20th Anniversary Of Harvest Moon – Celebration Starts Next Month

Harvest Moon turns 20 years old this year in North America. The original game debuted on the Super Nintendo back in 1997, almost a full year after the N64 launched. Despite its late entry onto the system, it sold fairly well and a new franchise was born.



Having released Wild Guns Reloaded on the PS4 and Harvest Moon: Skytree Village and River City: Tokyo Rumble for the 3DS, Natsume has some surprises this year. They aren’t quite ready to spill the beans, but we should see some announcement in February. Maybe Harvest Moon will make its way to the Switch? We can hope!


That’s right! Harvest Moon on the Super Nintendo was released in North America in June, 1997. But there’s a crazy story behind how that actually happened.

Did you know HARVEST MOON almost didn’t make it to North America at all?  It’s true! Prez Hiro met Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of Harvest Moon bank in 1996 and brought back to the US a farming game he thought would resonate with a new audience.  Agriculture is a huge part of American life, and he thought people would enjoy a different kind of game than sports or action. But the reaction he got when he showed it to his American industry colleagues…

“It’s so boring!  Who would play this?”
“The gameplay is so slow!  Nobody will stick with this.”

But Prez Hiro remained undeterred. Despite it being near the end of the SNES life, he decided to release the game.  And the rest, as they say…is history!  We’ll talk more about the surprise success of Harvest Moon SNES and where the game went from there next month.  Keep an eye out for the #HarvestMoon20th hashtag on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram!


The final two months of 2016 was full of releases! We launched our FIRST PlayStation 4 game with Wild Guns Reloaded, and two 3DS titles: Harvest Moon: Skytree Village and River City: Tokyo Rumble. We were very excited to return a pair of classic titles to North America.


2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year, and not only for fans of the Harvest Moon series! We’re excited to reveal other titles we’ll be working on this year in the coming weeks and months. We’ll be officially kicking off the Harvest Moon 20th anniversary in February – watch for it soon!


[Source: Natsume’s Tumblr]


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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