The title of Natsume’s latest Harvest Moon — One World — could be taken as ironic. The series had a split-up between its publisher and developer a few years ago, which is unlikely to ever be resolved. The series began in Japan on the Super NES under the title “Story of Seasons.” In America, the title was localized into “Harvest Moon.” Eventually Natsume parted ways with that developer, but kept the “Harvest Moon” brand. The original guys continue to make new games under the original title, while Harvest Moons are farmed out. Basically any HM you see these days is a fake, and the genuine article is called “Story of Seasons.”
As 2018 begins, many are looking back at 2017 and taking stock and appreciation of all that’s been done. This includes the head of Natsume, the team behind the Harvest Moon franchise. In a special Facebook post, CEO Hiro Maekawa thanked fans for their support of Harvest Moon, as well as recounted his past, and teased the future of the company. Here’s an excerpt from the post:
Natsume Inc. has announced three new downloadable content packs are headed for Harvest Moon: Skytree Village for the Nintendo 3DS. New bachelor and bachelorette character packs are set to arrive on January 24th, with a Harvest Sprite Statue set to be available February 14th. The new male marriageable candidate is Edmond, a grand mage, who trained both Gareth and Tabitha, and whose knowledge of the world far exceeds either of them.
Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today launches the all-new Harvest Moon title Harvest Moon: Skytree Village for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is available beginning today at video game retailers including GameStop and the Nintendo eShop for $29.99. Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume, spoke about the game, saying:
Anyone remember the classic NES brawler River City Ransom? You ran through the neighborhood as a superdeformed street tough on a rescue mission, encountering countless scores of gangs and hitting them until they literally said “BARF”? Anyone played it and liked it? Or, at least, have you heard of such a thing?
Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that it will bring River City: Tokyo Rumble to the Nintendo 3DS this summer. River City: Tokyo Rumble continues the partnership established last year with Arc System Works, who owns the River City franchise. River City: Tokyo Rumble will be one of several Natsume titles playable at E3 2016, taking place June 14th – 16th in Los Angeles.
Natsume is the game localization company that brought Harvest Moon to America. Their community manager, who calls herself CeeCee, requested questions for a Twitter Q&A earlier this year. Now she’s just beginning to post the answers people wanted, and one of them suggests Natsume is unlikely to rerelease any more of its classic SNES titles on Wii U Virtual Console than what it already has up.
Nintendo today revealed a trailer for the recently announced Harvest Moon: Land’s Origin on 3DS…
Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny has gone gold and is set for release on October 11th on both the PlayStation®3 and Nintendo Wii.(more…)