Natsume Will Bring More Game Boy Color Games To 3DS Virtual Console

By Ishaan . January 31, 2014 . 5:30pm

Natsume are going to bring more of their Game Boy Color games to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, the publisher revealed in a Q&A via its Facebook page.


“[Harvest Moon GBC] did quite well for us, and we have a solid library of GBC games to draw from for re-release,” a Natsume representative stated.


“Currently, we are working with Nintendo to re-release some more of our classic GBC games. When we have dates for future eShop re-releases (and we WILL be releasing more eShop titles), we’ll announce them on our social media first!”


Additionally, Natsume will consider bringing some of their Nintendo DS titles to Wii U as well, following the reveal that Nintendo will re-release DS titles via the Wii U Virtual Console.

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  • I’d like the HM titles for DS to hit Wii U. But seeing this, I need to go look at their GBC history and get excited for what may come~.

    • Oh man, I /really/ hope for HM DS and Tale of Two Towns especially to hit the Wii U DS VC. Really, their DS library as a whole for Harvest Moon was very packed.

      • Wasn’t it~? Sadly, I missed out on basically all of it though (but ToTT is on sale in 3DS e-shop and we just got it), so I especially want them. Here’s hoping!

        • Here’s hoping, too! I own basically all of the HM DS games (except for the first Rune Factory game), but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to support the series if it shows up, and get other people to play the games, too.

          • Oh, lucky! And agreed, I really want to support the series~.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Speaking of Harvest Moon, I’ve been interested in getting into the series for a while now. However, there’s a LOT of HM titles, yet there is also a surprising lack of information about the series. I couldn’t find any retrospectives or articles on Harvest Moon in general that I usually rely on in order to get a general feel for a game series.

      So I want to ask fellow Siliconera posters…which HM games do you think are worth playing? And I mean games that were already released. I’d prefer to try out something older before I consider jumping into one of the 3DS titles.

      • Andhros

        run a search on ushi no tane. it is a fan site dedicated to all the HM games. also has stuff on Rune Factory.

      • Audie Bakerson

        DS Cute, but ONLY the Japanese version.

      • MonkeydogPOZ

        I personally thing Friends of Mineral Town is the best possible Harvest Moon. It also basically the best version of that particular iteration (which is also Back to Nature, HM64, and Boy and Girl…at least as far as I know)

        • Tom_Phoenix

          That also works well for me, since the GBA is one of my favourite platforms. Thanks for the recommendation!

      • Ispheria

        Pretty sure most people would recommend Friends of Mineral Town. It has a good amount of content, re playability, and hidden stuff to look up (trust me, you won’t find all of them by yourself). It’s also my friend’s and I’s favorite HM title so far, which should say something considering how many HM titles there have been after that.

        A New Beginning is also pretty good, but I recommend FoMT first because ANB has pretty good graphics compared to FoMT and it kind of ruins it.

        Whatever you do, don’t buy A Tale of Two Towns, it’s pretty glitchy and not all that fun. Well…maybe if you’ve played every other HM ever made besides that and wanted to have AToTT in your collection then go ahead I guess…

        • Hey hey hey hey.

          Tale of Two Towns is actually really good! The only glitchy version is the /3DS/ version– the DS version is glitch-free! Apparently the 3DS version on the eShop has all of the glitches fixed, but there is literally no point in getting the 3D version. The effects are very minimal and the only advantage is the wider top screen. That’s it. If you wanna try Tale of Two Towns, get the DS version!

      • Friends of Mineral Town is a good choice– it’s essentially a GBA remake of Back to Nature, which is considered to be one of the better early HM games, split with HM64 (which is a lot harder to get, due to emulation issues of getting it onto Virtual Console.)

        I personally really liked HMDS Cute (the boy version has early glitchy releases, but apparently the later printings are fixed, but it’s a toss-up if you can get it.), but I know some people didn’t find appeal in it, due to looking like a GBA game, graphically.

        If you want a recent 3D game, I really actually liked Magical Melody for the GC/Wii, since it has a lot of area customization and a very high number of eligible marriage candidates (10 each for boys and girls), and Animal Parade is very nice to see, with pleasing graphics and atmosphere. I know people tend to like A Wonderful Life… but honestly I find it tedious.

