Developer: Marvelous |
Publisher: Natsume
Players: 1 Player Game |
Genre: Strategy

Release Date: 11/12/09

No trip to the Natsume booth would be complete without checking out the latest in the Harvest Moon world. The latest title in the DS looks as impressive as ever with Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands. We spent some time with the title during our tour around Natsume at E3 2009.

As the name implies, Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands is divided up into groups of islands. Depending on where you go, players will find unique things to do on each island like mine ore, find sprites to work on your farm, and locate interesting and unique animals. Harvest Moon is not content to just reinvent the same title. You will also be rewarded for helper other residents complete their chores and compete in competitions with and without your pets for special prizes and upgrades to your farm.

If there is one problem with the last DS incarnation, it was the controls. Thankfully, Natsume has worked to resolve this by finally allowing your character to be controlled by either the stylus, utilizing the touch screen, or by the D-Pad. Natsume does listen to its fans and this change is evidence of this.

Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands hits store shelves this July for the Nintendo DS. We are excited to get our hands on the title and bring you our full review. Get ready for fun Harvest Moon style!

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By Kaleb Rutherford – 06/06/09
ESRB Details: – Comic Mischief, Use of Alcohol -

This is a simulation game in which players assume the role of an adventuring farmer who must bring back a chain of sunken islands by collecting magical stones. Players raise livestock, grow crops to make food/drinks, and mine gems throughout the islands. Players can obtain several items, including an assortment of farming tools (e.g., hammers, hoes, and fishing rods). Although it serves no useful purpose, players have the ability to whack at barnyard animals with these tools, causing them to squeal and briefly flash. Another item that players can obtain is grape wine, which can be consumed to increase stamina.

Screenshots for E3 2009: Harvest Moon Sunshine Islands