Harvest Moon suits the DS perfectly. With the coming of Innocent Life on PSP, how well do you think a game like Harvest Moon suits the more adult-orientated PSP?
Wada: There is something we like to call the 'New Harvest Moon series'. The main difference between games in this 'new series' and the previous games is that I am not the creator.
I don't touch the creation of these new games - I have left the other creators (developers ArtePiazza) with the core idea to make with it what they please. Innocent Life on PSP is one of these 'new series' games, and in that particular game they wanted to focus on improving the graphical aspects of the game using the power of the PSP.
On top of that there is another Harvest Moon game on the way - Rune Factory (being developed by Neverland) - on DS, and in this case they want to focus on other gameplay factors of the game.
So the DS game goes for new gameplay while the PSP version focuses on graphics. Many would say that a focus on new gameplay is more important than improved visuals... would you say that's one of the reasons DS dominates the handheld market?
Wada: There are a lot of new ideas on DS while the PSP uses ideas from existing games. Even though the graphics are improved the ideas on PSP are all based on existing concepts. Whereas DS, whether you look at the DS's software or user interface, has fresh ideas.
It's down to choice. Players who want to play existing games with better graphics will choose PSP, but those who want to be surprised by new things would prefer DS.
Harvest Moon is coming to Wii too, which does focus on new gameplay...
Wada: Yes there are plans for Wii, and you'll obviously be able to use motions with the Wii Remote to perform actions like watering the plants or ringing the cow bell to call your cows near to you.
But I would like to emphasise that the core attraction of Harvest Moon is not in the control mechanics but in the game concept. I don't want people to get carried away about the controls...
But what separates Wii from its competitors is its controller capabilities. If you're not placing emphasis on controls, why was Wii your console of choice for the next Harvest Moon?
Wada: It is simply because the types of people that are into Wii are the typical target user for Harvest Moon.
In hardware terms alone, if I were to choose a platform for the best playability in Harvest Moon I would choose PC.