It was rereleased for Virtual Console in North America on October 14, 2014.
Harvest Moon 2 starts with the mayor of a village, who determines that, to stay alive, they must use the old abandoned farmland outside of town and turn it into an amusement park. However, a farmer volunteers to take over the farm. He is given 3 years to accomplish it, or the farm will be turned into a theme park. Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley is a game later on in the Harvest Moon series that adopted a similar plot line.
Your first goal is to remove all of the weeds from the farmland, crush the rocks littering the ground and use an axe to chop up the tree stumps. After this, you must also till the land and plant crops for profit, or forage from the mountains. Over time, you will make enough money to keep animals to sell their produce. A Hot House can also be made to grow flowers and herbs.
This game is a lot more centered on the topic of farming than some of the previous and future games, as, in many of those, there is the option of getting married. While you can make friends with the villagers in Harvest Moon 2, marriage is not an option.
The villagers give you tools at the beginning of the game, but you can buy more and your original tools will be upgraded over time.