Harvest Moon Wii details spilled

Marvelous plants the Harvest Moon seed on the Wii with Bokujo Monogatari Wii; new island-based DS Harvest Moon game revealed.

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Marvelous, the maker of the farming-life strategy franchise Harvest Moon, isn't taking time off to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary this year. Harvest Moon: Innocent Life for the PlayStation Portable has already been released in Japan--where the series is known as Bokujo Monogatari--while a Nintendo DS title, Rune Factory, is slated for release there on August 24.

But the company has recently revealed information on perhaps the most anticipated game in the series: Harvest Moon for the Nintendo Wii. It appears that the game--tentatively titled Bokujo Monogatari Wii--will make ample use of Nintendo's next-gen controller to simulate farm chores, according to the latest Weekly Famitsu.

A handful of screenshots in the magazine demonstrated the Wii-mote's capabilities, including swinging the controller like a hoe to till soil, tilting it like a watering can to water crops, and swinging it like a scythe to mow down weeds. In game, icons appear on the screen's right side to cue players when to move the controller, but otherwise the series' mechanics seem unchanged: Players must still tend to their fields and animals if they want their farms to flourish. Bokujo Monogatari Wii's release date and price have not been announced.

The Wii wasn't the only Nintendo system to get a new Harvest Moon game. Marvelous also announced a new Nintendo DS title, called Bokujo Monogatari: Kimi to Sodatsu Shima. The game's main characters--an old man, a mother, and her three children--are shipwrecked on a deserted island, but by cultivating the land, they can eventually encourage people to begin immigrating to it.

According to Famitsu, every operation on the game can be performed with the DS stylus. As in the GameCube's Harvest Moon: Magical Melody, players can choose between a male and female character--whom players can marry off if they find suitable matches.

Discussion

80 comments
HeavyMG
HeavyMG

when i saw this, i got a giddy feeling in my heart, and then i smiled really big. i love harvest moon. i love natsume, i love marvelous.

HylianHeart
HylianHeart

I am so excited. But I have carpel tunnel, so I hope that there will be other ways to carry out the chores besides waving my wrist around all the time :)

1sweety17
1sweety17

sounds better. i'm looking foward to it

Erikf86
Erikf86

Yeaah boy! Harvest moon kicks.

broojo02
broojo02

Man I can't wait to hoe that ground and chop that grass!!! Get me nice and healthy!:D

pixiedust35147
pixiedust35147

I am so ready for this game, its gonna be great!

Zero254
Zero254

Getting hit on is weird but funny when it happens.

Shox14
Shox14

Imagine breaking up a sweat cutting the grass... This is gonna be, like, the console which will get addicts getting their colesterol levels down. I do hope that this new harvest moon is made better than the GC version; not in terms of graphics, but gameplay. I mean...the GC one was cool at first, but there were some rediculous glitches and somethings that were vital to getting through the game could only be found in internet walkthroughs & cheats. Something totally new would do the trick though, like, nothing like it at all (not including the fact about excercise)

palomaydarla
palomaydarla

looks very cool, i've never played any version so far... i would like to have the wii, but its so expensive... if i buy it, Harvest Moon will be on my collection, that's for sure!! (*-*)

Kbs64
Kbs64

I'm ready to start harvesting the fun when this comes out :-) Power to the Wii

lvlUNE3B
lvlUNE3B

Harvest Moon is natural game.... it should be on every console.

bobreturns
bobreturns

i always wanted the game but i never bought it for the GC

reece590
reece590

Yep, My sister is deffenately going to get the Wii now that they are making a harvest moon for it, She plays the current ones all the time!!!!

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

Harvest Moon for the SNES was the best one of them all. Cutting the grass... reminds me of Bart Simpson performing Virtual Chores for fun.

Rebel582
Rebel582

I have a Harvest Moon game for the PSX. It's not Nintendo only. Never pretended to be Nintendo only. I don't know if I should look forward to this or not. Hopefully they have an alternative to using the Wiimote as an actual tool. I think it would get tiring to keep flicking my wrist over and over again. Although I guess that's how it is IRL...

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Harvest Moon is cool. and the screenshots available for the Wii version ( which are available at Cubed3.com ) look nice n crisp.

doubtme
doubtme

looking forward to it!

avee69
avee69

Harvest Moon 64 was super addictive. At first I thought it was stupid but that game owned. I'm looking forward to the Wii one.!!!

