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Check out these fan-covered songs!
We recently received an email from one of our new forum members, Seto. Seto's pretty good at mixing music, and has put together covers a couple of Harvest Moon songs. They're so good that we just had to feature them here on the site!
ToT - Spring theme:
ToT - Winter theme:
Seto said he used FL studio to produce the songs, trying to recreate the type of feeling of the original songs. Sounds to us like he did a pretty good job, and we hope to hear more songs from him soon!
We've also gone ahead and created a new album in the jukebox for fan-covered or fan-made songs! Right now it just features these two songs by Seto, and a few piano songs by Harvestmoonlegend, who we featured last month. But if you'd like to have your cover included in the HMO jukebox, just send us an email at email@example.com :)
!!! Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar coming this summer !!!
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar (formerly known as "Wind Bazaar") is coming to America this summer! The game is set to release for the Nintendo DS on July 27th and is being published by Natsume as usual. This ends a month or so of speculation that the game would be published by a company called Zoo Games, as seen on Gamestop's website.
The official release comes out on Thursday, but Natsume has posted an early announcement for the game on their new forum, as well as their twitter and facebook accounts. And after Thursday, if you pre-order the game at Gamestop.com you'll receive a limited-edition horse plushie!
Until it's release this July, we'll make sure to keep you guys updated on the game. You can check our Grand Bazaar section of the main site for more information, and expect to see the Grand Bazaar album added to the Jukebox soon too. ;)
Help Wanted - Content writing for Hero of Leaf Valley!
With the release of Hero of Leaf Valley last week, we've been starting to write content for the game. We don't have too much up at the moment, but keep checking back as we'll be posting more soon. But for now, you can check out the new interactive town map! :)
Writing content takes a lot of time though, and only one of our staff members is currently playing the game. SO, if you'd be interested in writing some original content for the game for HMOtaku, we'd love to talk with you! And there are perks to it - email us at hmocontent@gmail for more information! ;)
The day has finally arrived, Hero of Leaf Valley is officially in stores now!
The newest PSP addition to the Harvest Moon family is now on sale across America. So if you're interested, stop by your local Gamestop, electronics retailer or online and pick up the game. For an extra $14, you can also purchase the official strategy guide. Unfortunately, there was no pre-order plushie that came along with this game though. :(
If you have any questions about the game or would like to just chat about it with some fellow HM fans, be sure to stop by the forum!
Hope you all enjoy the game, let us know what you think of it!
This may look like just another cute Youtube video of a couple cats wrestling each other. Well technically it is, but these kitties are special. Their names are Kuro and Shiro and they're the new pets of Yasuhiro Wada, Harvest Moon creator and former Creative Director at Marvelous Entertainment.
In a recent interview with Siliconera.com, the Harvest Moon creator said that, "they’re about 10 months old. They’re still kids, so they’re really naughty." Another couple videos of them can be found on his Youtube channel here. :)
And if you remember, the cat seen in some Harvest Moon games such as A Wonderful Life and HM:DS was also black. Perhaps the color of Wada's new kitties is no coincidence!
We now have what seems to be final Japanese release date for Harvest Moon: Twin Villages! If you remember, last year Marvelous first announced that the game was coming out on February 25th of this year. Well in late January, they had to scratch that date along with a few other titles they had planned on releasing in early 2010. For the past few months it was unknown when the game would come out, but today Marvelous finally set a new official release date: July 8th, 2010
It's up to Natsume whether or not North America will see this game. Natsume has yet to even bring over Harvest Moon: Wind Bazaar (DS) though, so it would probably be a year or two before we hear anything about Twin Villages leaving Japan.
In other release date news: The release date for Hero of Leaf Valley got pushed back one week for technical reasons related to the UMDs (the PSP discs). According to Natsume:
"unfortunately the production of the UMDs is a little slower than expected. They will still be made and ready before the 20th, but shipping them from Sony to the individual retailers will push it a few days past the 20th. Retailers will have the title before the 27th, it just really depends on the retailer when they are available. Thus a blanket release of the 27th was suggested...that way all retailers who carry the product can release at the same time."
I've called a couple of local Gamestops just to check, and both confirmed that they'd start selling the games on the 27th. So make sure to mark next Tuesday on your calendar!
We're not done updating the jukebox yet - this week, we have the music from Rune Factory 3!
While Rune Factory 3 has not been released outside of Japan yet, that's not keeping us from releasing the music in the HMO jukebox! The game is the third DS installment of the franchise, and looks to build on the previous games. While it keeps the farming, romance, and fantasy adventure aspects of the game, in RF3 you have the ability to transform into monsters!
Rune Factory 3 doesn't have any sort of release date yet outside of Japan, but we'll be sure to let you guys know as soon as it does. In the meantime, be sure to give the RF3 music a listen. Oh, and we're happy to say that the jukebox now contains music from all 4 current Rune Factory games!
Natsume announced that the upcoming Harvest Moon game Hero of Leaf Valley has officially gone gold!
A game going gold basically means that the master copy of the game (Gold CD) has been officially created. It marks the point where it is ready to ship off to the manufacturer to produce the all of the copies of the game!
Hero of Leaf Valley comes out on the PSP on April 20th and will be selling for $29.99. We'll post another reminder in a week or so. Until then, feel free to get in the mood for the game by listening to HoLV music in our jukebox or Youtube channel!