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"Hero of Leaf Valley" new name for upcoming PSP title?

As most of you know, Harvest Moon titles come out in Japan months before the rest of the world. Until it does, we're left unsure as to what the English, German, French, etc. names for the game will be. So we simply make up our own name for it, based on a rough translation of the Japanese title!

Well for a while now, we've been referring to the upcoming 2010 PSP title as "Harvest Moon: Sugar Village and Everyone's Wish". According to the ESRB rating website though, it seems like Natsume has decided on the title for the game. It hasn't been announced on Natsume's website yet, but the new name is "Harvest Moon: The Hero of Leaf Valley". I'm not sure how they got 'Leaf' from the word 'Sugar'... but here's the official statement from the ESRB website!

"This is a simulation game in which players assume the role of a young farmer who must save his village from being turned into a theme park. While accomplishing this goal, players can grow crops, ranch livestock, interact with villagers, and engage in commerce with vendors. Players can also buy various supplies, tools, food and beverages in town: milk, sautéed mushrooms, wheat wine, nut wine, french fries, fish meal, and tomato salad are all on the menu at a town café; players can consume these items, which often return stamina—the depiction is benign and in-context (i.e., there is no getting drunk in the game). During the course of the game, players can wager medals on horses that race in the tri-annual Horse Racing Festival."

Plus, a new Japanese commercial for Harvest Moon: Twin Villages (also another pending English name!) has been posted to the official site. Check it out here!

Also, just posted an insightful review of Sunshine Islands. So if you're still considering buying the game, or if you just have a few minutes to spare, click on over and read the review!

Posted on 08 Jan 2010 6:56 AM by Chuck
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