This week's European Nintendo Download Update details included the happy news that Harvest Moon 64 will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console; that was a welcome surprise as the title originally skipped the region and it was previously thought that plans to release it as a download had been dropped. North American gamers need not feel left out, however, with Natsume confirming that the release is also coming to that region this week.

It'll land in North America on 23rd February, and in a press release Natsume states that it's the first part of a number of planned surprises for 2017, all to celebrate the IP's 20th Anniversary.

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The first in a series of surprises celebrating the series' 20th anniversary, this classic originally for the Nintendo 64 will be available digitally on the Wii U and will be available February 23rd in North America and February 24th in Europe for the very first time. This fan-favorite re-release isn't all Natsume has in store for the 20th anniversary -- tons of surprise launches, announcements, and more are still yet to come throughout 2017!

"The world has been lucky enough to have Harvest Moon now for 20 years, and we are so proud to have taken a chance on a farming game when no such genre existed in the US. This is a major milestone for Harvest Moon, and it's important that we thank our loyal fans who have been there since the beginning," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "2017 will be a year full of looking back at the games and franchise we love, as well as looking forward to new releases, new surprises, and many things that honor and appreciate our loyal Harvest Moon community."

Are you planning to pick up this N64 title on the Virtual Console this week?