When we think about legendary yet underrated SNES games from the mid 90’s that may have been overlooked one the few titles that instantly comes to mind is Harvest Moon. For those who do not know Harvest Moon was the first ever installment of the Story Of Seasons series and was initially released in Japan back in August 1996. Harvest Moon had different publishers depending on what country it was released in. The Japanese publisher for the original Harvest Moon game known as Pack-In-Video had became defunct the same year it was released in October 1996; while Natsume became the publisher for the American port. Harvest Moon was very special for the SNES especially considering the fact that the world had never seen a game like it before. Farm-simulation RPG games were not too common back in the early or mid 90’s and Harvest Moon seemed liked somewhat of an attraction because it was something different. However, Harvest Moon was a title that could have definitely been more successful than it was if the game was released a few years earlier than it was. By the mid 90’s consoles such as PlayStation and Nintendo 64 were turning heads especially since 3D gaming was starting to become more appealing during that time period.
Despite, Harvest Moon being overshadowed the game had an interesting plot that saw players control a young man who attempts to restore and maintain his grandfather’s farm which he gains through inheritance. Throughout, Harvest Moon players engage in various activities that include planting crops, raising livestock, selling harvests along many other things. Harvest Moon had realistic aspects that involved the players responsibility as pertained feed livestock on a daily basis along with water crops. As realistic as Harvest Moon was the game was somewhat forgiving since crops never died from lack of water. However, if the livestock that players owned were not given proper care they would ultimately perish. The Story Of Seasons series is one that has become legendary within the world of gaming and has been around for approximately over 22 years now. Even though, Harvest Moon was not to big in sales following its release the game was still critically acclaimed and is considered to be somewhat of a hidden gem for the Super NES.