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XSEED’s third Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns localization blog is now available. The latest post covers the many cats and dogs that can be had in the game.

On the topic of pets, some of you have been asking if Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will keep the Hamtaro collaboration pet in the west. Unfortunately, the answer is no. XSEED did what it could to include Hamtaro, but it just wasn’t possible.

Regarding Hamtaro, XSEED explained:

One question I keep seeing on forums, Facebook posts, and Twitter is, “Will Hamtaro be in the game?” For those of you who hadn’t heard, the cute hamster character is featured as a pet in the Japanese version of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, complete with a little voice clip.

Sadly, Hamtaro will not be in the North American release of the game. I can’t get into the specifics of why—the reason is more complicated than the usual licensing fee problems you might expect—but I will say that you’ll be hard-pressed to find new, official Hamtaro merchandise on sale in this part of the world. While many remember the character from his TV debut over a decade ago, Hamtaro doesn’t really have an official presence in North America anymore.

It goes without saying that we were gutted by this development and tried to keep Hamtaro in. We hate releasing a game that doesn’t have all the features of the original version, but in this case our hands were tied. For those of you who were looking forward to raising Hamtaro, I’m very sorry. But even without the little guy, there are still more varieties of pet to raise than ever before. We hope you enjoy all the different ways animals play a part in the world of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.

XSEED’s latest Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns blog can be read in full here.

The second Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns localization blog is now up on XSEED’s Tumblr. You can read it in full here. It contains talk about gameplay features as well as actually translating the title into English.

Some new screenshots from the localized build are also now available. Find those in the gallery below.

Marvelous published Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns’ fourth update in Japan today. The game is now at version 1.4.

The latest Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns update is highlighted by the addition of Cheburashka. As a new friend, Cheburashka can walk around towns, or even spend some time at the player’s house.

A couple of new events are also added:

– After the Starry Night Festival, the player with a marriage candidate place presents for children
– After the New Year Festival, the player and marriage candidates gather to visit each villages

New winter-related costumes are also added with today’s new update.

Translating Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is no simple task for XSEED Games. The title has two million characters – more than any game before it in the series. The last Story of Seasons title contained 1.7 million characters by comparison.

That’s just one tidbit of information from XSEED’s first localization blog on Trio of Towns. Hit up the full thing here for insight into how the publisher is approaching the translation process, overviews of the towns, and more.

Marvelous just prepared a new update for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns. When version 1.3 is applied, players will find two new marriage candidates: Stephanie and Woofio.

Here’s some footage of the two:

Other than the additions of Stephanie and Woofio, new events with the secret marriage candidate Inari have been added. Miscellaneous game balance adjustments are implemented as well.


Marvelous made Monster Hunter Stories

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Believe it or not, Monster Hunter Stories wasn’t made by Capcom. Instead, it was actually Marvelous who handled it for the most part. Capcom may have been on board for some creative aspects – and publishing of course – but it was Marvelous who put the project together.

Monster Hunter Stories’ credits also show that Ken Awata directed the game. We unfortunately don’t know much about his history, aside from the fact that he was involved with games such as The Last Story and Blue Dragon.


30 minutes of Corpse Party footage

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Last week, Corpse Party came to 3DS in both North America and Europe. Take a look at a half hour of footage from the game below.

A half hour of Corpse Party footage

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Corpse Party launched on 3DS in the west earlier in the week. Check out a half hour of footage from the game below.

Yesterday, XSEED shipped the Corpse Party: Back to School Edition to stores alongside the digital eShop version. View an unboxing video below for a closer look at the goodies.

Corpse Party file size

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Corpse Party has a snazzy “Back to School Edition” at retail. If you prefer going digital though, that’s an option here. To download Corpse Party on the eShop, you’ll need 6,737 blocks of free space, or 842.125 MB.

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