If you haven’t heard, Doraemon Story of Seasons is coming to Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe in fall 2019. Meanwhile, the Japanese version comes out on June 13, and it will be receiving a demo on the Japanese eShop soon. Since the Switch isn’t region-locked, all you’ll have to do is set up a second, Japanese Nintendo account in order to access it.
While Europe will receive a physical release of Doraemon Story of Seasons, publisher Bandai Namco currently only plans for an eShop release for North America. [Insert disappointed trumpet sounds.] Regardless, the game looks stupidly beautiful with its hand-drawn visuals and rustic feel, so check out the trailer if you haven’t yet.
If you’ve ever played Harvest Moon, then you know what to expect from a Story of Seasons game, because they’re actually the same franchise. The name simply changed as a result of the Harvest Moon name being owned by Natsume. In turn, these games served as the inspiration for smash hit Stardew Valley.
Meanwhile, Doraemon is a venerated comedy franchise in Japan that will turn an extraordinary 50 years old this year. It’s not nearly as well known internationally, but its eponymous blue robot cat is iconic. In Doraemon Story of Seasons, you will play as Doraemon’s buddy, Noby, to revive a farm and engage in the usual farming shenanigans.
Doraemon Story of Seasons is an unexpected combo to be sure, but it’s entirely welcome. Let us know if you plan on checking out that eShop demo. It hasn’t been given a clear release date yet, but it’s bound to be within the next few weeks.