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

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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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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.