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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!"

And here's a little extra trailer for Sunshine Islands that was released last month

Also if you're interested, the HM: Twin Villages website was updated with some new screens and characters. The two new characters are Kamiru, the owner of the flower shop, and Raspberry - She works at the ranch and likes horses and other animals. Both can be seen below, and check out all the characters so far here

The new screens can be found at the Twin Villages official site here.
Posted on 13 Nov 2009 5:55 PM by Chuck
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