Hello hello dear reader. Welcome to my Harvest Moon 3D walkthrough. This guid
exists to show you how to accomplish this game's two main objectives: savin
the doomed town of Echo Village and finding yourself a lovely lad/y t
call your own. And if this guide can give you a few tips to get super-ric
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 an
prices and events and people. I see Harvest Moon games as more 'story' o
'role playing experience' than 'game with exploitable mechanics'. I am writin
this guide for those people who enjoy this series because they can get wrappe
up in the characters and world of a good dating-sim/community living game, an
not because it is a good item-management/farming simulator. But if dollars an
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 calle
MARVELOUS ENTERTAINMENT. The first game came out in 1996 on the SUPE
NINTENDO and has since spawned over a dozen 'main' titles and a whole bunc
of re-makes and spin-offs and whatnot. The game is ostensibly a 'farmin
simulation' game, but really that would be rather too dull a thing to spaw
a perennial video-game franchise, wouldn't it? The farming stuff is the mor
mechanical 'video game-y' side of these games, but the part that hooks player
and keeps them invested and buying more games is the 'community life' aspec
of the game, which is a little like a light version of a VISUAL NOVEL or
DATING SIM. These games are populated with interesting characters for you t
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 t
put in a video game, as back in the day games were usually more focussed o
action and... well, just action. Games with more realistic settings an
characters and romance are more common than they used to be, and the continua
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 decade
there have been some developments and changes along the way. Perhaps mos
significant is that the developers started catering to a burgeoning 'femal
gamer' market by releasing versions of some of these games where players ca
play as female farmers and woo manly folk. As the most recent iteration of thi
series, Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning gives players the option to choos
their sex from the very beginning and from there gives each gender an equal-is
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 becaus
writing it out over and over is tedious) is the second Harvest Moon for th
3DS... but the first one (Tale of Two Towns) was a port from the old DS an
so it was not really designed around the 3DS system (it had some programmin
problems too, or so I've heard). HM:ANB uses 3D models for the gameplay bu
the 3DS's 3D effect is very underplayed. Even without a huge 3D graphi
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 wa
pre-designed and couldn't be altered at all, even though people lov
personalizing things. Maybe MARVELOUS was hoping this game would attract ne
players to the series (hence 'A New Beginning') so they really increased th
amount of customizing you can do to your character. When you start up you
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
separate copy of the game... so that's progress, at least.
The customization doesn't end with your character, though. When you arrive a
your town, you will be immediately made into MAYOR of the town and be give
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 tha
came out half a year later and somehow has the same new town-designing featur
as this Harvest Moon does. These games are rather similar aren't they? In m
opinion though HM:ANB is the superior game because it allows you to marry an
bed characters and as far as I know Nintendo has yet to implement that featur
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 creatin
buildings and moving them around town. It sounds like a lot of freedom... an
it is... with a catch. The downside to MARVELOUS designing this game aroun
new players (which is really only a theory of mine) is that they felt th
need to include a ridiculous number of TUTORIALS and only introduce you to ne
characters and town-customization options slowly. So EVENTUALLY you will hav
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 i
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
expect you to identify with your character) coming to own a dilapidated far
and undertaking the enjoyable challenge of fixing it up and turning it into
successful enterprise. These games have substantial farming gameplay element
which really dig into your consumerist and entrepreneurial desires to make
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'
world of interesting characters will be surreptictiously sinking their hook
into you and arresting your interest and addicting you to continually buyin
Harvest Moon games.
This particular game takes the standard HM premise and expands on it quite
bit. This time around it is not just your farm that starts out as a run-dow
piece of manure: it's the whole village. ECHO VILLAGE is a ghost town, or mayb
a dying town in it's last gasps. So this time around you're not just savin
your farm, you're saving a whole town. Your efforts are going to b
instrumental in attracting people and businesses back to Echo, and if yo
work hard enough then you will be able to bring happiness and success t
dozens of people who otherwise would have lived sad and lonely lives somewher
else. You are the only one, no... the CHOSEN ONE... the lone soul who can brin
forth the blessings of the earth and share the bounty with a whole communit
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 DYIN
LAND. Your actions will determine whether THE WORLD PROSPERS OR WITHERS. THI
IS THE MOST EPIC FARMING-SIM EVER! Or something. You can just do whatever yo
 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 gam
designers have deliberately set about delaying your access to the differen
game systems and villagers, and whenever something new is introduced it come
with a tedious TUTORIAL. This makes the first month of the game a very sluggis
experience with not much to do. All I can say is that IT GETS BETTER an
recommend that you just plant and water and sell crops and then just go t
sleep early every day to speed the game calendar along until it gets to thos
dates when interesting things start happening.
