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Rune Factory 3 Special Blooms on Nintendo Switch in 2023 (Updated)

Special art for Rune Factory 3 Special!

Another farming game classic is coming to Switch! During Nintendo’s latest Direct, the company announced Rune Factory 3 Special, an upgraded version of Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon. You’ll be able to play this Nintendo DS classic on Switch sometime in 2023.

Check out the announcement video below:

Updated: Rune Factory 3 Special Screenshots

About Rune Factory 3 Special

For a bit more about the game, here is the official synopsis from XSEED:

In Rune Factory 3 Special take on the role of Micah, a young man with the power to turn into a golden sheep-like monster known as a wooly. Rescued by a young woman after falling headfirst into the provincial town of Sharance, Micah awakens with no memories of his past and soon finds himself embroiled in a longstanding conflict between humans and monsters. Micah must work to build bridges between the races to restore peace, all while uncovering a shocking secret of his own.

Featuring brand new content including Newlywed Mode, a set of standalone adventures unlocked after marriage to each of the game’s 11 eligible bachelorettes; Another Episode, fully-voiced picture stories narrated by those same characters; and a “Hell” difficulty level to challenge even veteran players!

Whether it’s your first visit or you’re returning after a long time away, experience the unforgettable story of Rune Factory 3 with improved graphics and redesigned 3D character models.


An adventure spanning two worlds – Step into the shoes of Micah, a young man with amnesia and the mysterious ability to transform into a sheep-like monster, as he searches for a way for humans and monsters to coexist.

Thrilling action RPG combat – Master swords, spears, hammers, and even magic to take on powerful monsters. Recruit townsfolk and monsters alike to explore treacherous dungeons.

Sow the seeds of your new life – Relax after a long day of adventuring with activities including farming, fishing, and more. Discover the many varieties of Magic Seeds, which grow into strange crops that aid in your adventure in fun and exciting ways!

Find that special someone – Meet 11 lovely bachelorettes, the most in series history! Learn more about them through daily conversations and quests, fall in love, then pop the question and get married. Before you know it, you’ll have a wonderful family to join in on your adventures.

Furthermore, a new Rune Factory series was teased to be in development. Whether this means a new game or, specifically, a new series of games is unclear, but there will be more Rune Factory for all!

Rune Factory 3 Special isn’t the first to receive the special treatment. Previously, Rune Factory 4 Special, originally available on the Nintendo 3DS, launched for Japan in 2019 and North America and Europe in 2020. You can check out our reviews for the Special version for Switch and PlayStation 4. Stay tuned to RPGFan for everything Rune Factory!

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Tyler Trosper

Tyler Trosper

Tyler Trosper is a news writer for RPGFan. He has an unhealthy obsession with the Xeno franchise, especially Xenosaga. He runs a podcast about the series in his free time and sometimes works on fan projects. Tyler would die happy if Xenosaga Episode IV was announced. Besides Xeno, Tyler enjoys watching anime, his favorite being Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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