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Natsume Announces Indie Program With First Title 'Cosmic Defenders' Launching This Year On Switch

Defend at all costs!

Burlingame, CA. – April 16, 2019 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced the creation of its Natsume Indie Program, which partners the company with independent developers around the world to introduce creative, innovative games to a wider audience. Natsume's first title under the brand, Cosmic Defenders, is currently being developed by Tokyo-based developer Fiery Squirrel.

The first developer in the Natsume Indie Program, Fiery Squirrel, is a one-man team crafting simple, yet innovative games that deliver enjoyable experiences for all players. The creator behind Fiery Squirrel is Henry Fernández, a Venezuelan developer that loves using old-school elements in a modern way to create meaningful games that are easy to understand and full of life.

Fernández was born in Caracas, Venezuela and studied computer engineering in Venezuela, and then in Japan as an exchange student, where he was introduced to video game development and artificial intelligence. After learning to make games and appreciating the challenge and satisfaction, he decided to pursue a career as a video game developer. Having loved the experience, lifestyle, and culture in Japan, he decided to continue his education, and is currently working on his PhD at Tokyo University of Technology. His first title, Fluff Eaters, an unusual adventure about a purple cat, was released for Android and iOS in 2012, and was presented at Tokyo Game Show, PAX South, and Tokyo Indie Fest.

"Natsume has been dedicated to its mission to 'Make Everyone Happy' through exciting interactive entertainment software for the entire family for the past 23 years and we are excited to work with new developers who represent this likeminded mission," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "We are proud to support and collaborate with dedicated, artistic, and inspiring developers who are building the future of video games."

"I am thrilled to be working with such a great company as Natsume, and I hope that together we can create game experiences that impact players in a meaningful way," said Henry Fernández, CEO of Fiery Squirrel.

Natsume and Fiery Squirrel are currently working on Cosmic Defenders, an upcoming Nintendo Switch game 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! More details about the game will be revealed leading up to E3 2019.

To learn more about Fiery Squirrel, visit http://fierysquirrel.com/

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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 sends out a Happy Holidays card

You know the holiday season is here when game companies start sending out their holiday cards! Natsume hits with the first card of the season, as far as I know. We'll be keeping tabs on any other cards that make their way out, and will certainly share them with you. Let's see who ends up having the best one this year!

Famicom game Idol Hakkenden gets an English fan-translation

The Famicom text-based adventure game Idol Hakkenden was released by Natsume all the way back in 1989, and never saw an English localization. That's now changed thanks to a group of fan-translators. You can check out some footage of the English translation above!

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 - A look at the Collector's Guide

This Harvest Moon game has been really divisive among fans. It seems like a lot of the anger comes from the look of the game, with many considering it to be a low-effort product. I've never played a single Harvest Moon game, so I honestly have no clue! Any of you planning on picking this one up?

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition - unboxing

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.