Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon Headed To PlayStation Network

By Ishaan . September 27, 2012 . 11:10am

Natsume will release Harvest Moon: A New Beginning on November 6th in North America, but in the meantime, they’re releasing a few of their older Harvest Moon games for download.


The PlayStation Network will get the PlayStation 2 version of Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon on October 2nd, and Natsume say that more older titles are on the way.


Meanwhile, a Nintendo 3DS eShop release of Harvest Moon for Game Boy Color is still on track for sometime before the end of the year.

  • You should mention that this is the PS2 version called “Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon Special Edition” released under the PS2 Classics label. The original PSP release of Innocent Life has been on PSN for a few years.

  • I have the PSP version but haven’t gotten around to it.  I hear it is boring compared to the Harvest Moon and Rune Factory branches but it is made by ArtePiazza of Dragon Quest remakes and Opoona fame so it isn’t exactly made by a terrible dev team.

    • I got the PSP version too. It’s… Very odd– I like the ideas it had, but it has some weird choices, like the ever annoying “you have to be present when your crops ship to get any money” mechanic.

  • Micrll

    I have never gotten around to playing a Harvest Moon Game.  Recommendations for the “best” one available?

    • LunarKnite

      Friends of Mineral Town for the GBA

      • Steven Boivin

        Back to Nature which Friends of Mineral Town is a GBA remake of is also available on the PSone Classics on PSN. Best pick you can take wether it’s this one or the GBA remake.

        • Micrll

          No major differences or changes between the two to choose from?

          • I suggest looking up the two games yourself, but as I accidentally had posted above, M/FoMT controls better since it’s overhead, the More Friends version has Won’s shop available for selling things to, and thinking on it, I think the GBA version looks better than the PS1 version, but that’s all to taste.

    • Brian

      well I always prefer a wonderful life, the one for the Gamecube. But there is a PS2 port as well and it has some minor additions add to it, I think.

      • Evan Groman

        Yes, there’s another girl you can marry and some other stuff. Also, you get the gift of being plagued by horrible horrible loading times, but as I understand it, they fixed that for the PS3 PSN release.

    • It’s hard to say which one is the best. My favorite ones so far from each system are as follows:

      Harvest Moon (SNES) of course
      Harvest Moon 3 (GBC), might end up getting a VC release for the 3DS
      Harvest Moon 64 (N64), but is difficult to get since they’ve outright stated there will be no Virtual Console release for it
      Back to Nature (PS1) Has a PSN Classics release, but also exists as Harvest Moon: Boy and Girl for the PSP/Vita
      A Wonderful Life: Special Edition (PS2) Exists as a PS2 Classic for the PS3– not a perfect game by far, but it’s kept my attention
      Magical Melody (Gamecube) There’s a Wii version of it, but it didn’t sound like it was as good
      Friends of Mineral Town/More Friends of Mineral Town (GBA) Basically a remake of Back to Nature, and is probably easier to control. More Friends is the girl version
      Tale of Two Towns (DS) Very blazingly fast to play once you get past the intro! Foregoes the complicating of crop growing that was prominent in the previous three DS games, in which you had to keep track of how much sunlight and water each crop got
      Animal Parade (Wii) Very nice game with at least some decent story progression and interesting character designs

      And then of course there’s the Rune Factory games. You can find a lot more information if you google Ushi no Tane for a rather nicely comprehensive Harvest Moon fansite/guide site. Also, you should look out for A New Beginning for the 3DS in November, which has sold very well in Japan!

      • SakuMo

        Just wanted to clarify: Grand Bazaar, the game before ToTT, did *not* have the sun/water requirements as you indicated. Only the Island games (of Happiness and Sunshine) had that farm system. GrB was more or less the same as ToTT minus trenches but plus watering can upgrades. Oh, and a different shipping system in the form of a bazaar.

        • Ah. I had skipped Grand Bazaar since it didn’t sound really all that good, to me. I’ve been intending on picking it up eventually, but thanks for clarifying that for me!

          • SakuMo

            No prob. I preferred GrB to ToTT’s weird dichotomy, so just had to add that. GrB was far from perfect, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Looking forward to ANB! C:

          • The villages being split was strange, yeah, but at the least, the game moved forward at a good pace once you got going.

            Also Konohana is the best starting village. So many crops!

  • I’d say honestly that the GBA version is much easier to control, and the girl version (More Friends) has Won’s shop available for selling items to, like cooked recipes, which you can get a very nice profit from.

    • This was supposed to be in reply to Micrll! Siliconera kinda weirded out on me with this. Dunno why.

  • Aqua King

    will this be released as a PS3 download/HD remake? or is this just the PSP version?

    • This is the PS2 version, the Special Edition one. The article messed it up a bit, since the PSP one has been on the PSN store for quite some time now.

  • Go2hell66

    weird could of sworn it was on psn already

  • @twitter-22097251:disqus Thanks for pointing this out. Fixed! Natsume didn’t point out the difference in their press release. I didn’t even know Innocent Life had a PS2 version!

    • Haha, I think it’s one of those things people don’t really know much about since Innocent Life didn’t really make waves when it was released, as it is. I only found out about the game itself in the last year, really.

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