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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”


– 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



Natsume’s E3 2017 lineup

Posted on 8 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, 3DS eShop, News, Switch | 4 Comments | 0 Likes

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.

River City: Rival Showdown coming west

Posted on 9 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News | 2 Comments | 0 Likes

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.


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?


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.

When Harvest Moon 64 originally came out many years ago, it came with a bit of a noticeable spelling mistake. On the title screen, Natsume’s name was written as “Natume”.

The error has been back in the news due to the recent release of Harvest Moon 64 on the Wii U Virtual Console. In its latest “State of the Farm” update, Natsume thought it would make sense to explain why it happened in the first place.

Natsume wrote:

“With the recent release of Harvest Moon 64 on the Wii U Virtual Console in both North America and Europe, let’s answer that one important question everyone has been talking about for 17 years: What’s up with the spelling of ‘Natume’ on the title screen in Harvest Moon 64?!

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