Thursday, February 18, 2010

Some Other New Natsume Games...

There is a new Harvest Moon game available as Wiiware entitled: Harvest Moon, My Little Shop.

Harvest Moon My Little Shop

Its official description: My Little Shop offers a fun new twist on Harvest Moon--you'll make zany fruit juices, towering ice cream cones, and extravagantly decorated eggs in a series of fast-paced activities that use the Wii Remote to its fullest potential.

More from Natsume: 'In Harvest Moon: My Little Shop, you've just taken over your grandparents' farm and shop in Clover Town. You'll raise crops and animals, then use what you farm at your shop! Keep your customers happy by making wild fruit juices, towering ice cream cones, and extravagantly decorated eggs in a series of fun
and fast-paced activities that use the Wii Remote to its fullest potential. Chop vegetables in midair, shake your Wii Remote to match your cow's moves, roll eggs through tilting mazes, and more! Use your hardearned money to buy new crops and animals, and expand and decorate your shop. Along the way, you'll meet and befriend lots of new and interesting characters, as well as more than a few familiar faces from the Harvest Moon series!

I have not played it yet, but it sounds interesting and fun, if a bit physically demanding for me personally.

What may tip the scales in its favour for me personally is the fact that Skye, one of my favourite bachelors, can be unlocked in 'My Little Shop'. Beloved Characters from previous Harvest Moon games can appear in My Little Shop as Customers. They include Adam, Amanda, Andy, Ann, Celia, Choco, Cliff, Ellen, Elli, Elliot, the Gourmet, Grey, the Harvest Goddess, Jamie from Magical Melody, Kai, Karen, Lanna, Leia (the Mermaid), Mary, Maya, Mirabelle, Nami, Owen, Popuri, Saibara, Skye, Takakura, Thomas, Trent, Vaughn and the Witch Princess.

The game fundamentally is based on Harvest Moon but appears to include some elements of My Sims in terms of decorating. The graphics appear to be charming.

An upcoming game that is not quite Harvest Moon, but may be of interest to Harvest Moon fans is 'Witch's Wish'.

No, it is not a game about the Witch Princess specifically, but the Character reminds me of her.

On 3 February, Natsume announced that 'Witch’s Wish' will be released for the Nintendo DS™ this spring.

According to the official Natsume release:

'Witch’s Wish is an adventure game that tells the tale of Vicky, a young witch in training.

'Witch’s Wish is an exciting adventure for gamers of all ages,' said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. 'It's got a great story packed with colourful characters, creative puzzles, and thrilling magic duels!'

Vicky wants more than anything to be a witch, but in her town, only rich girls can go to witch school. Her dream seems hopeless until she meets a mysterious girl who shows her how to unlock her remarkable magical powers. Vicky will use her magic to solve puzzles, help out her friends and neighbours, and uncover the mystery of the dark force which threatens to tear the town apart. Will her magic be enough to unite and save her troubled town?'


As romance is not mentioned, it may not be a part of the game, unlike Princess Debut. I am going to find out more about this game, to see if it would be a possible Guide project.

Not that I need any MORE projects in the near future. I have not completed my Animal Parade Guides or my Sunshine Islands Guides to my satisfaction. I shall be covering Harvest Moon Hero of Leaf Valley for the PSP, Wind Bazaar DS, Twin Villages and Rune Factory 3 DS and those will be my primary projects when they are released. There was a time when I cast my net wider and covered The Sims, Animal Crossing, Lost in Blue and Valkyrie Profile series of games. So many new Rune Factory and Harvest Moon games are released regularly now that I never have time to explore them as well as I would wish, and certainly have no time to cover any other series...


GalPerson said...

Woah! There's a Rune Factory 3!!!!!! Sweet!! Well there will be, but still!! That's so amazing, I like Rune Factory better than the actual Harvest Moon games because it is easier, and with my short attention span I can actually get things done! :)

Voda said...

There is also Hero of Leaf Valley coming up for PSP in March! Very, very soon!
(Twin Villages is for DS, I think it got mixed up in there)

Freyashawk said...

Voda, you are absolutely correct! How embarrassing. In fact, I am supposed to receive an advance copy of Hero of Leaf Valley shortly so that I can begin on the guides. I wrote the post quickly and am glad you spotted the error. Thanks!

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Freyashawk said...

GalPerson, in RF3, there is a character who can transform into a Monster temporarily. It is very intriguing. I did write a post about it a few months ago. If you do a search for Rune Factory 3 on this site, you should be able to find it.

Freyashawk said...

Voda, according to Amazon, Hero of Leaf Valley is due to be released on 13 April, not in March... (gives me a bit more time to work on it, I hope!)

GalPerson said...

okay, thanks Freya. That's cool. I probably won't get RF3 until December (Christmas) but it will be fun to read about it until then! :)