New Harvest Moon game announced for 3DS
posted on 10.09.13 at 02:13 AM EDT by (@cameronoharaluv)
Linking the New World hits Japan in February 2014.

The latest entry in the Harvest Moon series is Harvest Moon: Linking the New World for 3DS, this week’s Famitsu reveals.

Due out in February for 5,040 yen in Japan, the game is produced by Yoshifumi Hashimoto and features character design by Igusa Matsuyama.

The player takes on the role of a male or female farmer in Oaktree Town, where non-player characters like madam Elise, the bright and young Fritz, and the old lady Edda exist. Field work is said to be easier than before, and as you progress through the story, you’ll be able to enter a safari where you can take care of animals. You can also play at the river and fish. Marriage partner candidates, such as Ririe and Lega, are also shown in the magazine.

Tidbits from Famitsu’s interview with Hashimoto follow below.

  • Among the other farmers there is also a tutorial character. Each farmer has their own personality.
  • “Linking” also means connecting with the world of the game.
  • StreetPass will allow you to exchange personal data.
  • Countries that you can trade with will increase. As will the elements that allow you to ship popular goods and other items wanted in a certain country.
  • In the safari, connections with wild animals are drawn. There are two times as many wild animals as there were in the previous game.
  • The basic flow won’t change.

Development is currently 80 percent complete.

Thanks, Sokuho@Hokanko.

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  • Kkdog4Sado

    Really like the Harvest Moon series, been playing for years; but man I just want a new home console version.
    Perhaps portable releases are for the best though.

    • AdamBoy64

      What was the one on Wii like, was that the one called Animal Parade?

      It seemed like they were some positive responses to it.

      • shymel

        Animal Parade was the second of the two Wii games. It was kind of like an advance version of the first Wii game, Tree of Tranquility. I very much enjoyed it, but I’m not expecting a console HM any time soon.

        • AdamBoy64

          Ah, righteo. There were two titles on Wii.
          I only remembered there was a GameCube port in the early days of the Wii.

          Thanks for the info.

  • fyi1191

    Medieval-theme Harvest Moon characters. And 3×3 farm spot is back?
    This will be good.

    First pic is the our main heroine.

    • Raiu

      As a fan of Harvest Moon, I tried the HM DS games and I was disappointed… So this may be the last time to finally redeem the series itself as seeing the 3×3 farming spot again is giving me hope….

      The last good one I played is Back to Nature…

      • shymel

        Give A New Beginning a try. I find it to be much better than the DS games.

        • Raiu

          Cool…. Just hope it won’t derail my hype lower for New World if I’m ended up disappointed with New Beginning…

  • Angel

    play harvest moon for years now, hope I can enyoy this one as much as I enyoyed harvest moon a wonderful life :)