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River King (Kawa no Nushi Tsuri, lit. Fishing the River Master), also known as Legend of the River King and Harvest Fishing, is a series of role-playing video games based around fishing. The games have been developed by Pack-In-Video, Victor Interactive Software, and Marvelous Interactive.

The plots of River King differ from game to game but the general end goal is the same: to capture the River King.

The series has a spinoff called Umi no Nushi Tsuri which is based around saltwater fishing.

Games In The River King Series:

Games In The Umi no Nushi Tsuri Series:

This series provides examples of:

  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: River King 2 has the typical Natsume translation job for the era.
  • Deep Sleep: In Mystic Valley, your little sister Yunna is stuck in a magical sleep and you have to save her.
  • Fishing Minigame: The series itself is all about fishing.
  • Forced Transformation: In Kawa no Nushi Tsuri 5 you must rescue people who have been turned into fish.
  • Kid Hero: The protagonist is usually a young boy, though a few games allow you to play as a young girl or an adult. River King 2 lets you choose between a child or a teenager, and has minor differences between the two.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: Everything in River King 2, due to the bizarre decision to cut the music when your rod is out. Unless you stand around doing nothing or get lucky enough to avoid encounters while walking around, you likely won't hear too much of any track.
  • Physical Gods: In Legend of The River King 2, the Mountain and Sea Gods have taken the form of fish, and you must fish them up.
  • Raising Sim: Some games allow you to raise pets.
  • The Rival: Manato in Mystic Valley is a self-proclaimed rival who challenges you to fishing tournaments.
  • Shared Universe: With Harvest Moon and Hometown Story.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Sasara, a research scientist, wears glasses in Mystic Valley.
  • Video Game Remake: 3 & 4 is a remake of the first and second titles.
  • Youkai: Mystic Valley contains a kappa, oni, kodama, nekomata, and a few others. River King 2 has them as well, but they're called normal animals in dialogue in typical '90s localization.

Alternative Title(s): Harvest Fishing