At Long Last, Harvest Moon 64 Comes To Wii U Virtual Console This Week

European fans of the Harvest Moon series got a surprise Monday morning when it was confirmed that Harvest Moon 64 would be available in the region for the first time on February 24th, via the Wii U Virtual Console. Today, North America was confirmed to be getting the fan-favorite entry one day prior on the 23rd.

Series publisher Natsume confirmed that the surprise re-release is but one of the many surprises they have to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary in 2017.

“The first in a series of surprises celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary, this classic originally for the Nintendo 64 will be available digitally on the Wii U and will be available February 23rd in North America and February 24th in Europe for the very first time. This fan-favorite re-release isn’t all Natsume has in store for the 20th anniversary — tons of surprise launches, announcements, and more are still yet to come throughout 2017!”

The road to Virtual Console for Harvest Moon 64 has been a long and arduous one. It never made the jump to the Wii Virtual Console, and was never released in Europe back in its day. Natsume President Hiro Maekawa  was quoted as saying it was technically not possible to re-release Harvest Moon 64 on Wii U due to emulation issues.

Unfortunately, Harvest Moon 64 suffers from technical issues that won’t allow for it to come to the Wii U. We know how beloved the title is by fans, and we have tried everything possible to have it released on the Wii Virtual Console, but there is nothing that can be done.

Natsume executive Graham Markay backed up this sentiment as far back as 2010, saying the game’s code was “not an easy transfer”. In the time since then, it seems that miracles were performed to make the dream a reality. Harvest Moon 64 will launch this Thursday for the typical asking price for N64 games on the eShop, $9.99.

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