"A Wonderful Life" was the first of the popular series to hit the Gamecube. The game consists of farming, ranching, befriending villagers, marrying and raising your child. “AWL” plays as a one player RPG (Role Playing Game) meaning you will have to eat and sleep just like we do. Seasons pass, making the game feel more realistic- so you have to plant your crops in the right season or all of your hard work will have been wasted! Although, this is an RPG where you have no stat building, fighting or saving the world like a traditional one. However, the harder you work, you will notice that the character will finish tasks slighty quicker since he will be getting stronger. The simplicity is what makes the game and the series so addicting. You live a normal life that is not often done in other games. This is what makes you come back to play again and again.
 Release Information
North America: March 16, 04
Europe: March 26, 04
Japan: September 12, 03
Your father sadly died when you were young and you left his farm. But later on, you and your father’s business partner (Takakura) decide to fix up the farm and turn it into a success.(Just like your father wanted!) The story is divided into chapters, 6 in total, spanning 30 years of the character's (your) life. Each chapter is a different length and a cut scene comes at the end of each... then the next chapter comes.
You play as a young boy, living in Forget Me not Valley. Your goal is to get married, become successful and live a wonderful life with help from the harvest sprites. To do this you will have to grow crops and look after animals. The game doesn’t just revolve around these main points though there are many other things you may past the time on, a few examples are:
- Raising your son, (Second chapter and onwards)
- And just exploring the village
As you start off you will be trying out new things, exploring the village and learning the basics of the game. You will find at the beginning you will be doing simple tasks, such as collecting flowers, making friends but as you continue to play you find out how everything works. Playing it very enjoyable; But there are always new thing to learn, you can make new breeds of plants and experiment with the different types that you get...learn a new way to look after your animals, will they produce better quality products? That's for you too learn.
You also have the option to link up Harvest Moon friends of Mineral Town on the Game Boy Advance. By doing so, you will unlock new items to buy from Van.