- Number of Players
- 1 (Single Player)
- Release Date
- 9th Aug 1996
- Jun 1997
Wii (Wii Shop)
- 11th Feb 2008, 800 points
- 4th Jan 2008, 800 points
Wii U eShop
- 1st Aug 2013, £5.49
Nintendo Switch Online (Subscription)
- 6th Jun 2023
- Also Available On
- Controller Support
Early wake ups, extensive hours, back-breaking labour and ever-vulnerable to unpredictable weather patterns – farming doesn't sound like the most tantalising profession on paper. Way back when, however, developer Natsume clearly caught a glimpse of the positive aspects of the job and was inspired to create one of gaming's most beloved...
Harvest Moon, a role-playing game based around the noble profession of farming, was one of the later Super NES releases when it arrived in 1997. If you are not familiar with this series, stay with us — it's not as bad or as boring as it sounds on paper This is basically The Sims on a farm. So, if you're a fan of simulation and RPG...
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, Harvest Moon and more!
Nintendo has announced a new batch of games to the Switch Online service. The latest additions are part of the standard tier - adding two Game Boy Color titles, a SNES title (previously Japan-exclusive on NSO), and an original NES game. The games include the action title Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (2001),...
I was elected to weed, not to read
We've finally done it. After starting every article that concerns either Story of Seasons or Harvest Moon with a potted explainer of the schism between Natsume and Marvelous XSEED, we've finally sat down and put (electronic) pen to (electronic) paper and written out a long-form explanation of what "Harvest Moon"...
The Concerned Ape and the Golden Egg
In August of 1996, the same year that Spice Girls released their debut single and The English Patient swept awards season, a little game called Bokujō Monogatari came out in Japan on the Super Famicom. All signs pointed to it being a flop: its development had been plagued by bankruptcy and downsizing; it came...
Instead of Earthworm Jim 2, Japan has received the original Harvest Moon game this month. This farming RPG was first released on the Super Famicom in 1996 and is joined by Dig Dug II and Mappy-Land. Just like the western offerings, you can play this one right away. The catch is, you'll obviously need to have access to a Japanese Switch...
They've bought the farm
If you're embedded within the farming game community, you'll know all about the Harvest Moon / Story of Seasons schism, in which (Western localisation team and publisher) Natsume and (developer) Marvelous went their separate ways. Natsume kept the Harvest Moon name in the West, and cranked out a bunch of wildly disappointing...
"Natsume is probably known most as a non-violent, family friendly company"
Natsume is a publisher famous for its Harvest Moon series, which has now racked up more than 30 entries across a variety of systems and continues to sell briskly all over the world. However, there's been quite a bit of upheaval within the company of late, and boss Hiro...
Pikmin 3, a visit to Cloudberry Kingdom, retro Kirby and much more
It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week brings the long-awaited Pikmin 3 to stores. There's plenty more to consider, with new and old download-only options on the Wii U eShop, more retail goodies and a few diverse offerings on the 3DS eShop. Without further ado,...
Fiendish Wii U platforming, retro farming, loads of discounts and more
So the Nintendo Download update has been a little later than normal this week for Europe, possibly due to the sudden delay of Flipnote Studio 3D. Nevertheless, there are a few new titles to consider as well as a lot of discounts, so without further ado let's get right to it. Wii...
Down on the farm
Hollywood reboots are pretty tiresome these days — it would appear that film-makers have run out of new ideas entirely. Still, every cloud has a silver lining, because the loathsome trend of pilfering ideas from the past has inspired the YouTube series Gritty Reboots, which parodies the process but uses video games for its ideas,...
Where did it all go right?
The very first Harvest Moon was a seminal moment in gaming history — at least, it was if you like farming games — but series creator Yasuhiro Wada recently spoke at GDC 2012 about how close he came to giving up on the game before release. Initially the game began as a cow-raising simulator, inspired by the ever-popular...
Follow in your grandfather’s (muddy) footsteps and become a master farmer!
This classic simulation lets you get hands-on with every aspect of farm life: from sowing crops to raising animals. The harder you work, the bigger and better your farm will become. You can also visit the town to buy supplies; from food and drink to keep up your strength, to labour-saving tools for making life easier.