Merry Christmas! Your present is some Harvest Mooning!

For Christmas, my extra-generous gift shall be a ROM release that people might actually have fun with. :)

I’ve upped some Gameplay of it on Youtube! Wanna see?

It’s Harvest Moon!
Well, to be more specific, the ROM Header identifies it as 牧場物語 第2話 (Bokujo Monogatari Dai-2-wa) .

My immediate searching on that lead to the listing of it’s premiere date in Kameb’s site;


第2話 大地と心に溢れる実り!

So this is supposedly a Soundlink series based off the cult hit. So, what’s peculiar about it? Well, if you see the video you’ll spot a few of the things – You start with a slightly pre-formed set of farmland, and you can’t leave it. You’re in the summer season, with some pre-plowed land, a gold hammer, a gold axe, a watering can and a seemingly infinite supply of tomato and corn seeds…
… and pretty much all you can do is grow tomatos and corn, and destroy things around you. There is no livestock, no point to getting money, no plowing, no women-wooing…
… no timer? No game-locking up after an hour? Where’s some of the quirky ROM behaviors commonly associated with Soundlink ROMs? Sure, there’s no sound at all, still, but… huh…

The game even runs on my Super UFO ROM copier, and I’m betting a SNES Powerpak can run it fine as well henceforth.

That all being said, considering some the strange things that occurs if you keep playing long enough, I do -not- think the game is playing the way it’s meant to. But for the moment, let me start by posting some of the more normal pictures.

Yes, it does rain sometimes.

Of course, the corn grows A-OK..

As do tomatos. You can even sell them, although the money is seemingly pointless.

Now, here’s where things start to kinda fall apart… I tried playing all the way through the “Summer’s” end, and got into the fall seasons…

Well… what do I do now?
My endless seeds do not grow, and I quite literally can’t do anything more, except… keep skipping days!

Here’s your humbugging Christmas picture, guys! Yes, I went into winter, and it’s even mooreeee pointless.

Eventually you can skip into spring, and even go back into summer, and seemingly start the process over again. Does it loop endlessly? I don’t know, I didn’t play that far, because I already knew when I couldn’t do anything in the fall that I was going way beyond the point I was supposed to be playing.

I suspect a large chunk of data may be absent from this ROM dump – Perhaps data that controller most of the Satellaview-specific handling, like a timer, new sound code, or automation of gameplay. Unfortunately I can’t verify much of that, as besides Kameb’s site, I can’t find much information on this entry in the series. Also, it’s rather weird that the removal of such data keeps the game as playable as it is…

So, ROM downloading time! This one will boot in nearly anything, even real hardware, with seemingly identical results.

BS Bokujo Monogatari Dai-2-wa
BS牧場物語 第2話


  1. SmashManiac said,

    December 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Based on the ROM header, I’m guessing this game is 4 ROMs total: one for spring, one for summer, one for fall and one for (you guessed it) winter. All of those ROMs are probably using the same SRAM like the BS Zeldas. Since you started from summer, I believe this is why the farm is already partially developed too, just like in BS Zelda – Ancient Stone Tablets.

    Although that wouldn’t explain why you can apparently play indefinitely. Interesting…

  2. David Winston said,

    December 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks! It looks like this ROM does include all 4 seasons/episodes but it is missing the audio narration which was a main element.

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  5. said,

    September 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Good info. Lucky me I recently found your website by chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

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