Burlingame, Calif., July 14, 2008 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today their lineup for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which begins tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15, and runs through Thursday, July 17. The company will be holding one-on-one meetings in room 517 at the show with select media representatives. The majority of the titles showcased will be shipping this summer and fall on a variety of video game systems, including the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and the PSP (PlayStation Portable).
“We are very excited to share the details on all of the titles that fans and consumers can expect to see from us later this year,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. “From all-new games that expand on the Harvest Moon series to an original-IP, Princess Debut, a dance and adventure game for girls, we will have plenty of family-friendly interactive entertainment for everyone in the household.”
Information on each title is listed below. For more information on Natsume at E3 or any of these titles, please visit www.natsume.com.
Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness (DS)
Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness brings the largest portable Harvest Moon experience ever to the Nintendo DS. Starting off with an abandoned farm, a handful of seeds, and the determination to start a new life, it’s up to the player to develop a mysterious, abandoned island into a bustling tropical paradise. By harvesting crops, raising animals, and mining for precious gems, players will help the island grow into a vibrant town filled with people, businesses, and eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Players can take on the role of a male or a female, and choose who they want to fall in love and start a family with. Players can also test their farming skills against each other and compete for prizes via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility (Wii)
In Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, players find themselves in a troubled island town which once prospered with life and energy, but is now in serious trouble. The mystical Mother Tree that once watched over the island has disappeared, and the Harvest Goddess is nowhere to be found! The island has lost its connection with nature and the inhabitants don’t know what to do - it’s up to the player to save the island! You must help to rebuild the island by tending to the earth, befriending and raising animals, nurturing friendships, and creating a family. Long-time Harvest Moon fans as well as new players will find an exciting, involving storyline and plenty of activities including cultivating crops, caring for animals, and participating in festivals.
All-new controls for the Nintendo Wii Remote give players the chance to feel like they’re really farming!
Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (DS)
Rune Factory 2 is set several years after the first game. The evil Sechs Empire has been defeated, and the Kingdom of Norad is once again at peace. Things may not stay that way for long, however, as dark premonitions foretell of dangers to come. It’s up to player to uncover the source of these premonitions and bring peace to the kingdom once more. In a first for the Rune Factory series, the story of Rune Factory 2 is multigenerational. Players begin the game as Kyle, a strange man who comes to Alvarna Village. Eventually, players will take on the role of Kyle’s child, opening up a whole new adventure. It’s an innovative feature that allows players to follow the story of their family and the townsfolk over two generations! Rune Factory 2 offers innovative Touch Screen controls, easy-to-use menus, and an all-new compelling storyline.
Princess Debut (DS)
In Princess Debut, players find themselves in a fantasy world where they have 30 days to get ready for the big ball. They’ll have to master their dance moves and win over one of the six handsome, charming princes to be their partner. They’ll meet and woo the princes through the game’s large, branching storyline and exciting events.
Once the player convinces a prince to be their dancing partner, it’s time to go out on the dance floor! Players will use the Touch Screen to guide their character gracefully across the dance floor while matching their partner’s rhythm. All of the dances in the game are taken from motion-captured professional dancers, so the game is just as impressive to watch as it is fun to play.
Join Hamtaro and all his friends in a variety of fun and educational brain-training games designed for elementary school children. Children will develop their memory, word comprehension, math skill, and many other abilities as they play through 12 engaging, interactive games.
Parents can monitor their child’s growing abilities, adjust the difficulty level to match their child’s skills, and reward them with special items. Hamtaro and his friends make learning fun!
Yumi’s Odd Odyssey (PSP)
Yumi’s Odd Odyssey is a fast-paced puzzle platformer for the PSP.
Trapped in a bizarre world filled with spikes, pitfalls, and giant, hostile fish with nothing but her wits and her trusty rubber fishing line, Yumi will have to run, jump, climb, and swing her way to freedom. Yumi’s fishing line isn’t just handy for fending off fish-it also works like a grappling hook, allowing Yumi to latch onto and swing from just about any part of the environment. The game’s advanced physics allow players to pull off remarkable feats of grappling acrobatics and find new, creative ways through the open-ended levels.
With its colorful graphics, wild worlds, and ingenious grappling gameplay, Yumi’s Odd Odyssey will have players hooked!