E3 is a stressful time of year. All the lights and noise have a way of getting to you. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, Natsume will be showing off some titles at the show that might help you unwind through farming, beating up rivals (not literally) and shooting people (again -- not literally).
Noted first on Natsume's E3 press release is Harvest Moon: Skytree Village for the Nintendo 3DS. Skytree Village takes place in a land called the Oasis of the Harvest Goddess, a once-lush land that's become dull and parched since the Harvest Goddess' power started to wane. You need to work on restoring the mighty Skytrees in hopes of bringing vitality back to the village.
Obviously, since this is a Harvest Moon title, you'll still have plenty of time to farm, fish, till the land, find a mate, and make babies. There's a new animal to add to your menagerie, too: The Poitou donkey (a long-haired donkey prized for their size and strength).
With Stardew Valley currently filling the cow-shaped gap Harvest Moon's decline left in the hearts of fans, it'll be interesting to see if Skytree Village can win back digital farmers worldwide. Harvest Moon has yet to reclaim the heights set by 2003's Friends of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance. Maybe Natsume has been paying careful attention to Eric Barone's work and taking notes on what makes Stardew Valley special. I hope so.
If you prefer channelling your energy into your fists instead of into the end of a hoe, you'll be stoked to hear Natsume is also showing River City: Tokyo Rumble for the Nintendo 3DS at E3 2016. This side-scrolling beat-em-up stars the scowling high school student Kunio and his now-famous Michelin Man biceps. Said biceps get a good workout as Kunio introduces his fists to the faces of rival gang members. Tokyo Rumble also features weapons, local multiplayer via Download Play, and – this is important – optional dodge ball tournaments.
Finally, Natsume's booth will also have Wild Guns: Reloaded for the PlayStation 4. The Wild Guns series has been at rest for 22 years, so a lot of folks are understandably excited for the return of this classic arcade shooter. Mike talked about the original Wild Guns when Wild Guns: Reloaded was announced last week, but the gist is that the first game's original duo, Clint and Annie, are out to get revenge on the Kid gang. There are also two new protagonists, so you're primed for four-player co-op action.
Between farming, fighting, and gunslinging, Natsume should have something for you at E3 this year. If you're attending, you can find them in the South Hall at booth 513.
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