        Handheld-wise, most of the DS games were pretty good, and have their ups and downs. Notably, the Island games introduced a mechanic of balancing your watering and sunlight, and as a result, it becomes hard to go back to if you’ve been away from the game for any length of time. This was taken out in Bazaar (which I haven’t really liked so far) onward. Tale of Two Towns, I found to be pretty good, but the definite best game so far is the most recent release, A New Beginning.

        But like someone said down there, you’re better off waiting on ANB if you want to try out the other games, cause it just looks so good for a handheld game.

        And yeah, if you wanna know more about HM games, look into Ushi no Tane. Basically the best HM guide site around!

        • I forgot about MM! And it’s one of my favs! I suppose it’s also worth mentioning that MM for Wii only has the male route; I don’t know what else was cut though. Did you play both versions? How do they compare?

          Also, I really love AnWL, but the WL titles are very tedious. And dreary (sometimes in a bittersweet way).

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Magical Melody’s issue is that the mother MC looks like shes six. :P

          • Hehe, yeah, but most everyone looks like a baby at least~.

          • MM is one of those entries people sorta seem to forget, but it was very interesting in how it presented itself. It might look really childish with how the characters are designed, but on the other hand, it was the first game in a while to actually have the SNES character iterations of the bachelorettes show up.

            I didn’t grab the Wii version (since I had a perfectly good GC one), but I wasn’t aware they cut the male route– what a gyp! If they can get the GC version, they should go with that, definitely.

          • I was thinking that – it felt so nostalgic but refreshing for that reason.

      • Repede91

        A recent episode of Retrobauts just a 90 minute long retrospective episodes on Harvest Moon. As someone who knew very little about the series and its origins I found it very informative.

      • Huh, I would say that’s odd, but you’re right. Unfortunately, HM doesn’t get much love. I do somewhat recommend the site Ushi no Tane though. They have guides with information and a forum that’s quite active where people discuss even older titles.

        I personally feel like basically all of them are worth playing, but some definitely stand out above others in overall quality, and in certain selling points (the bachelor/ettes, gameplay, graphics, tone/atmosphere, etc).

        My favorites are the Wii pairs (Tree of Tranquility and Animal Parade) because each is great at some aspect of the series but together they’re a kind of fulfilling experience (each has a problem that should have been solved by making a third to fill in the gap, but whatevs MMV).

        (More) Friends of Mineral Town is a nice classic that’s fun, and for a more recent one, I just got Tale of Two Towns feels really nice [though it seems with the more recent (3)DS games, you have to sleep to save and that’s not handy at all obvs].

        I really enjoy the PS2 title as well, but you can’t marry and have children, though I believe the PSP remake/spiritual successor fixed that (I don’t know how much better it is though). And the PS1 game seemed really fun!

        I suppose it depends on what you like and all though.

        • Obviously Siliconera should consider making a Harvest Moon article sometime, hint hint.

          ALSO: I really didn’t like Save the Homeland, but Hero of Leaf Valley (the PSP spiritual successor) is definitely better. While it still has the same confusing way to make money (you have to sell your items directly to stores, no shipping bin), it felt a lot more accessible, and mining is a fun puzzle to do. And yes, you can marry in Hero of Leaf Valley! A Harvest Moon game without marrying is not a Harvest Moon game at all.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            I’ve still got a never written Ever 17 article to write. I could do something about HM64 but all that would be is me defending Popuri against all enemies foreign and domestic.

            That said, it is amazing — given the E rating — how many of the hints that Karen was more than just the ‘girl who worked at the bar’ still made it through the original translation.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            Honestly, someone from Hardcore Gaming 101 should make an article about it. Their articles are great for covering an entire series.

            Anyway, thanks a lot for the recommendations!

          • I agree with this. Harvest Moon is such a classic and long-running series, why not give it the coverage it deserves? Especially since all of the games tend to vary rather wildly despite having the same base to it.

          • I really wish they would! Though Jenni is the only writer I can think of that plays the series, and I don’t remember how much she enjoys it as a whole.

      • Harvest Moon 64, nuff said.

        Hard to find an actual copy of the game, dunno about emulating it but I heard it’s not as solid as an actual physical copy.

        Still have mine, best ‘trade’ I ever made back then (forgot what game i traded for it but I got the better end of the deal by far considering I don’t even remember XD)

  • Oh man, I’m looking forward to HM 2 and 3 to show up…

  • oh lufia how long has it been since I last played the series

  • Will Jay

    Speaking of Natsume, I wish they could go back and work with some Japan-only GBC games and localize them for the eShop.

