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Harvest Moon Creator’s ‘Project Happiness’ Now Known As ‘Hometown Story’

With a trailer and everything! Run a shop, spread joy, be lovely.

It’s been a long time indeed since we heard anything of Project Happiness, the secretive and mirthful project currently underway by Yasuhiro Wada and his new team at TOYBOX. But after many months of work, it seems Famitsu has caught a glimpse of the game in action, complete with an endearing new trailer.

Fortunately for us, Nintendo Everything has been on hand to gather up the emerging details. Since we last saw it, Project Happiness has become known as Hometown Story, and the first snippets of gameplay are finally becoming known.


Despite the Japanese text dialogue in the trailer, the game’s overview trailer is narrated by a warm and venerable English voice, which we hope implies a localisation further down the road.

With the help of a floaty fluffy sprite thingy, the protagonist soon sets up shop in the family business, aiming to become a pillar of the community. Well, that and rake in the cash. Various NPC characters are then shown, as well as what appears to be confirmation of the ability to be both a male or female protagonist.

Business expansion is all part of the game as customers pile in to stimulate the local economy. They even form an orderly queue when paying, bless them. Other aspects of gameplay are shown off too, such as fishing, playing with a ball and the traditional village pastime of… bucket-passing. Yes.

The trailer ends with what seems to be hints of marriage and possibly even gameplay spanning generations. Intriguing stuff!

The game promises to be very character-driven, and helping people in a personal capacity as much as a professional one is the aim of the game. Development itself is said to be 50% – 60% complete, with a release this year being the aim.

Here’s hoping this is just the start of much more information on this interesting new title!

By on 4 March 2013
Salubriously silly indie-novelist Tony likes Nintendo, doodling cartoons and various rambunctious shenanigans. His handheld of choice is the Cosmo Black 3DS, he tweets nonsense over on @HeyTonyOfficial, and a Norwich coffee shop has named a sandwich after him.

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  1. Kyleman says:

    Looks loads like Recettear, not a bad thing though

  2. Jay Cheeseburger Harvey Jr. says:

    The narrator was clearly off his face.

    I assume this will be some kind of Survival-Horror RPG set in a dystopian future where the world is dominated by uncontrollable mega-corporations?

    Could be interesting!

  3. ledreppe says:

    My Wii U gamepad wont display embedded videos on this site. Look into it 3dsbuzz!

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