Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life GameCube

  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Mar 16, 2004
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 142
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  1. JenA.
    Mar 4, 2004
    5
    These people r sexist, why can't they have one game for girls and boys? the game is nice n all but wheres the respect for us girls who like to play it?
  2. CoreyS.
    Mar 16, 2004
    7
    To Jen a few ratings back, Nintendo is releasing HM:AWL for girls in a few months :) As for my rating, I haven't played it yet, I'm just rating it as I see screenshots and of what i've read of reviews...So far Only LITTLE thing is only 3 instead of 5 different girls to choose from.....I just REALLY hope there'll be a "Grab from rucksack button" that Playstation To Jen a few ratings back, Nintendo is releasing HM:AWL for girls in a few months :) As for my rating, I haven't played it yet, I'm just rating it as I see screenshots and of what i've read of reviews...So far Only LITTLE thing is only 3 instead of 5 different girls to choose from.....I just REALLY hope there'll be a "Grab from rucksack button" that Playstation had.....and not n64 That REALLY sucked. Expand
  3. RhiannonS.
    Mar 6, 2005
    6
    The game itself is very beautiful, and I'm very happy they revived the marriage system that they left out of the old games. However, now they removed one of the other things that made the game so wonderful: the festivals! There are three of them, but they are no where as fun as the originals were. Natsume truly needs to stop messing with the formula. While beautiful, the game is dull The game itself is very beautiful, and I'm very happy they revived the marriage system that they left out of the old games. However, now they removed one of the other things that made the game so wonderful: the festivals! There are three of them, but they are no where as fun as the originals were. Natsume truly needs to stop messing with the formula. While beautiful, the game is dull and repetitive, with nothing to look forward to. Expand
  4. Sinn
    Oct 2, 2005
    6
    I've played HM snes and 64 and I thought they were better than great. I was so excited when I heard about AWL and all of its new features (kid growing up, completely new characters, revised marriage system, to name a few). Imagine my disappointment when I played the game and found it to be a watered down version of the old games. The so-called festivals are boring, uninteractive I've played HM snes and 64 and I thought they were better than great. I was so excited when I heard about AWL and all of its new features (kid growing up, completely new characters, revised marriage system, to name a few). Imagine my disappointment when I played the game and found it to be a watered down version of the old games. The so-called festivals are boring, uninteractive videos compared to the fun and excitement of the ones in 64. The farming is tedious instead of enjoyable. Don't even get me started on the girls in it (ONLY 3?!!!). All in all I was thoroughly disappointed with the game because it has ruined a brilliant series. From now on I'll be very wary of buying any HM game, despite any good reviews it recieves. Collapse

Awards & Rankings

#1 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
#11 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Weekly Famitsu
    78
    8 / 7 / 8 / 8 - 31 silver [Vol 183; 16 July 2004]
  2. It's a life you'd want to live, and it's a truly refreshing escape from the pressures of reality into an imaginary utopia poised on the edge of an ocean.
  3. Edge Magazine
    80
    Much of the enjoyment comes from the awe and wonder at discovering the simple things in the world. Where previous Harvest Moon titles encouraged workaholic tendencies … the thrill here is in experimentation. [Apr 2004, p.105]