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Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness

Platform(s): Nintendo DS
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Natsume

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'Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness' (NDS) Gets Euro Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 16, 2008 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT

Starting off with an abandoned farm, a handful of seeds, and the determination to start a new life, it's up to the player to develop a mysterious, abandoned island into a bustling tropical paradise. By harvesting crops, raising animals, and mining for precious gems, players will help the island grow into a vibrant town filled with people, businesses, and eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Players can take on the role of a male or a female, and choose who they want to fall in love and start a family with. Players can also test their farming skills against each other and compete for prizes via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

In Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, players find themselves stranded on a deserted island, following a disaster at sea. From there, they must start from nothing to build a new life. By growing their own farm - taking care of their crops and raising animals - players can make a fortune, find the love of their life, get married and start a family.

The bright and colourful 3D graphics provide a visual feast, creating a lush idyll where players can experience the excitement and challenges of nurturing an expanding family, business and community. The convenient enhanced stylus control scheme means that even inexperienced farmers can take control and shape their destiny. Players can control their character and perform farming actions such as seeding, digging and watering by pointing the stylus, in combination with +Control Pad and buttons.

There is the option of multiplayer action over Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection, adding the opportunity to check your farm‘s world ranking and compare it with others from around the globe.

On day one, players choose between a male or female character from 10 bachelors and bachelorettes. Joining you is the old timer Tarou, his daughter Felena, and her two kids, Natalie and Eric. The island offers some hints that it may have been inhabited in the past, but it now seems to be deserted. Working with your fellow castaways, your first order of business is to create a farm.

As you build up your farm, people move over to the island, opening up shops and facilities, contributing to the island's development. These new residents provide new areas to explore and new people to speak with, creating an endless world of discovery.

Features:

  • Grow crops and tend to livestock using Touch Screen Farming!
  • Play as a boy or a girl!
  • Interact with a 100 characters!
  • Farming via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection!

Currently available in North America, Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness is scheduled for release in Europe on Dec. 12, 2008.

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