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Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns DS

Harvest Moon The Tale of Two Towns Boxart

The Tale of Two Towns 3DS

TaleofTwoTowns

Developer Marvelous Interactive Software
Publisher Marvelous Interactive (Japan)
Natsume (North America)
Nintendo 3DS
Rising Star Games (PAL Regions)
Released July 8, 2010 (Japan)
September 20, 2011 (North America)
Nintendo 3DS
Late May/June 2012 (PAL Regions)
Modes Single Player
Ratings A (All Ages) Japan
E (Everyone) North America
Platforms Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
Genre Role-Playing (RPG), Simulation
Media Nintendo DS Cartridge
Nintendo 3DS Cartridge
Digital Download (3DS only)


Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns DS & 3DS (牧場物語 ふたごの村, Bokujō Monogatari: Futago no Mura, lit. Ranch Story: Twin Villages) is the sixth Harvest Moon title to be released for the Nintendo DS system, and is the first Harvest Moon game to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. 

Story

Hundreds of years ago, the towns of Bluebell and Konohana were friendly neighbors, joined together by a tunnel underneath the mountain that separated the towns.

The mayor of Bluebell began fighting with Konohana's mayor as time went on. Each mayor claimed that their town was better, and it created more and more tension between the two towns. As the mayors continued to fight, the Harvest Goddess grew more and more restless.

When the fighting didn't stop, the Harvest Goddess punished the two towns by blocking the tunnel that once connected them. Generations have passed, the town's have very little interaction now, but still remain bitter to one another. 

As a new farmer, you are eager to begin your new life on a new farm. While travelling on the mountain, you fall off of your carriage, and you forget which town you were supposed to live in! Rutger, mayor of Bluebell, and Ina, mayor of Konohana, will each tell you a bit about their own, and it will then be up to you as the player to decide which town you like best. After picking a town, you will begin your new life there, and attempt to mend the relationship between the two towns.

Gameplay

The game's main purpose is to win the cooking competitions that happen four days out of each season. This is when each town will come together and compete. By competing in each competition, it will slowly increase the friendship between the two mayors. By increasing their friendship, the Harvest Goddess will eventually decide to unblock the tunnel that is blocking the two towns. 

Although the game's main purpose is to cook dishes for the cooking festival, the game has many of the classic Harvest Moon elements to it as well. The player will have a choice between a female (Lillian) or male character (Phillip), and will also have a choice of which town they'd like to live in. The player will then be introduced to their farm.

The player can grow crops on their farm, raise livestock, forage, fish, catch bugs, and do requests to make money. Relationships are also a very key part of the game. Interacting between NPC's is important in order to build friendships, and to also build the flower level of the person you'd like to eventually marry and have a child with.  

New Features

  • Brand new cast of characters, with a the exception of a few returning characters
  • You can choose between Konohana and Bluebell. You can also move to the other village at the end of each season.
  • New animals to raise like Alpacas and Honey Bees, and a 
  • A pet owl that can help you fly between towns from the mountain top.
  • New crops are available to be planted such as daikon and bok choy.
  • Instead of a heart near a character's portrait, there is a chain of flowers to tell you your friendship levels.
  • Brand new way of triggering heart events, and being able to take somebody out on a date. 
  • Plant crops under the Goddess' Spring for your friends to be able to harvest over wifi.
  • Bachelors can now perform 'reverse proposals, although some cannot.
  • Villagers sometimes post requests on the request boards in each village. 

DS vs. 3DS

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There are only a few differences between the Nintendo DS version and the 3DS version. the 3DS version has 3D capability, while the DS version does not. The graphic quality is better on the 3DS because of it's enhanced screen. The 3DS' screen is also wider, so you get to get a wider view of the area.

Another difference is that the DS version is not region locked while the 3DS version is. The 3DS version also has a street pass feature. With this game's street pass, you can put items in your 'Street Pass Box' and trade items with people you pass by. The last feature is that unique to the 3DS version, is that it has an extra petting minigame, like the ones Island of Happiness, and Sunshine Islands that make it easier to max out your animals' hearts. Otherwise, the two games are completely identical. On a negative note, the 3DS version has some unexplainable framerate issues on larger farms.

Activities

Cooking

Main Article: Cooking (ToTT)

As most games in the Harvest Moon series do, it has a cooking system.  You can choose to cook from a recipe or try to make something new.

