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Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Hachiemon


Put your lips together and throw.
Apr 25
Hachiemon is not nearly as weird as it looks. Natsume and Namco unleashed this GBA game onto the people of Japan back in 2003, perhaps as their response to Kirby. The character, however, was created in 1995 as the mascot for ... read
Yumi's Odd Odyssey

Covers for Yumi's Odd Odyssey offer some slight variations


Can you spot the difference?
Feb 13
There's an important rule in the entertainment industry: Know your audience. For the PS Vita version of Yumi's Odd Odyssey set to arrive in April in Japan, it appears this philosophy is being followed pretty closely. See if you can spot what the difference might be between the Nintendo 3DS version and the "ahem" mature Vita version. It might take you a while, so be patient. [Via Twitter] read
Lufia 3DS

Lufia: The Legend Returns comes to 3DS this week


Game Boy Color RPG, uh, returns on Virtual Console
Jan 11
Lufia: The Legend Returns, the third entry in Neverland's RPG franchise, hits the 3DS eShop in North America this Thursday, January 15, Natsume announced today. The role-playing game debuted on Game Boy Color in 2001, and came to the Virtual Console in PAL territories late last year. Maybe, hopefully, Natsume will decide to re-release Lufia II next. Natsume [Facebook -- Thanks, Jawsh] read
Harvest Moon 3DS

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley sprouts November 4


Farm fresh!
Oct 09
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley launches November 4, Natsume announced today. The 3DS farming simulator marks the first occasion Natsume has internally developed a Harvest Moon title. All previous entries in the series came as localizations of Marvelous' Bokujō Monogatari franchise, the latest of which is coming west this winter as Story of Seasons. Natsume [Twitter] read
Harvest Moon

Here's the Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer you wanted


Natsume got it (mostly) right, at least
Jun 18
Just the other day I brought you the "trailer" for XSEED's Story of Seasons, where many of you were concerned with what's going on with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. It looks like Natsume's finally come out with an official... read
Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley's '3D' aspects explained


I'm not entirely sure I'd call this 3D
Jun 11
After that strange Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons debacle that Kyle so kindly set straight for us, it's good to see more details emerging regarding the actual branded Harvest Moon release, The Lost Valley. The game's E3 inform... read
A rose by any other name
A lot of folks seem pretty confused about what's going on with Harvest Moon. And that's perfectly understandable, because it's a tad complicated. Please allow me to try to explain the situation. XSEED recently announced a far... read feature

Natsume at E3

Natsume's E3 2014 lineup sure is a lineup


Harvest Moon, End of Serenity, and Alphadia Genesis lead the pack
Jun 05
Natsume has announced its complete E3 roster for next week, and while it's got a few high points, it's not impressing me too much. It's a strange mishmash of handheld games and iOS releases with a stray PSP game and Wii U pro... read
Harvest Moon!

Natsume announces Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for 3DS


Find out more at E3!
Jun 03
Well, that didn't take long. Shortly after teasing a trio of projects for Nintendo platforms, Natsume has announced it's bringing Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley to Nintendo 3DS in North America. Here's the synopsis: In Harves... read
Natsume

Natsume unveiling three Nintendo games at E3


What ever could they be?
Jun 03
[Update: One of the games is Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley for Nintendo 3DS] Natsume will reveal three new games for Nintendo platforms at E3 2014, the Harvest Moon distributor divulged while detailing its plans for... read
PUZZLE BOBBLE 4

Bust-a-Move 4 bobbles over to PSN next week


Bub is adorable
Apr 26
Earlier this month, Nastume announced it would be bringing Taito's Bust-a-Move 4 on PlayStation Network this spring. We didn't get a specific release date back then, but the latest episode of the Play... read
End of Serenity

Natsume's End of Serenity is a PSN-exclusive classic JRPG


Serenity NOW!
Apr 24
The retro JRPG aesthetic is infinitely appealing to me, and Natsume and Kemco hope you'll feel the same way with the upcoming End of Serenity. It's a love letter to the 16-bit era with traditional undertones set for a North A... read

How Legend of Zelda and Sim City influenced the Harvest Moon series


Harvest Moon 64 was Wada's favorite
Apr 20
Did You Know Gaming's latest video is all about Harvest Moon. One of the biggest things I learned here is that the series started life after series creator Yasuhiro Wada moved to Tokyo from the countryside. He would regularl... read
Bust-a-Move 4

Bust-a-Move 4 busting out on PSN this spring


Not a new entry in the rhythm game series, unfortunately
Apr 16
Ready to get your Bust-a-Move 4 on? Are you just aching for more Natsume games in your life? Do you just hate bubbles and want to pop them? Rejoice! The fourth Puzzle Bobble game is poised to hit the PlayStation Network this ... read
As old school as Argos
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 t... read feature

Yumi

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


March 20th
Mar 07
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... read
A charming timesink
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 seemin... read feature

New 3DS Harvest Moon game coming to Japan next year


Yes. More!
Oct 09
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... read

Harvest Moon is better than cow poopoo all over your face


Probably
Sep 13
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!] read
Hometown Story

Set up shop with Harvest Moon creator's Hometown Story


C'mon, get happy!
Jun 13
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 ... read
Harvest Moon 3DS eShop

Harvest Moon GBC takes root on 3DS eShop this week


Portable potatoes
May 14
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... read
Rune Factory

GDC: Rune Factory development resisted by Marvelous, fans


A franchise that almost never happened
Mar 27
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 ... read

Harvest Moon creator's new game, Hometown Story


Coming to North America this year
Mar 04
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... read

Natsume to bring Carnage Hearts EXA to North America


Oct 10
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 ... read

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


Aug 28
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... read

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


Aug 24
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... read

Live show: Rune Factory on Mash Tactics


Nov 07
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... read

Rune Factory takes to the open seas in Tides of Destiny


Oct 11
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 ... read

E3: Natsume's line-up announced


Jun 01
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... read

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


May 16
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... read






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