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STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town to Sprout on Switch This Summer, Preorder Bonus Revealed

That's the story we've been told

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., is pleased to announce today that STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town will launch in North America this summer on the Nintendo Switch™ system. Retail pre-orders will open shortly at the XSEED Games Store and participating retailers, and an adorable “pocket plushie” based on the in-game animal, “Strawberry Hanako,” will be available as a pre-order bonus item while supplies last at participating retailers and the XSEED Games Store.

STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town is a long-awaited return to one of the most beloved entries in the original farm/life simulation franchise, known in Japan as Bokujo Monogatari. Originally released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance in 2003, STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town is the first mainline title to be released in the series for the Nintendo Switch™ platform and will launch with an abundance of new content. In this complete remake, veterans will be able to enjoy a return to a wonderful world with updated systems and character designs along with a completely new translation. Newcomers to the series will discover the compelling farming gameplay and complex characters that made this series the standard in the genre.

About STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town

Summoned by Mayor Thomas to visit the farm once owned by their late grandfather, a young city-slicker returns to Mineral Town to find the once lush farmland has fallen into disrepair. Memories of idyllic summers spent in Mineral Town come rushing back and they immediately pick up their tools, vowing to restore the fields to their former glory. In their new hometown, they’ll tend the land and become part of the bustling rural community. Along the way to becoming a world class farmer, they’ll befriend townsfolk and, perhaps, even find romance.

STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town is a complete remake, re-envisioning the charming and occasionally mysterious world of Mineral Town with updated gameplay, graphics, and characters for the modern day. Core features of the STORY OF SEASONS series also make their return, with multi-floor mining and fan-favorite events like horse racing.

Returning the series to the simulation style that put it on the map, Friends of Mineral Town features detailed farm management by individual squares of land, while also introducing smooth, modernized controls to make managing tools and items fun and easy. Once the crops and livestock are tended to, players can spend their days catching fish in the river, mining for ore, or taking a relaxing break in the hot spring.

Seasons bring new events and Mineral Town is chock full of them! Local festivities bring townsfolk together, giving more opportunities to build relationships during events including animal contests, pet fetch competitions, mochi making, and more. Mineral Town is jam-packed with interesting characters to meet, befriend, and even romance. Learn their stories, help them in their times of need, and become an integral part of this lovely community.

Developed by Marvelous Inc. and published by XSEED Games in North America, STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town will launch this summer on the Nintendo Switch™ system. The game will be available for a suggested retail price of $49.99, and pre-orders will open shortly at the XSEED Games Store and participating retailers. This game has been rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB.

For more information about the Story of Seasons series, please visit www.storyofseasons.com.

Check out the European cover art for STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town

LOVE that horse!

Earlier this week, STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town was confirmed for a July 10th, 2020 release in Europe and Australia. To go along with that announcement, the European cover art has popped up. Pretty much the same thing we've seen in the states, but still nice to know what Europe is getting.

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town Launches in Europe/Australia on July 10th, 2020

Nothing like manual labor under the blistering sun

Marvelous Europe Limited are today delighted to announce that STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town, which is a complete remake of the Game Boy Advance classic, FRIENDS OF MINERAL TOWN; will launch physically and digitally on 10th July 2020 for the Nintendo Switch within Europe and Australia.

This long-awaited return to one of the most beloved entries in the original farm/life simulation franchise, known in Japan as Bokujo Monogatari, is also the first mainline title in the series to be released for the Nintendo Switch platform. Reimagined with High Definition visuals, and brought to life with improved controls and character engagement, STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town on the Nintendo Switch will let series fans revisit the charming world of Mineral Town, while also introducing it to a new generation of farmers. In this peaceful setting, players will grow crops, take care of animals, and build relationships with villagers.

In addition to the release date Marvelous Europe Limited can also confirm that STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town will launch with English, French, German and Spanish text localisation when it releases on 10th July 2020 across Europe and Australia. Those eager to learn more about the world of STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town, as well as retail pre-order availability, can check the official website for the latest updates.

About STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town

Originally released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance in 2003, STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town is a complete remake that will let series fans revisit the charming world of Mineral Town, while also introducing it to a new generation of farmers. In this peaceful setting, players will grow crops, take care of animals, and build relationships with villagers.

Key Features:

▪ Rediscover one of STORY OF SEASONS’ most beloved entries: This Nintendo Switch remake of the classic game preserves the compelling gameplay, colourful characters and rustic charm of the original 2003 Game Boy Advance release. With buttery-smooth HD visuals and a heartwarming reimagining of the iconic locale, series veterans and newcomers will soon find themselves welcomed by the gentle rhythms of Mineral Town.

▪ Live the simple life in Mineral Town: Tap into the power of nature as you breathe life back into your grandfather’s farm, tending crops and raising livestock to earn your keep. With more than 20 varieties of crops to grow, and animals ranging from alpacas to angora bunnies, no day is the same as seasons cycle and new skills await.

▪ Forge friendships with the townsfolk and win their hearts: Mineral Town is full of friendly faces willing to help you find your feet in your new hometown. Get to know the locals and learn their stories as you go about your daily life, and you might even find love along the way!

▪ Activities galore for days off from the farm: Whether it’s high-tailing in horseraces, catching a champion trout or showcasing your culinary creativity, the busy calendar full of festivals means that there’s never a dull day in Mineral Town. If you’re looking for a quieter time, take yourself away to the local hot spring, delve deep into the mines, or seek out the seasonal secrets of the town.

Published in Europe and Australia by Marvelous Europe Limited, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town for the Nintendo Switch is available to pre-order from selected retailers with further information available through the official website. This game has been rated PEGI 12, USK 0 and PG.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town hits 200k sold in Japan

Harvesting big numbers

Story of Seasons character designer Igusa Matsuyama has let loose with some good news on their personal blog. According to their latest post, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town has managed to move 200k units in Japan alone. That figure includes both physical and digital sales.

This sales number is a great start, as it already surpasses sales of the original game, which amassed 161,430 units sold in its lifetime. Furthermore, Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town hit 108,362 units sold for its lifetime total in Japan. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town combines both of those titles, and it should end up surpassing the lifetime sales of the two previous games combined in the near future.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town updated to Version 1.1.2

Marvelous has released an update for Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. The game is now running Version 1.1.2, which adds in a Reindeer costume, and fixes a number of bugs. The specifics bugs fixed in this update were not detailed.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town 'Official Complete Guide' gets a Famitsu print ad

Let us be your guide

Why advertise just a game when you can promote the game an extra content at the same time? The latest issue of Famitsu features a print ad for the Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town 'Official Complete Guide,' which gives players the rundown of all the methods of running a top-notch farm. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is available in Japan now.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Reunion Town and Rune Factory 4 Special event held in Taiwan

A surprise event!

SEGA recently put together a demo event for two Marvelous titles at the Taipei Underground Street in Taiwan. The event, which took place on October 19th, 2019, let passers-by go hands on with both Story of Seasons: Friends of Reunion Town and Rune Factory 4 Special. Those who played the games got to take home a special pair of can badges.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town allows female couples to have children

Just the other day, we learned that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town allows two females to pursue relationships. Now we know things go a step further, as those couples can have children after 90 in-game days. We still don't know if the same relationship or children options are available for men.

Sell-through rates for Ring Fit Adventure and Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town in Japan revealed

Two success stories for Japan

Two notable Switch titles launched in Japan last week, and we have the sell-through rates for both. Check out info on both Ring Fit Adventure and Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town below.

Ring Fit Adventure

- roughly 67k copies in its first week
- 70% of the initial shipment

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

- roughly 63k copies in its first week
- 55% of the initial shipment

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town updated to Version 1.0.2

Marvelous have updated Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town to Version 1.0.2. As usual, a set of detailed patch notes was not shared. All we know is that this update fixes a bug where animals could not move in the ranch, and some other small issues as well.

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