After years of pining for the seemingly impossible, Harvest Moon fans can finally celebrate as one of the most beloved titles in the long-running farming-simulation franchise comes to Wii U.
Series publisher Natsume has confirmed to the community forum that Harvest Moon 64 will be coming to the Nintendo eShop on February 23. Despite a concerted effort to bring to game to the Wii Virtual Console, this marks the first time that the game has seen a release on a Nintendo platform other than Nintendo 64. Development on the Wii version was apparently abandoned following technical difficulties with the port.
Although this is a major victory for fans who have been clamoring to see the game come to a virtual console, it comes mere days before the release of the Nintendo Switch on March 3. It remains unclear how the Nintendo Switch will treat purchases from the Nintendo eShop.
Regardless, it seems that fans have much to celebrate, especially those who reside in Europe. This release will be the first time Harvest Moon 64 has been sold in that region of the world.
Harvest Moon 64 originally released on the Nintendo 64 in 1999. The most recent entry in the franchise is Harvest Moon: Skytree Village, which released on Nintendo 3DS in North America on November 8, 2016.