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Harvest Moon goes online!
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Have you ever wondered how great it would be to have an online Harvest Moon where you could interact with your friends' farms and towns?... Well we don't seem to be at that point quite yet, but Marvelous is making some moves in that direction!

Marvelous recently announced a new online browser-based Harvest Moon game titled Minna De Bokujou Monogatari (rough translation - "Let's Harvest Moon"). The game is in beta testing right now in Japan, and there's no information on when it might be released.

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It is a browser game, so that probably means instead of playing the game off of a CD, you would play it directly on your internet browser. From the little information that has been posted on the official website it seems to be very similar in nature to the popular facebook game, Farmville.

You basically take care of your online farm, harvesting crops and raising animals with the help of harvest sprites. However, there is no town, so you have to buy all of your seeds and animals from a shop window. You can assign your harvest sprites to do different tasks, and online friends can help you out with gifts or farmwork.

We'll keep you updated as we learn more about the game! :)

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Posted on 04 Jul 2010 9:14 PM by Chuck
HMOtaku Wedding!

Congratulations to two of HMOtaku’s veteran members on their recent marriage!

Sarah (RoRo) and Sean (Shadowlord) tied the knot last week, on the 21st of June, 2010. They first met here on the HMOtaku forum around 2005, and have been close ever since. :)

And yes, if you look at the picture closely, you can even see the blue feather!

We wish the two of them a happy marriage and life together, and you can click here to leave your best wishes too!
Posted on 29 Jun 2010 9:55 PM by Chuck
HMOtaku Summer Sweepstakes!

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Surprise!

Over the next couple weeks, HMOtaku will be hosting its very first Sweepstakes! The sweepstakes will be focused around the upcoming DS game, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar and it's completely free to enter.

Two Grand Prize winners will win the Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar DS video game, and three First Prize winners will win a copy of the official strategy guide for the game.

You can enter starting today and the sweepstakes will run from Saturday, June 26th until Friday July 23rd. And remember to come by the site again tomorrow - you can enter to win once everyday!

So make sure to check out the Sweepstakes page for all the details and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Posted on 26 Jun 2010 4:00 AM by Chuck
E3 Update: Harvest Moon 3D ??


Hey everyone, hope you've been enjoying all of the E3 press conferences and new game announcements!

If you caught Nintendo's conference this morning, you saw official unveiling of the new Nintendo 3DS: the first ever portable 3D gaming system! Nintendo definitely seems to have outdone themselves once again with this new system. They even went so far as to mention a potential list of Nintendo 3DS games.

And yes. A Harvest Moon game was on this list.

IGN, Joystiq, and Engadget all list a tentatively-titled "Harvest Moon 3D" game to come out on the Nintendo 3DS as some point.

I guess it would only be a matter of time before Marvelous develops some Harvest Moon game for the 3DS anyway, but it's nice to see them make the initial list!


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Posted on 16 Jun 2010 1:22 AM by Chuck
E3 is coming! - Natsume's promo booklet

Hey everyone, E3 is just around the corner!

If you're not familiar with it, E3 (electronic entertainment expo) is a popular video game convention that goes on every year in Los Angeles, California. All sorts of video game companies show up at the the convention including Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, EA, and even Natsume!

Of course Natsume is the publisher of Harvest Moon games, and this year at E3 they will be showing off their newest games coming out later this year! They recently released a little promotional booklet for E3 featuring Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar and Rune Factory 3. Click the images below to view each game's feature in the booklet:

  


E3 will start tomorrow, June 14th, and run through Thursday. We'll keep you posted on all of the news from Natsume, Grand Bazaar, and RF3, so check back a little later this week!

To see the rest of Natsume's E3 Promo booklet, click -here-

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Posted on 13 Jun 2010 2:48 PM by Chuck
Nintendo Power scan: RF3 and Grand Bazaar


In the latest issue of Nintendo Power, there was an article on Grand Bazaar and Rune Factory 3!

A month ago we posted about Grand Bazaar's American release date being announced as July 27th. Then, just this week Rune Factory 3 was confirmed to be released sometime late this year!

Nintendo Power basically just reviewed key the features of both games. They also jokingly make reference to how "a sheep monster plushie has yet to be announced". I guess it's possible, right? :)

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Posted on 10 Jun 2010 10:44 PM by Chuck
Rune Factory 3 announced for North America!!

It's confirmed, Rune Factory 3 is coming to the Nintendo DS later this year! Natsume, as expected, will be publishing the game which is the 3rd DS title and 4th overall in the Rune Factory series.

If you've never played a Rune Factory game before, it's similar to the Harvest Moon series. It has farming and relationship features, but it adds in fantasy/moster-fighting aspects as well. Here's the official newsletter sent out by Natsume:

"Burlingame, Calif., June 8, 2010 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon will be released for the Nintendo DST later this year. The Rune Factory series combines the fun and rewarding gameplay of Harvest Moon with the fantasy and excitement of an action-RPG, offering Harvest Moon fans and traditional RPG players the best of both worlds.

"We can't wait to give fans their first look at this title at the upcoming E3 tradeshow," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "This game has a powerful story, a compelling new cast of characters, and a lot of exciting new features. It's the best and deepest Rune Factory yet!"

The people of Sharance and their horned Univir neighbors are embroiled in a bitter conflict. An age-old hatred between humans and monsters divides them. Micah is an adventurer with an unusual secret: he's half monster! He'll have to unite the humans and the Univir in time to stop the growing evil force that threatens to destroy them both!

Rune Factory 3 introduces a number of exciting new features to the Rune Factory series: befriended villagers will now join you in battle and lend you their unique skills, players can transform the main character into his monster form to unleash a savage new arsenal of fighting moves, and the game's new multiplayer mode lets up to three players work together to conquer unique dungeons packed with rare items and fearsome monsters.

Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon will make its first public appearance at this month's E3 show in the Los Angeles area and will ship to retail later this year.

For more information on Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon , please visit www.natsume.com. You can also follow all of the latest Natsume news at www.natsume.com/facebook and www.twitter.com/natsume_inc."

Credit - Gonintendo.com


Can't wait to hear more at E3 - we'll keep you posted!

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Posted on 08 Jun 2010 11:08 PM by Chuck
Grand Bazaar music sampler!!
Music from the upcoming DS game Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar is here!

With the release of Grand Bazaar only a month or so away, we've decided to start posting some of the music from the game to get everyone excited. A video has just been posted on our Youtube channel showcasing samples of the major themes from the game. Click below to listen!

The game's release date is set at July 27th, and over the next month or so we'll post full-length videos of the songs. We'll also end up posting the album to the HMO Jukebox sometime soon.



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Posted on 04 Jun 2010 11:20 PM by Chuck

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