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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley has been in development for quite awhile. Graham Markay, vice-president of operations, told Siliconera that the company’s new office in Tokyo has been working on the game since early 2013.

Markay also confirmed that Yasuhiro Wada is not involved with The Lost Valley’s development. Wada is the creator of Harvest Moon, and worked with Natsume on Hometown Story.


Natsume will be announcing a total of three Nintendo titles by the end of E3 2014. One of these games, as we found out today, is Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley.

The Lost Valley is a 3DS title, but Natsume has something in store for Wii U as well. The publisher teased a “treat” for Nintendo’s console – which we know will be revealed in just a few days.

Natsume said:


Natsume announced Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley earlier today, though the reveal only pertained to North America. This begs the question: will Europe be seeing the game in their country as well?

While the company isn’t a position to reveal any information, Natsume did say on Twitter that it’s confident of a European release.

Natsume’s tweet states:


Natsume has revealed the first of its three Nintendo-related announcements for E3 2014. As announced by the publisher today, Natsume is bringing Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley to the 3DS later this year. Physical and digital versions are both planned.

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley features a 3D setting and customization options that provide players with more freedom with their fields.

Today’s news means we’re technically receiving two Harvest Moon games in 2014. XSEED is localizing Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land under the name “Story of Seasons” while Natsume is releasing Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley.

Source: Natsume PR

Natsume has three Nintendo-related announcements in store for E3 2014, the company has teased. That’s in addition to the news Natsume will be sharing about new Virtual Console releases.

Community manager CeeCee wrote in a recent “State of the Farm” Tumblr update:

We’re saving a few secrets for closer to the show, but expect not one, not two, but THREE new Nintendo titles we’ll be announcing leading up to and at the show! This doesn’t include any classic eShop titles (and we’ll have some news on those as well). Will they be 3DS, Wii U, or a mix of the two, you ask? You’ll have to tune in from now until June 10th to find out! 😀

I originally thought that Natsume would be announcing a localization for the latest Harvest Moon 3DS game, but as we know, XSEED ended up with the publishing rights. It’ll be interesting to see what’s announced!


Yumi’s Odd Odyssey will be going on sale starting this Sunday in North America. The game, normally priced at $29.99, is receiving a $10 discount.

Natsume shared the sales news on Twitter, writing:


XSEED (not Natsume!) is localizing Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land for North America, IGN has revealed. The game will be available later this year.

When the latest Harvest Moon does arrive in the states, it’ll be titled “Story of Seasons”. IGN explains the name change in a new article:

Story of Seasons was launched in Japan earlier this year, where it was known as Bokujo Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shintechi (or Farm Story: Connect to a New World). But due to the involvement of a different publisher — XSEED Games, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MarvelousAQL — Farm Story could no longer translate to Harvest Moon, at least in the west. Natsume owns that intellectual property wholesale, and as such, Marvelous and its western XSEED offshoot endeavor to continue the series with the same development team and a new name.

Marvelous AQL and XSEED note that Story of Seasons players will be able to “create fully customizable character[s], selecting gender, hair style and facial features as desired. They will then take on their role as the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms — from livestock and seeds to décor and layout — granting total freedom to shape their homestead as they wish and fit virtually any play style.”

Story of Seasons will make its debut at E3 2014 next month.


The OFLC has rated a pair of Natsume-published Game Boy Color titles. Earlier today, Lufia: The Legend Returns and Harvest Moon 3 were added to the Australian classification database. Here’s hoping we’ll be seeing them on the 3DS eShop soon.

Video Products Distributors has listed Harvest Moon: The Lost Vall for 3DS, which would most undoubtedly be Natsume’s localization for Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land. If the listing is accurate, we’ll be seeing the game in North America on October 7.

A few other items worth noting were found on Video Products Distributors as well – mainly release dates for previously-announced titles. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is listed for release on August 26, while the new Adventure Time game, Cartoon Network game, and Cooking Mama 5 are listed with November 18, October 28, and October 14 release dates respectively. Note that these dates have not been confirmed and could be inaccurate.


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