Harvest Moon, known in Japan as , is a farm simulation role-playing video game series created by Yasuhiro Wada and produced by Victor Interactive Software (acquired by Marvelous Entertainment in 2003). English translation and distribution of the game is done by XSEED Games, previously Natsume, for North America. English translation and distribution in Europe is done by Rising Star Games. The main objective of the game is to rebuild a run-down old farm and turn it into a successful one. Over a period of time the player tends to crops and livestock, befriends nearby townsfolk, and eventually in some series get married and start a family. The first game was Harvest Moon, released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1996. Due to Natsume keeping the rights to the Harvest Moon name when XSEED Games took over North American distribution, the latest title in the series had to change its name to Story of Seasons while Natsume took the opportunity to start making their own "Harvest Moon" games with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. This has caused some degree of confusion.