Harvest Moon: A New Beginning coming to 3DS in North America this year

In a press release from Natsume today, it was announced that Harvest Moon: A New Beginning will be released in North America this year. The release will celebrate 15 years of Harvest Moon in North America. The game will be released for the 3DS and will differ from other games in the series in several ways.

The game, having been previously released only in Japan thus far, differs from the rest of the series based primarily upon customization. The appearance of your character can be fully customized, including traits such as clothing, facial expressions, gender and skin color. Further more, the farm will be customizable as well by lifting, in a most unrealistic but fun way, your home and barn, and placing them in new spots.

The story revolves around your quest to rebuild Echo Village into a respectable town. Upon arriving, you’ve found that everyone has moved away. It is your job to revitalize Echo Village and restore the population to what it once was.

No details on an exact release date have been made public as of yet, though we know it should arrive sometime this year. There is sure to be news released at the upcoming E3 conference. Updates will be made available as more details are released. You can read the full press release below:

Burlingame, CA. – May 29, 2012 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, is proud to announce that Harvest Moon: A New Beginning will be coming to North America this year; a year which also marks the 15th anniversary of the Harvest Moon series in North America!

“We’re extremely excited to be bringing Harvest Moon: A New Beginning to the North American audience,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. “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!”

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!

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About Carl Newton
Gamer with an open mind. Admin of the Game Carta, a website geared towards delivering news from the video game industry in a simplistic and straightforward manner.

One Response to Harvest Moon: A New Beginning coming to 3DS in North America this year

  1. Hi! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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