Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon (牧場物語 Bokujō Monogatari lit. “Farm Story”) is the name of a series of farm simulation/role-playing video games produced by Victor Interactive Software (acquired by Marvelous Interactive in 2002). Yasuhiro Wada is considered the father of the Harvest Moon series. English translation and distribution of the game is done by Natsume (later Ubisoft). The object of the game is to maintain a farm over a period of time, tending the crops and livestock thorough the seasons, while befriending the nearby townsfolk and getting married in some games. The first game was Harvest Moon, released for the SNES in 1997. Games in the series have also been produced for Game Boy and GBA, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Nintendo DS; with new titles for PSP, Nintendo DS, Virtual Console for the Wii, and upcoming releases for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and possibly for Microsoft Windows based computers.

Most Harvest Moon games are permutations of a central formula. The game generally takes place over a set period of time (generally 3 years), in which the player is charged with the task of running a successful farm, getting married, having a child, and becoming friends with the townsfolk.

Most gameplay in the Harvest Moon games consists of planting seeds to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs in the spring, summer, and autumn, and collecting items, making home improvements, and building personal relationships in the winter. A successful farmer must weigh the cost, selling price, number of harvests, and growth times of the various types of produce in order to pick the best product for each of the seasons. One can also go fishing.

The player must also balance their physical resources; if players over-exert themselves, they might not have the energy to perform needed activities, or might even get sick and miss a day of farming.

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Harvest Moon - Back to Nature

256px-harvest_moon_back_to_nature.jpgHarvest Moon: Back to Nature is a video game in the popular farm simulation series Harvest Moon, developed by Victor Interactive Software. It is the only Harvest Moon game developed for the original PlayStation, as well as the first Harvest Moon game for a non-Nintendo console. Characters from Harvest Moon 64 were transferred to be the characters in this game, although with new lifestyles, personalities, and relatives, including the wooable girls from Harvest Moon 64 (Ann, Elli, Popuri, Maria [known as Mary], and Karen).

A girl-oriented remake 'Bokujō Monogatari Harvest Moon for Girl (or simply ”for Girls”), was also developed, but until 2007, had not seen a localized English release. The setting of this game was later transferred to the 2003 and 2005 Game Boy Advance games Friends of Mineral Town and More Friends of Mineral Town. Also, the game was coupled with the girl version and ported in 2006(2007 for USA) as 'Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl' for the PSP, although the box art and instructions deceptively portrayed it as a completely new game.

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Harvest Moon - A Wonderful Life

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is a video game initially released for the Nintendo GameCube on March 16, 2004. It was developed by Marvelous Interactive Inc. and released by Natsume, and is part of the long-running Harvest Moon series of video games. The game offers connectivity with the Game Boy Advance game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. True to its name, this is the first Harvest Moon game that progresses through the main character's entire adult life, from young adulthood to old age pensioner. However, numerous years are skipped as the game is progressed. NPCs in the game, including the main character's son, also grow older as time passes. The game takes place in a new setting for the Harvest Moon series - a small village called Forget-Me-Not Valley, populated entirely by new characters. The basic plot is familiar from several previous Harvest Moon games: the main character, a young man, inherits a somewhat run-down farm in Forget-Me-Not-Valley after the death of his father.

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