What is Rune Factory 4 Special's Newlywed Mode?

Rune Factory 4 Special's biggest new feature is Newlywed Mode. Find out where what this new mode means for lovebirds in RF4S.

Rune Factory 4 Special promises to bring the 2012 farming RPG to the modern market with a few additions. New cutscenes, a new and higher difficulty, and the brand-new Newlywed Mode await in this enhanced port to the Nintendo Switch.

Though the new difficulty and cutscenes are very welcome additions, Newlywed Mode is a bit of a mystery to Western audiences pre-release. Does it add new functionality or add new socialization options within a playthrough? Nope, but

Newlywed Mode is its own thing, but if you're not a fanatic, it might not be worth buying Rune Factory 4 just for this new mode. If you are, well... yeah, you're going to want to buy it.

What Is Newlywed Mode in Rune Factory 4 Special?

If you were expecting this "big" new addition to be a real gamechanger, Newlywed Mode may be a bit of a disappointment. However, those truly crazy about their in-game spouses will find something to love (!) in this new mode.

Once you get married in a Rune Factory 4 playthrough, you will gain access to Newlywed Mode in the main menu.

Once you select the mode, you will be taken to a selection screen to choose any marriage candidate you've actually already married in a playthrough. Make your selection, and you'll get to play through a special scenario with that character as your partner.

When you begin a Newlywed Mode scenario, it will ask you to name your character and allow you to choose their pet name for you and yours for them. Escapism at its finest!

Newlywed Mode scenarios seem to last around or above 45 minutes, depending on how you approach them. They are also filled with new recorded voice lines and have playable segments, rather than just dialogue.

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This new mode may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's optional to appease both players who don't are to bother with it and those who want to get to know their Rune Factory 4 spouses a little better. It's a fantastic game with or without Newlywed Mode.

Look for Rune Factory 4 Special on the Nintendo Switch come February 25.

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Ashley spends all her time playing games, cooking, and studying languages. It's a miracle she's not burned out on the whole thing after being a game addict since '89 (I'm old, deal with it). Classic annoying Sega kid, still hasn't let go of Sonic and prefers arcade-style games. Final Fantasy and SaGa rock whatever it is you like, chump.

Published Jan. 31st 2020

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