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– Play as a young girl or boy
– Starting a new life
– Complete basic Harvest Moon tasks like clearing the land, growing crops, shipping produce, and raising animals
– Doing so will entice more villagers to return to the island
– Once you bring back villagers, you’ll be able to help them out with requests and take advantage of more goods, services, and features that will open up further possibilities for farming
– Top-down view
– Natsume is describing the look as “retro plus”
– Combination of drawn backgrounds and soft-edged 3D character and animal models
– In the talking-heads cutscenes, lively, animated models stand behind their dialogue boxes acting out associated emotions
– Can zoom way in or way out using the ‘ZL’ and ‘ZR’ buttons
– The daily grind is very similar to what it was in the original Harvest Moon
– The controls have been streamlined significantly
– Contextual tools all mapped onto a single ‘action’ button
– Walk up to a weed and press ‘B’ to pluck it
– Pressing the same button in front of a planted seed will water it instead
– Clear land, till land, plant crops, pick crops, break up stones, cut down trees, and store found objects
– Can move by tapping and then holding a swipe outward in any direction on the touchscreen
– Interact with anything nearby with another tap
– Can use the touchscreen to access menus and item storage
– Can till, plant, or water a whole section of land by dragging a finger across it
– Plenty of dating events and farming in the final version
– Five bachelors and five bachelorettes planned
– Those who have kept up with the series will recognize familiar faces in the love market
– The recurring appearance of characters — as with the cast running through the original game, Harvest Moon 64, Back to Nature, and Friends of Mineral town — has come up as a common theme when fans say what they love about the classic titles
– Love interests include Buff florist Dean, shy and flustered Jeanne, Melanie
– Form relationships with gift giving, sparkling conversation, and event triggering
– Cows, chickens, sheep, horses, dogs, and Poitou donkey appearing
– You’ll see a cow that gave chocolate milk, a ‘chocolate chicken’ that gives candied eggs, and a pink sheep that produces cotton candy wool
– Candy products are apparently treated differently from their workaday variants in terms of recipes, shipping, and villager likes and dislikes

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– 2.5D style is meant to evoke the very first Harvest Moon game
– 16-bit Super Nintendo sprites have been replaced with 3D-rendered models
– The flat perspective and grid-based, limited range of motion are all straight from Harvest Moon on SNES
– Natsume is emphatic that the studio is doing its own thing with Light of Hope, not borrowing anything back from Stardew Valley
– There still aren’t same-sex relationships available
– Natsume will introduce these “when the time is right”

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– Uses the touchscreen capabilities offered by Switch
– Seamlessly transition from normal joystick and button inputs to touchscreen inputs with no trouble
– Water plants in a more mapped trail with the touchscreen rather than a straight line
– Return to the more classic form that the series developed in the early years
– A monsoon has shipwrecked you on an island that’s suffering from deterioration and depopulation
– Need to save them with your powers of gathering materials and building things
– It’s up to you to revive this town by improving it as you build up your own prosperous lifestyle
– Juggle your objectives, your relationships, and your story
– One button can accomplish anything you need to do on your farm
– Aiming for the end of 2017 for a release date

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Natsume has confirmed its full lineup for E3 2017. Several Nintendo-related titles will be showcased.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope leads the lineup, and will be shown for the first time on Switch. River City: Knights of Justice, River City: Rival Showdown, Wild Guns Reloaded, and Harvest Moon: Lil’ Farmers round out the rest of the games.

Full details on Natsume’s E3 titles are below.

Update: Bumped to the top. River City: Rival Showdown is slated for the fall. We’ve also included the full announcement for both new River City games below.


Original: Yesterday, Natsume announced the localization of River City: Knights of Justice. As it turns out, that’s not the only new River City game coming west.

Natsume revealed that the company is handling the western version of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari SP, where it will be known as River City: Rival Showdown. A release window wasn’t shared, but we do know that it will be playable at E3 2017.


Nekketsu Mahou Monogatari is coming west. Today, Natsume announced that the 3DS game will be localized as River City: Knights of Justice.

River City: Knights of Justice is due out in both North America and Europe this summer. Unlike River City: Tokyo Rumble, this appears to be an exclusive title for the eShop.

River City: Knights of Justice will be playable at E3 2017 in June.


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Natsume recently announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope for Switch and other platforms. At E3 in June, it’ll be shown off for the first time.

Aside from Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, Natsume has more Nintendo-related news in store. The latest “State of the Farm” update teases:

“We have more exciting E3 news to announce that will be sure to please Nintendo fans! Keep watching our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram for additional game reveals and more as we count down the days to June 13th.”

So… any guesses as to what this is about?

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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is coming to Switch in addition to PlayStation 4 and Steam, Natsume has announced. The game will be playable at E3 2017 next month.

We have the following overview of the game:

“In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a monsoon and goes down. As they drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town!”

Today’s announcement did not include a release date, but Light of Hope is intended to celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary. We should be seeing first footage at E3.

Head past the break for today’s full announcement.