Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land ⊟
Now that Rune Factory 4 is out of the way (in Japan and North America at least — Europe gets it early next year), Marvelous AQL can bring out the next 3DS farming/life sim it has waiting in line.
Famitsu posted these screenshots, and if the monkeys seem out-of-place to you, they’re part of a new Safari you can visit. The area is filled with wild animals like Angora rabbits, reindeer, and parrots that you can take care off, with more creatures popping up as you progress through the story. The game is said to have twice the amount of animals as previous entries.
As for the meaning of the Connect to a New Land subtitle, producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto explained in an interview translated by Siliconera, “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.”
You’ll also be able to access a Trade Station allowing you to buy and sell crops with other countries (you start off with access to only one trade partner/country). “When players ship goods they’ll get different reactions depending on the country’s preferences,” he added. “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.”
And here are the Bachelorettes of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
Now that I’ve posted the male marriage candidates I just have to post the females! So here they are (like the bachelors the names have not been set for the English release as of yet) the six new bachelorettes!
Felicia - A waitress who likes food and would rather eat food than make it. Despite how much she eats, she hardly ever gains weight. She has a keen sense of taste and is a well-known gourmet. She loves herb soup
Tina - A gossipy, energetic girl who serves to deliver the village newspaper.
Iroha - A diligent blacksmith who trains hard every day and has moved to the village
Yuri - A quiet and aloof tailor with a good knowledge of fashion and a love of nature; who is very enthusiastic about her work. She also loves herb soup!
Michelle - A cute, pink-haired, pink-loving magician girl who came to set up a magic act.
Witch Princess - She is very mysterious, and not much is known about her at the start of the game. If you get to know her, she is a fun and slightly devious person. She is also one of the few returning characters.
Have you chosen a favorite yet?
The Bachelors of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
While we don’t know what their exact names will be once translation is done…we do have info on marriage candidates from the Japanese version of the game. So here are the six bachelors!
Allen - A confident red-haired beautician who is serious and passionate about his work, specializing in hair styles for women. He sometimes appears selfish to others.
Rod - He opens a Pet Shop. Rod is adventurer and an avid animal lover, who likes meeting new people and seeing new places. He loves lasagne.
Neil - A serious man who comes off as cold and antisocial, but has a soft spot for animals.
Sengoku - An ex-reporter for the local newspaper, he came to the town for a vacation.
Amir - A prince from a faraway land who wishes to live put his days in peace in harmony. He lives in town with his butler, Celka. Originally from Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar.
Celka - A helpful and modest man from far away. He is a steward devoted to his employer, Amir.
Choosing your favorite bachelor yet?
(My favorite is Senguko personally ^_^)
Natsume has made their announcement!
After much teasing and hinting on both their Facebook and Twitter accounts, Natsume has made an important announcement! They will be bringing Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (also known as Land of Beginning or Land of Origins) to North America this year! 2012 also marks the 15th Anniversary for the Harvest Moon series.
This game will be the most customizable of the whole series. From the hair, eyes and outfits of the main character to the very town itself can be customized! I myself have been anticipating this game since it’s release in Japan earlier this year. The game will be a 3DS exclusive only so better get your 3DS ready!
Natsume E3 Announcements
Natsume has officially announced two games at E3 that I am really excited about.
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny for PlayStation 3 & Nintendo Wii
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns for Nintendo 3DS and DS.
Natsume has also already announced the bonus plush for Two Towns:
An Alpaca!! Super cute. Natsume knows its stuff.
Im personally thrilled. 3DS and PS3 are the only systems I regularly play that don’t have a Rune Factory or Harvest Moon game to date. Will definately post updates as more information is released!