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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Coming to PC, Switch, PS4

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The Harvest Moon franchise turns 20 this year. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc. and Rising Star Games have announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. No release date was announced, but Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be playable at E3 2017 in June. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 as well as PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch, making the first time a Harvest Moon game will be playable on PC and Switch.

“Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”

Light of Hope begins as you survive a shipwreck and wash upon the shores of a small harbor town, destroyed from the storm. Your job will be to help rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse by farming, gathering resources, and making friends.

There’s a lot more Harvest Moon content coming this year as part of the 20th anniversary. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland are coming for PS4. Harvest Moon 64 is coming to Wii U. The first Harvest Moon mobile app, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is also arriving this year, and is geared toward younger kids.

Considering how incredibly well indie farm sim Stardew Valley sold last year, this could be the perfect time for Natsume to go all in with Harvest Moon.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be coming to PS4, PC, and Switch.

 

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Super Mario Odyssey Will Be Playable For the First Time at E3

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Nintendo has provided its first details into its E3 2017 showcase. As in previous years, Nintendo will forgo a live presentation in favor of a video event called Nintendo Spotlight: Live at E3. The Nintendo Spotlight presentation will kick off E3 by airing on June 13 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

The E3 Spotlight will focus on the Nintendo Switch games coming out in the latter half of 2017, including the biggest release, Super Mario Odyssey.

Following the E3 Spotlight presentation will be a Nintendo Treehouse live stream. That show will provide a more in-depth and hands-on look at upcoming games for both the Switch and Nintendo 3DS. It will be hosted by members of the Nintendo Treehouse marketing and social team and include developer commentary.

“Our various E3 activities will showcase the next steps for Nintendo Switch, from a summer of social competitive gaming to a holiday season highlighted by a milestone Mario adventure,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO at Nintendo of America. “With Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3, fans at home can watch in-depth gameplay of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games launching this year.”

Nintendo will have a sizable presence on the show floor, where they’ll be presenting Super Mario Odyssey for the first time. Nintendo is marketing Odyssey as a true 3D sandbox title for the Mario series – the first seen since 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube.

Two Nintendo Switch tournaments will be live streamed from the E3 showfloor. The first is the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational. It’s the first Splatoon 2 competitive tournament of its kind, comprised of qualifying teams from Japan, Europe, Australia/NZ, and the US. It will be streamed on June 13. Splatoon 2 is scheduled for release on July 21.

The second tournament is the 2017 ARMS Open Invitational, which will feature Nintendo’s upcoming motion-controlled fighting game. The tournament will take place on June 14; ARMS launches on June 16.

More details about Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight and games will be announced as the event draws closer. E3 2017 runs from June 13-15.

Nintendo Details Master Trials DLC for Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The first DLC pack for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is called The Master Trials, and it’s launching this Summer. Nintendo has provided a detailed breakdown of what all is included in the DLC.

Trial of the Sword is the new name for what was previously called “Cave of Trials.” It’s a special location where Link starts without any armor and weapons, and must defeat enemies room-to-room like a Survival/Horde mode. The Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms. Upon completion the Master Sword will receive an upgrade – permanent powered-up mode!

Hard Mode should be self-explanatory. Breath of the Wild is already one of the most challenging Zelda games ever designed. But for those looking for additional challenge, here’s your Hard Mode. All enemies receive a rank upgrade (red bokoblins to blue) and regenerate health, forcing you to defeat them quickly. Sneaking up on enemies will also be more difficult. Finally, floating planks will appear around Hyrule. If you can reach them, you can battle additional enemies and collect treasure.

The Hero’s Path Mode will augment your map, showing every step you’ve taken in the world. The new green-colored route on your map will track up to 200 hours of play time. It even works retroactively. This should help in remembering where you’ve been, and where you still need to go to find all the shrines.

A new treasure chest in the world will contain the Travel Medallion. This unique item allows Link to create a new fast-travel point anywhere in the world. You can only register one travel point at a time.

A new Korok Mask helmet will act like the Shrine Sensor for Korok Seeds. When equipped the mask will shake, indicating a nearby Korok.

Finally, the DLC adds eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous Zelda games, such as Majora’s Mask.

The Master Trials DLC is not being sold separately. You’ll need to purchase the Season Pass for $19.99. The Season Pass will also include the second DLC, which is due out this Holiday. Details about what’s included in that DLC are still forthcoming. No specific date other than Summer has been announced for the Master Trials DLC.