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Pre-E3 09: Here's what Natsume is showing at E3

6:20 PM on 05.28.2009 // Hamza CTZ Aziz

Natsume has ten games they're going to be showing off at E3 next week, four of which are Harvest Moon games. Yes, it seems people just can't get enough of Harvest Moon. Here's the full list of what we're expecting to see next week:

  • Adventures To Go (PSP)
  • Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition (Wii)
  • Afrika (PS3)
  • Cheer We Go! (DS)
  • Harvest Moon: Animal Parade (Wii)
  • Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming (DS)
  • Harvest Moon: My Little Shop (WiiWare)
  • Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands (DS)
  • Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream (Wii)
  • Squishy Tank (DS)

The biggest game on the list here is Afrika, if only because people can't seem to shut up about the game. Speaking of which, Wii owners will be getting an Afrika-like game in the form of Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition. And before anyone complains in the comments, the above screenshot is for Animal Kingdom and not Afrika

Hit the break to get a rundown on each title and check out the gallery for screens on all of these games. Which of these games are you looking forward to?  


All-New Harvest Moon Games, Afrika, Cheer We Go! Among Titles to Appear
At Show Next Week

Burlingame, Calif., May 28, 2009 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer
and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced their
lineup for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which begins next
week, Tuesday, June 2, and runs through Thursday, June 4.  The company
will be holding one-on-one meetings in booth 848 in South Hall at the
show with select media representatives. The previously unannounced
titles include Cheer We Go and Squishy Tank for the Nintendo DS, as
well as Afrika for the PlayStation 3, and Harvest Moon: My Little Shop
for Nintendo WiiWare. Other previously announced titles include
Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition and
Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream for the Wii, Harvest Moon: Sunshine
Islands and Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming for the DS, and Adventures
To Go for the PSP.  All the titles showcased will be shipping in 2009.

"We can't wait to show everyone our outstanding lineup of titles for
2009," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume.  "This is our
biggest lineup ever!  We have something for people of all ages and
tastes, no matter which gaming console or handheld is their favorite."

Information on each title is listed below. For more information on
Natsume at E3 or any of these titles, please visit

Adventures To Go (PSP)
It's adventure served your way!  In this hilarious and innovative
strategy RPG, players take control of Finn Courtland and his band of
misfits in their quest for fame and riches.  Each dungeon is randomly
generated according to the player's specifications, so the game offers
endless replayability and a guarantee of new surprises every time
players pick it up. The grid-based battles challenge players to think
strategically and make the best use of each character's abilities.

Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition (Wii)
In Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition, players take on the role of a
wildlife photographer exploring the exotic and diverse wildlife of
Animal Island.  Each day, they'll be given new photo assignments, such
as taking pictures of particular animals, an animal herd, or an animal
in a particular pose.  Players will see a variety of exotic wildlife
on their expedition, including gazelles, gorillas, and elephants.
Each animal is realistically detailed and behaves just like the real

Afrika (PS3)
Explore the wildlife of Africa in this revolutionary safari game!
Players will capture lifelike images of everything from lions and
zebras to giraffes and cheetahs in this breathtaking PlayStation® 3
game that features photorealistic environments and animals that move
and behave exactly like their real-world counterparts.  Like real-life
photographers, players will need to be careful if they want to take
photos of the animals without disturbing them, and make the best use
of their equipment in order to capture that perfect shot.  The
photography in the game is as meticulously modeled as the animals
themselves; players will need to learn to compose their photographs
with the eye of a professional photographer if they want to earn top
dollar.  Money can be used to purchase new licensed cameras and
equipment, all of which behave just like their real-world

Cheer We Go! (DS)
Take on the role of a cheerleader in this exciting rhythm adventure
game!  Use your stylus to guide your cheerleader through increasingly
complex dances and cheerleading routines.  The game's story mode takes
players on an adventure through school as they try to work their way
up to star cheerleader!  Players can completely customize their
character, enjoy a variety of mini-games, and may just find a little
romance as they strive to become the best cheerleader in the school!

