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 sequels, while Marvelous was forced to rename their games "Story of Seasons", losing out on the recognition of the Harvest Moon brand.
We don't fully know what the working relationship is between the two, but it's relatively safe to assume that the messy divorce situation could mean that there's a low chance of Harvest Moon remakes or re-releases in our future. The most recent one was a remake of 2003 GBA game, Friends of Mineral Town, for the Nintendo Switch, but we have yet to see any of the older games announced for the Nintendo Switch Online service.
That means that it would be wise to grab the Harvest Moon games off the 3DS and Wii U eShops, plus the Virtual Console service, as well as any DLC you don't already have, before they close forever in March 2023. Many of these games are also available physically,
Here's a list of the games and where to find them, compiled by Ranch Story:
- Harvest Moon (Game Boy Virtual Console)
- Harvest Moon 2 (Game Boy Virtual Console)
- Harvest Moon 3 (Game Boy Virtual Console)
- Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (Digital Version)
- Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns (Digital Version)
- Story of Seasons (Digital Version)
- Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Digital Version)
- “New Neighbors Pack“ DLC for Trio of Towns
- Rune Factory 4 (Digital Version)
- Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Digital Version)
- Harvest Moon (SNES Virtual Console)
- Harvest Moon 64 (Nintendo 64 Virtual Console)
- Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (Game Boy Advance Virtual Console)
- Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town (Game Boy Advance Virtual Console)
Rune Factory 4 is also available on the Switch, and as we've already mentioned, the Friends of Mineral Town remake is, too.
If you already own one or more of these games, make sure to redownload them — although Nintendo has confirmed that the ability to redownload games will be available "for the foreseeable future" past March 2023, you never know when that might change.
And maybe let's hope for some more Friends of Mineral Town-style remakes from Marvelous, too, eh?
Which of these Harvest Moon games do you think is the best one to grab off the eShop? Let us know in the comments.