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Natsume sold out of its River City: Tokyo Rumble stock soon after launch. This was the special version of the game that includes the keychain.

Thankfully, it won’t be much longer until Natsume has more units available. The company recently wrote on its forums that a restock is expected around the second week in November. We’ll let you know when we see it return.


Natsume uploaded a new video today to show off some early gameplay from Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. Check out 10 minutes of footage below.

Natsume has announced that Harvest Moon: Skytree Village will launch in North America on November 8. In Europe, Rising Star Games will publish the 3DS title next spring.

Get a look at a new Harvest Moon: Skytree Village trailer below.

Find some information, screenshots, and art about the bachelorettes of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village below.

Natsume recently published River City: Tokyo Rumble, the localized version of Arc System Works’ Japanese 3DS release. TinyCartridge spoke with US producer Taka Maekawa about the western edition.

Regarding Natsume’s approach to localization, Maekawa explained:

“A lot of factors went into how we approached the localization. Times have changed – in the 1980s, games were still being strictly Americanized when brought over to a Western audience. So when the NES game came out, the idea of putting Kunio and Riki into t-shirts and jeans and giving them English names (Alex and Ryan) made a lot of sense.”

“We approached most things situationally; did it make sense to retain the original translation, or go in a new direction? For example, the game heavily relies on its environment (Tokyo) to set the story’s theme and tone, and we wanted to retain that theme. So we decided to maintain Japanese names whenever it made sense to do so – being set in Tokyo, with many of the characters wearing their school uniforms, Japanese character names and locations made the most sense.”

Natsume kept the “River City” name in place to tie it into the American version of the series. However, the game’s primary action is in Tokyo, which is where the “Tokyo Rumble” subtitle comes in. The team explored other potential subtitles such as Bad Blood, Tokyo Brawl, Street Gangs, The Lion Alliance, along with “a few other combinations of word soup before we hit upon Tokyo Rumble and it stuck.”


Yesterday, River City: Tokyo Rumble went up on Natsume’s Amazon store. This was the special physical version that’s packed with a keychain. It actually sold out already, but Natsume is working on a restock as soon as possible. A specific date hasn’t been determined, but it’ll be up on Amazon here as soon as more copies are in.

It’s good news for the publisher, as sales have “well exceeded what we thought the demand would be for physical copies.” Natsume apologized to those who aren’t able to purchase a copy, but you should keep an eye on that Amazon page for the restock.

Here’s the news from Natsume:

Two new 3DS games are out today at retail: River City: Tokyo Rumble and Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice. If you’re not interested in the physical versions, going digital on the eShop is an option.

River City: Tokyo Rumble takes up 1,263 blocks (157.875 MB). Meanwhile, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice requires 13,268 (1,658.5 MB) blocks.

Natsume is bringing out River City: Tokyo Rumble as a physical title in North America tomorrow. Over on Amazon, you can now purchase the game with a limited edition keychain. Note that this is the only retailer where the bonus will be available, and there’s a chance that it will sell out at some point.

With River City: Tokyo Rumble releasing tomorrow in North America and Thursday in Europe, we now have some direct-feed footage from the English version. You can get a look at the various modes below.

Over on Amazon Canada, the official Harvest Moon: Skytree Village has been put up for us to see. You can see what the packaging image looks like above.


Today, Natsume shared the lineup of marriageable candidates in Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. Three characters are introduced: Dean, Cyril, and Gabriel.

Get the lowdown on each character straight from Natsume below. We also have a few screenshots and art in the gallery.

Dean is a big-hearted, strong young man with a love of flowers, which got him teased as a young child. Dean and his mother Carol came to the village to plant the mysterious seedling his late father left to them. Dean works in town as a florist, along with his mother.

“If you listen to flowers closely, they will tell you just what they need. Give them what they ask for, and they’ll blossom beautifully!” -Dean

Cyril is dashing aristocrat who comes from a famous family. He is serious, but a bit forgetful and gullible. However, he is an extremely straightforward and honest person, as is always trying to do the right thing.

“All I can offer is the earnest pledge of a gentleman to do my bit with a stiff upper lip and a tally-ho!” -Cyril

Gabriel is the oldest son of Sofia, the livestock keeper, and has a younger brother, Michael. He is a quite shy, and isn’t very good at talking to people, but his love of animals shines through in everything he does.

“I don’t express myself well… It takes me a long time to find the words.” -Gabriel

Source: Natsume PR