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Review: Yumi's Odd Odyssey photo
Review: Yumi's Odd Odyssey
by Chris Carter

We truly live in a magnificent era when it comes to portables. Games we would have never imagined seeing the light of day are localized, and indies are thriving with the combination of the eShop and low development costs of the 3DS.

The latest developer to take a bite of the apple is Agatsuma Entertainment, who is finally bringing over a piece of the Umihara Kawase series -- which has been going strong since its debut on the Super Nintendo in 1994.

While the price point may be undeniably steep, I'm really glad that this game was localized.

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9:00 AM on 03.07.2014

Yumi's Odd Odyssey finally has a North American release date

If you aren't a fan of Japanese games, odds are you haven't heard of Yumi's Odd Odyssey. But for everyone else, Umihara Kawase (as it's known in Japan) is a series platform games that has been around since 1994 -- b...

Chris Carter



Review: Rune Factory 4 photo
Review: Rune Factory 4
by Dale North

Some have compared Rune Factory to Animal Crossing. There are a few similarities between Nintendo's charming world and Natsume's flagship title. For one, they both suck you in and manage to somehow entertain with their seemingly endless supplies of ordinary tasks, including farming and talking to weirdos. But Rune Factory 4 has several aspects that Animal Crossing: New Leaf does not, including a storyline, action-RPG gameplay, dungeons to explore, and even mates to date and eventually marry.

Look, I love the Animal Crossing franchise, but if you want to get lost in a world, Rune Factory 4 has so much more to offer. 

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12:30 PM on 10.09.2013

New 3DS Harvest Moon game coming to Japan next year

Get ready for more farm fun as the latest issue of Famitsu has revealed that a new Harvest Moon will come to the 3DS in Japan in February. ANN (scan at 0taku) says that the new game Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin...

Dale North

1:00 AM on 09.13.2013

Harvest Moon is better than cow poopoo all over your face

Did you know cows can have explosive diarrhea? I didn't know that until I saw this ad for Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. Thanks for enlightening us with this informational video, Marvelous AQL! [Thanks, Dave!]

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:17 AM on 06.13.2013

Set up shop with Harvest Moon creator's Hometown Story

Last year, former Destructoid editor Chad Concelmo and I spoke with Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada about his latest game, codenamed "Project Happiness." Hoping to take the lifestyle sim to the next level, he envisioned a ...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Harvest Moon GBC takes root on 3DS eShop this week

Harvest Moon for the Game Boy Color is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America this week, Natsume has announced. The second title in the prolific farming sim role-playing game series, Harvest Moon GB was initia...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 PM on 03.27.2013

GDC: Rune Factory development resisted by Marvelous, fans

Apparently development staff and even Harvest Moon fans didn't see the need to add combat to the farming formula. Marvelous AQ Executive Officer/CCO Yoshifumi Hashimoto shared at a panel this morning that he didn't have many ...

Jayson Napolitano

11:45 AM on 03.04.2013

Harvest Moon creator's new game, Hometown Story

Remember Project Happiness from last E3? Last year's tease from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada has its official title now: Hometown Story.  Famitsu has the full story from Wada himself. He says that the game is nearl...

Dale North

6:00 PM on 10.10.2012

Natsume to bring Carnage Hearts EXA to North America

If you're into robots and tactical strategy, the gang at Natsume have something they'd like you to have a look at. After skipping the North American market for the last three games in the series, one of the more obscure/rare ...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:30 PM on 08.28.2012

Holy Cow: Harvest Moon: A New Beginning anniversary ed.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harvest Moon in North America, Natsume is bringing out an anniversary edition of upcoming 3DS game Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. This anniversary edition features a huge twelve inch Harve...

Dale North





11:15 AM on 08.24.2012

Natsume's PlayStation Plus game sale: up to 75% off

If you're a PlayStation Plus member, now's a good time to pump up your game library. Natsume has discounted many of their titles to celebrate Harvest Moon's 15th anniversary, so you should go...harvest some of them! Adventur...

Dale North

5:30 PM on 11.07.2011

Live show: Rune Factory on Mash Tactics

Today, Mash Tactics is jumping into the world of Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny. This Harvest Moon spin-off takes adventure to the seas, trading farm tools for weapons at times. Rune Factory veteran, and neighboring Twitch TV...

Bill Zoeker



Rune Factory takes to the open seas in Tides of Destiny photo
Rune Factory takes to the open seas in Tides of Destiny
by Victoria Medina

The newest Rune Factory, for the Wii and PS3 is out today. Tides of Destiny takes place on an island, and will allow players to travel the open seas in search of adventure, enemies and plots of farmable land. Tides will cost $39.99 for the Wii and 49.99 for the PS3, which is a nice change from the usual $59.99.

I've never played a Rune Factory game on anything but the DS, so this should be an interesting experience and one I am looking forward to. The story sounds interesting and I've always been a fan of the two genres that this series combines. Hopefully the added element of seafaring exploration will bring even more to a franchise that already has a lot going for it.

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2:20 PM on 06.01.2011

E3: Natsume's line-up announced

Natsume has sent along their E3 floor line-up this morning. They say they'll be showing off 4 games for the July 7-9 event: Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny for the PlayStation 3 and Wii, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns for...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 05.16.2011

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny coming to US on PS3, Wii

Fans of the Rune Factory series have been waiting some time to hear if the latest release in the series, Rune Factory: Oceans would see release outside of Japan. Finally, some good news on that front. In a statement...

Conrad Zimmerman