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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.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will debut in North America on February 28, XSEED Games announced today. Those who pre-order the title will receive a capybara plush.

Aside from the release date news, the costumes and headgear based on Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad originally included in the Japanese release will be coming west. They have the following effects:

– Mario’s Outfit and Hat: Mama mia! The iconic plumber’s signature red and blue uniform gives your running speed a boost.
– Luigi’s Outfit and Hat: Luigi’s costume will improve your luck at fishing. Others will be green with envy!
– Princess Peach’s Dress and Tiara: This regal dress and tiara will make you better friends with other characters. Sweet!
– Toad’s Outfit and Hat: The tireless Toad’s outfit causes your stamina to recharge automatically over time.

Here’s a more extensive overview of the game:

“In celebration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the longest-running farming and life simulation series, the beloved Bokujo Monogatari franchise – now known as STORY OF SEASONS in the West – returns with its biggest adventure yet in STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns. Settled on a homestead in the middle of three distinct and uniquely themed locales, players can explore a diverse landscape as they search for new ways to grow their farms and friendships. Extensive customization and gameplay options are on offer in Trio of Towns, with each village offering its own variety of regional crops, lads and ladies to romance, animals, festivals, furniture, decorations and more. More ways to play sprout up as players connect to one another locally or via the internet to chat, trade, and enhance items on a mysterious multiplayer island.”

Lastly, here’s a trailer:

Source: XSEED PR

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.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero released this past week, but WayForward’s work on the game is far from finished. In the immediate future, it will be receiving an update. This will be mostly comprised of bug fixes.

Also, while we knew about this previously, DLC is lined up for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, such as Blue Shantae, Tinkerbat Form, and other Kickstarter backer exclusive features. News about DLC will be shared at the beginning of 2017.


System: Wii U
Release date: December 20, 2016
Developer: WayForward
Publisher WayForward

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Shantae games. In terms of presentation, they’ve always been top notch. With level design, I’ve always found them to be a little bit basic at best and a trudge of back-and-forth at worst. With Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, WayForward has done an impressive job remedying my faults with past entries. It definitely has its share of fetch-quest trade-sequence padding, but thanks to a revised game structure, this didn’t bother me as much as it might have on paper.

WayForward published an extended launch trailer for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero today. The game is out now digitally on the eShop, with the retail version following next week. View the video below.

Additional footage of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has come in specifically showing the Wii U version. Get a look at 40 minutes of gameplay below.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is nearly here on Wii U. To download the game, you’ll need 1,634 MB of free space.

Most Kickstarter backers actually already have access to Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The digital version launches on December 20, followed by the retail release a week later.

Thanks to Andrew for the tip.


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.

WayForward previously announced that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero would be launching on December 20. The retail version will follow one week later on December 27, XSEED Games announced today.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to retail as the “Risky Beats Edition”. It includes a copy of the game along with a musical selections CD containing 30 songs from the soundtrack.

We’ve included the latest trailer below.

Source: XSEED PR

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