s storyline further and build new […]

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Rune Factory 2: Examining The First Generation

By Jenni . December 4, 2008 . 6:05pm

In a way, Rune Factory 2 is like having two games in one. The focus of the first generation of the game, where you play as a young man with amnesia who decides to settle in the town of Alvarna, has a different feel and sense of purpose than the second generation, where you play […]

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What Makes This New Harvest Moon DS Game Special?

By Spencer . September 30, 2008 . 7:34am

I’m still sucked into Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness while Japan is looking forward to Bokujou Monogatari: Youkoso! Kaze no Bazaar (Harvest Moon: Welcome! Bazaar of Wind). With Harvest Moon: Welcome! Bazaar of Wind being the umpteenth Harvest Moon game on the Nintendo DS you have to ask what makes this yearly Harvest Moon release […]

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Train a panda to do tricks in Harvest Moon Waku Waku Animal March

By Spencer . August 22, 2008 . 3:05pm

In addition to giraffe racing you can train pets in the second Harvest Moon game for the Wii. As seen in the screenshots above, you can teach a cat to jump, a dog to shake, and a penguin to clap. I wonder what the panda can learn because, you know, that’s one of the possible […]

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First Harvest, a look back at the Harvest Moon series with the President of Natsume

By Spencer . August 19, 2008 . 7:43pm

Natsume is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Harvest Moon franchise by releasing Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS on August 26 and Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Wii on September 16. The Harvest Moon series is in full bloom now, but only because Yasuhiro "Hiro" Maekawa, President and CEO […]

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Harvest Moon: Waku Waku Animal March has hippo racing

By Spencer . August 12, 2008 . 1:34pm

As the title suggests, the animals in Harvest Moon: Waku Waku Animal Panic are important. In addition toiling on a farm you get to race around the world on the back of your favorite animal. You can pick from a trusty horse, used in the other Harvest Moon games, or something more exotic like a […]

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Natsume USA on co-creating games

By Spencer . July 22, 2008 . 7:46am

Natsume is a developer and publisher in Japan. In North America they are only known as a family friendly publisher. However, Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume’s US subsidiary, has dreams of making games, ballroom dancing games. He teamed up with Cave, notable for bullet hell shooters, to create Princess Debut. The Nintendo DS […]

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