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Harvest Moon: Animal Parade

Platform(s): Wii
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Natsume
Release Date: Nov. 10, 2009

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'Harvest Moon: Animal Parade' (Wii) Goes Gold, Gets Dated

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2009 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT

In Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, the divine tree which once stood in the middle of the Harvest Goddess' pond is weakening, the creatures are beginning to leave the land, and the five bells have lost their power. The Harvest Goddess believes that only the strength of the Harvest King can help revive the earth and bring the tree back to life. It's up to the player to help the Harvest Sprites ring the five mystical bells, summon the Harvest King, and revive the Harvest Goddess' tree and the land.

There's trouble in the once-prosperous village of Harmonica Town! Crops aren't growing, the wind isn't blowing, and the five elemental bells are missing. Only the power of the Harvest King can revive the land, but he's nowhere to be found. It's up to the player to find the five bells, awaken the Harvest King, and save the town!

Players will find plenty of exciting activities in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, including fishing, mining, cultivating crops, and caring for wild and exotic animals such as penguins, pandas, and monkeys. Players can take their exotic animals out for walks, teach them tricks, and even ride them around town! When the circus rolls into town, players will also need to help the ringmaster find the escaped animals. Befriend the lion, giraffe, and hippopotamus, or the show is doomed! As a bonus, players who pre-order the game at GameStop will receive a limited edition plush duck. Quantities are limited, so hurry and place your order before they're gone!

"Harvest Moon: Animal Parade continues the Harvest Moon series with imaginative new characters, a huge variety of fun pets, and exciting new challenges, " said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. "Players looking for a deep and rich Wii title this season should add Harvest Moon: Animal Parade to their holiday wish lists!"

The game also lets players take and share pictures over WiiConnect24. Players can take pictures of their farm, their family, or their village and show them off online.

Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, rated E for Everyone, will be released for $49.99.

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