In light of Valentine’s Day, we have spent some time looking at the top bachelors and bachelorettes from the Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons games.
But for every great romance option, there is usually at least one that just doesn’t endear in the same way… Or even slightly close to the same way. So we thought we would take a look at the dates that you might be glad to turn down.
Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town (2003, Gameboy Advance)
Kai: Kai has always had the same basic womanizing personality in all the games he appears in, though sometimes it’s more at the forefront than not. In Mineral Town, it’s more implied than anything else… Until you play the game for a while. If you marry Kai, he’ll start getting wistful for the life he had before he married and had a child with you. If he marries Popuri instead, he’ll get to doing the same thing. Not cool, Kai.
Gray: Gray has a somewhat grumpy personality and gets agitated easily. There are some players that are inspired to press on to find his softer side, and some just don’t have the patience. Personally, I’ve never married him, but have accidentally gotten him to a red heart a few times, because I make it a point to befriend his grandfather, Saibara. In a file where I’ve married the Doctor, he still shows up at my farm to give me gifts on the holidays that center around giving items to your crush. I’ve tried giving him things he hates and getting him mad on purpose–the heart still stays red! He still comes! Go away, Gray!
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life (2003, GameCube)
Celia: She’s sweet and kind, but a common complaint is that she just doesn’t have much of a personality.
Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life (2004, GameCube)
Marlin: I was surprised at the great dislike for Marlin I found, but a fan pointed out that it never really feels like he gets over Celia, even after you’ve married him. Although his description says that he’s ready to help you on the farm, he never seems to do very much, either.
Rock: Again, this character’s ladies’ man personality puts players off. And if you don’t make it a point to at least attempt to woo another character, guess what? You have to marry in this game, and you’re stuck with Rock.
Harvest Moon DS (2005, Nintendo DS)
Witch Princess: The Witch Princess is the cause of all the trouble in this game. A messed up spell is what sends the Harvest Sprites all over and turns the Harvest Goddess to stone. Plus, to woo her, you have to cause even more trouble: letting fifty animals die, littering at least ten times, and passing out from exhaustion at least ten times are just a few of the negative things you need to do to even get to the Witch Princess’s second heart event. If you do it all you could win her heart–at the cost of wrecking your reputation with the townspeople.
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility (2007, Wii)
Jin: Like Celia, Jin isn’t alarmingly terrible, he’s just a bit boring after you marry him. He isn’t particularly demonstrative and there isn’t much variety in his post-marriage dialogue.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (2016, Nintendo 3DS)
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Iluka: This is another character where many players have gotten hung up on her initial behavior. Iluka can seem manipulative and snarky, but as you become closer to her, she softens a little and it’s somewhat easier to tell where her tough front ends. Still, some players don’t ever get this far after being put off initially, and being a rival for the ultra-popular Ludus does not help her case at all.
Spouses That End the Game
This general category encompasses all sorts of bachelors and bachelorettes, starting with Harvest Moon 3 GBC (2000, Gameboy Color). If you play as a woman, you can get married… And that’s where your game ends. Wait, what!?
This isn’t the only time this happens, though. Jamie from Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (2005, GameCube) is probably the most famous example from this category.
Spouses That Don’t Live With You
Oftentimes, the special or secret spouses will not move in with you once you get married, no matter which game it is. Characters like the Harvest Goddess (usually), Kappa, Harvest God/King, Inari, or others will marry you and even have children with you, but they’ll never keep you company at home except for brief birthday and special event cutscenes. You don’t even have the option to share regular meals with some of them! That’s not a lot of fun…
There are two that deserve special mentions, though. If you marry the Harvest God/King in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade (2008, Wii), he still won’t move in with you, but he creates a shortcut that makes it much easier to visit him every day. Marina, the Harvest Goddess in Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley (2009, PSP) will take on a human form and marry you, living life more or less as any other bachelorette would. Why couldn’t the Harvest Goddess from Mineral Town have done that!?
So, how did that line up with your tastes? If we hit one or two characters you really do have a fondness for, make a case for them below! These characters were picked based on personal feelings and community responses, so we would love to see an alternate take on the popular viewpoints!
As always, thank you to the communities for these games over social media for offering your opinions and thoughts on both this and the hall of fame articles. Let’s trade items sometime!