With the recent release of Harvest Moon 64 on the Wii U Virtual Console in both North America and Europe, let's answer that one important question everyone has been talking about for 17 years: What's up with the spelling of "Natume" on the title screen in Harvest Moon 64?!
Back when Harvest Moon 64 was being worked on, technology was very different. The Internet, email, data transfer, etc. weren’t the everyday tools they are now, so communication with Japan took a bit longer and was a tad more primitive than it is today. Unfortunately, the correction request on the title screen had fallen through the cracks, and when this was discovered, the title had already been approved by Nintendo and was set to go to production.
The problem? Fixing it would have delayed the game by at least 45 days, pushing it out of December! Yikes! Sorry, no Harvest Moon 64 for Christmas and instead, a February release. So, it was decided that we would rather let our fans have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year planting crops and talking care of animals instead of being a Grinch for a simple “s”. The funny thing is, Natume is a legit way to spell Natsume in some versions of romaji. And now you know the story!
March 21, 2017 – Rising Star Games today makes available a brand new trailer and a barn full of localised packshots for the forthcoming Harvest Moon title, Harvest Moon: Skytree Village.
View the trailer here. Download the trailer and packshots here.
Budding farmers and adventurers in Europe will explore El Pueblo del Arbol Celeste, Dorf des Himmelsbaume, and Le village de l’arbre celeste.
Harvest Moon is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and Harvest Moon: Skytree Village releases for systems in the Nintendo 3DS™ family, in Europe and beyond, in early June.
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village weaves a charming farming story and incorporates new features and streamlined gameplay mechanics based on fan feedback. The community has helped shape this all-new adventure just like players will shape and mould the land in the game, with their feedback and input contributing to what will be the most rounded, enjoyable and accessible Harvest Moon yet seen.
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village key features:
Completely new story with tons of interesting new characters.
New crops and flowers to discover.
New fishing mechanics: expand waterways and catch rarer fish.
A full town populated with many residents, each with their own personalities and quirks.
Play as a boy or a girl, woo bachelorettes and bachelors, and start a family.
Care for the newest herd animal: the super-hairy super-cute Poitou donkey!
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, published in Europe and beyond by Rising Star Games, will release for systems in the Nintendo 3DS™ family in early June.
Burlingame, CA. – February 21st, 2017 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced that Harvest Moon 64 will launch for the Nintendo Wii U. 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."
Harvest Moon 64
Head to the country for a new challenge in Harvest Moon 64! Hard work is rewarded as you struggle to bring prosperity back to a neglected farm. Work the land, pick up odd-jobs, and get to know the neighbors!
Tons of new seasonal vegetables and fruits
Raise cows, chickens, and sheep
New items and gifts, including tools that increase in power as you master them
One of the town's five eligible women may prove to be the love of your life
Celebrate seasonal festivals with the townsfolk
Enjoy horse and dog racing
Here's quite a big surprise coming from Natsume this morning. Harvest Moon 64, which never saw release in Europe, is getting an NA/EU Wii U Virtual Console release this week! Natsume said this would be impossible awhile back. We have no idea what changed, but I'm totally fine with the fact that it did!