Harvest Moon: Animal Parade (Wii)
In Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, a divine tree which once stood in the
middle of the Harvest Goddess' pond has begun to weaken, the creatures
are beginning to leave the land, and the five bells have lost their
power.  Only the strength of the Harvest King can help revive the
earth and bring the tree back to life.  It's up to the player to ring
the five bells, bring the Harvest King back to the island, and help
revive the Goddess' tree and the land. Players will also help the
ringmaster when the circus rolls into town.  When the giraffe, hippo,
and lion escape, players have to find them, befriend them, and bring
them back to save the show!  Players will find plenty of activities to
experience in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, including cultivating crops
and caring for wild and exotic animals.  Players can take their exotic
pets out for walks, teach them tricks, and even ride them around town!

Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming (DS)
Something strange is happening on Sunny Island. Crops are popping up
everywhere and growing out of control! If something isn't done soon,
the once-tranquil island will be buried in an avalanche of vegetables!
It's up to the players to solve the mystery of this produce
predicament as they try to tame the crops and gather as many
vegetables as they can. Set in the world of the recent DS hit Harvest
Moon: Island of Happiness, Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming continues the
tale of the island and its residents. Players can choose from 12
playable characters, each with their own unique story. See how the
mystery unfolds from each character's perspective, and who they meet
along the way. The game features a variety of modes including Story
Mode, the brain-teasing Mission Mode, and the action-puzzle excitement
of Score Attack and Free Play Modes. Players can test their farming
skills against their friends and family in multiplayer. Players can
also unlock character art, music, and some special surprises in the
Collection Room.

Harvest Moon: My Little Shop (WiiWare)
Harvest Moon comes to WiiWare!  You've just opened a shop in Clover
Town.  It's up to you to decide what items you're going to stock.
Once you decide what to stock, you'll make the items in a series of
fun and exciting minigames using the Wii Remote.  Can you build a
bustling business that will help Clover Town prosper?

Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands (DS)
The islands are in peril!  Years ago, a powerful earthquake struck the
Sunshine Islands.  In Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands, it's up to the
player to raise the sunken islands by finding the magical Sun Stones.
By finding and collecting the Sun Stones, and using them to unlock the
islands, wild animals and crops, players can bring peace and
prosperity to the Sunshine Islands and prevent such a disaster from
ever striking again. Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands continues the
story of Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness. Players will encounter all
of the beloved characters from that game, as well as a number of new
characters. Players will grow and harvest crops, care for animals,
mine, fish, and compete in festival events 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.

Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream (Wii)
Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream brings the most true-to-life fishing
experience yet to the Nintendo Wii!  Featuring a magnificent 3D
fishing engine, lifelike fish, and soothing environmental sounds, Reel
Fishing: Angler's Dream puts players on the banks of pristine lakes,
raging rivers, and tropical oceans filled with the biggest, fiercest
fish around. Players will be able to keep their best catches in
aquariums, grow them, and then release back into the wild for an even
bigger challenge.  Get expert advice from the wise Fishing Master and
learn how to fish like a pro.  With a variety of realistic stages,
tons of fresh and saltwater fish, and over 100 pieces of tackle,
players can really make their fishing experience their own. Special
Boss Fish will challenge even the most veteran anglers.  Players can
also take a more competitive approach to fishing with Versus Mode and
compete with 1-4 other players.  Players can try their hand at lure,
bait, and fly fishing, using the WiiT Remote as a rod, and the Nunchuk
as a reel.  With all the sights, sounds, and action of real fishing,
Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream is the closest you can get to the
real-life fishing without putting on your waders!

Squishy Tank (DS)
Squishy Tank is a fun-filled puzzle adventure game!  The gameplay
challenges players to quickly match and destroy tiles before they run
out of time.  Wacky items and powerups keep the action fresh and
exciting.  The game also features a story mode that's sure to charm
players of all ages with its whimsical characters and dialog.
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