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Story Of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a 2019 Nintendo Switch remake of the previous Story of Seasons title Harvest Moon: Friends Of Mineral Town (which itself was a remake of Harvest Moon: Back to Nature). It came out in October 17, 2019 in Asian regions and has a Summer 2020 release date in North America and Europe.

The game takes features from both Friends of Mineral Town and its Distaff Counterpart More Friends of Mineral Town. You have a choice of playing as Pete, Claire, or two original main characters that are more in-line with the modern Story of Seasons art-style. The game is done in a Super-Deformed style similarly to the sprites of the Game Boy Advance game, but the character portraits themselves have been redesigned to fit contemporary Story of Seasons art.

Story Of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town feature many deviations from its original game, including new love interests and more animals to rear.


This game provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Much of the cast has been given this to go with the series' Art Evolution since Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility:
    • Rick is no longer a homely, nerdy looking character anymore. He is a Long-Haired Pretty Boy.
    • Cliff looks less noticeably homeless and rugged.
    • Kappa has been slimmed down and given a more humanoid design.
    • Grey lost his hat and short hair, and was given a much more simplified, generic Bishōnen look.
    • Won the traveling merchant appears to be more younger this time around comparable to the other bachelors.
  • Adaptational Curves:
    • Harris has gone from very skinny to fat.
    • Official art depicts Lillia as slightly larger than she originally was.
    • Gotz has traded in his muscles for body fat.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: While not exactly ugly, Carter's redesign is less youthful and attractive.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Karen's hair is no longer brown with blonde bangs. It's completely brown like in Harvest Moon DS.
    • Cliff is missing his blond highlights and is exclusively a brunet.
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    • Carter has dark brown hair instead of dark blond hair.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Unlike the original game, all the romance options are interested in the same-sex.
  • Art Evolution: The characters have changed from their last appearances in Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands and Harvest Moon: My Little Shop a decade prior. The art design is less stylized and the general style has changed.
  • The Cameo: Van and Ruby from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life are both in this game as they did in Friends of Mineral Town
  • Cool Big Sis: Prerelease bios refer to Karen as having the personality of an "older sister".
  • Cool Pet: Two of the new pets you can have on your farm includes a capybara and a penguin.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: According to interviews, the game contains self-divergent evolution by doing away with several artifacts from Harvest Moon 64:
    • Gray's original design stems from him being a farmer. He has a more casual design, with gloves included, to both fit his occupation change of blacksmith and the fact he recently moved from the city. His hair is also blond because he isn't Ann's brother anymore.
    • Karen's Girliness Upgrade suits her more toned down Cool Big Sis personality more than her punkier 64 design.
    • Both Karen and Cliff lack blond bangs. Their blond bangs were because they were the grandchildren of the blonde Eve from Harvest Moon, which isn't mentioned in the Mineral Town games.
    • Popuri's original design was intended for a girl who works with flowers, not chickens, so she was given a more sturdy looking dress.
    • Sasha's original design fit when she was a soft, depressed woman but is unusually sweet for her Gossipy Hen personality in Back to Nature. Her redesign makes her more angular looking.
    • Harris was a postal worker in 64 and was changed to be a police officer. His new look now gives him a badge and a vest to look like a more modern officer. Also giving him a mustache that is a similar style to his father Thomas.
    • The Harvest Goddess received a new design because her old design has been reused for Dessie in newer Story of Seasons games.
    • Elly wears an apron because she was originally a baker. Back to Nature changed her to a nurse but kept the same design. Her new redesign features crosses to emphasise that she's a nurse.
    • Kai's short sleeved and urban-looking redesign better fits him being a traveler who only comes to town during summer.
  • Dork in a Sweater: Jeff wears a purple cardigan to accentuate his awkward Nervous Wreck personality.
  • Everyone Is Bi: The player can marry any available love interest, regardless of what gender the marriage candidates are or what gender they are playing as. Same-sex marriage is referred to as a 'Best Friend Ceremony', though, like in the Japanese version of Harvest Moon DS. This is much more explicit in the eventual western release.
  • Girliness Upgrade:
    • Karen has been given this. Her hard-edged, punk aesthetic is missing and has been replaced with a more feminine one. She traded in her jacket and white shirt for a simple sweater, plus she now wears make-up. Karen's expressions are also more delicate.
    • Ann has traded in her tomboyish looking overralls for a more feminine blouse and skirt. Her original clothes were an artifact from when she worked on a ranch in Harvest Moon 64, but they were still fitting for her character due to her tomboyish nature.
  • Has Two Mommies: The Harvest Goddess gifts same-gender couples a baby.
  • Hide Your Lesbians:
    • In the Asian versions, you can "best friend" same-gender characters. It's a marriage in all-but name.
    • Inverted in the English translation. "Best friendships" are explicitly romantic relationships.
  • Nice Hat:
    • The Kappa now has a brand new hat for his new design.
    • Carter also dons one too.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Kappa has a mop of green hair, despite not being mammalian.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Elli's and Mary's names are spelled as "Elly" and "Marie", which is what their Japanese names translate to.
  • Truer to the Text: XSeed's translation is truer to the Japanese version than Natsume's. This includes returning characters original Japanese names.
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • Carter has been redesigned from the ground-up and doesn't resemble the same character. He wears completely different clothes, has a hat on, has a different hairstyle, and has dark brown hair instead of dirty blond hair.
    • The Harvest Goddess isn't in the classic design she uses in most games. Her signature Odango Hair has been let loose and she's wearing different clothes.


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