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Harvest Moon 64 Will Not Sprout on Virtual Console

Posted by James Newton

Bad news for farm fans

There have been countless Harvest Moon games over the years, but only one currently resides on Virtual Console: the original Harvest Moon for Super Nintendo. The 64-bit follow-up Harvest Moon 64 is an oft-requested addition, but according to Natsume's Vice President of Operations Graham Markay, you won't be digging it up in the Wii Shop Channel any time soon.

The company has looked into a possible transition for the game before, but complex coding and technical issues prevent the game from making the leap across to the digital download realm.

I shouldn't say it's never going to come out, but there's just a really, really, very small chance that it would ever come out. Which is unfortunate because we know that for a lot of dedicated, die-hard fans, that's their favorite.

It's always disappointing to hear that a popular title won't be available for a new generation of gamers to download, especially one with such a following as Harvest Moon. For fans of the series, this is one farming adventure you won't be able to relive on Virtual Console.


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DAaaMan64 said:

They won't put it up because they misspelled their own company name right on the title screen . Right there in the picture.



Iggy said:

Wow this sucks that was the first Harvest Moon game i have ever played. I rented it when i was a kid i propally would have never played the gba, gamecube, and ds harvest moon games if it wasnt for this one i was really looking forward to play this game again.



Oregano said:

Somehow I don't believe him.... perhaps it's because the games on the virtual console are emulated and not ported and NST does most of the work with the N64 titles.

It is clear that third parties are reluctant specifically with N64 titles though and I wonder what the real reason is? Could be filesize but then why wouldn't he just say that....



WolfRamHeart said:

I'm sure this game is just one of many titles that will never see the light of day on the Virtual Console.



MeloMan said:

I've read the various articles about the VC and it's slow down, but I have to admit, if they don't want to keep the VC machine rollin' I'm slightly sorry to have known the VC at all. It sucks knowing I'll never get to play all of these games that have graced Nintendo systems and beyond... so much for saving me the trouble of doing the legwork for yesteryears classics



SMBSS said:

You notice that Natsume misspelled their own name on the title? "Natume"



theblackdragon said:

@SMBSS: There are different methods of romanization of Japanese... under Nihon-shiki and Kunrei-shiki, 'tsu' is just written 'tu'. Hepburn is far more common, though, because it was based on English and follows the actual pronunciations as an English-speaker would attempt to spell them.



rustythekid said:

Why most N64 games can be emulated and the people that made them can't figure out a way to make them work on a Wii, it baffles me.



Klapaucius said:

What complex coding and technical issues? It didn't stop the other N64 games being released on VC.



dizzy_boy said:

well, they could just update it a bit, and repackage it as wiiware title. but then that requires effort to do so. and i doubt that they`ll use any. shame really.



JebbyDeringer said:

Isn't the PSOne version and the N64 nearly identical? I can't remember. I had the PSOne version but I played the N64 version as well.

nevermind. The PSOne version is a newer iteration. All the games are fairly similar though. I remember the GBA version to be pretty good.



Burning_Spear said:

Oh, no. No kidding, I turn on the Wii Shop Channel every Monday hoping to see this game. For someone who owns every other Nintendo-based HM game, this is a big disappointment. I guess I have to buy a Nintendo 64 console.



natendo said:

I still have the N64 cart, but cannot save the game (I think the battery died).

I was really hoping for a VC release



Tasuki said:

I have the SNES one in both cartridge form and on the VC. I also have the PS2 one and the GC one. I never played the N64 one and now it looks like I never will unless I find it and a N64. The only thing now with this announcement that it will never come out on VC it will drive the price up on the cartridges.



Egg_miester said:

thats a bummer but i'll live, i never did get a chance to play the game and it would been nice to



komicturtle said:

This is Natsume we're talking about. They are just lazy- even though I like the games they publish.



Taya said:

Damn this sucks. I have the N64 cart but I wanted to play it on the VC. I guess I could hook up the N64 though....



Twilight_Crow said:

It's a shame, N64's is my favorite HM; I, as some other people, luckily still have the cart, but is sad it ain't comming.



CanisWolfred said:


For a second there I was afraid that this of all games would be our next VC N64 game, but now I won't have to worry about coming to the VC ever.



Bass_X0 said:

Sounds like only Nintendo has the know how in porting N64 games to VC - complex coding didn't stop their games being released. Maybe Nintendo will have to do it for them.



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Sylverstone said:

Never really liked Harvest Moon but sad that the VC has to cross off a potential N64 title off the list.



DiggerandIndy said:

That's a lot of hogwash! This is almost the same ordeal that keeps Mother 3 from going outside Japan. Excuses, excuses.



YoshiSage said:

I dislike Harvest Moon, but I feel bad for those who were waiting for this, especially since Natsume (Oops, I guess that's Natume ) came up with a half-excuse not to re-release it. Coding and technical problems? Really? Any game developer worth their own salt knows technology like the back of their hand, and should find away around technical problems easily.



JohnWalrus said:

I wasn't really on the edge of my seat over this one, but I am sad that the N64 isn't getting a new game. Technical difficulties? That's lame.



brooks83 said:

I'm not into the emulation scene but I'd be willing to bet that there is already a rom available of this game online. If regular computer hobbyists can get a rom of this working, why can't Natsume?



plankton88 said:

I never understood Nintendo passing up chances to make money. This is obviously an easy sell.



Hoofbites said:

The Wii's N64 emulator isn't perfect. Hell, it even misses a graphical effect in the intro for Super Smash Bros. (right after Master Hand snaps his fingers).



retro_player_22 said:

Technical difficulties? Sounds more like a "we are too lazy to make it work so the game's not coming" kind of situation.



KeroKero_Cola said:

Not a fan of Harvest Moon, but it really is too bad, especially for the large crowd of fans this game harbors.



Rizi said:

I have the original but I would really love to play it on VC, too bad



Bass_X0 said:

Sounds more like a "we are too lazy to make it work so the game's not coming" kind of situation.

What comes to mind when you think of companies being "too lazy" to do what the fans want? Personally, I think they may just be actually too busy with other far more important projects. But I swear some people here must think that some companies just spend their time sitting around doing nothing but use Facebook and other sites when they should be making games and still getting paid.



Beau_Skunk said:

Man, it's bad enough we can't get EarthBound, or Banjo Kazooie/Tooie, and now HV64?!
Why is it every game I want to come onto VC MOST can't come out for it?!



Vinsanity said:

I feel like there's a problem with Nintendo over N64 emulation. Why are there no third party titles up there, for example? And none of Rare's stuff? That's really horrible, as the N64 was practically defined by their games.

The n64 is getting screwed on the VC more than any of us, that's for sure.

P.S. Wishful thinking: I'm hoping that 4J converts Rare's games to the VC should they EVER make it there (here's hoping for the launch of Nintendo's next home console/re-launch of the VC). Their work re-doing the Banjo titles and Perfect Dark for XBLA has been excellent. Eff the original N64 versions. After playing them on XBLA, I can never go back. I'd love to see 'em re-do DKR and Jet Force Gemini.



SphericalCrusher said:

This sucks. Really wish they'll change their minds and get this title up. I was in year 9 on my N64 title and the cartridge lost the data... I did everything possible. Was hoping to start over... but want a more secure storage medium.

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