• Publisher: Natsume
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
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  1. AceGamez
    The major problem with this entry in the farming series however is that it's a sloppy conversion. From the controls to the fact that some people in the game refer to the R button on the Gamecube controller, there are too many things wrong with this version to recommend it to a Harvest Moon fan over the Gamecube and PS2 titles.
  2. This game actually has less content than the original, and with no other improvements, it's hard to recommend this even at a $30 price point.
  3. Even after two years, this is still my favourite Harvest Moon game in the whole world ever. Whether you're a fan or a newcomer, Magical Melody is captivating, mixing the best aspects of every game that came before to create the biggest, most involving, most addictive and most challenging entry in this loveliest and most unique of series.
  4. It's the 'Simple Life' personified, with all the benefits of running a successful lifestyle block - minus the muss 'n' fuss (not to mention backbreaking labour). Allow yourself a good hour for the learning curve, though.
  5. Magical Melody is a decent game and if you have the time to invest in it your affections toward it will grow.
  6. Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is a successful conversion from the Gamecube to the Wii. Fans will enjoy the game, but newcomers will also like the addictiveness of this game and its unique style. But the game is technically a bit behind, the difficulty is low and the story is a bit boring.
  7. Games Master UK
    This will tide us over until a proper Wii Moon, but it's one of the laziest Wii ports to date. [May 2008, p.73]
  8. 80
    It's soothing, compulsive and peculiarly thrilling all at once: a perfect little world where working hard brings its own tangible rewards and cows have huge happy faces. Even in this slightly butchered state, it's good to see Magical Melody finally on these shores.
  9. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Those who know what to expect from Harvest Moon will find here one of the best titles of the series. To those not familiar with the gameplay, we recommend the game with some caution, since it’s slow and repetitive mechanic, while captivating, will bore the less patient and frustrate those with little time to invest in the discovery of the hidden treasures of a country life. [May 2008]
  10. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    Rising Star should be berated for the conversion, but this remains a delightful and worthwhile game. [Issue#22, p.81]
  11. Nintendo Gamer
    A grand old gaming franchise that's looking extremely creaky in 2008 on Wii. [June 2008, p.52]
  12. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    A lazy port of a GameCube game. [May 2008, p.72]
  13. 65
    Magical Melodies doesn’t foal around. What kernels of entertainment can be extracted from its time-consuming gameplay are let down by lazy aesthetics and an overall confusing design for newcomers to the franchise.
  14. Pelit (Finland)
    Quotation forthcoming. [May 2008]

Awards & Rankings

#55 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#35 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. T.O.F
    Dec 20, 2009
    I think that this game is the best out of all of the harvest moon game
  2. KenD
    Sep 7, 2009
    I was a bit skeptical purchasing a game that was a originally for the gamecube But after playing it for awhile i started to realize the I was a bit skeptical purchasing a game that was a originally for the gamecube But after playing it for awhile i started to realize the addictveness from the previous harvest moon games and fell in love with it again. Full Review »
  3. zoea
    Aug 27, 2008
    the best harvest moon game i ever played and i have played nearly all the hm games and this game is 1 of the best yet