Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Localization Features Same-Sex Marriage

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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Nintendo™ Switch – US

Hey there, Story of Seasons, folks. We all know that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is still two months away from its release. And to keep that excitement going, localization manager John Wheeler of XSEED Games shared the latest news for the upcoming remake.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town‘s localization has been confirmed to support same-sex marriage. If you’re familiar with the game this is also known as the “Best Friends” system in its original Japanese version. This will allow players to build a lifelong partnership with a character of the same gender. It will be simply called “Marriage” in the localized version on Switch. Moreover, it is also worth noting that couples in same-sex will experience the same treatment as opposite-sex couples.

Here’s the official statement of XSEED Games from its blog.

One major change between both the original version and the remake, as well as between our version and the Japanese version, concerns what has been called the “Best Friends” system in the Japanese release, where the player character can form a lifelong partnership with a character of the same sex. In our version, this will just be called “marriage,” and the relationship between same-sex couples will be given identical treatment to opposite-sex couples.

This has been a very long time coming in the STORY OF SEASONS series, and the producer has been supportive of our decision from very early in development. One minor but important change for the North American and European releases of Friends of Mineral Town is that the “heart icon” indicating a marriage candidate’s romantic affinity for the player will display for all marriage candidates from the start of the game, where in the Japanese release it will only display for same-sex candidates after you confess and start dating.

So, what can you say about the same-sex marriage feature of the game in its localized version? Let us know in the comments section below.


Game Overview

The best entry in the Harvest Moon franchise will soon arrive on the Nintendo Switch! STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town is the first game from the franchise to be released on the said console.

Revisit the iconic Mineral Town which also introduces the new generation of farmers. Make a profit using the farm from your grandfather. You are going to own this farm as you are raising livestock and producing crops. Meet new friends around the Mineral Town that might help you. These locals might win your heart.

If you are curious about the gameplay, check out the video below from ContraNetwork

Thanks, NintendoLife

Read more about the Japanese release > HERE



  • 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! Plus, learn their stories as you go about your daily life. 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


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3 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    I am so psyched for this!!! I no longer have to play as a girl to woo one of the adorable Harvest Moon boys!! Very very very excited about this! I WILL be buying this game!

  2. Aneta sarkeesen says:

    Man, I was going to pick it up for my kid but I’ll have to give it a pass. He is 7, he is too young to understand this concept properly. Wouldn’t this bump the rating to a solid T though?

    • Fem says:

      Hello Aneta,

      The official rating of this game is ESRB E10+ (US), PEGI 12 (Europe), PG (Australia) and CERO A (Japan)

      Thank you for visiting our blog,
      Playasia Team

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