Hello hello dear reader. Welcome to my Harvest Moon 3D walkthrough. This guide
exists to show you how to accomplish this game's two main objectives: saving
the doomed town of Echo Village and finding yourself a lovely lad/y to
call your own. And if this guide can give you a few tips to get super-rich
along the way, well... that's just icing on the cake, isn't it?
This guide won't primarily be focusing on providing you with lists of items and
prices and events and people. I see Harvest Moon games as more 'story' or
'role playing experience' than 'game with exploitable mechanics'. I am writing
this guide for those people who enjoy this series because they can get wrapped
up in the characters and world of a good dating-sim/community living game, and
not because it is a good item-management/farming simulator. But if dollars and
cents are really what you're after you may find a tip or two in here.
Anyways here are some questions and answers:
 What is Harvest Moon?
Harvest Moon is a Japanese video game series developed by a company called
MARVELOUS ENTERTAINMENT. The first game came out in 1996 on the SUPER
NINTENDO and has since spawned over a dozen 'main' titles and a whole bunch
of re-makes and spin-offs and whatnot. The game is ostensibly a 'farming
simulation' game, but really that would be rather too dull a thing to spawn
a perennial video-game franchise, wouldn't it? The farming stuff is the more
mechanical 'video game-y' side of these games, but the part that hooks players
and keeps them invested and buying more games is the 'community life' aspect
of the game, which is a little like a light version of a VISUAL NOVEL or a
DATING SIM. These games are populated with interesting characters for you to
live and interact with, and eventually you can marry one and start a family.
Once-upon-a-time this was a very novel and realistic (and interesting) thing to
put in a video game, as back in the day games were usually more focussed on
action and... well, just action. Games with more realistic settings and
characters and romance are more common than they used to be, and the continual
success of Harvest Moon has something to do with that, I think.
Harvest Moon games have more or less stuck to the 'farm and family' formula,
but as they have been released on a half dozen systems over nearly two decades
there have been some developments and changes along the way. Perhaps most
significant is that the developers started catering to a burgeoning 'female
gamer' market by releasing versions of some of these games where players can
play as female farmers and woo manly folk. As the most recent iteration of this
series, Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning gives players the option to choose
their sex from the very beginning and from there gives each gender an equal-ish
number of potential marriage candidates.
 What is new in Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning?
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (hereafter referred to as HM:ANB because
writing it out over and over is tedious) is the second Harvest Moon for the
3DS... but the first one (Tale of Two Towns) was a port from the old DS and
so it was not really designed around the 3DS system (it had some programming
problems too, or so I've heard). HM:ANB uses 3D models for the gameplay but
the 3DS's 3D effect is very underplayed. Even without a huge 3D graphic
boost, there is still a lot of change from past HM games to this one.
The biggest new feature in this game is the amount of CUSTOMIZATION available.
Believe it or not, in previous games in this series your character was
pre-designed and couldn't be altered at all, even though people love
personalizing things. Maybe MARVELOUS was hoping this game would attract new
players to the series (hence 'A New Beginning') so they really increased the
amount of customizing you can do to your character. When you start up your
file you get a character creation screen that gives you lots of options...
well there are a lot of hairstyles and colors at least... so that's something.
You are able to choose which sex you want to be without having to buy a
separate copy of the game... so that's progress, at least.
The customization doesn't end with your character, though. When you arrive at
your town, you will be immediately made into MAYOR of the town and be given
the opportunity to move the buildings around to suit your mood... oh, wait...
no... that's not this game, that's ANIMAL CROSSING NEW LEAF, a game that
came out half a year later and somehow has the same new town-designing feature
as this Harvest Moon does. These games are rather similar aren't they? In my
opinion though HM:ANB is the superior game because it allows you to marry and
bed characters and as far as I know Nintendo has yet to implement that feature
in Animal Crossing, much to the chagrin of certain AC:NL fans I'm sure.
