Harvest Moon: I’m Getting That Itch Again…

…AND IT’S NOT BEING CAUSED BY THE HAY IN THE BARN! HURRRR.

God. That was awful. Don’t ever let me do that again.

::ahem::

So. What is it with me and Harvest Moon?

On paper the games sound ridiculously boring. “Spend hours upon hours clearing land, growing crops and bringing up livestock. Woo the woman of your dreams! Have a child! Upgrade your home!”

Nah’msayin? But for whatever reason, I become ADDICTED to the farm life. Many games in my collection have been left incomplete because of Harvest Moon. Example: I was literally hours away from completing Final Fantasy VIII when Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility launched for the Wii. I thought I’d spend a few hours with Harvest Moon ToT and later return to FFVIII to wrap things up.

Well, Final Fantasy VIII remains incomplete to this day. DUNDUNDUUUUN…

Evil.

I eventually burn out on Harvest Moon. There always comes a point when I can’t stand the idea of having to water my crops one more freakin’ day. I don’t want to milk my cow nor shear my sheep. My wife? Meh, she doesn’t need a gift today. And when I get to that point, I’m done with Harvest Moon for a long, long time.

But it’s been a few years since I’ve gone back to nature or saved the homeland (Harvest Moon junkies: see what I did thare?) and yesterday Natsume released their E3 line-up. Aaaand one of the titles listed was Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns. This isn’t a game reveal or anything like that, but that little Harvest Moon fangirl inside of me is squealing like a schoolgirl.

But…you just gotta read this plot description.

“Konohana and Bluebell Villages were once great friends, despite their differences. They were connected by way of an underground tunnel through the mountain, and there were many people that passed through it each day. But there was one thing the two villages just couldn’t agree on… FOOD! Yes, food. Their cooking styles were too different! This feud went on for a while until things got so bad that the tunnel connecting the two villages was closed off! Pick a village, build a farm from the ground up, win some cooking festivals to settle the differences of the villages and clear out the caved in tunnel! Only you can reunite the two villages once more!

Bahahaha. Man, they are releasing grasping at straws aren’t they? I mean, lately the stories have been pretty whack. What’s wrong with keeping the story of Harvest Moon on the straight and narrow—after all, this isn’t a complex series—and keep the goal the same? Bring your inherited farm rags to riches.

Then I skim over the paragraph about characters.

“Brand new cast of characters with a few exceptions: Pierre, Nathan and Alisa (who seems to be a marriageable character), from IoH and SI, the Harvest Goddess from all the DS Harvest Moon games, and the Ucho brothers and Dirk (who also seems to be a marriageable character) from Grand Bazaar.”

Who are these people?! What happened to tomboy Ann, sassy Karen or good girl Maria? Who is Pierre, Nathan and Alisa? Have I really been away that long? o_O?

Oh, Ann. You were always my favorite.

There’s more.

“New animals like Alpacas and Honey Bees.”

Okay, I remember bees producing honey in either the N64/PS1 Harvest Moon games (or both), but Alpacas? I suppose fleece could be sold. But damn. I’m old school. I remember cows, sheep, chickens and a horse or two.

So much nostalgia...

Oh, balls.  LOOK WHAT I’VE DONE. Now I’m super excited for this game. I wonder when it comes out? In fact, I would justify purchasing a 3DS for a Harvest Moon title. Yep, I’m that twisted, and I’m now fighting an extreme urge to put Portal on hold so I can get my Harvest Moon fix. ::bites lip::

 Have you played the Harvest Moon games? Have you enjoyed them, or did you find them boring as hell?

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