|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Marvellous Entertainment||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Natsume||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug.25, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The only aspect of Harvest Moon: Magical Melody that has benefitted from the game's unchanged format is the audio. The story in Magical Melody revolves around magical instruments that can be created by gathering notes while working on the farm and completing other in-game objectives. Since so much of the game revolves around music, the soundtrack has to be perfect, and, just like in 2006, it is. Although plenty of remakes remaster the sound or generate new mixes, the music in this title was wisely left alone.
Unfortunately, there just isn't all that much to love about Harvest Moon: Magical Melody this second time around. The three year period between the original GameCube release and this new Wii version has not been kind to the source material, and the new controls just don't make the re-purchase worth it for fans of the series. Couple this with the fact that the Wii-specific Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, has better controls and more modern visuals, all you are left with is an outdated GameCube title that comes on a bigger disc in a Wii box.
The only condition under which you should pick this game up is if you have never played a Harvest Moon game before and you want to try the franchise out for the fist time. Magical Melody is still one of the best Harvest Moon games to date, and the $30 price point is certainly attractive if you don't already have the game.
Still, if you can find an old copy of the GameCube version to play on your Wii (remember, the Wii is still backwards compatible with GameCube discs), you may enjoy that one a little bit more, as you can plug the old GameCube controller into the Wii for better control, and you'll also have the option to play as a female. This port doesn't add anything to the core Magical Melody experience, and this three-year rerelease was one of the most unnecessary and poorly done Wii-makes that I have ever encountered.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor