E3 2011: Harvest Moon DS The Tale of Two Towns Hands-On Impressions

Harvest Moon returns with two towns and several upgrades for the Nintendo DS and 3DS.

Harvest Moon, the farming simulator that harvested its way into our hearts since the Super Nintendo days is due for a Fall 2011 sequel for the Nintendo DS and 3DS. I held the game in my hands on the E3 2011 show floor, earlier today and came away with some impressions.

The Tale of Two Towns features, like the name suggests, two distinct villages with their own cultures, customs, and rivalries. At the start of the game you select your gender and town affiliation. As this is a farming simulation, the town rivalry boils down to food preference. The European styled Bluebell favors animals, whereas the Eastern flavored Konahana is filled with fields of crops.

The actual game play is similar to the previous games in the series with the addition of the ability to hand catch fish, and attach a carriage to your horse for increased hauling. Aesthetically, the game is what you would expect from an upgrade in the Harvest Moon franchise. There are a few differences between the DS and 3DS versions of the game. Mainly, the 3DS has light 3D support, and a street pass feature that allows you to more easily trade with other Harvest Moon players.

Harvest Moon The Tale of Two Towns is published by Natsume.