Nintendo 3DS

Hometown Story Lets You Fall In Love With These Guys And Gals


Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada is working on his next flagship game, Hometown Story, where you run a shop in your hometown and help it flourish. Like Harvest Moon before it, Hometown Story allows you to establish relationships with the various townsfolk, and eventually even get married.


Male characters can woo the following female partners:



Anna is the daughter of Rachael, who runs the restaurant in town. Anna is very independent, and always tells others that they should rely on themselves, not others. She lives by this motto herself, in fact. Will you be the one to convince Anna that relying on others isn’t such a bad thing?


Haruka is the daughter of Miyo, the absent-minded farmer of the village. Haruka is always covering for Miyo’s little mistakes, and loves her mother, despite her flaws. Haruka has always dreamed of getting married, ever since she was a little girl. Though her dream is simple, her personality is anything but. Will your heart be big enough to love Haruka?



Mika is a lover of animals who wandered into the village one day. A very unique individual, she lives in the barn with her animals, and can communicate with them on a deep level. In fact, she loves animals so much, she often eats grass with them during mealtime.  Mika needs a partner who will understand the love she has for all creatures great and small. Will you be the one to steal her heart?


Meanwhile, female characters have the following gents to pick from:



Shinji is a scholar who is obsessed with the gods. His dream is to meet a god or goddess one day. A straight shooter, he usually says exactly what is on his mind. Despite being a scholar, he is quite laid back, and has very a kind heart.  Perhaps his goddess is right in front of him, and he just needs to open his eyes and heart to the love offered to him by you?


Steve is the son of Carl, the mayor of the town. He used to live in the big city, but just recently came back to the village. A bit of a dreamer, some of his ideas can seem unorthodox. However, his heart is always in the right place, and he loves his family very much.  Will you be the girl who captures his heart and makes him realize his dreams can come true no matter where he lives?



Dexter is a man of few words, simply showing up in the village one day. Rumors surround his past, but he loves playing with the children of the village, as do they. He doesn’t really understand the concept of dating, so wooing him may be a bit of a challenge! If the idea of a mystery man excites you, then you’ve met your match in Dexter.


Hometown Story is slated for release in North America this October for the Nintendo 3DS. Natsume are publishing the game in North America while Rising Star are handling publishing duties in Europe.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". 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.