Anyways, getting back to HM:ANB, you really are given the option of creating
buildings and moving them around town. It sounds like a lot of freedom... and
it is... with a catch. The downside to MARVELOUS designing this game around
new players (which is really only a theory of mine) is that they felt the
need to include a ridiculous number of TUTORIALS and only introduce you to new
characters and town-customization options slowly. So EVENTUALLY you will have
a large, populated town and you will be able to customize it however you want,
but for the first few month/seasons you are going to be VERY CONSTRAINED in
what you are able to do. That's just how it is.
Oh... and there are other new things too, besides the customization stuff.
There's an online item-trading system. And there's probably other stuff too.
 What is the point of this game? Why would anyone want to play a 'farm sim'?
This game is about your character (hereafter referred to as 'YOU' because I
expect you to identify with your character) coming to own a dilapidated farm
and undertaking the enjoyable challenge of fixing it up and turning it into a
successful enterprise. These games have substantial farming gameplay elements
which really dig into your consumerist and entrepreneurial desires to make a
lot of money and buy a lot of stuff. And while you are indulging in the wish-
fulfillment of running your own business and making easy money, the game's
world of interesting characters will be surreptictiously sinking their hooks
into you and arresting your interest and addicting you to continually buying
Harvest Moon games.
This particular game takes the standard HM premise and expands on it quite a
bit. This time around it is not just your farm that starts out as a run-down
piece of manure: it's the whole village. ECHO VILLAGE is a ghost town, or maybe
a dying town in it's last gasps. So this time around you're not just saving
your farm, you're saving a whole town. Your efforts are going to be
instrumental in attracting people and businesses back to Echo, and if you
work hard enough then you will be able to bring happiness and success to
dozens of people who otherwise would have lived sad and lonely lives somewhere
else. You are the only one, no... the CHOSEN ONE... the lone soul who can bring
forth the blessings of the earth and share the bounty with a whole community
of people that you carry on your back. You aren't just a simple farmer here,
you're a veritable ARCHETYPAL HERO... blessed by THE GODDESS to save a DYING
LAND. Your actions will determine whether THE WORLD PROSPERS OR WITHERS. THIS
IS THE MOST EPIC FARMING-SIM EVER! Or something. You can just do whatever you
 I've just started playing and there is literally NOTHING to do. What gives?
In the beginning this game is a very empty and boring experience. The game
designers have deliberately set about delaying your access to the different
game systems and villagers, and whenever something new is introduced it comes
with a tedious TUTORIAL. This makes the first month of the game a very sluggish
experience with not much to do. All I can say is that IT GETS BETTER and
recommend that you just plant and water and sell crops and then just go to
sleep early every day to speed the game calendar along until it gets to those
dates when interesting things start happening.
If you just hurry forward to the first summer then the option to EDIT the
TOWN and move buildings around and whatnot will be unlocked, and the MAYOR
will give you TOWN RESTORATION PLANS that function as goals to work towards
and drive the game towards more and more COMPLEXITY (and INTERESTINGNESS).
From then on you'll have plenty to do if you so choose. The Town Restoration
system acts as a system of goals for you, and getting married is certainly a
popular pursuit for players of this particular game, but you are essentially
free to live whatever sort of life you want in this game.
 How do I read this guide?
This guide is divided up in to different sections so if you are looking for
something specific then you should check out the handy TABLE OF CONTENTS and
check out the three bracketed numbers next to that section ([xxx]) and if you
want to jump to that section you can search for it using ctrl-f or some other
I'm going to outline some of the basic GAME SYSTEMS first and then dive in
to the WALKTHROUGH. The walkthrough is going to be divided by MONTH/SEASON and
its going to include GOALS and point out when and how things get unlocked, but
keep in mind that new features get unlocked at different rates depending on how
you play so I'm going to have to be vague about when things are happening in
this game. This game is pretty mellow and go-at-your-own-pace so don't worry if
it takes you 3 years to get married or whatever you have all of the time in the
 Are there any exploits I can use to get lots of money really quickly?
