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Harvest Moon 3 And Lufia: The Legend Returns Rated For 3DS Virtual Console Release

Posted by Damien McFerran

New Game Boy Color games incoming

If you're looking forward to playing more handheld classics on your 3DS then you'll be pleased to learn that the Australian Classification board has handed out ratings for two new Game Boy Color games.

Harvest Moon 3 and Lufia: The Legend Returns have both been given a "General" rating, which is a good sign that they're coming to the North American and European 3DS eShops very soon.

Harvest Moon 3 is the final entry in the series for the Game Boy Color and features the usual livestock-bothering gameplay as you try to make your farm the most productive around. The Japanese edition was actually released in "Boy" and "Girl" formats, but the western release — which occurred in 2001 — combined the two versions.

Lufia: The Legend Returns is the third entry in the semi-famous RPG franchise and its first portable outing. It gained mixed reviews upon release, but the stature of the series should ensure that many will give it a look.

Are you interested in checking out either of these two? Let us know with a comment.

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User Comments (28)

ledreppe

#1

ledreppe said:

I didn't like the first GBC Harvest Moon, only HM I haven't liked so far, and not interested in Lufia.

CaviarMeths

#3

CaviarMeths said:

Besides the DS remake, I didn't even realize that there were Lufia games after SNES...

Einherjar

#5

Einherjar said:

Well, HM3 will suck pretty hard on the VC.
You can select if you want to play as a boy or a girl, which decides if you can only take care of crops or the animals.
You can only unlock the other activities for a character, if you trade with a save file of the opposite sex..yay ?

sillygostly

#6

sillygostly said:

@GamerZack7: Harvest Moon 2 was originally classified back in 2000, so it doesn't need to be classified again. Harvest Moon 3 was only just classified recently because it wasn't released in Australia at the time of its original U.S. release.

Any previously classified GBC games could too, in theory, be released in the Australian eShop, but the only ones that we can confirm for a PAL release are those that are being classified now.

TruenoGT

#7

TruenoGT said:

Interested in Lufia. Man though, I hope this means the possibility of Lufia 1 and 2 for SNES at some point. SO expensive 2nd hand these days.

Geonjaha

#9

Geonjaha said:

I recently repurchased Harvest Moon 2 for the GBC, so this suits me well. I'll be sure to get Harvest Moon 3 when it comes out. This Lufia game however received quite bad reviews when it first came out, so I'll probably pass on it.

haniwa

#11

haniwa said:

Aw man, definitely getting Lufia: The Legend Returns.
It's not a bad game at all, it's a pretty standard JRPG which the GBC did not have much of that the time. Has some pretty great music too.

Einherjar

#15

Einherjar said:

@PrincessEevee9 Harvest Moon 3 is a GBC game, not the one on GBA (That was Friends of Mineral Town, a sorta remake of Back to Nature from the PS1)

HM3 was interesting, in that it featured both protagonists at once (One taking care of the crops, one taking care of the animals) The "problem" is, that these jobs all needed a special tool (Taking care of animals needs special gloves in this game) and each character only has access to a specific set of tools.

For instance: Taking care of sheeps requires Shampoo, which is only obtainable when playing as the girl. So, if you play as the boy, neither you NOR your computer controlled female partner will be able to care for sheeps since the shampoo item is inaccessable.

If you can link up the games, its one of the better "classic" Harvest Moon games. But without that feature, its not even worth the time in my opinion.
Im not sure but there MIGHT be an option to trade between 2 save files on one cart, but its too long since i last played it.
Hope that helped you @Satsujin_Okumei
If i get around it, i might look that trading on one cart thing up.

User1988

#17

User1988 said:

I spent so many hours playing Lufia as a kid! I will be picking that up the moment it releases!

Action51

#18

Action51 said:

Lufia incoming!

Nice. Under-appreciated and innovative RPG series. I hope this means they will release the GBA LUFIA on Wii U soon!

Yomerodes

#20

Yomerodes said:

HM 3 was also the first portable HM that allowed your character to marry and have children, unfortunately, the only marriage option was the player character of the opposite gender that you didn't choose.

Stuffgamer1

#21

Stuffgamer1 said:

So we're finally getting some Lufia on VC...and they start with the THIRD? The one comprised almost entirely of rouguelike-style randomly generated dungeons and honestly goes on too long for its own good. It has some interesting systems, but I've never finished it. Oh well, probably give it another go anyway.

MeloMan

#23

MeloMan said:

I just had a brain cramp... I forgot COMPLETELY that there was a Lufia for GBC... I think I hunted it for so long back then that I forgot all about it, or, perhaps I mistook it for a remake of a previous Lufia. I am TOTAL STOKED for this. (Stupidly huge Lufia fan... except for Lufia: Ruins of Lore and Curse of the Sinistrals... play if you want but leave them alone, lol)

Obito_Tennyson

#24

Obito_Tennyson said:

Are there truly any more games left on the Game Boy Color for the 3DS VC that don't already have better counterparts on the SNES or N64 with the exception of Pokemon? Just give us the SNES and N64 for the 3DS VC, and we'll all be happy.

ljinkakidd

#28

ljinkakidd said:

Lufia: Legend Returns was a pretty decent game I think. The graphics were great for a GBC game and the music was awesome. Maybe I loved it so much because I was a kid when I played it back then and it was all I had for a while. But, if you even like RPGS, give it a try and play it for yourself.

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