Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands Impressions

We check out life on the farm in Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands.


Harvest Moon is no stranger to handheld platforms, and Sunshine Island represents the latest step for the series on the Nintendo DS. The core is the same as always: try to run a farm while balancing an active social life. However, Natsume has tweaked some things and added a few new features that should appeal to fans of the series.

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Right off the bat, we noticed that the map displayed on the top screen revealed that the world was divided into a series of islands. Each island is home to a unique feature that enables you to perform special activities, such as mining ore, encountering unique animals, or putting the local harvest sprites to work on your farm. However, not every island is available from the get-go; instead, some serve as a reward for finding something called sun stones, which are awarded for helping the local villagers with their daily tasks. The game also features competitions, such as a Frisbee-catching contest, that you can enter your pets in to earn special prizes, such as upgraded tools to improve your farming efficiency.

Perhaps most importantly, Natsume has listened to the touch-screen-based complaints of the last DS game and enabled the main character to be controlled with the control pad as well, though touch-screen controls remain for those who prefer them.

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It's difficult to gauge how much the added features will enhance the experience, but we're curious to find out when the final version hits the Nintendo DS this July.

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I have always loved Harvest Moon, ever since the GB games. I have all GB, GBC, GBA, PSX, and the latest NDS games, I am just gonna start playing Sunshine Islands. Harvest Moon FTW.

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Can't wait this is 1 of my fav series Ever!!!!!!!

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the wait for this is killing me. harvest moon has been my favourite series since like, 10 years ago.

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I'm really excited for this. :) It appears to me from a screenshot I saw that you can get different coloured horses. I'm not sure if it's accurate, but I sure hope you can buy horses of a different colour than brown. :)

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YEAH! I hope this will be the best ds HM ever...

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I can't wait for this, looks a lot more 'colourful' than IoH, which was what put me off IoH. Looking forward to this alot :)

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YES!!! ITS ALMOST THE RELEASE MAN!!! I didnt really like the controls on HMIoH so Im glad the controls are better. ^^ But the control pad on my ds broke recently so I better get it fixed soon.. >.>

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can't wait, i hope it's better then the island of happiness JANCOK, MANTAP iki MBUT!!!

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oh and is it just me or is that to kids on the top pic??

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YEA cant wait till it comes out but when does it cause it says in the impression that its July but in the top right coner it says August 2009. but still cant wait iver way hope its July!!

Avatar image for Shidira

I'm very excited to see this! I can't wait to get my hands on this game!

Avatar image for k3ntut_ajib

yeah!!! D-PAD is coooommmmmeeeee baaaccckkkk!!!! I'm tired with stylus.....

Avatar image for g-kai

a new harvestmoon game.......cooooollll i want one...i hope it will com soon....

Avatar image for MayorJohnny

Cool! I might buy this game! :D

Avatar image for gmax

Heh. Moon goodness for the DS. Sounds like a lot of hours on a DS...

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Woot woot I ain't playin around make one false move and I'll take ya down!!!!!!!!!!!

Avatar image for DanieltheDead

Sweet. It's only a month away!

Avatar image for smzee27

Seems like they've added back the old bacheloretts as well.

Avatar image for Hellooo_Nurse

I didn't like the controls in the last game, but if the pad is back, I'll play!

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I play HM for the first time with Futurist Moon on the PSP, was ok. then i got Happiness for the DS and it was V.addictive. so i will be better (Downloading) this one

Avatar image for KrayzieJay

Thank god the D -pad is back!

Avatar image for _AbBaNdOn

Death to Harvest Moon!!!! All hail Rune Factory!!!!!!!!!! Seriously...when is Rune Factory 3,4 ,5, and 6 coming? I have the money set aside already....

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT, another HM game..................CANT WAIT!!!!!

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Avatar image for Llamaschool

Aww maaan.. I only just got around to buying Island of Happiness and now this?

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yay control-pads are back