Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town Switch Remake Is Coming West; First Gameplay Trailer [Updated]

Shortly after its announcement in this week’s Famitsu, Marvelous published the first trailer for the next Story of Seasons game, a Switch remake of GBA’s Harvest moon Friends of Mineral Town.

The trailer sets the base of the game’s story, with how the protagonist spent part of their childhood at Mineral Town, before moving back there as an adult to take care of a farm. The trailer reveals the game’s new UI, which uses plenty of the evolutions that appeared in the Story of Seasons series since Friends of Mineral Town in 2003.

The trailer also teases that brand new animals to raise and a new bachelor and bachelorette are also included in the remake.

Marvelous also announced that more Story of Seasons games will be developed and released on Nintendo Switch in the future.

Personally speaking, I’m quite excited about this remake as it doesn’t seem to be a simple switch from 2D from 3D, as it includes changes and many new elements. I tend to dislike remakes who in the end, propose the same experience as the original but in 3D instead of 2D. The Secret of Mana remake or the upcoming Link’s Awakening remake comes to mind for example. I’ve also gotta add most characters in Friends of Mineral Town look much cuter in 2D than in their new character design in 3D.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town launches in Japan on October 17. The game will definitely come west as XSeed has been localizing recent Story of Seasons and Rune Factory games including the upcoming Rune Factory 5, but no official announcement has been made for now.

Update: XSeed announced they’re handling the localization of Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town in North America. No release date or estimate was communicated, however.

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Trails of Cold Steel III Gets Special Twitch Stream Next Week Featuring Series Producer

NIS America made an exciting announcement on their official Twitter page recently. According to the status update, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III will be getting a new livestream this coming Wednesday. Even better, said livestream will feature Trails of Cold Steel series producer Toshihiro Kondo:

The Twitch stream will be held at 5pm PDT and will be the only one NIS America is planning to host that week. Considering that Trails of Cold Steel III was previously revealed to be West bound back in January of this year, we should be getting some exciting new information concerning the third installment.

NIS America is a newcomer to The Legend of Heroes, as XSEED previously handled the series’ localization, and have been publishing PS4 ports of the previous two entries in the series as well. While NIS has come under fire for its Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana localization that was released in 2017 (and eventually changed), they have stated they have brought on staff involved in the series to help with the localization.

Trails of Cold Steel IV was announced just last year and has shown off plenty of gameplay, as well as DLC costumes, since then.

In other related news, Peter “Durante” Thoman, known for fixing Dark Souls’ PC port and bringing The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II to PC himself, founded a new studio called PH3 Games. PH3 Games is technically part of a larger company called PH3 GmbH where Durante will serve as Chief Technology Officer.

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Is Coming To Switch

Alongside its PS4 and PC releases, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin will be launching on Nintendo Switch as well. Marvelous and XSeed announced the Switch release of Sakuna with a new trailer.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a doujin game developed by Edelweiss, the doujin studio behind 3D Shmup AsteBreed. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin mixes action RPG and rice farming elements as the protagonist Sakuna is a goddess, born from the union of a war god and a farming and fertility goddess.

In the game, Sakuna needs to explore Hinoe island, the place where she ended up getting banished along with a group of humans. HInoe Island is currently ruled by monsters, so Sakuna will need to defeat the demons and develop rice culture to help the humans.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin‘s rice cultivation gameplay is based on ancient rice cultivation techniques of Japan. The game is a true simulation and aims to be the most realistic rice simulation game in history.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin was announced to be coming west slightly before E3 2017, and the game will be featured at E3 2019 as well.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has no precise release date yet, but the game is supposed to launch this winter.

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XSEED Confirms No Content in Fate/EXTELLA LINK Was Censored for the West

XSEED Games has confirmed through Twitter that no content has been censored or removed in the upcoming Western release of Fate/EXTELLA LINK in any region or platform, as stated in a recent status update from their official Twitter account:

The tweet was posted in response to a fan’s inquiry for an official statement on the status of Fate/EXTELLA LINK, which has been a concern among some fans considering the recent cracking down of certain mature content by Sony USA in regards to titles published in the West on the PS4 and PS Vita platforms.

This has already occurred with XSEED’s other published title Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal in which they were forced to remove the Intimacy Mode from the PS4 release of the title. Omega Labyrinth Z‘s Western release for PS4 and PS Vita was infamously canceled, PQube’s official statement citing both issues with ratings boards and that they “must respectfully comply with the wishes of the platform holder.”

Even Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 isn’t immune as some partial nudity had been censored with a lens flare effect. Sony USA has even been accused of such acts by Blizzard’s ex-Producer Mark Kern, stating that there is “a new wave of puritanism hitting games.”

While fans of the game are sure to be happy that Fate/EXTELLA LINK wasn’t affected by similar practices, only time will tell whether any other future releases of XSEED published titles, as well as other titles in general, will be censored in the West on Sony platforms. Fate/EXTELLA LINK is currently out for PS4, PS Vita, Switch, and PC.

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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Adds Neptune to the Roster in the West With Special Items

XSEED announced that the Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash crossover event with Compile Hearts’ Neptunia series will release in the west for PlayStation 4 and PC on March 7 for $5.99.

The crossover event unlocks Neptunia series protagonist Neptune as a playable character along with some in-game items, including:

  • Neptune’s D-Clips
  • Neptune’s N-Charm
  • Neptune’s X-Choker
  • Neptune’s X-Bracelet (L)
  • Neptune’s X-Bracelet (R)
  • Neptune Doll
  • Neptune Fan
  • Neptune Flag
  • Neptune Badge

Additionally, players will be able to equip Neptune’s Hair and Parka Dress. Also, for those who purchase the recent release of Idea Factory International’s Steam release of Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online by March 14 at 10 a.m. PST, they’ll be able to download the Neptunia DLC free for Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. This offer is exclusive to the Steam release of Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online only.

In Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash players will need to go up against rival schools in an all water gun war without their special ninja arts or weapons. Additionally, players will be able to collect cards to use on their guns and characters in order to make them stronger. These cards play a huge role in the game’s systems and each feature illustrated pictures of characters from the game.

There is also online multiplayer where players will be able to team up or go against their friends in an all-out water fight with the online community.

In case you want to know more about Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash, you can check out DualShockers’ review as well as a recent interview that we had with Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki.

You can check out screenshots below:

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Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection Gets New Character Trailer Focusing on Ragna

XSEED launched a new trailer for the Falcom developed action RPG Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, coming to PC-via Steam on October 31.

The new trailer features the main character, Ragna, who suffered a terrible plane crash and was saved by the vampire princess Alwen du Moonbria. After being bitten and turned into her servant, Ragna is asked to recover her stolen magic as well as reclaim her seized castle. Strangely, Ragna, doesn’t need much convincing as he jumps at the chance to go on an adventure and help Alwen.

Both characters are playable throughout the game, Alwen focuses on using more magic based attacks that can hurt enemies from afar. While Ragna gets up close and personal to go in for the melee attacks. The player must switch between characters in battle, a system found in the Ys series, in order to attack at enemy’s weak points.

Additionally, Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection features a level-up system based around food where players will gain experience by eating food instead of simply grinding in battles. Combining food and saving it will provide huge bonuses to the rewarded experience.

In case you missed it, you can check out the character trailer for Alwen.

You can watch the new character trailer below:

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