Favorite farming sim GameCube Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is coming back to our consoles this year and we can’t wait. Even though this is now a Story of Seasons game and not Harvest Moon… even though all the characters have been reworked… and even if [REDACTED] doesn’t die in the remake (although we’d be a little disappointed).
If you’re looking for all the details about the game, including release dates, trailers, character design changes and more, look no further farmer friend – we’ve got all the information for you in one place.
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life details, images, trailers and MORE!
Season Story: The Wonderful Life Release Date
In Japan, SoS: AWL releases on January 26, 2023. In the rest of the world the date is just “Summer 2023“.
Delays like this between Japan and other countries are not uncommon in the Story of Seasons franchise – the Friends of Mineral Town remake took an extra nine months, Trio of Towns on the 3DS took seven months, and Pioneers of Olive Town just one month between releases – so rest assured that there is nothing sinister or catastrophic about it.
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life – the story so far
Unlike other highly anticipated titles like Pikmin 4 and Metroid Prime 4, AWL has a much simpler timeline.
First announced in a September 2022 Nintendo Direct, we could see the return of many features from the original 2004 GameCube game, such as marriage candidates, familiar sound effects, and the aging mechanic that A Wonderful Life introduced to the series.
It has been relatively quiet since then, although there have been a few additional announcements:
What is The Story of Seasons: The Wonderful Life?
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life is a remake of the original 2004 GameCube game, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, one of the best-selling Harvest Moon games of all time (and loved by many people even to this day).
In A Wonderful Life, you play as a young male farmer who takes over his father’s farm with only a dog, a cow, and an empty field. What made the game remarkable is that it actually had an overarching story that went on for 30 years while your farmer got married, had a baby, got old and eventually died, and your son chose a different career depending on how you raised him.
Later, a remake called “Another Wonderful Life” let you play as a female farmer with the option to marry one of three bachelors and have a daughter instead of a son. There was also a PS2 game called Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition which still made you play as a man, but added one extra bachelorette, Lumina, and allowed you to have a daughter.
As for the game itself, you will breed animals, grow crops and get to know the inhabitants of the city. Here is an abstract from the game page:
A familiar farm for a new generation ‒ Return to this iconic community with revamped systems, character designs, and visuals that bring Forgotten Vale to life while retaining the charm that made the original a classic.
Your story, your path With the option to play as a male, female, or non-binary protagonist, as well as all eligible marriage candidates available for romance, regardless of that choice, players can truly be who they want.
Development of agricultural modeling ‒ The original farming features have been updated, bringing new excitement to the carefree life of growing crops and raising animals.
Living a great life is more than just farming – Take a break from daily farm work, befriend memorable characters in the valley, help villagers with requests, and take part in brand new events.
The Story of the Seasons: A Wonderful Life Candidates for Marriage
You can now marry any of the women or men you could marry in A Wonderful Life, A Wonderful Life Special Edition or Another Wonderful Life without any restrictions, as well as Gordy/Cody who could not marry before.
Here are all of them, with their original names in brackets:
- Cecilia (Celia)
- Molly (Muffy)
- Gustava (Gustava)
- A rock
- Matthew (Marlin)
- Gordy (Cody)
History of the seasons: miraculous changes in life
- New art and animation
- New localization
- “Additional Updates”
- 70+ new events
- New family events with spouse and child
- Four seasonal festivals
- Camera for photo and selfie
- Goat and sheep breed
- New, rare crops
- Characters renamed
- Choose from male, female, or non-binary for your main character
- Character customization
- Change hairstyle and hair color
- Change facial features
- Change skin color
- change clothes
- Marry anyone regardless of gender
- play a wedding
- The New Bachelor – Gordy
- Character redesign
- Notice board (with resident quests)
- Animal bell to bring critters out
- Part time cooking
- Train your dog
- 121 recipes (about 35 new ones)
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Screenshots
There are about a million screenshots, so we tried to narrow them down to the best:
Seasons Story: Wonderful Life Trailers
Wait, what happened to Harvest Moon?
Story of Seasons is a continuation of the Harvest Moon series, but Natsume – the company that originally translated the games – currently has the rights to the Harvest Moon name (and nothing else). They like to release their Harvest Moon games around the same time as Story of Seasons, we suspect, to capitalize on the confusion between the two – and their next offering, Winds of Anthos, will also launch in Summer 2023.
Stay tuned for all the Story of Seasons news you’ve ever wanted and let us know in the comments what features, new ideas, events, and returning characters you’d like to see in the finished game.