Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley Coming To U.S. This April



    The Funland Corporation is planning to tear down Leaf Valley and turn the town into an amusement park unless someone stops them! And how exactly do you do this? Why, by planting crops, mining ores, raising animals and helping the town prosper of course.


    That’s the premise for Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley for PSP, which Natsume confirmed they will be bringing to North America in April this year, priced at $29.99. No date was specified, but Hiro Maekawa, president of Natsume, calls it "the biggest PSP Harvest Moon adventure yet!"


    In case you’re curious, here’s how the DS, PSP and Wii tally up in terms of Harvest Moon games (puzzle and non-farming games not included). Do note that the "Year" column corresponds to Japan. Screenshots of Hero of Leaf Valley follow the table.


    Nintendo DS
    Harvest Moon DSBack to Nature2005
    Harvest Moon DS Cute2005
    Boy & Girl2006
    Rune FactoryInnocent Life2006
    Island of HappinessTree of Tranquility2007
    Sunshine IslandsMagical Melody2008
    Rune Factory 2Animal Parade2008
    Welcome! To the Wind BazaarRune Factory Frontier2008
    Rune Factory 3Hero of Leaf Valley2009


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    In case you’re wondering about the assets, the ones we received from Natsume were out of size and proportion. We’ve re-scaled them and adjusted the proportions, but would recommend waiting for better screens before judging the game.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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