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Popuri is in Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

This past April, some of you guys might remember a thread that was posted on the forum about Jack "appearing" in Super Smash Bros Brawl. Jack H. over at had played around with the graphic textures of Ness from SSBB and produced a character that looked just like our Harvest Moon hero!

Well since then, Jack H. has been busy on a new Harvest Moon-related character. This time, he used Peach to bring to life a certain fan-favorite HM bachelorette!

More pictures of her, as well as the texture file itself, can be found here:

So if you like his texturing job, make sure head over to the site, comment and show him some love. :)
Posted on 20 Dec 2009 7:05 PM by Chuck
Harvest Moon on Your Phone!

Harvest Moon: Frantic farming that is. The DS game that was released this past summer has now been scaled down by Natsume and Namco Games to fit on your cell phone!

All the main elements of the DS game should still apply. There's a score attack mode where you can attempt to get the highest score, as well as a mission mode where you deal with harder, pre-designed gardens.

To get the game you'll just need to give them your cell phone carrier and your cell phone. Keep in mind though that the game might not be supported on older phones. Check out the Namco site for more details!

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Posted on 18 Dec 2009 3:58 PM by Chuck
Rune Factory 3 scans + reviews HM:AP and HM:SI

With the fairly recent release of Rune Factory 3 in Japan, Famitsu has released a two page feature on the game in its newest issue - check it out below!

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Also, just posted their reviews for Animal Parade and Sunshine Islands

They gave Harvest Moon Animal Parade a B, about the same as IGN's grade. And just like IGN's review, 1Up agreed that the best aspect of the game is the freedom to do what you want. Always a plus for me. :)

Sunshine Islands received an A-. Similar to Island of Happiness, Sunshine Islands is one of the tougher HM games and requires a good deal of commitment if you want to progress far into the game. But they loved the fact that there is just so much stuff to keep you occupied throughout the day!

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Posted on 06 Dec 2009 6:03 AM by Chuck
My Little Shop released today!

Harvest Moon: My Little Shop was released for WiiWare this afternoon in North America!!

You can download the new game from the Wii Shop Channel for 1,200 points ($12). For this many points, you can expect the game to be filled with lasting gameplay. Expansions packs are also planned for the game, worth 400 points ($4) each, where you can play new mini-games and meet new characters!

Here's the official announcement by Natsume:

"Harvest Moon: My Little Shop is coming to WiiWare Monday, November 23rd! It's a fun new twist on Harvest Moon--you'll make zany fruit juices, towering ice cream cones, and extravagantly decorated eggs in a series of fast-paced activities that use the Wii Remote to its fullest potential. Meet and befriend lots of new an...d interesting people, as well as plenty of your favorite characters from the Harvest Moon series!"

Enjoy the first HM game for Wiiware, and let us know what you think about it! :)
Posted on 23 Nov 2009 5:50 PM by Chuck
Twin Villages updates + IGN Review of Animal Parade

The Harvest Moon: Twin Villages website has updated a few more things since we last posted

Owl - A new pet owl has been added to the game! It seems like if you go to the edge of the village and call the owl, it can be used to fly you to and from the mountains. Just make sure to hold on tight! You can see screen-shots of the owl as well as new farming and bee-keeping features here

New Characters - A new bachelor, Kiriku, and a new bachelorette, Nana, have been added. Nana is a nice and tolerant person, and Kiriku loves to exercise. See them both here

Box art & Pre-order Bonus - The official box art for Twin Villages was released recently and can be seen above (click for larger image). The game is set to release in Japan on February 25th. And if you pre-order it, in Japan only obviously, you get some sort of strap alpaca keychain as a bonus. Hopefully if/when it's released in North America and Europe, we'll also be lucky enough to get a pre-order bonus. Plush alpacas anyone?

Also, IGN just reviewed Animal Parade. Check it out here

Overall, they weren't fond of the graphics or sound, but liked the gameplay and gave it a solid 7.5 out of 10. They say the HM veterans will feel right at home with the freedom of the gameplay and can expect another quality harvest moon title. And for those that are new to Harvest Moon games or have never played one, this would be a great game to start with!
Posted on 22 Nov 2009 9:18 PM by Chuck
HMO is on Twitter!