    Like, say, the Medabots games.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      yeah, localize medarot games
      also the 3DS medarot 7 and medarot dual

  • 『ED−X』゜〜★* 平和 

    Wondering when those GBA VCs will hit 3DS . . .

  • moogle.nine

    …”solid library of GBC games…” Agreed! This is good news.

    Have to admit I was hoping to hear a bit about Farewell, Umihara Kawase though. I got all excited yesterday thinking it would be on the 3ds eshop. Still looking forward to it.

  • Quan Chi

    what’s the point when all games aren’t coming….

  • Renaldi Saputra

    oh Natsume, why don’t you just localize Medarot games?

    • Bigabu Beaze

      Took the words right out of my mouth lol.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        srsly Medarot needs more and more love in the western..
        instead of bringing these GBC games to 3DS, Medarot is more promising

        • Bigabu Beaze


    • This. Either of their latest would be fine, but I want to be greedy and have both.

  • landlock

    Hopefully Lufia: The Legend Returns won’t be one of them. That was dreadful even more so compared to the original two.

    I’ve actually only ever played two GB/GBC games (Lufia and Hamtaro) so they would be interesting.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Lufia Ruins of Lore on GBA was even worse, unbelievably.

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      I actually quit enjoyed Lufia: The Legend Returns. The mechanical dungeons and battle systems ARE VERY different, admittedly, but the story and characters are EXCELLENT, it’s very much a worthy entry in the series, much much more so than any Lufia game that came after.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    YES, Lufia 3 is one of my favorite GBC games. I’ve been wanting the perfect GBC collection (sadly we will likely never see Blue Sphere in the West)

  • As a massive Lufia/Estpolis fan since childhood (Lufia II remains my favorite game of all time), I hated Lufia TLR at first. I thought all of us fans got jipped. But once I actually pushed myself to play it simply because of my raging desire for more Lufia (and some push from without a doubt the biggest Lufia fan of all time – SinReVi), I got used to the roguelike dungeons and battle system (which is the real hurdle to get over before liking it, imo) and now I love it almost as much as the first two games in the series, although it still pales in so many ways.

    Also, I think it has some of the greatest GBC music ever made, right up there with Shantae (but I actually prefer it to Shantae’s music). I just wish it could get more arrangements and covers on youtube, lol.

    • MaximDualBlade

      I know no one who thinks the same way as you do about Lufia 2. For that taste of yours, you deserve a like

  • MaximDualBlade

    I don’t know if they already have, but they should put Lufia 2 there, from a time where you didn’t need(and also couldn’t do it XD) voice acting and still the game sends that message of a heroic adventure between humans and superbeings and more people need to hear The Savior of those on Earth When I was way younger, the whole game marked me for the good and that song right before the end, was perfect IMO

    Also if someone says the DS remake is already on DS, I’m sorry but it’s a completely different game, and for me, they ruined the ending. I am clearly biased to the original because of nostalgia, but I can debate for a long time why I like more the original more than the remake, without using the nostalgia card.
    The SNES was just spot on, the music was perfect, the story was so nice, and the puzzles were really fun, I still play the game sometimes and I still have problems with the puzzles at times XD

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      You’re more dedicated than I, I got halfway through the DS remake and gave up.

  • BillyMK

    Please consider bringing the best Harvest Moon ever, Friends of Mineral Town. Then you can get all of my money.

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Man wtf if they put pokemon on there it would sell like there’s no tomorrow lol

    • Renaldi Saputra

      natsume doesn’t handle pokemon

  • I’m sure the Harvest Moon and River King games will take priority. Lufia likely. Metarot probably not if they aren’t bringing over the newer games but they could use VC to gauge interests.

    Are they picking up original Game Boy while they are at it?
    They had stuff like Amazing Penguin and Tail Gator on there.

  • Ric Vazquez

    A classic like Lufia, oh yeah!

  • Göran Isacson

    Question: are the original two Lufia games for the SNES out on VC? This is relevant to my interests re: downloading Natsume games.

  • fairysun

    Lufia and Lufia 2 are must-play games for RPG lover. :D
    The beautiful story from Lufia 2 is one of the unforgotten moment in JRPG history.

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