First in the classic Harvest Moon series, this cute Super Nintendo ‘farming simulator’ was developed by Amccus and published by Pack-In-Video in Japan, Natsume in North America, and Nintendo in Europe.
It wasn’t the first farming simulator ever to come out (that might be SimFarm by Maxis (1993), although there may be earlier examples), but it was certainly one of the first to really popularise the genre.
Harvest Moon follows the life of a young boy who inherits a farm from his grandfather. And the idea is that you renovate it and get it up and running again. It’s a charming idea made great by good graphics, endearing music, and an absorbing single-player storyline. Not to mention a crucial ‘save’ function.
This first Harvest Moon was released in 1996 in Japan; 1997 in North America, and 1998 in Europe.