Recently, Nintendo announced the arrival of a new wave of retro games for the Nintendo Switch Online Platform. The classic SNES game Harvest Moon is among the notable additions, now available for players to enjoy. As part of the update, alongside Harvest Moon, two Game Boy games and Mystery Tower for the NES were also released.
Kick-starting the cozy life simulation genre, this version of Harvest Moon is the original one. Compared to modern games like Stardew Valley, however, Harvest Moon lacks some quality-of-life features. Players are limited to controlling a male farmer, for example, and there are fewer activities and locations to explore. Harvest Moon still retains the core elements that inspired subsequent farm games, despite its limitations.
The recent Nintendo Switch Online update for June 2023 introduced Harvest Moon and three other games to the platform’s growing catalog. After the release of three acclaimed GBA games on the subscription service, this update arrived. Boasting 36 million subscribers as of September last year, Nintendo Switch Online has been a popular service since its launch in Fall 2018. Nintendo introduced the Expansion Pack tier in October 2021, offering access to GBA and N64 titles, among other benefits.
However, the base NSO tier remains the core of Nintento’s subscription service and receives regular updates. The latest expansion was launched on June 5, featuring Blaster Master, Enemy Below, Harvest Moon, Kirby Tilt ’n’ Tumble, and Mystery Tower. As it influenced games like Stardew Valley and many others over the past few decades, Harvest Moon holds a significant legacy. The other games in the recent Nintendo Switch Online updates are also worth exploring. Blaster Master: Enemy Below is a highly regarded Metroidvania game with unique charm and replay value.
Mystery Tower is recognized as one of the most captivating puzzle platforms from the NES era. Players assume the role of an explorer trying to reach the top of a mysterious tower in Mystery Tower, overcoming various obstacles. Originally released on Game Boy Color, Kirby’s Tilt ’ n’ Tumble is a motion-based platformer where players control Kirby by tilting and moving the Switch console.
Lastly, Blaster Master: Enemy Below combines side-scrolling action, top-down exploration, and fast-paced gameplay. The new additions to Nintendo Switch Online do not require the expansion pack, as they are not Game Boy Advance or Nintendo 64 games.