2020 is upon us, and Natsume is eager to continue their momentum from the year prior. The company has put out a special message to celebrate their success in 2019, and talk about what's to come this year. Check out the message in full below.
Natsume has shared a new dev blog fro Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, and this one breaks down how boars factor into gameplay. Check out a snippet from the blog below, and then click over for the full piece.
Boars will storm in and temporarily stun any farmer or animals in their way, as well as destroying any crops they run over. Move crops out of the way or just hold them to escape the rampage.
Things have been going pretty well for Natsume on the Switch. The titles they're bringing over seem to be hitting their mark, and that includes Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. In an interview with NintendoEverything, Natsume producer Taka Maekawa mentions how well the game has done so far.
We’re very happy with the way it sold. We’re glad that people – so I read lots of reviews, of course there are lots of critical reviews too, but I see lots of people saying that this has the Harvest Moon feel to it – story-wise, characters, charm. So I’m really happy with the sales and also the reviews too.
What's next for the Harvest Moon franchise? In the immediate future, we have Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, a puzzle spin-off. Why did Natsume decide to go in that direction? Maekawa discussed that move as well.
Last year my boss told me, since we released Light of Hope, he wanted to test the possibility of taking Harvest Moon in different directions – like a spinoff. Like Mario – Mario Kart, Dr. Mario – those things. He wanted to test the possibility of Harvest Moon, so that was probably the initial idea that made me think about it. Then I started to think about, “Okay, what kind of spinoff can I do? I can do racing, horse racing, anything.” But when I thought about it, since Switch has two Joy-Con and lots of multiplayer co-op games were coming out, I thought that should be the direction that I should go. So the game had to be multiplayer.
Also, Harvest Moon as you know takes a long time to play. But how about doing the opposite – like just 3-5 minutes per play. Not only with yourself, but maybe with parents and friends. And that came to the idea of how about doing farming, taking care of animals, fishing – making that into a very compact mini-game. So that was the initial thought that came when I thought about it.
A new blog has popped up for Harvest Moon: Mad Dash. This installment takes a look at teh falling coconuts obstacle. Check out details on this aspect of gameplay below, then click over for the full rundown.
Some Harvest Moon: Mad Dash levels have obstacles! We’ll be focusing today on the beach levels, where you’ll be able to turn tricky coconuts into a delicious drinks for maximum points.
GameStop has not only shared tiny cover art for Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, but they've also revealed the preorder bonus they're offering for the game. Those who secure a copy prior to launch will get to take home an adorable Limited Edition 3-inch Squishy Sheep Keychain. Place your preorder here!
Natsume has kicked off a special 50% off eShop sale across the Switch, 3DS, and Wii U eShops. Check out all the titles included below, which will be on-sale until June 18th, 2019.
- Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition – $19.99 (was $39.99)
- Wild Guns Reloaded – $9.99 (was $19.99)
- A-Train 3D: City Simulator – $9.99 (was $19.99)
- Brave Tank Hero – $2.49 (was $4.99)
- Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove 3D – $9.99 (was $19.99)
- Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove Mini – $1.99 (was $3.99)
- Gotcha Racing – $2.99 (was $5.99)
- Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning – $14.99 (was $29.99)
- Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns – $9.99 (was $19.99)
- Harvest Moon: Skytree Village – $14.99 (was $29.99)
- Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley – $14.99 (was $29.99)
- Hometown Story – $9.99 (was $19.99)
- Reel Fishing 3D Paradise – $9.99 (was $19.99)
- Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini – $1.99 (was $3.99)
- River City: Knights of Justice – $7.49 (was $14.99)
- River City: Rival Showdown – $14.99 (was $29.99)
- River City: Tokyo Rumble – $14.99 (was $29.99)
- Super Strike Beach Volleyball – $2.49 (was $4.99)
- Yumi’s Odd Odyssey – $9.99 (was $19.99)
- Brave Tank Hero – $2.99 (was $5.99)
- Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash – $2.99 (was $5.99)
- Alphadia Genesis – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Burlingame, CA. – May 30, 2019 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today revealed its full Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 lineup. The lineup includes a new spinoff to the Harvest Moon family of games for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Also, on-hand at the show will be the upcoming Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4) and the first title in Natsume's Indie Program, Cosmic Defenders (Nintendo Switch).
