Harvest Moon 64 planting roots on Wii U Virtual Consoles this week | Nintendo Wire

Save yourself a fortune finding a physical cart on eBay this week and download the critically lauded Harvest Moon 64 on Virtual Console! The news comes via Natsume itself to kick off the series’ 20th anniversary celebration this month and will be releasing in both North America and European territories – a first for the latter.

Originally released in North America on the Nintendo 64 back in 1999, players once again work their buns off to restore and maintain their very own farm, this time inherited from their dearly departed grandfather. Planting, growing and harvesting crops is essential to maintaining a prosperous livelihood, as well as caring for livestock and starting a family. Despite some glitchy visuals and a fairly repetitive soundtrack far below the 64-bit system’s capabilities, this strangely compelling and imaginative RPG-lite farming simulator is destined to drain countless hours from your tedious urban lifestyles. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to round out the Wii U’s library of retro classics before we all inevitably make the Switch next week.

Harvest Moon 64 will be available Thursday, February 23rd, for $9.99 | €9.99 | £8.99.

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  1. Jennifer Burch

    As someone who played it on the N64 (and still has it – box, cart, all), I hope this gets sent to the Switch’s VC in a heartbeat (despite the licensing mess this thing might be in). The fandom has been asking for a digital version of HM64 for years and its timing is… well, unfortunate.

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