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First round of details and screens for Harvest Moon: Mad Dash revealed

A match-3 harvest game

The next Harvest Moon game making its way to Switch is Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, and it's taking things in a bit of a different direction. Check out a full rundown of gameplay details below.

- color-matching puzzle game
- when you start a level, the puzzle field will be littered with two or more different types of crops
- crops will either be by themselves or linked with one or more crops
- combine these crops into squares, at which point they blossom and become bigger crops
- combine those crops to make even bigger squares and you'll end up with fully ripened crops ready to be harvested
- divided up into stages where the goal is to get a high enough score to collect three stars
- each stage is located on an overworld map
- settings stretch from the farm and town all the way down to the underworld and up high into the sky
- there is a story, which starts off with a lighthouse needing to be repaired
- includes multiplayer gameplay
- one stage has you handling fish and hay while feeding cows and avoiding falling coconuts
- as hay piles up into larger and larger bales, the cows come to eat it
- well-fed cows produce milk, which is the harvest goal for this stage
- build up a meter that initiates a "fever mode" where every crop can be harvested right away
- due out this Fall for $30

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!

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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Complete hitting Switch on June 25th, 2019

The original release PLUS all DLC

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.

Natsume offering various Harvest Moon plush dolls on their eBay store


If you're looking to complete your Harvest Moon plush collection, the official Natsume eBay store might be the place to do it! Hit up the link above to have a peek and see if they've got the one plush you need!

Natsume says Harvest Moon: Light of Hope exceeded expectations, teases multiple projects for 2019

Natsume president and CEO, Hiro Maekawa, has shared some details on the public reception to Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. It seems like the game did quite well!

Last year, 2018 was one of the best years for us in recent history. We released our latest entry in the Harvest Moon franchise, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition in May for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The title performed well beyond our forecast and even set new sales record with the number of both physical and digital combined.

On top of that, Natsume teased some new projects for 2019.

We are currently working on several new titles that will be announced in the near future, to continue to please our worldwide fans in 2019 and beyond.

Natsume hosting "Harvest Moon Extravaganza" sale on the 3DS eShop


If you've been holding out on some Harvest Moon games for 3DS, now is the time to grab them! You can get the above mentioned titles for 50% off! That's certainly a hefty discount, so hop in while you can!

Harvest Moon Light of Hope Special Edition Launches Divine Marriageable Character Pack

Burlingame, CA. – July 31, 2018 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today released the final DLC pack for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition. The Divine Marriageable Characters pack is now available for PlayStation®4 and Nintendo™Switch for $3.99.

Ever wonder what it'd be like to woo the Harvest Goddess or the Underworld King, Gorgan? Well, now you can! Get to know the Harvest Goddess and Gorgan on a deeper level and marry them!

The pack includes:

Marriageable Characters: Harvest Goddess and Gorgan
Romance Events
Marriage Events
The Harvest Goddess has long cared for this land with her Harvest Sprites, but wooing a divine being won't be easy! You'll need to find out what makes this goddess tick! Maybe talking with the Harvest Sprites will give you some clues...

Fiercely territorial and suspicious of surface dwellers, Gorgan, the King of the Underworld, isn't exactly great with first impressions. But with a secret love for flowers and fish, maybe Gorgan isn't as grumpy as he appears at first sight!

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Season Pass grants access to all four DLC packs at a discounted price. The other available DLC packs include Decorations & Tool Upgrade Pack, New Marriageable Characters Pack, and Doc's and Melanie's Special Episodes. The season pass is $9.99 and is available through the PlayStation® Store and Nintendo eShop. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Bundle is available through the PlayStation® Store and Nintendo eShop; it includes the full game and the Season Pass for $49.99.

Here's a look at the DLC packs that have already been released!

Decorations & Tool Upgrade Pack

Available Now | Retail Price: $1.99

Completely customize and beautify your farm with 7 different decorative fence sets and 2 statues. You will also be able to upgrade your Hoe and Watering Can two additional levels, making growing crops easier and faster!

New Marriageable Characters Pack

Available Now | Retail Price: $5.99

Expand your experience with new and exciting content! Two new eligible residents have moved into Beacon Town! Shirlock, a fledgling journalist and self-proclaimed detective who is studying under the tutelage of Naomi, and Michelle, Doc's research partner.

Doc's and Melanie's Special Episodes

Available Now | Retail Price: $5.99

Help Melanie and Doc out in two side stories that will unlock new shops! Melanie is in a designing slump, and needs your help for inspiration! Meanwhile, Doc is having trouble in the romance department! Can you help him out? And what rewards will they give you?

Harvest Moon Light of Hope Special Edition Gets 'Doc and Melanie's Special Episodes'

Burlingame, CA. – July 10, 2018 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today released the third of four DLC packs for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition. Doc's and Melanie's Special Episodes for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch is now available for $5.99.

Help out Melanie and Doc in two side stories that will unlock new shops! Melanie is in a designing slump, and needs your help for inspiration! Meanwhile, Doc is having trouble in the romance department! Can you help him out?

Melanie's New Designs
Reward: Seasonal outfits for the main and marriageable characters...Over 40 new outfits!

Doc's Romance Help
Reward: Ability to change your house interior...7 unique interiors designs!

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Season Pass grants access to all four current and upcoming DLC packs at a discounted price. The season pass is $9.99 and is available through the PlayStation® Store and Nintendo eShop. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Bundle is available through the PlayStation® Store and Nintendo eShop; it includes the full game and the Season Pass for $49.99.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition available today for Switch

Global videogame publisher Rising Star Games, in partnership with Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today releases Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 across Europe and beyond.

The arrival of the latest game in the much-loved series marks 20 years since the first Harvest Moon title was released in Europe, with Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition eagerly-awaited by the army of fans of the franchise around the world. The latest release in the franchise speaks to the series’ storied history with a brand new “retro plus” visual style that will bathe gamers in a fuzzy glow of nostalgia, while bringing the series’ gameplay mechanics absolutely up to date with streamlined controls, intuitive menuing and much more.

Appearing for the first time in a Harvest Moon game is two-player cooperative gameplay via Soleil, the gem sprite, who can be controlled by a secondary player for cooperative farming and adventuring. And more exciting still, a Season Pass is also available to players who wish to enhance their experience even further with each of the four planned DLC releases.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition is available now digitally via first-party stores, and also as a physical release at selected retailers across Europe and beyond. In addition, a limited run of a deluxe release, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Collector’s Edition is also available. The Collector’s Edition contains all of the exciting content of the Special Edition, but also includes the full Season Pass, a hot drinks mug, a tote bag and a selection of pin badges, all lavishly presented in a barn-shaped presentation case. Harvest Moon Light of Hope Collector’s Edition is available for PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™.

Amazon - Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition with Chocolate Plush Cow now available to preorder

Light the Way! Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life! Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a storm, and goes down! You drift into a small harbor town, now in shambles from the storm, where a young doctor named Jeanne saves your life. 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 save the lighthouse...but it won't be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, you will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town, your new home!

• Collect important materials to rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse!
• Complete requests from villagers to unlock new areas and items!
• Grow crops, tend livestock, and gathering materials, either by yourself or with a Co-Op friend!
• New and unique festivals, including the Dog Racing Festival!
• Make new friends, get married, and start a family from a variety of bachelors and bachelorettes, including a secret one! • • Includes A Limited Edition 5-inch Chocolate Cow Plush! *Final Product May Vary

Grab yours here