History VideoGame / HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife

31st Mar '18 7:16:00 PM TheFarmboy
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The game is something of a [[OddballInTheSeries black sheep for the series]], as it's the first to subvert many of the series' ancient constants. Unlike every previous game, time ''does'' pass inside buildings, characters age, marriage is a necessity to continue playing, there are no festivals, none of the previous characters made appearances, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the main character doesn't wear a hat]].

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The game is something of a [[OddballInTheSeries black sheep for the series]], as it's the first to subvert many of the series' ancient constants. Unlike every previous game, time ''does'' pass inside buildings, characters age, marriage is a necessity to continue playing, there are no festivals, none of the previous characters made appearances, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the main character doesn't wear a hat]].
hat]]. The game was given a sequel in 2006 as ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'', which can be seen a mix between this game and ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature Friends of Mineral Town]]''.
19th Mar '18 5:04:48 PM Malady
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* ShowWithinAShow: The player can watch television. A romance flick, a detective thriller, a SciFi show, an infomercial, the weather channel, and your daily horoscope can be seen on TV.


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* SexualEuphemism: In the first heart event in [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife AWL]], Rock asks if you want to go with him to the swamp for "this and that".
* ShowWithinAShow: The player can watch television. A romance flick, a detective thriller, a SciFi show, an infomercial, the weather channel, and your daily horoscope can be seen on TV.
18th Feb '18 1:11:12 PM nombretomado
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** Your son might grow up to have a crush on Kate, who was around six years or so older, or Lumina, who is so much older[[note]]14-18 years older[[/note]] that in the PS2 version ''you'' could marry her. Your daughter in the PS2 version will also have a crush on Hugh, who is around six to eight years older too.

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** Your son might grow up to have a crush on Kate, who was around six years or so older, or Lumina, who is so much older[[note]]14-18 years older[[/note]] that in the PS2 [=PS2=] version ''you'' could marry her. Your daughter in the PS2 [=PS2=] version will also have a crush on Hugh, who is around six to eight years older too.



** ''Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life: Special Edition'' was re-released for the PS4 as a PS2 Classic. Most of the issues from the PS2 release has been fixed.

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** ''Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life: Special Edition'' was re-released for the PS4 [=PS4=] as a PS2 [=PS2=] Classic. Most of the issues from the PS2 [=PS2=] release has been fixed.
25th Jan '18 9:26:14 PM somestrangecircus
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** The way that cutscenes work in this game tends to unintentionally cause this. You can get a scene of a marriage candidate telling you how you broke her heart, or you can literally watch one of your neglected cows die...and then when the scene is over you go back to whatever you were doing with the upbeat farm music playing again.
6th Jan '18 1:43:37 PM TheFarmboy
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* SharedUniverse: Takes place concurrently with ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature (More) Friends of Mineral Town]].

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* SharedUniverse: Takes place concurrently with ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature (More) Friends of Mineral Town]].Town]]''.
6th Jan '18 1:40:06 PM TheFarmboy
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** Your son might grow up to have a crush on Kate, who was around six years or so older, or Lumina, who is so much older[[note]]14-18 years older[[/note]] that in the PS2 version ''you'' could marry her.

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** Your son might grow up to have a crush on Kate, who was around six years or so older, or Lumina, who is so much older[[note]]14-18 years older[[/note]] that in the PS2 version ''you'' could marry her. Your daughter in the PS2 version will also have a crush on Hugh, who is around six to eight years older too.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:You die suddenly, leaving your spouse alone and never being able to see your kid delve into adulthood. Still, you lived a happy life with many friends, an awesome family, and doing what you enjoy. It's even more bittersweet if your son takes over the farm after your death.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:You die suddenly, leaving your spouse alone and never being able to see your kid delve into adulthood. Still, you lived a happy life with many friends, an awesome family, and doing what you enjoy. It's even more bittersweet Moreso if your son takes child decided to take over the farm after your death.]]


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** When you look through your child's bookshelf when they're a teenager, you might find a rather steamy novel.
14th Nov '17 8:15:35 AM Pichu-kun
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** You can help guide your child into one career or another. However, it's such a precise thing that it's very hard even with a guide.
14th Nov '17 8:06:25 AM Pichu-kun
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* AgeGapRomance:
** Muffy is a bit older than your character, being in her thirties.
** Your son might grow up to have a crush on Kate, who was around six years or so older, or Lumina, who is so much older[[note]]14-18 years older[[/note]] that in the PS2 version ''you'' could marry her.



* ArrangedMarriage: Celia is apparently in one, although it doesn't get any mention at all if you don't see her heart events, and regardless she never actually seems to get married.
* ArtEvolution: There's an early version of the boxart that looks different from the final product. Nami's hair was also straight in the first game, while later games have it being messy, though some official artwork had her with messy hair early on.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Celia is apparently in one, although it doesn't get any mention at all if you don't see her heart events, and regardless events. Even if you don't marry her, she never actually seems to get married.
ultimately declines the marriage.
* ArtEvolution: There's an early version of the boxart box-art that looks different from the final product. Nami's hair was also straight in the first game, while later games have it being messy, though some official artwork had her with messy hair early on.



* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: Nami's hair was straight in the first game, while later games have it being messy (though some official artwork had her with messy hair early on).



* EmoTeen: Adolescence is not kind to many of your offspring. Nami's son in particular changes from a [[ShrinkingViolet shy child]] to a depressed teenager who will even mention wishing he wasn't born. Most of the children get better with age, but Nami's son's change is permanent as an adult they're aloof like their mother.



** As an adult, Lumina will say "Sometimes you can see animals running around being "lovey-dovey"."



* GuideDangIt: One of Nami's heart events requires you to enter the bar when only Muffy, Griffin, and Nami are present. Getting it basically requires stalking Nami around the valley until she enters the bar and then following her in and hoping no one else is in there. Thankfully, in this game the heart events aren't mandatory and you can still marry Nami without having seen this one.
* HappilyAdopted: Rock has literally no resemblance to his parents whatsoever. It's implied that they might have adopted him and simply never told him.

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* GuideDangIt: GuideDangIt:
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One of Nami's heart events requires you to enter the bar when only Muffy, Griffin, and Nami are present. Getting it basically requires stalking Nami around the valley until she enters the bar and then following her in and hoping no one else is in there. Thankfully, in this game the heart events aren't mandatory and you can still marry Nami without having seen this one.
** It's harder to cook in these games than in most others. The lil' notes spread around the game help, but not to a large degree.
* HappilyAdopted: Rock has literally no resemblance to his parents whatsoever. It's implied that they might have adopted him and simply never told him. When asked about the issue, Rock gets upset and denies it.



* IcyBlueEyes: Nami and her son have crisp blue eyes to go with their aloof demeanors.



* MyLocal: The blue bar
* MayDecemberRomance: Muffy is a bit older than your character, being in her thirties. Your son might grow up to have a crush on Kate, who was around six years or so older, or Lumina, who is so much older[[note]]14-18 years older[[/note]] that in some versions ''you'' could marry her.

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* MyLocal: The blue bar
* MayDecemberRomance: Muffy is a bit older than your character, being in her thirties. Your son might grow up to have a crush on Kate, who was around six years or so older, or Lumina, who is so much older[[note]]14-18 years older[[/note]] that in some versions ''you'' could marry her.
Blue Bar.
10th Aug '17 8:58:00 PM tyrekecorrea
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* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: For the most part, there is no background music when you walk outdoors outside of your farm, adding to the game's darker atmosphere. Although you do hear music as you approach the Bar when it's open, or by the villa when Lumina plays her piano in the day.

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* RainRainGoAway: In the event of inclement weather, your dog confines himself to his doghouse. Also, the animals have to be moved indoors, lest they get sick.
* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: For the most part, there is no background music when you walk outdoors outside of your farm, adding to the game's darker atmosphere. Although you do hear music as you approach the Bar when it's open, or by the villa when Lumina plays her piano in during the day.
20th Jul '17 11:30:25 PM somestrangecircus
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* GuideDangIt: One of Nami's heart events requires you to enter the bar when only Muffy, Griffin, and Nami are present. Getting it basically requires stalking Nami around the valley until she enters the bar and then following her in and hoping no one else is in there.

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* GuideDangIt: One of Nami's heart events requires you to enter the bar when only Muffy, Griffin, and Nami are present. Getting it basically requires stalking Nami around the valley until she enters the bar and then following her in and hoping no one else is in there. Thankfully, in this game the heart events aren't mandatory and you can still marry Nami without having seen this one.



* IdiotHair: Celia has one.



** In Special Edition, you can [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere straight up abandon the farm and everyone in the Valley]] by heading to the road out of town and continue to tell the Harvest Sprites you're leaving. Since the dirt path is where you connect to the Game Boy Advance in the Gamecube version.

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** In Special Edition, you can [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere straight up abandon the farm and everyone in the Valley]] by heading to the road out of town and continue to tell continually telling the Harvest Sprites you're leaving. Since the dirt path is where you connect to the Game Boy Advance in the Gamecube version.



** Your child will also age as you reach a new chapter. Both Kate and Hugh will also age too, Hugh ages more frequently as he has a similar growth rate to your child, but his is a chapter earlier.
* PrecociousCrush: In ''Another'', Lumina seems to have a crush on you in the first chapter. In ''Special Edition'' she is made old enough to be a marriage candidate.

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** Your child will also age as you reach a new chapter. Both Kate and Hugh will also age too, as well; Hugh ages more frequently as he has a similar growth rate to your child, but his is a chapter earlier.
* PrecociousCrush: In ''Another'', Lumina seems to have a crush on you in the first chapter. In ''Special Edition'' she is made old enough to be a marriage candidate.



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Because players aren't asked to slaughter animals for meat, the term "Dairy Farmer" is more accurate than "Rancher".

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Because players aren't asked to slaughter animals for meat, meat (since the subject of eating meat in general is almost entirely avoided throughout the series), the term "Dairy Farmer" is more accurate than "Rancher".
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