The Nintendo Direct was dominated by farm simulation games

The farm simulation RPG community is booming after Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct. The Nintendo Direct presentation featured four major games for the genre: Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Lifea new version of the classic GameCube. Fae Farma fairytale farmsteading game from Fearless developer Phoenix Labs. Rune Factory 3 Especially, a remake of the Nintendo DS game. and Harvestellawhich combines farming and combat.

Nintendo makes it abundantly clear that it’s time to get out of town and tend to our crops. The truth is that life simulation and farming games have been on the rise for quite some time – long before they hit the big hit of 2020 Animal crossing: New Horizons. Before we turn to caring and making friends New Horizons As the pandemic tore us apart, people enjoyed the chilly repetition of everyday farm life Stardew Valley and others.

New HorizonsThe popularity may be part of the life sim and farming boom, but games like Story of Seasons and previous iterations of Animal Crossing built the foundation. Stardew Valley based on that, and now we’re entering a new era – farming sims seem to be taking over once again, and fans of the genre are excited.

Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct aside, we’re already living in the golden age of farming simulators. Only in 2022, Immortal Lifea Chinese fantasy RPG inspired by Stardew Valley, Disney Dreamlight Valley, Rune Factory 5Coral Island, and Ooblets.

As always, there are plenty of jokes on social media, and many people watching the Nintendo Direct on Tuesday had things to say about how all the farming simulators look. But I couldn’t disagree more – each of these games has a really interesting spin on the genre.

Fae Farmfor example, looks very much like it was inspired Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing, but combines online and local co-op in the fairy tale magical world. Story of Seasonson the other hand, is a classic that — yes — focuses on farming, but puts a lot of emphasis on building relationships and family life. Harvestella probably stands out as the most unique of the bunch, combining farming with big fancy battles.

There’s always something to do in a farming simulator, and it’s easy to find satisfaction in even the smallest tasks — not to mention creativity in building a bustling farm. I’m excited to see how these new titles continue to shake up the format.

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