"We are excited to announce a new Harvest Moon game and reveal a first look at its gameplay and features at E3 2019," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "Fans might be surprised at what we have in store for Harvest Moon this year. This different take on the Harvest Moon experience will let players enjoy the classic features of the series in a new and exciting way!"
Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4)
After meeting a mysterious man at a museum, three college friends set off on a summer road trip to find the elusive fish he mentions to them. But what's the story behind this fish? And for that matter, who's the man who sent them on their adventure in the first place? He certainly is a unique individual, to say the very least! In any case, working together, these friends will unlock all these secrets and more in Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure!
Cosmic Defenders (Nintendo Switch)
Cosmic Defenders is an upcoming Nintendo Switch game being developed by indie developer Fiery Squirrel that will be launching later this year. Cosmic Defenders is a 2D fast-paced revolving shooter about a group of unconventional heroes using the power of nature to stop chaotic aliens from taking over the universe. Cooperate with other guardians, protect the galaxy from the wicked, and restore peace!
Harvest Moon: Mad Dash (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4)
A new Harvest Moon spinoff is going to be revealed during E3 2019! More details and first look will arrive on Tuesday June 11, 2019!
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After looking for a fresh start, you drift into a small harbor town devastated by a storm. The town has been deserted, but you're never one to back down from a challenge! It will be up to you to help rebuild the town and solve the mystery of the lighthouse...but it won't be easy!
Includes the full game and ALL the DLC (an $18 dollar value)!
Collect important materials to rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse!
Play as a boy or a girl, get married, and start a family!
The Special Edition has new features made specifically for console!
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Complete will see release on Switch on June 25th, 2019. The title is priced at $30.
Burlingame, CA. – April 16, 2019 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced the creation of its Natsume Indie Program, which partners the company with independent developers around the world to introduce creative, innovative games to a wider audience. Natsume's first title under the brand, Cosmic Defenders, is currently being developed by Tokyo-based developer Fiery Squirrel.
The first developer in the Natsume Indie Program, Fiery Squirrel, is a one-man team crafting simple, yet innovative games that deliver enjoyable experiences for all players. The creator behind Fiery Squirrel is Henry Fernández, a Venezuelan developer that loves using old-school elements in a modern way to create meaningful games that are easy to understand and full of life.
Fernández was born in Caracas, Venezuela and studied computer engineering in Venezuela, and then in Japan as an exchange student, where he was introduced to video game development and artificial intelligence. After learning to make games and appreciating the challenge and satisfaction, he decided to pursue a career as a video game developer. Having loved the experience, lifestyle, and culture in Japan, he decided to continue his education, and is currently working on his PhD at Tokyo University of Technology. His first title, Fluff Eaters, an unusual adventure about a purple cat, was released for Android and iOS in 2012, and was presented at Tokyo Game Show, PAX South, and Tokyo Indie Fest.
"Natsume has been dedicated to its mission to 'Make Everyone Happy' through exciting interactive entertainment software for the entire family for the past 23 years and we are excited to work with new developers who represent this likeminded mission," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "We are proud to support and collaborate with dedicated, artistic, and inspiring developers who are building the future of video games."
"I am thrilled to be working with such a great company as Natsume, and I hope that together we can create game experiences that impact players in a meaningful way," said Henry Fernández, CEO of Fiery Squirrel.
Natsume and Fiery Squirrel are currently working on Cosmic Defenders, an upcoming Nintendo Switch game that will be launching later this year. Cosmic Defenders is a 2D fast-paced revolving shooter about a group of unconventional heroes using the power of nature to stop chaotic aliens from taking over the universe. Cooperate with other guardians, protect the galaxy from the wicked, and restore peace! More details about the game will be revealed leading up to E3 2019.
To learn more about Fiery Squirrel, visit http://fierysquirrel.com/
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Are you a #HarvestMoon plushie collector? We’re offering a limited number of plushies on our eBay Store! Some of these plushies have never been sold individually, so pick up yours today~— Natsume Inc. (@Natsume_Inc) January 24, 2019
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