Natsume teased that they have quite a bit in store for E3 this upcoming week, and they weren’t lying. The publisher has announced the other two Nintendo-system exclusive titles that are at the show (apparently the in-house developed Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley was one of the three titles), as well as more information on the titles already announced.
First, the Nintendo exclusive titles. Alphadia Genesis is another Kemco developed mobile RPG, this time being ported to the Wii U. What makes Alphadia a bit different is the fact that the game uses a 3D, polygon based art style for battles (the overworld and everything else are still in 2D, though). Since the title was developed in Unity, and the Wii U supports the platform, it makes it an easy pick for Natsume to port to the console.
The second title, A-Train: City Simulator, is… a train and city simulator. There’s no ambiguity in the title of this one! Anyway, this 3DS title puts you in the role of a city’s transportation department, and it’s your job to create roads, railways, subways, and more as you try to meet demands, stay in budget, and turn a profit for the city.
Hiking your way through the mountains one day, you become caught in an unexpected snowstorm, and find shelter with the help of a faint voice. When you awaken, you find and help a kindly Harvest Sprite buried under the snow, who tells you all of the seasons in the valley have vanished except for winter. To return all 4 seasons to the valley, you’ll need the help of the villagers, the Harvest Sprites, the Harvest Goddess, and even the King of the Underworld!
One day, you return to the fishing lodge where you spent lots of time with your father when you were young. But once you step inside, the memories you had in this place as a child come flooding back to you. Motivated by the memories of your past, you decide to embark on the same journey that your father did when you were young. Will you be able to catch all of the fish your father caught all those years ago, and even surpass him?
There seems to be a lot on Natsume‘s plate this year as they localize a bunch of niche titles. It’ll be interesting to see how these games turn out over the next year.