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Hometown Story set for Oct. 22 launch, pre-order plushies on offer

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Hometown Story, Yasuhiro Wada's follow up to his Harvest Moon series, will launch on 3DS on Oct. 22, according to publisher Natsume.

The game puts players in charge of a village store that badly needs some love and attention. With prudent retail skills and the help of a magical friend, the shop can bring prosperity back the village.

Pre-order goodies for the $39.99 game have also been announced, with variously colored Ember the dragon plushies available from Amazon, GameStop and Natsume.

"I want people who play my games to feel emotions," said Wada in an E3 interview with Polygon. "To find happiness, to experience the satisfaction of human connections and stories."

"Whether you're a veteran of titles like Harvest Moon, or a newcomer to the Natsume family of games, we know Hometown Story will provide a unique and enjoyable experience," said Natsume boss Hiro Maekawa. "Over the past few months, we have given our fans a glimpse into the world of Hometown Story, and we know they are excited to finally get the chance to start running their own shop."