How many of you play Farmville? How many of you play Hay Day? Did you know a game series that originated in Japan preceeds it? It's called Harvest Moon.
Back in 1997, Natsume made a huge gamble. Harvest Moon was a success in Japan, but they wondered how well a farming simulation would catch on in America. In America, we like the fast action games, but we had embraced Final Fantasy VII, so maybe we were ready. The game caught on well, and many sequels followed.
Harvet Moon folllows the story of an unnamed character who leaves his home, inheriting his grandpa's farm. You build your farm out of the old house, and fields full of rocks and weeds. It will take a while to grow your crops and sell them, but when things get rolling, you're rolling in the dough! Eventually, you'll start a family, but the house needs to be remodelled. You can hire a carpenter for that. Ocasionally, you'll be invited to town events and social gatherings. Othertimes, a hurricane will hit your farm, or an earthquake. There's a lot to do in this game. You can tend to your crops one day, explore the land the next.
The original Harvest Moon and it's smaller Game Boy Color version are both available in Nintendo's eShop.
On Wii U, it's $7.99. For the 3DS, it's $4.99.