If you just hurry forward to the first summer then the option to EDIT th
TOWN and move buildings around and whatnot will be unlocked, and the MAYO
will give you TOWN RESTORATION PLANS that function as goals to work toward
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 Restoratio
system acts as a system of goals for you, and getting married is certainly
popular pursuit for players of this particular game, but you are essentiall
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 fo
something specific then you should check out the handy TABLE OF CONTENTS an
check out the three bracketed numbers next to that section ([xxx]) and if yo
want to jump to that section you can search for it using ctrl-f or some othe
I'm going to outline some of the basic GAME SYSTEMS first and then dive i
to the WALKTHROUGH. The walkthrough is going to be divided by MONTH/SEASON an
its going to include GOALS and point out when and how things get unlocked, bu
keep in mind that new features get unlocked at different rates depending on ho
you play so I'm going to have to be vague about when things are happening i
this game. This game is pretty mellow and go-at-your-own-pace so don't worry i
it takes you 3 years to get married or whatever you have all of the time in th
 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 i
something you're supposed to do gradually so that you stay with the game ove
a long period of time and get attached to the characters. Which is to say tha
if you get all of the money at the very beginning then you are going to BREA
the game and get bored with it and never be able to enjoy it the way its mean
to be enjoyed.
Now the biggest exploit in this game comes from a side-feature in this gam
that allows you to CONNECT to other players, either ONLINE or LOCALLY, to TRAD
items. If you check out any gaming website that has a HM:ANB forum you're goin
to find a community of people willing to trade you items that may be of bette
quality or from later in the game or would otherwise just be too expensive fo
you to get immediately. There are even ways to do this trading without savin
so you can keep the items you supposedly traded. If you ever played POKEMO
(is there anyone who owns a 3DS but has never played pokemon?) you may thin
of this system as being just like the trading in system in those games, an
just as loaded with game-breaking and item-duplicating possibilities. So if yo
want to make a lot of money fast and not enjoy the game as it was meant to b
enjoyed, then what you want to do is find someone online who is willing t
send you certain items that will help you complete TOWN RESTORATION PLANS o
build houses or win FESTIVALS early or whatever, and this will UNLOCK feature
you wouldn't normally have access to yet that you can use to make lots o
 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 an
kind. I don't have any knowledge about this game that cannot be found b
playing the game directly or scouring websites (particularly the HARVEST MOO
WIKI) to obtain information. The only thing that qualifies me to write a guid
to help you is that I have the time and skill to write and that I sat down an
So basically I'm just a guy who played this game when it came out at the en
of 2012. And now in 2013 it's about to come out in Europe and I thought tha
means there will be new players and that some person should write a guide fo
them. And then I realized that *I* am some person, so I wrote this. I started
new file (of the opposite gender from last time) so that I could write dow
everything that happens in this game as it happens and cover the full lengt
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 sor
of experience I have with this series and where my views are coming from, the
I'll admit that I'm an 'old-school' Harvest Moon player in that I haven'
played any of the multitude of Wii and DS titles. I don't know anything abou
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 i
a try because it tried to shake up the formula. That said, in recent years I'v
been playing the Harvest Moon spin-off series RUNE FACTORY and I've enjoye
that a lot and I would recommend that series to anyone who likes Harvest Moo
and fantasy dungeon-crawling (and hey, there's a 3DS RUNE FACTORY game comin
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 thi
game there are going to be huge biases in what I choose to include and wha
I don't bother to write out. For instance, I don't feel the need to includ
lists and tables of items and whatnot. That info can be found elsewhere. Thi
isn't a compendium, it's a guide mean to help you unlock all of the stuff tha
the game has locked up. If you need to find out specific information the
you can go look it up elsewhere (I recommend the WIKIA, but really it shouldn'
be so hard for you to go to your preferred search engine and 'something' searc
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 tha
when I was trying to find a physical copy of this game that it was jus
impossible, even though the video game stores around my area usually had 3D
copies of Tale of Two Towns for some reason. So if you really want a physica
copy (to say, lend to other people) then you might have to resort to Amazon.co
to get it.
But... if you don't care about physical copies then you might be happy to lear
that this game is available from the 3DS eShop and available for downloa
anytime! Neat! That's how I got the game after giving up on finding it i
stores. If you choose to download it's going to eat up like 2000 or so block
of 3DS memory block units.