Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town Switch Remake Announced by Marvelous
Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town and More Friends of Mineral Town are getting remade on Switch as a single new Story of Seasons game, releasing this October in Japan.
Marvelous revealed via this week’s Famitsu magazine that Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town will be getting a full remake on Nintendo Switch. The remake is titled in Japanese Bokujou Monogatari Saikai no Mineral Town, meaning “Story of Seasons Reunion with Mineral Town”, and will launch in Japan on October 17, 2019.
The remake will include both the storylines and content of the original Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town and its upgraded version Harvest Moon More Friends of Mineral Town. As such, in the remake, players will be able to select either a male or female protagonist.
The Famitsu magazine preview reintroduces part of the iconic bachelors and bachelorettes: Popuri, Karen, Rick, and Cliff. The others should be revealed later. What seems to be brand new characters added for the remake are also teased with silhouettes. We’ll know more when the magazine becomes available at July 4 midnight JST.
The Famitsu article also indicates the game’s development is 85% complete. Seeing the high completion rate and the October release in Japan, this FoMT remake is definitely the other Story of Seasons game Marvelous confirmed to be developing a few months ago, besides Doraemon Story of Seasons.
Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town, known as Bokujou Monogatari Mineral Town no Nakama tachi in Japan, is a GameBoy Advance Story of Seasons game released in 2003. The game is remembered by many as the best Story of Seasons game ever made, and as the ultimate farming-themed game in general. The game and its upgraded version Harvest Moon More Friends of Mineral Town (Mineral Town no Nakama tachi For Girls) introduced man new gameplay elements to the franchise. It includes intricate systems for farming, mining, fishing, cooking, and much more. The Story of Seasons franchise evolved even more since then, so this remake, which should definitely include all these evolutions, is like a dream come true for any fan of the franchise.
Harvest Moon Friends of Mineral Town also contributed to giving birth to the Rune Factory Action RPG spinoff franchise. You can read about the Story of Seasons franchise and the Rune Factory franchise in detail with our dedicated editorial.
All Story of Seasons games have been coming west now so while no announcement was made, for now, the Friends of Mineral Town remake should definitely be localized.