You have one year to turn things around! Is fortune smiling upon you? The spirit of the abandoned farm just outside town has chosen you to restore its lost prosperity. Now it's a matter of hard work, a few tears, and a little luck. The days may be long, but you'll have plenty of company from your neighbors and animal friends. The spirit promised to return in a year to check up on you, so you'd better roll up your sleeves. See if you have what it takes to be a successful farmer.
--from the Game Boy Harvest Moon instruction manual