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Natsume's E3 lineup features mostly what you would expect from Natsume (Harvest Moon and lots of it, plus the previously announced Afrika on PS3), but the company revealed a few unannounced games, some of which are even surprising.The WiiWare Harvest Moon game, Harvest Moon Ranch Store, is being loc...

May 28th 2009 at 1:40pm 0 Comments
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Between Virtual Console and WiiWare this week, Japan has seven new games to download. Well, six if you don't count Konami's WiiWare edutainment screensaver thing (which also acts as kids' introduction to offensive DLC) as a game. And 79 if you do, and also count each available minigame in Asobu! Mad...

April 28th 2009 at 1:15pm 0 Comments
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Marvelous Interactive's first WiiWare Harvest Moon game is unconventional in more ways than its delivery method. Harvest Moon Series: Makiba no Omise (Ranch Store) allows players to open and operate their own store in the Harvest Moon universe.Players can choose the type of business to run, design t...

March 5th 2009 at 1:45pm 0 Comments
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According to Weekly Famitsu, a brand new Harvest Moon title will be making its way onto on the PSP this upcoming March in Japan. In Harvest Moon: Sugar Village, the third PSP title of the farm simulator franchise, you are responsible for the fate of a ... you guessed it, village. Gameplay elements...

December 10th 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Looks like everywhere is skinny on games this week. On the one hand, that's probably good; these release-heavy weeks can be hard on the ol' pocketbook, and this is supposed to be a season of giving, not a season of going out and buying all the games you want. On the other hand, if you're in Europe,...

December 8th 2008 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Can you keep up with all these Harvest Moon games? It's getting pretty difficult, but the recently-announced Harvest Moon: Welcome to the Wind Bazaar should be memorable, thanks to the multiplayer elements ... but it's still Harvest Moon, and that means farming.As with Animal Crossing, you c...

October 22nd 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Marvelous has confirmed it will release Rune Factory 2 into the crowded, choppy waters of the Christmas games market, announcing a November 18th release date for the fantasy-themed farm-me-do.As that's still four weeks away, we advise passing time by reading up on our hands-on experience with the t...

October 21st 2008 at 2:25pm 0 Comments
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Rising Star Games just unfurled an official list of Marvelous games that it plans to localize for Europe, including Luminous Arc 2, Avalon Code, Rune Factory 2, and a fourth game that is yet to be announced for North America: Steal Princess. We expected most (if not all) of these to reach us at som...

October 13th 2008 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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Well, nut. Acorn, really. Plush acorn ... in the grip of a plush squirrel. Never mind. Chances are, if you're a fan of, uh, fantasy-themed farming simulations, you've already got a copy of Rune Factory 2 preordered -- if only because there are no games in that narrow subgenre that aren't called Rune...

October 7th 2008 at 12:51pm 0 Comments
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Click for full-sized image Nintendo announced a lot of games last night at their Japanese conference. Many of them, like Punch-Out!! here, were brand new. Some, like Supan Smasher and Cosmic Walker, we still don't know anything about. But we've got screenshots. So many screenshots. After the bre...

October 2nd 2008 at 5:40pm 0 Comments

Our Japanese is not quite good enough to ascertain the nuances of this dramatic scene, but what we could understand was self-evident anyway. In this ad for Harvest Moon: Waku Waku Animal March, the frog wants the cow to give him a ride like the animals in the game do. The cow (spoilers!) re...

September 30th 2008 at 9:55am 0 Comments