E3 2021: Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is Coming to Xbox and PS4

Get Ready to Farm for Some Achievements in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Friends of Mienral Town | Title Card

XSEED Games announced at E3 2021 that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will be coming to the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PS4 later this fall. Now, Story of Seasons is one of those franchises that I absolutely adore. But you know what I also adore? Getting achievements! Now, I’ll be able to add Story of Seasons to my list of 1000G games. But, what exactly is Story of Seasons and why should you be excited for this port of a Switch/Steam title from last year? Let’s find out starting with what is Story of Seasons.

Friends of Mienral Town | Claire

Look at the cows! Aren’t they adorable! (Image from Nintendo Switch version)

Story of Seasons is the original fan-favorite farming simulator that debuted way back on the Super Nintendo as Bokujō Monogatari or better known in the West as Harvest Moon. At the time these games were localized by Natsume. However, in 2014 XSEED Games took over the localization for the franchise. As such it was rebranded to Story of Seasons so Natsume could keep using the Harvest Moon brand. While both Story of Seasons and Natsume’s newer developed Harvest Moon titles have their fans, we’re going to focus on one particular game here: Friends of Mineral Town.

Friends of Mineral Town was released originally for the Gameboy Advance as Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town. The main difference being that More Friends of Mineral Town let you play as a girl while Friends of Mineral Town had you play as a boy. This was an important distinction as these were released in 2003 and the starting gender dictated who you could marry. The Friends of Mineral Town duology though were pretty well-received for their time and they are games I sunk hours into. I always wanted to improve my farm or try to woo a different bachelor/bachelorette. There was a lot to do. However, time and technology have marched on. This brings us to 2020 and the original release of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.

Friends of Mienral Town | Yuri!

The yuri is strong with this one. (Image from Nintendo Switch Version)

Our own Kenny McKee wrote a wonderful for the Steam release of Friends of Mineral Town and I would recommend you give it a read. However, I also played Friends of Mineral Town on the Switch and I can tell you that I adored the game. It was like meeting an old friend again. One of the highlights was seeing XSEED Games’ take of the script and characters since the original was localized under Natsume. While there are some changes (Ann became Ran for example) I don’t mind them. Heck, if anything I do like how natural the dialogue feels. Though that is one of XSEED Games’ specialties. Though my favorite feature is the fact I can now I can marry any of the love interests regardless of gender.

Yep, instead of only being able to marry a candidate of the opposite gender, you may now marry someone of the same gender. In my case, I ended playing as a girl and pursuing Elly and Ran. Elly was also my personal favorite back in Friends of Mineral Town though I really do love Ran’s personality in this one. Aside from the ability to marry a character of the same gender, there are also several improvements that have been made from the original GBA games. Such as being able to walk over crops. Gone are the days of the familiar 3×3 grid used for crop planting. Now, you can fully utilize all your field. All this and more make Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town something to look forward to if you haven’t played it yet. And even if you have, go challenge yourself and grab those achievements!

Friends of Mienral Town | Mode Select

One of the things added to Friends of Mineral Town is the inclusion of a Simple Mode. Perfect from if you’re just starting out with the Story of Seasons franchise or don’t have a ton of time (Image from the Nintendo Switch version)

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will be coming to the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PS4 later this fall.

Benny Carrillo
A gamer since the days of the NES and SNES and a reporter since 2015. This hat-wearing otaku loves niche Japanese games, but has a soft spot for visual novels, Super Robot Wars, Mega Man, yuri, and Nepgear. Benny has covered E3 and Anime Expo since 2015 and served as Operation Rainfall’s Visual Novel Manager. Now, this seasoned reporter spends his days trying to clear his epic backlog in between writing analytical articles and reviews.

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