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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Box Front
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Box Back
Japanese Title: 牧場物語 3つの里の大切な友だち (Bokujō Monogatari: Mittsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi)
Translation: Ranch Story: Good Friends of Three Villages
Developer(s): Marvelous
Producer(s): Yoshifumi Hashimoto
Publisher(s): Xseed
Platform(s): Nintendo 3DS
Release Dates: JPN.gif: June 23, 2016
NTSC.gif: February 28, 2017
PAL.gif: October 13, 2017
Player(s): 1
Online: Yes
Rating(s): JPN.gif: CERO: A (All Ages)
NTSC.gif: ESRB: E+10 (Everyone 10+)
PAL.gif: PEGI: 3 (Suitable for all groups)
Media(s): Cartridge

Introduction[edit]

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, also known as Bokujou Monogatari: Mittsu no Sato no Taisetsuna Tomodachi (牧場物語 3つの里の大切な友だち, lit. Ranch Story: Good Friends of Three Villages) is the second title under the Story of Seasons name. Being the first game in the series to feature three towns for the player to explore, it has an extensive world map with many new features to dive into, including town-specific festivals, fun outfits and new livestock (quail and buffalo).

The beginning of the game starts out with an eager youth ready to take the agricultural world by storm in spite of their family's immediate skepticism. Determined to prove their family wrong, the protagonist ventures off to meet their Uncle Frank in Westown. There, they learn the ropes of farming from their kind uncle and start out their career on a humble property south of Westown. The other two towns unlock as the game progresses.

Features and Innovations[edit]

  • Three towns to visit, each with their own set of marriage candidates: Lulukoko, the tropical paradise just a step away; the quaint little frontier setting of Westown; and Tsuyukusa, a traditional Far Eastern village[1]
  • The ability to connect with other farmers locally or via internet to trade items
  • A family you can interact with via post and visits
  • New livestock: Quail (produces quail eggs) and Buffalo (produces buffalo milk)
  • A collaboration with Super Mario featuring the ability to dress up as Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad
  • Collectable decorations to place around your farm
  • New and improved tool functions from its predecessor that improve efficiency farming
  • The ability to improve the three towns with the Town Rank system; opening up more items, seeds, and pets
  • Part time jobs to earn extra money
  • Diverse wildlife for the player to interact with, many of which are new creatures to the series
  • Availability of DLC 'New Neighbors Pack', which adds Stephanie and Woofio as marriage candidates, and provides additional content

Characters[edit]

Protagonists: Henry - Holly

Family: Daryl - Marlena - Lynn - Frank

Bachelorettes: Iluka - Kasumi - Komari - Lisette - Siluka

Bachelors: Ford - Hinata - Ludus - Wayne - Yuzuki

Special Candidates: Inari

DLC Content Candidates: Stephanie - Woofio

Westown Villagers: Brad - Carrie - Colin - Dessie - Hector - Marco - Megan - Miranda - Noel

Lulukoko Villagers: Alma - Caolila - Halva - Lotus - Mithra - Schalk - Tigre - Tototara - Witchie - Zahau

Tsuyukusa Villagers: Ginjiro - Ittetsu - Moriya - Omiyo - Shizu - Sumomo - Tatsumi - Umekichi - Yaichi

  • Note: Inari is either a bachelorette or bachelor depending on the gender of the protagonist.
  • Note: There's many named NPCs wandering the three towns.

DLC: New Neighbors Pack[edit]

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is the first game to provide downloadable content for its players, at a cost of $7.99 on the Nintendo eShop. This DLC contains:

  • A new bachelor (Woofio) and bachelorette (Stephanie)
  • The ability to have a child with Inari
  • New events, including your father visiting your farm and getting together with same-gender friends for luncheons
  • A performer story on TV
  • A new pet, Cheburashka, a Russian cartoon character who is enjoyed in Japan
  • New costumes, including ones that are based on Rune Factory 4's Lest and Frey
  • New reaction dialogue to outfits and animals from the bachelors and bachelorettes

The DLC was distributed in Japan over a period of six months, and provided free of cost to Japanese players[2]. On February 3rd of 2017, XSeed made a post discussing the possibility of bringing this DLC to North America. Due to issues in budget, it was improbable that a North American release would be freely distributed - this was confirmed in October of 2017 when XSeed announced a follow up, stating the price would be $7.99. On November 9th, 2017, the DLC content was made available on the eShop alongside a discount on a new 3DS Home Theme for the game at $1.99 and a week long discount of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns to celebrate the DLC release.

Reception[edit]

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 74/100 [3]
Review scores[4]
Publication Score Date
Girl Gamers UK 85[5] 10/11/17
Nintendojo 8.5/10 3/28/17
Nintendo Life 8/10 2/28/17
IGN 7.7/10[6] 3/16/17
Jeuxvideo.com 15/20 10/12/17
GameSpot 7/10 2/28/17
RPG Site 7/10 3/9/17

While Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is positively received for its unique and flexible features, many reviewers noted the time-consuming aspect of this game and its story line. It typically is regarded as a game that is addictive but contains elements that involve tedious grinding.

With a variety of mixed reviews, the game is praised for its graphics and the cultural detail that was bestowed to the three towns and their inhabitants. CJ Andriessen from Destructoid noted that while the beginning was tedious, the game beyond this trial opened up three towns that were charming and affable. The towns and character dialogue were so magnetic that they skipped the farming aspects of the game just to get more time engaging with the story line [7].

There is some critique regarding narrative, as Heidi Kemps from GameSpot noted, the core plot point of impressing your father isn't as compelling as they hoped [8].

Fitting all the wonders of the three towns was a time-consuming task, as mentioned by A Kay Purcell of GamingTrend, but heralded the game on its flexibility of choice [9].

The time consuming aspect of this game was also noted by Mitch Vogel from NintendoLife, but they added that these additional features resulted in a surprisingly deep farm game [10]. Where most of the installments in the Bokujou Monogatari series have a similar complaint of becoming repetitive and lacking new content after marriage and the conclusion of the main plot, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is praised for its longevity of game play. This is due in part to the attention to detail in character, event and festival dialogue.

Despite its abundance of content, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns usually falls under harsh criticism for its activity overload and inability to fit much into every day game play. Arguably, this issue could be chalked up as providing flexibility and customization for the player made achievable only by a massive amount of dialogue, events, and content.

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns NA Logo

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Japanese Logo

Trivia[edit]

  • Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns was released on the 20th anniversary of the Bokujou Monogatari series.
  • Art inside the DLC "New Neighbors Pack" Performer addition was done by Guest Artists.

At a Glance[edit]

External Links[edit]

Official English Website
Official Japanese Website

References[edit]

  1. Nintendo: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, Nintendo, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  2. About DLC for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, XSEEDGAMES, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  3. MetaCritic: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, MetaCritic, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  4. Game Rankings for Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, MobyGames, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  5. MobyGames Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Review, MobyGames, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  6. IGN Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Review, IGN, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  7. Destructoid: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Review, Destructoid, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  8. GameSpot: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Review, GameSpot, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  9. GamingTrend: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Review, GamingTrend, Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  10. NintendoLife: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Review, NintendoLife, Retrieved 2020-01-31.

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