- Japan/China: October 17, 2019
- North America: Unknown
- Europe/PAL: Unknown
Official Announcement Video (updated):
The digital version is now available for preorder/preload from the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan. The game requires 999 MB of space. Digital preorders will receive a cow costume for the protagonist to wear.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town for Nintendo Switch is a remake of the Game Boy Advance game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (FoMT) and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town (MFoMT). The original FoMT game had a male protagonist while the original MoFT game had a female protagonist and a few additional improvements. This new Switch version combines both games with updated graphics while still keeping the same village, farm, and environment.
While the game is still based on the storyline of the GBA Game (you spend the summer with grandpa and come back as an adult), the gameplay has been enhanced.
- The protagonist's stamina level is displayed as berries and as a point value in the upper-left corner of the screen
- Items stack inside the rucksack
- Mining has been made easier with the addition of holes to drop down
- The same festivals from the GBA game are in the Switch version; no new festivals have been added
- The background music has been rearranged with existing tracks and additional new tracks
- DLC: Currently the game does NOT have extra DLC, but Marvelous is considering it
- The rumble and motion features of the Nintendo Switch JoyCons are not utilized
- Crops now have a star-rank quality (1 star through 5 stars)
- New crops such as soybean, chili pepper, and daisy
- The animal barns have herding bells on the exterior wall to bring all animals out and into the barns
- New farm animals: angora rabbit, brown chickens, alpaca, strawberry cow, and chocolate cow
- The farmer can now walk across the crops
- The horse can be rode outside of the farm area
- The water pond location has moved closer to the northern entrance of the farm land
- More pet options are available besides a dog such as different variety of dogs, cats, a capybara, and a penguin
- Since items stack in the rucksack, harvesting crops also has improved with stacks of veggie can be put into the shipping bin instead of one at a time
- Players can now select the quantity of dishes they are cooking rather than only receiving cooked dish
- A storage toolbox has been added to the outside of the farm house
- A greenhouse will not be added to the game
- There is a new opening in the fence between Saibara's Shop and Barley's Ranch, and a coordinating gap between Duke's winery and Doug's Inn. Players have a new path between the south and middle streets so players don't have to run from one edge of town to the other.
- The horse can now be rode outside of the farm, including in the town and the mountain area.
The GBA had connection between the Gamecube game Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life and Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life, which won't exist in the Switch remake obviously. The GBA-to-GC connection unlocked in-game background music records, new cooking recipes, a vacation cottage at the beach, and additional books at Mary's library. There have been screenshots of the Switch edition with a record player inside of the player's farm house, though there isn't information yet if the other GC features will be added somewhere. The Switch version does not have multi-player or online network features.
Story of Season: Friends of Mineral Town includes the same characters as the early-2000s game, though their appearance has been updated. Igusa Matsuyama, the primary artist for the Bokujou Monogatari series, designed both the classic characters and the 2019 updated designs.
There are two styles of protagonists to select from: the original Pete and Claire, and an updated new-Pete and new-Claire style. Besides the style of protagonist, costumes will be available to customize the main farmer. Some of these costumes are available as pre-order bonus items from Japanese retailers. The costumes we do know of are a chick costume, chicken costume, dog costume, and sheep costume. A cow costume is also available for those who preorder directly through the Nintendo Switch eShop. There also have been images of the Claire protagonist wearing the yellow hoodie outfit for the new-Claire protagonist.
The same normal marriage candidates will be in the new game:
- Female Protagonist: Cliff, Doctor, Gray, Kai, and Rick
- Male Protagonist: Ann, Elli, Karen, Mary, and Popuri
There are two new marriage candidates added to the game. The first revealed candidate is a man named Brandon, who appears to live with carpenter Gotz. Brandon seems to be a woodcarver of softs, which makes sense if he's set up with Gotz in the forest south of the farm. The second candidate is a wooman named Jennifer, who lives in a tent by the lake in the forest. She moved away from the city to be closer to nature.
It is unknown yet if the special marriage candidates from the original game will continue to be marriage candidates in the Switch version. Friends of Mineral Town also included the Harvest Goddess as a bachelorette, and More Friends of Mineral Town included Won, Kappa, and the seasonal Gourmet cooking contest judge as bachelors.
it is known that the male protagonist can court other male marriage candidates in this version, though it is unknown if the female protagonist can do the same. A recent interview with the game's producer specified this as a male protagonist feature. It is not known if that also includes the possible special candidates, or if the male/male courtship is reserved for specific candidates.
The same heart events from the GBA game are in the game, but there have been additional events added to heart levels. Teaser videos published by Marvelous indicate that the original four romance events (black, purple, blue, and yellow) now appear at black, purple, blue, and green heart levels; the yellow event has been demoted down to green for what we're assuming will be the new events. It has not been revealed yet if this means that a going-steady system has been added to FoMT, which would restrict the higher-level romance events until the protagonist and chosen candidate are officially a couple. The going-steady system was added to the series in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning and has carried on through Story of Seasons and Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.