'Harvest Moon: Skytree Village' arrives on 3DS

A scene from 'Harvest Moon: Skytree Village' on Nintendo 3DS. A scene from 'Harvest Moon: Skytree Village' on Nintendo 3DS. NATSUME

The latest entry in Natsume's Harvest Moon video game franchise, Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, releases exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

In this newest Harvest Moon game, times have changed and the land known as the Oasis of the Harvest Goddess is anything but.  Many people used to live in Skytree Village when the land was lush and green.  However, the power of the Harvest Goddess gradually began to wane, and the land became parched and dry.

"With Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, we have taken the opportunity to completely revamp the character art and made major improvements that players will find very exciting," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume.  "The game has a wide selection of marriageable candidates and a strong storyline, so we think fans of the series will be very pleased with this all-new game."

With a completely new story, players will be challenged to restore the seven legendary Skytrees that make the town so iconic and bring power and prosperity to the land around them.  Along the way, they'll meet a new cast of characters (with a few returning familiar faces), alongside a brand-new art style, new character models, and more.

The game features tutorials that are designed to be user-friendly as players will immediately be able to jump into the thick of things.  They'll be customizing their farm by raising and lowering the land, creating rivers, ponds, and so on.  Upgraded tools will assist farmers in shaping the land more efficiently, and afterwards they can kick back and relax in their boat to do a spot of fishing.  It won't be long before they'll need to weigh anchor to care for their newest herd animal: the Poitou donkey.

Harvest Moon: Skytree Village is rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.

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