Beloved GBA Game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is Getting a Switch Remake

Beloved GBA Game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is Getting a Switch Remake

Get your butt back to the farm before Karen claws your eyes out.

2003's Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and More Friends of Mineral Town are getting a Nintendo Switch release this fall. Story of Seasons: Reunion with Mineral Town includes both Mineral Town games, has upgraded graphics, and seems to include new potential mates to woo.

Friends of Mineral Town and More Friends of Mineral Town are both Game Boy Advance games that put you in charge of a run-down farm (the former game lets you play as the series' iconic baseball cap-wearing protagonist, while the latter lets you play as a girl). As a fledgling farmer, you clear away land, grow crops, raise animals, and, if you want, seize the opportunity to get married and make babies.

Friends of Mineral Town is one of the most beloved entries in the series, so it's not surprising Marvelous is working on a Switch remake. A preview article in Famitsu reveals a bit of what we can expect, including new graphics, the ability to choose a boy farmer or a girl farmer, and new characters.

As someone who played more Friends of Mineral Town than was probably healthy, I'm happy I'll soon be able to visit the old farm. The question is whether Mineral Town has anything to offer in a post-Stardew Valley world. Stardew Valley takes what Mineral Town did and improves it tenfold. Even a Mineral Town remake might not be able to stack up.

Then there's the Natsume-Marvelous kerfuffle that's sure to muck up nostalgic tillers if the Mineral Town remake gets a western release (which is likely). Natsume localized and distributed Mineral Town in the west under the "Harvest Moon" banner, but when Marvelous had its own localization team at Xseed Games take over the Harvest Moon games' localization, Natsume retained the Harvest Moon label while Marvelous went on to develop and localize its farming games as "Story of Seasons."

Well, Stardew Valley might have endless options, but there's one thing it doesn't have: The option to make the angry hard-drinking Karen into your wife. Story of Seasons: Reunion with Mineral Town comes to Japan on October 17. That's right. Harvest time.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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