XSeed Games and Marvelous have announced Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will be heading to North America on Nintendo Switch.
Originally launching in Japan in 2019, the game is a remake of the 2003 Game Boy Advance game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (with the Harvest Moon series changing to Story of Seasons in 2015).
Players inherit a rundown farm from their late grandfather in Mineral Town. You harvest crops, look after animals, take part in festivals, and maybe even find love. We also previously covered how the Japanese version of the game allowed for same-sex marriages.
The press release (via email) promises “an abundance of new content,” such as “updated systems and character designs along with a completely new translation.”
Those who pre-order the game via the XSEED Games Store and participating retailers will also receive a Strawberry Hanako “pocket plushie” while supplies last.
You can find the announcement trailer below.
You can find the full rundown (via emailed press release) below.
Summoned by Mayor Thomas to visit the farm once owned by their late grandfather, a young city-slicker returns to Mineral Town to find the once lush farmland has fallen into disrepair. Memories of idyllic summers spent in Mineral Town come rushing back and they immediately pick up their tools, vowing to restore the fields to their former glory. In their new hometown, they’ll tend the land and become part of the bustling rural community. Along the way to becoming a world class farmer, they’ll befriend townsfolk and, perhaps, even find romance.
STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town is a complete remake, re-envisioning the charming and occasionally mysterious world of Mineral Town with updated gameplay, graphics, and characters for the modern day. Core features of the STORY OF SEASONS series also make their return, with multi-floor mining and fan-favorite events like horse racing.
Returning the series to the simulation style that put it on the map, Friends of Mineral Town features detailed farm management by individual squares of land, while also introducing smooth, modernized controls to make managing tools and items fun and easy. Once the crops and livestock are tended to, players can spend their days catching fish in the river, mining for ore, or taking a relaxing break in the hot spring.
Seasons bring new events and Mineral Town is chock full of them! Local festivities bring townsfolk together, giving more opportunities to build relationships during events including animal contests, pet fetch competitions, mochi making, and more. Mineral Town is jam-packed with interesting characters to meet, befriend, and even romance. Learn their stories, help them in their times of need, and become an integral part of this lovely community.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is available on Nintendo Switch in Japan, and Summer 2020 in North America.