Here’s How Harvest Moon Has Fared On The Nintendo DS

By Ishaan . April 19, 2011 . 5:08pm

There’s been a fair bit of Harvest Moon-related news lately, whether it’s in the form of Rune Factory Oceans, or the future of the Rune Factory series in general, and with Natsume having announced Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns recently, you can expect more very soon.


On a whim, we decided to dig through an archive of Japanese software sales numbers to take a look at how the Harvest Moon series has been holding up over the years in Japan, ever since Marvelous moved it to the Nintendo DS back in 2005.


Here’s a quick visual aid to give you an idea of how Harvest Moon games from 2005 onward have done. Keep in mind that these numbers aren’t 100% accurate, but they should still give you a decent idea of each game’s performance relative to the others.




Food for thought:


1. PSP game sales:

  •  Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon (2006) – 32,128 sold
  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley (2009) – 49,370 sold


2. According to Natsume, who publish the Harvest Moon games in the U.S., A Wonderful Life on the Gamecube is the best-selling game in the series in America. While none of the console games have sold as well as the portable ones in Japan, A Wonderful Life is by far the best-selling console title in the series over there.


Sales data obtained from Media-Create archives at

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  • puchinri

    That’s interesting. Are those numbers for the year released alone? Or for each year after?

    I suppose HM has done the best on the DS, though I still haven’t tried a DS title (and since I now know of Bazaar’s save function, that’s one less DS title I want to play). I kind of wish MMV would make another HM for the Wii and balance it right. I think ToT was great, but then AP had a lot more in it. And yet… They pretty much ruined a lot of perfect things. I wonder how console versions would do if they took all of the better traits from ToT and AP.

    Nonetheless, I look forward to playing the HM titles on DS and hope for news on another HM relatively soon.

    • Those are the last known sales to date, not just for the year they were released. :)

  • Damn. Rune Factory is still behind harvest Moon titles

    • lostinblue

      yeah, talk about unfair :(

  • I feel sorry for HMDS Cute. They actually fixed all of the game-breaking bugs that were in HMDS, and yet it’s rep probably didn’t help Cute to sell along with the fact that it’s a girl version. :(

    At least I can say that I’m one of those 30,619 people who bought it!

    Also wow, it’s pretty obvious what the system is for Harvest Moon. DS all the way.

    • Ren

      You bought Crobockle Station for Girls? Wow, I can’t play japanese harvest moons, the language barrier makes it boring for me

  • As an aside, it’s cool to see getting some pimping. It’s basically THE best archive site for data on Japanese sales; you just need to know a bit of Japanese to use it.

  • BelmontHeir

    I’m not really surprised that Island of Happiness did so well, just because the marketing for that game seemed the most put together.

  • Code

    Kind of impressed by those numbers considering just how many game there’s been in such a short span >o>’ Like I thought Harvest Moon was pulling lower numbers then pretty much 100-250k! It’s been awhile since I picked up a Harvest Moon game, the last one I owned was Harvest Moon 64, not counting Rune Factory Frontier >w<'' Seriously though Alpacas, this is a solid innovation that deserves serious thought and consideration on my stance surrounding future Harvest Moon titles omo~!

  • Zero_Destiny

    Well all the sales have been pretty good. :D I do look forward to Two Towns. I haven’t played HM in a while since like the GC but I’ve been wanting to grab one again. And hey Alpacas. XD I Can’t wait to play it though. ^_^

  • malek86

    From these numbers, it looks like japanese players aren’t that fond of Rune Factory, at least compared to the standard games.

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