Joker 21 New Harvest Moon, Dragon Quest Monsters Arrive on DS

One of the major retailers in my area was recently offering $100 trade in credit for DSi XL systems.  It seemed tempting, but only for a few moments until I remembered what tremendous library of puzzle, strategy, RPG, and platforming games I have yet to play.  That list grows larger even today, with Nintendo announcing the release of Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2.

Feeling rundown?  Had enough of hacking locusts into saw-bitten chunks for the day?  Why not kick back for a nice relaxing trip to the villages of Konohana or Bluebell?  Plenty of brush to clear, seeds to sew, animals to raise, and pretty girls to woo!

As a new farmer to the area, players choose which village to live in.  Will it be Eastern-styled Konohana, with its abundant fields of crops, or the animal-loving, European-styled Bluebell? Players will pick a home, build a thriving farm, and compete in a huge variety of festivals. If they develop their skills enough, and they might even find a way to bring these two towns together once again!

Those Harvest Moon games get more addicting with every release.  If that’s a little too laid back for you though, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 has arrived to fill all your colorful JRPG needs!

In Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, players take on the role of a Monster Scout who has crash-landed on a mysterious island. To rescue missing passengers and members of the airship crew, they must assemble a strong team of monsters and fend off enemies in strategic turn-based battles. The game includes more than 300 monsters that can be recruited for battle and synthesized with other monsters to create new, more powerful ones. With more than 240 skill trees to choose from, players can customize their teams to prepare for all kinds of enemy encounters.

Between these two games and the newest Kirby game, the Nintendo DS is having one heck of a week!  Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 are now available throughout North America for $29.99 and $34.99 respectively.