Crops

Main article: [Tale of Two Towns Crops]

There are a variety of different crops that the player can grow throughout the four seasons.

Livestock

Among the old favorites like cows, and chickens there's some new options as well.  However, only cows and chickens are available in the beginning.

Bug Catching

Main article: Bug Hunting (ToTT)

Bug catching makes it's return.

Marriage Requirements 

  • Year 2 or later
  • Full flowers (60,000 FP)
  • Big bed (When you get to year 2 and have Eileen at 7750 FP+ she will post a request on the message board to obtain the big bed)
  • All Flower Events 
  • Aditional requirements by candidate

Marriage Candidates

  • Go to Ash
  • Go to Cam
  • Go to Kana
  • Go to Hiro
  • Go to Dirk
  • Go to Mikhail

Bachelors

Bachelorettes

  • Go to Laney
  • Go to Georgia
  • Go to Reina
  • Go to Nori
  • Go to Oracle
  • Go to Alisa

Villagers

Bluebell Villagers

  • Rutger: The mayor of Bluebell. He is often pleased by the fact that everyone in Bluebell 'is like one big family', and is always lending out a hand for the townsfolk.
  • Cheryl: Ash's younger sister. She works as the shop clerk, selling feed and medicine for animals. She is a cheerful young girl who is very protective of her brother.
  • Jessica: Ash and Cheryl's mother. She sells farm animals, as well as impregnates adult animals.
  • Howard: Laney's father. He manages the restaurant in Bluebell. He has a very effeminate nature, and although he is protective of his daughter, he wants her to be happy.
  • Eileen: The carpenter. She offers various upgrades for the two farms. The upgrades are available at the start of the season, starting with Summer 1, and are different for the two farms.
  • Enrique and Diego: Two brothers who run the general store in Bluebell. Diego runs the counter, while Enrique raises chickens. Although they have a rivalry with their brother in Konohana, they go to visit him every Saturday.
  • Grady: Georgia's father, he runs the pet and horse shop in Bluebell.
  • Rose: Rutger's wife, she works in the town hall.
  • Nathan: He acts as the priest, Unlocked in Year 2.

Konohana Villagers

  • Ayame: A romancist doctor that works and lives in the clinic with her intern, Hiro. she likes to tell people tips about how to befriend people. She's gentle and kind to everybody, and worries when someone's injured. 
  • Gombe: Gombe owns the seed shop of Konohana. He is an older man that likes to have fun, tell jokes and play various games with everybody in town. Inside his old body lies a childlike soul that tends to take the fun in first place. He lives with his daughter Nori in the house south of the town hall.
  • Ina: The mayor of Konohana. She seems very serious at first appearance, but is gentle and kind. She tries to help everybody the way she can, and likes to walk by the town to see how everyone is doing. She has an immortal rivality with Rutger. She lives in the town hall with her son, Rahi.
  • Mako: Mako owns the orchard, a fellow and funny old guy that likes to study plants, specializing in fruit trees. He is very studious and expresses everything that stops by his mind. Mako lives with his niece, Reina in the far south of Konohana.
  • Rahi: The active and playful son of Ina. He likes to play and have fun with Ying, but besides his child spirit, lies a mature Rahi that cares about the town just like his mother.
  • Raul: He own a grocery shop on Konohana Village. It's not much different from his brother's shop in Bluebell, except for the fact that he sells Rice, and his brother sells Flour. He wears a red and orange poncho and sombrero, and a mustache on his face. He doesn't like all wild animals, but he really likes fireflies. On his day off, he meets his brothers from Bluebell Village.
  • Sheng: A blacksmith that lives in Konohana. He will upgrade one of your tools once each season. He is a fanatic panda lover. Everytime you talk to him, he will tell you about pandas.
  • Ying: Ying is a little girl that lives with her grandmother Yun in the tea house. Ying lived in the mainland, but her parents discovered that she has a sickness, and she had to be sent to Konohana because the air is cleaner. As she cannot come outside very often, she stays indoors reading books and helping her grandmother. When she can get out, she likes to play with Rahi. 
  • Yun: She is the owner of Yun's Tea House, a place that sell Japanese style dishes and tea. She lives with her granddaughter Ying, and makes dishes at her shop. She rarely goes out of her tea house. She like all dishes except the ones from Howard's Cafe.

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