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Natsume shares a profile for Harvest Moon: One World's main female protagonist

She needs a name!

Natsume has released a character profile for Harvest Moon: One World, and it shows off the main female protagonist. Natsume says they haven't even figured out a name for the character yet, but they're open to suggestions. If you have an idea, feel free to tweet it at Natsume here!

Take a look at the North American cover for Harvest Moon: One World

We've always got you covered

When Harvest Moon: One World was announced, Natsume said that the game would feature a new engine and new graphics. We're yet to see what those graphics will look like, but now we at least have some art to go off of, thanks to the official North American cover.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like this art gives us much of an indication of the new direction for in-game graphics, as the style appears quite similar to what we've seen from the series in the past.

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash demo now available on the Switch eShop

Have you gone mad?!

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash has been available on Switch for awhile now, but Natsume is looking to spread the word a bit more with a demo. You can hop on the Switch eShop right now and give the game a try for free! Check out a recap on Harvest Moon: Mad Dash below.

Go solo or take along a few friends in this fast-paced farming frenzy! Harvest, fish, milk, and more as you fulfill orders to complete each level, but watch out for molten lava, raging boars, and other obstacles! Can you and your friends try to clear all the levels to restore the broken lighthouse?

• Fast-paced action means quick decisions are key!
• Use Harvest Sprite Powers to unlock special support skills!
• Easy-to-learn game mechanics means everyone can play!
• Take on farm, beach, Underworld, and Skyworld levels!

Natsume shares a message for the new year, and talks about strong sales

Big things for 2020

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.

Dodging Boars in Harvest Moon: Mad Dash

All aboar!

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.

Full blog here

Natsume "very happy" with Harvest Moon: Light of Hope sales, explain why they're doing a spin-off in Harvest Moon: Mad Dash

A bumper crop of sales

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.

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash blog goes over falling coconuts

Don't get conked on the noggin!

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.

Full feature here

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash's North American cover art and GameStop preorder bonus revealed

Worth it for the keychain alone!

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 running 50% off eShop sale

Runs until June 18th

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.

Switch

- Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition – $19.99 (was $39.99)
- Wild Guns Reloaded – $9.99 (was $19.99)

3DS

- 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)

Wii U

- Brave Tank Hero – $2.99 (was $5.99)
- Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash – $2.99 (was $5.99)
- Alphadia Genesis – $7.49 (was $14.99)

Natsume Announces Its E3 2019 Lineup (Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure, Cosmic Defenders, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash)

Natsume brings 3 to E3

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!

Players can follow the latest news for all of the beloved Natsume franchises at www.natsume.com and get a scoop on all of the latest Natsume updates, contests, screen shots and more at https://www.instagram.com/natsume.inc/ https://www.facebook.com/NatsumeInc/ and https://twitter.com/Natsume_Inc.

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