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Harvest Moon: My Little Shop - WII - Preview

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Approaching Harvest Moon: My Little Shop with a different art and presentation style, Natsume is bringing forth a WiiWare title that will be providing add-ons for the title as time passes.

As an upcoming WiiWare title, My Little Shop isn’t taking the direct approach of being a full farming simulator as many Harvest Moon titles have done so in the past. Instead, players are asked to open up one of three different shops – ice cream, decorating, and juice – and help bring business to the town. With three separate goals to run successful shops for each type, players should find replay value in the mini-games that are attributed to creating a prospering business.

Playing as either a boy or a girl, players will still have a chance to interact with a variety of different animals, a handful of Harvest Moon characters from the past 11 years of the franchise – such as Gourmet from Harvest Moon: Magical Melody and Saibara from Harvest Moon 64 – and the ability to draw your own store signs, Harvest Moon: My Little Shop should find a good home with fans of the series.

On the topic of drawing your own store signs, players are able to share them online through WiiConnect24. The only issue is that players must comply with the guidelines so that no inappropriate content is shared. Still, remodeling the stores is going to be an attribute that should help lend to the replay value of this WiiWare title.

One of the mini-games shown was making juice for Saibara. The Natsume representative had to aim at the ingredients as they passed on along the screen, similar to a carnival ducks shoot. When the right ingredients were shot down, they fell onto a conveyor belt that took the players to the next screen to mix the ingredients in a blender. Depending on the character’s preference, players will have to make them chucky, smooth and the like. After this is all completed, the players will be judged on how well they did on the process.

Taking a graphical approach akin to cardboard cutouts of popular Harvest Moon characters from the past, Harvest Moon: My Little Shop is set on a real-time cycle and is a single-player experience. Set for a fall release, with a target date of September, Harvest Moon: My Little Shop should offer gamers a fresh break from being a farmer.

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