Cheshie
Cheshie

I still think that HM64 was by far the best harvest moon game.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I can't wait until the next Harvest Moon moon games come out. I am a big fan of these kind of games they are real nice and relaxing.

elvato87
elvato87

Harvest moon is one of these games that when you see it you may say "what a boring and stupid game", but once you start playing you can't leave it

adhel
adhel

they should really cater for the pc folk too, a pc version. tell me of a good game like ac and hm on the pc.

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

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DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

ever since Harvest Moon 64, it has been one of my all time favourite franchises.

Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

You know, just because SOME of you guys don't find this important, doesn't mean fans like me aren't interested in hearing about this. Remember, the Wii is the next console for Nintendo and anything talking about how the controller will be used for the game is PROBABLY going to be put up as news.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

ive never played any of the harvest moon series

darkdaej
darkdaej

HyperMetaDragon HyperMetaDragon Whoever called them morons for not making this for PC should think of himself as a moron. They obviously don't see that Harvest Moon is with Nintendo only. it used to, but theres a psp version in japan, so it's not EXCLUSIVE to Nintendo. Only that only Nintendo could market it in north america and europe, most likely

faridmon
faridmon

i love HM series, although they are pretty pretty long but its kind of fun, i like HM better than animal crossing.

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

Whoever called them morons for not making this for PC should think of himself as a moron. They obviously don't see that Harvest Moon is with Nintendo only.

SnipeyMcSnipe
SnipeyMcSnipe

This is gonna fun. Just imagine all of the things you can do with the wiimote in that game.

Reetesh
Reetesh

FInally:D harvest Moon for Wii is Annouced:D Now it wont just be a push of the button we will relly have to DO the things... most probably the TIME seetings will be slowed down or else it will hard to do everything in ONE day.....Hope the DS one also comes out soon.

wii___man
wii___man

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh fun

zelda_luver1493
zelda_luver1493

this could be vey interesting.. all though it doesnt sound like the traditional hm!

OldWiseBob
OldWiseBob

I don't know why but Harvest Moon to me is one of the most enjoyable sims to me. Maybe its because I'm not a farmer or something ;( This game should be kick with the Wi-Fi. Farmers unite!

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

I know this is stupid, but I just have to ask, if this game goes online and people leave their Wii's in standby, does that mean that people can come to your farm and either steal or burn your crops ?

og8440
og8440

Can't wait to use the wiimote as a hoe. lol! This should be quite interesting...

nappan
nappan

Look, I like this series, I really do, and I'm glad it's moving into the next gen of nintendo console... BUT... It's Harvest Moon. "Details Spilled?" lol. Sorry, but even a fun farming/life/romance sim shouldn't be getting treated like someone leaked nuclear launch codes. I also admit that I'm not sure I am too thrilled about the idea of sitting in a chair, wailing away with the controller like I'm threshing wheat, or milking a cow. My main concern about the Wii, namely that it will be "active" for activities' sake, is highlighted here. It may be a lot more fun to hit a big "A" button to use a scythe, than a series of scything motions. Still, I might be overreacting. Maybe one motion sets off the whole thing. I feel that, unlike the PS3 or 360, I really need some time with the Wii until I get a handel on how this is all going to work out for better or worse.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Nice to see them change up the storyline. I kinda got tired of being a kid who inherits a farm.

Robio_basic
Robio_basic

Should be interesting. Marvelous has kind of dumped the traditional Harvest Moon gameplay, with the final installments being Magical Melody and Harvest Moon DS. Thank god because the formula was stale. The games sound different. Could be good.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@mhder Harvest Moon, to me, seems to be one of those either/or titles - either you love it or hate it. Its possible that due to the nature of the game, many players never give it a chance, thinking its too silly or something. Sadly, if you changed all the crops to drugs (weed, poppy, etc) and all the animals to drug dealers, prostitutes, etc (ie, you GTA the game), I'm sure it would be an instant hit with the "tru l33t g@mr" crowd. It could be the exact same game otherwise, but those idiots won't consider it worth playing if there's no violence, sex, etc. Ironically, some of these morons also go around saying "gameplay is everything," too.

mhder
mhder

hue14 HM was never too good, but this may be something good. That's weird, Harvest Moon consistently gets very good scores from all media outlets in North America and Japan.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

Cool. If its anything like the GBA Harvest Moon, the game should be prescribed - most relaxing thing I've ever played in my life. The deeper I got into the game, the less stressed out I was - more than I can say about "blowing off steam" in games like Quake and such (counter-intuitive, yeah?). I'm sure they'll have a "Couch potato" mode so you don't *have* to shovel with the controller.