Yes, but I'm not really interested in telling you about them. Getting money is
something you're supposed to do gradually so that you stay with the game over
a long period of time and get attached to the characters. Which is to say that
if you get all of the money at the very beginning then you are going to BREAK
the game and get bored with it and never be able to enjoy it the way its meant
to be enjoyed.
Now the biggest exploit in this game comes from a side-feature in this game
that allows you to CONNECT to other players, either ONLINE or LOCALLY, to TRADE
items. If you check out any gaming website that has a HM:ANB forum you're going
to find a community of people willing to trade you items that may be of better
quality or from later in the game or would otherwise just be too expensive for
you to get immediately. There are even ways to do this trading without saving
so you can keep the items you supposedly traded. If you ever played POKEMON
(is there anyone who owns a 3DS but has never played pokemon?) you may think
of this system as being just like the trading in system in those games, and
just as loaded with game-breaking and item-duplicating possibilities. So if you
want to make a lot of money fast and not enjoy the game as it was meant to be
enjoyed, then what you want to do is find someone online who is willing to
send you certain items that will help you complete TOWN RESTORATION PLANS or
build houses or win FESTIVALS early or whatever, and this will UNLOCK features
you wouldn't normally have access to yet that you can use to make lots of
 What qualifies you to write a guide on this game?
Not much actually. I am a player just like you. I'm not an authority of any
kind. I don't have any knowledge about this game that cannot be found by
playing the game directly or scouring websites (particularly the HARVEST MOON
WIKI) to obtain information. The only thing that qualifies me to write a guide
to help you is that I have the time and skill to write and that I sat down and
So basically I'm just a guy who played this game when it came out at the end
of 2012. And now in 2013 it's about to come out in Europe and I thought that
means there will be new players and that some person should write a guide for
them. And then I realized that *I* am some person, so I wrote this. I started a
new file (of the opposite gender from last time) so that I could write down
everything that happens in this game as it happens and cover the full length
and breadth (and depth cuz it's 3D) of this game's content.
If you've read some of my opinions on this game and you're wondering what sort
of experience I have with this series and where my views are coming from, then
I'll admit that I'm an 'old-school' Harvest Moon player in that I haven't
played any of the multitude of Wii and DS titles. I don't know anything about
them or what they've done to advance the series or what features they have.
HM:ANB is the first Harvest Moon in many years to interest me enough to give it
a try because it tried to shake up the formula. That said, in recent years I've
been playing the Harvest Moon spin-off series RUNE FACTORY and I've enjoyed
that a lot and I would recommend that series to anyone who likes Harvest Moon
and fantasy dungeon-crawling (and hey, there's a 3DS RUNE FACTORY game coming
out soon... check it out((it's got dragons and stuff!))!).
Now since I am just a guy with my own opinions of what is important in this
game there are going to be huge biases in what I choose to include and what
I don't bother to write out. For instance, I don't feel the need to include
lists and tables of items and whatnot. That info can be found elsewhere. This
isn't a compendium, it's a guide mean to help you unlock all of the stuff that
the game has locked up. If you need to find out specific information then
you can go look it up elsewhere (I recommend the WIKIA, but really it shouldn't
be so hard for you to go to your preferred search engine and 'something' search
for whatever you're looking for.
 Dude, I want this game but I can't find it in stores anywhere! Where can I get this game, bro?
Well dog, Harvest Moon games are sometimes hard to find in stores. I know that
when I was trying to find a physical copy of this game that it was just
impossible, even though the video game stores around my area usually had 3DS
copies of Tale of Two Towns for some reason. So if you really want a physical
copy (to say, lend to other people) then you might have to resort to Amazon.com
to get it.
But... if you don't care about physical copies then you might be happy to learn
that this game is available from the 3DS eShop and available for download
anytime! Neat! That's how I got the game after giving up on finding it in
stores. If you choose to download it's going to eat up like 2000 or so blocks
of 3DS memory block units.