Natsume was in full force this year at E3 with a booth that a lot of Nintendo fans just kept hanging around. And with good reason as they had a number of games to show off this year.
First, we were treated to a pair of River City titles on the 3DS: River City: Rival Showdown and River City: Knights of Justice. Both play like the classic NES edition but with different stories. The first, which we still played in Japanese, was originally known as Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari SP. Kunio is attacked in the night by mysterious individuals while Riki’s girlfriend has disappeared, leading you to find out what’s happening. The game is set to come out in the fall.
The second (originally released as Nekketsu Mahou Monogatari)puts our heroes in ancient times fighting dragons and being knights as they play an expanded version of the game in a new time period. This one is set to come out in the summer!
Next up, we travel back to the farm with Harvest Moon: Light Of Hope. In this game, you’re a farmer who came to a town that’s been ravaged by a storm, to the point where most of it is no longer sustainable. This leaves the town looking to you as a saviour to help rebuild with resources from your farm. Beyond that’s it’s your traditional game with some new mechanics to discover which I think fans will enjoy finding out (which we won’t spoil).
Natsume also had Harvest Moon: Lil’ Farmers for mobile devices, but admittedly, we didn’t get to it because we got too busy planting onions in the other.
Finally, Natsume shows off Wild Guns: Reloaded. This is a straight-up remastered version of the original, complete with enhanced graphics and new gameplay options. But if you enjoyed the original, I can’t imagine you not liking this version on Steam and PC.
At the end of my tour, I got a free 20th Anniversary cow figurine, which will proudly graze on my shelves. I enjoyed my time at the Natsume booth and hope to get the new Harvest Moon to review on Switch when the game drops in early 2018.