Natsume has announced that Harvest Moon 64’s arrival on the Wii U Virtual Console service marks “the first in a series of surprises celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary.”
Harvest Moon first saw release on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System across Japan in August 1996, and later went on to be localised for release in North America and Europe. However, Harvest Moon 64 only ever launched in Japan and North America – meaning that this will be the first time that it becomes available in Europe.
Natsume has teased that the Nintendo 64 farming sim is the start of what they have planned, with “tons of surprise launches, announcements, and more” still yet to come.
“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,” shared Natsume president and CEO Hiro Maekawa.
“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 honour and appreciate our loyal Harvest Moon community.”
Harvest Moon will see release on the Wii U Virtual Console service in North America on February 23rd, and in Europe for the very first time on February 24th.