Natsume has announced that Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming will be released in the next few weeks, likely hitting North American shelves in the last week of August. The Nintendo DS title shares some characters with the previous Harvest Moon installment Island of Happiness, and will spearhead the upcoming release of several further entries: Sunshine Islands, Animal Parade, Sugar Town, and Littlest Shop.
Natsume has made no comment as to whether Myron Reducto, of the law firms of Freezoid, Zarog & Skon, had a hand in creating Littlest Shop by way of shrink gun.
It’s been ten years since a quirky game that fused farming with dating sim first appeared on the Super Nintendo. Since then, Harvest Moon has spawned countless games and appeared on just about every system. Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS, which commemorates the series’ ten year history, brings together a mix of tried and true elements and a few new twists. It also represents a significant departure from the series by giving players very few resources at the outset with the result that the beginning of the game is somewhat more challenging than is traditional. This decision makes the game more interesting in the long run, but it may put off some players who are expecting the easy ride typical of Harvest Moon games. Also, as an added bonus to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Harvest Moon, Island of Happiness offers players the choice of a male of female character (whereas typically the series releases a “girl” version of a given Harvest Moon game after the fact). That choice is a welcome addition. Continue reading ‘Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness – Staff Review’ »
European gamers hoping join in the celebration of Harvest Moon‘s ten year anniversary will get the chance this December. It was announced today that Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness will be washing up on store shelves on December 12, 2008.
Harvest Moon is celebrating its tenth birthday this year — no small feat for any franchise — and Natsume is celebrating that anniversary with their latest addition to the series, Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS. Like most Harvest Moon games, Island of Happiness is quite lengthy. After thirty hours of gameplay I managed to make it through the first year of the game. Since here at RandomNPC we believe that an informed review can only be accomplished by playing a game through to its end, I thought I would offer an impression of Island of Happiness based on the first year of the game, in advance of a full review, which will come at a later date. Continue reading ‘Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness – Impression’ »
Natsume’s celebrating ten years of Harvest Moon, and the series’ latest entry ships out today. Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS is rated E for Everyone and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Natsume is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Harvest Moon series by releasing the newest two on the same day. Of those, Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS has gone gold. It will hit shelves on August 26 for $29.99, and those that pre-order will get a free chicken plush.
With two Harvest Moon titles due out this summer and a milestone anniversary coming up, Natsume is gearing up for a celebration, and there’s no better way to celebrate than to hand out goodies and slap special 10th anniversary branding on game packaging.
Both Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS and Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Nintendo Wii have the special branding, and select retailers will be giving out collectible plush toy farm animals from the series as pre-order bonuses and gifts with purchases. There will also be a special Harvest Moon DS kit that includes a protective cover, stylus, and screen wipe.