The History Of Harvest Moon, Gaming's Most Entertaining Farming Sim

I was worried about posting Did You Know Gaming's piece on Harvest Moon on this fine spring day, knowing you'd all be busy planting crops and courting. I decided to take a chance, because that's what virtual farming is all about (or not). » 4/20/14 2:00pm 4/20/14 2:00pm

My Favorite 3DS Game Involves Dancing and Dressing Up a Little Girl in…

I don't particularly want to admit that Natsume's Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D is my favorite game on the 3DS, but when I play a game every chance I can get for two weeks straight I feel I should mention it. Be gentle. » 10/26/11 4:20pm 10/26/11 4:20pm

More 3DS Games Delayed Because Not Enough People Bought a 3DS

There's a new Harvest Moon game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game's publisher, Natsume, also has a title called Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove on the way for the platform. Yet despite both of them being finished and ready to go, they've been delayed. » 8/26/11 1:00am 8/26/11 1:00am

Rune Factory Images To 'Tide' Fans Over Until September Release

Natsume has big news connected to the screenshots of Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny which they released on their facebook today. » 8/24/11 3:40pm 8/24/11 3:40pm

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny is Simply Adorable on the PlayStation 3

Farming and fighting it's all the same, until it comes to the PlayStation 3, gets Move support, and looks this pretty. Stand back while I hug Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny. » 6/09/11 3:30pm 6/09/11 3:30pm

Afrika Preview: And It Hurts That My Friends Never Stood Downwind

Afrika, first released in Japan last year, has often been compared to Pokemon Snap. Both fairly and unfairly. And guess what? Those comparisons are totally on the money. » 6/05/09 10:00am 6/05/09 10:00am

Afrika Is Finally Coming To American PS3s

Sony Computer Entertainment and Rhino Studios' safari and photography sim Afrika is finally coming to North America, publisher Natsume has announced, giving PlayStation 3 owners a chance to experience the gorgeous game on Western shores. » 5/26/09 9:00pm 5/26/09 9:00pm

The ESA Harvests Natsume

The Entertainment Software Association continues to regrow after last year's exodus, with Harvest Moon publisher Natsume casting their lot with the industry trade organization. » 3/16/09 11:40am 3/16/09 11:40am

A Rare, Collectible, Plush Squirrel

Look! It's a rare, collectible, plush squirrel! Do you even need me to tell you what game this an Amazon-exclusive pre-order goody for? No, of course you don't, not because it's obvious, but because you will buy ANYTHING to get your hands on a rare, collectible....did we mention collectible? A rare, collectible,… » 10/06/08 10:40am 10/06/08 10:40am

Princess Debut Charms Our Dancing Shoes Off

Back at E3, we had a chance to check out some of the titles Natsume is publishing in the US. Titles like Rune Factory 2 for the DS. It's of course the second Rune Factory game, which is best explained as Harvest Moon meets fantasyland. The game's going to be out this fall, and here's something I didn't know about it: … » 7/22/08 4:00am 7/22/08 4:00am

Natsume's Princess Debut Contains Dancing, Romancing, Dresses

Harvest Moon publisher Natsume has a new IP - it's called Princess Debut, a "rhythm and adventure game for girls" coming to Nintendo DS in the fall. » 7/11/08 6:20pm 7/11/08 6:20pm

Two New Harvest Moon Games To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

The Harvest Moon farm/life sim franchise is coming up on ten years old! Natsume will toast the anniversary with not one, but two new games "later this quarter," and promises tons of commemorative goodies, too. » 7/07/08 6:20pm 7/07/08 6:20pm

Harvest Rune Factory 2 This Fall

One of my favorite games at last year's E3 was Natsume's Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon for the Nintendo DS, a bizarre melding of Harvest Moon farming with action RPG. Now Natsume announces the imminent arrival of the sequel, Rune Factory 2, heading to the Nintendo DS this fall, featuring all of the… » 6/24/08 10:20am 6/24/08 10:20am

The Other Atari

Corporate confusions! When Harvest Moon developer Natsume decided to found a pachinko company a few years back, it could've picked any name for the new company. Natsume didn't and instead gave the pachinko company a corporate game moniker we all know: Atari. Here's what the CEO of Atari Inc. says about the company's… » 6/02/08 9:00am 6/02/08 9:00am

XSeed, Marvelous Team Up, Announce Valhalla Knights 2

Japanese RPG fans, rejoice. Japan-based publisher Marvelous Entertainment announced a co-publishing partnership with L.A.-based XSeed, who's best known for Shadow Hearts: From The New World and Wild Arms 4 and 5. Through the deal, Marvelous, who among other titles publishes Natsume's Harvest Moon series, gains more… » 5/09/08 2:40pm 5/09/08 2:40pm

XBLA Game Music Is Getting Better, Yo

Omega Five! Great little shooter. The Xbox Live Arcade game features an unlockable "retro mode" where the game's graphics and the sound go 16-bit! You know what, that's pretty neato. The score was done by game music vet Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, who apparently has been inspired more by game music than anything else. (Word… » 5/07/08 4:00am 5/07/08 4:00am