A Japanese trailer for the title – expect more screenshots and gameplay trailers from this years E3
Natsume, a worldwide developer and publisher of primarily more family-oriented video games have today announced that Harvest Moon: A New Beginning has been slated for release in North America this year exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS; with this year also being the Harvest Moon series 15th anniversary in North America. The following is what Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO and Natsume had to say:
We’re extremely excited to be bringing Harvest Moon: A New Beginning to the North American audience. It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the first Harvest Moon game debuted on the SNES back in 1997! A New Beginning has many new customization features that will please both veterans of the series and new players alike!
While we will need to what for aesthetic previews, they have provided us with a brief blurb on the game which I have included below:
Echo Village has seen better days… Just as you’ve moved in, almost everyone else has moved away to greener pastures. It’s your job to bring everybody back by making the town appealing again, and giving Echo Village a new beginning!
Customization is King
For the first time in series history, you can completely customize your character’s appearance! Choose your character’s gender, skin color, facial expression, hairstyle, and much, much more! You even go to the tailor and have them make new outfits for you! Don’t like where your crops and barn are on your farm? Easy! Just pick them up and move them! Yes, it’s really that easy to customize your farm in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning! In addition to the ability to customize your character’s and farm’s appearance, you can also create tons of new additions for your farm, house, and Echo Village! Build park benches and topiary for the local citizens, a pet house for your farm, and exotic wallpaper and furniture for your house! A New Beginning features new animals like llamas and yaks, new crops to harvest, and new characters to meet and woo!