LYON, FRANCE– 8 October 2010– NAMCO BANDAI Partners S.A.S. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Rising Star Games to distribute Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for Wii™ and Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands for Nintendo DS™. NAMCO BANDAI Partners will bring the two games to EMEA regions in November 2010.


“The Harvest Moon series has a very strong heritage of delivering consistently high quality games, so it’s with great pleasure that we will be bringing these two latest iterations in the series to our markets,” said Alberto González Lorca, Vice President Third Parties, NAMCO BANDAI Partners.“We’re looking forward to working with the team at Rising Star to maximise their potential and reach new fans.”


“The Harvest Moon games have enjoyed a strong European following for over a decade. With NAMCO BANDAI Partners we have a distributor with proven effectiveness in these markets who can continue to strengthen that position and grow the potential of this fantastic series,” said Martin Defries, Managing Director and COO, Rising Star Games.


The third title in the farm simulation series to be released for Wii™, Harvest Moon: Animal Parade is a refreshing new addition to the line up, with its greater emphasis on raising animals.  Players are tasked with bringing the harvest king back to the island to revive the earth, all while keeping the farm in top shape. Use the Wii Remote as an axe, shovel, fishing rod, watering can and to milk animals, with the ability to ride every animal providing a fun diversion from the lush fields and paddocks.


Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands is the third in the series for Nintendo DS™ and brings even more depth to the renowned farming sim series on the console. This time the player has to raise the sunken islands and restore them to their former glory following a powerful earthquake many years ago.  With a little luck there could be true love and even a family to start along the way.


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About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Nintendo DS™ and Wii™, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 and PSP™ in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese video game publisher and content developer Intergrow Inc and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its seventh year of trading and has published more than 60 titles. For more information please go to

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