Just letting you guys know that you can now follow us on Twitter!

If you're unfamiliar with Twitter it's probably best if you check out and explore the site a bit. But basically, we'll be using it to post whenever we have a new update to our main site - in this way, it'll also act as an RSS feed. We're hoping this will make it easier for some people to follow the updates to the site (yes we'll be updating more frequently :P). Hopefully we can also connect with some Harvest Moon fans on Twitter that might not have ever heard of us.

And it just so happens that some other familiar groups are twittering too, such as Natsume and XSEED. So if you're interested follow us on twitter, and if you're not... then kindly disregard everything you just read! :)

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Posted on 15 Nov 2009 3:52 PM by Chuck
Animal Parade and Sunshine Islands are here! + Twin Villages site update
This past Tuesday, the two newest Harvest Moon games were released in North America - Sunshine Islands, the sequel to Island of Happiness, and Animal Parade can now be found in your local game/electronic stores, so go check them out!

Here's the official press release Natsume sent out for Animal Parade:

Burlingame, Calif., November 10, 2009 - Natsume, a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Nintendo Wii has shipped to retail. The game is priced at an MSRP of $49.99, and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

"Harvest Moon: Animal Parade delivers the ultimate in farming fun! It features entertaining new characters, a huge variety of fun pets, and exciting new activities, " said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. "Anyone looking for a family-friendly Wi title this fall should make sure that Harvest Moon: Animal Parade is at the top of their list."

There's trouble in the once-prosperous village of Harmonica Town! Crops aren't growing, the wind isn't blowing, and the five elemental bells are missing. Only the power of the Harvest King can revive the land, but he's nowhere to be found. It's up to the player to find the five bells, awaken the Harvest King, and save the town!

Players will find plenty of exciting activities in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, including fishing, mining, cultivating crops, and caring for wild animals such as penguins, pandas, and monkeys. Players can take their exotic pets out for walks, teach them tricks, and even ride them around town! When the circus rolls into town, players will also need to help the ringmaster find the escaped animals. Befriend the lion, giraffe, and hippopotamus, or the show is doomed!

and for Sunshine Islands:

Burlingame, Calif., November 10, 2009 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands for the Nintendo DS has shipped to retail! It is available at an MSRP of $29.99, and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

In Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands, players rejoin all of the beloved characters from Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, and meet some new faces as well! Years ago, a powerful earthquake struck the Sunshine Islands chain, and most of the islands sank forever...or did they? It's up to the player to find the magical Sun Stones and raise the sunken islands. As they do, they'll meet new characters, harvest new crops, and befriend animals such as ducks, monkeys, and badgers. Players will grow their farm, care for animals, mine, fish, and compete in festivals in their quest to restore the Sunshine Islands to their former glory. With a little luck, they may even find true love and start a family along the way.

"Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands is here just in time for the holidays! You get to meet some great new characters, train your pets in fun minigames, and grow a huge variety of crops. It's a fantastic Harvest Moon experience!" said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "This is a great game for players of all ages, whether they're loyal fans or brand new Harvest Moon players!"

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Posted on 13 Nov 2009 5:55 PM by Chuck
Rune Factory 3!
If you haven't checked out the ever-updating Rune Factory 3 website yet, you should definitely click over now. There have been tons of updates over the past month or two, including new characters, game features, commercials/promotions, and in-game videos - and all in an amazing layout!

Marvelous has announced they will be releasing the single of the Rune Factory 3 theme (sung by the Summer Vegetables) in Japan on November 4th. But it seems like there's no word yet on the official soundtrack. has sold the previous two DS Rune Factory games' soundtracks though, so hopefully they'll feature Rune Factory 3's as well. We'll let you guys know if/when we see it show up!

And for more Rune Factory 3, you should check out Aubergine Bianca's channel on Youtube.

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Posted on 01 Nov 2009 6:06 PM by Chuck

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