A while ago, Kris and I had challenged each other to play a game the other had never played. I challenged her to play Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube and she challenged me to play Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones for the Nintendo DS. Since then, we had always wanted to do more challenges such as that as well as something a little different. Well, we’ve finally decided to bring it back!
Yeah, how long as it been? A little over two years? This time around, the challenge has to do with a couple of our favorite laid-back games. Going with the recent announcements from Nintendo regarding Smash Bros Ultimate and new games for the Switch, Rachel has challenged me to play Animal Crossing: New Leaf, while I’m challenging her to play Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. Considering these games are fairly open-ended, we’ve tried to set specific goals for each other. Rachel, what do I need to do to complete this challenge?
I have two goals in mind for you. However, complete whichever you’d like before time is up for the challenge. The first goal is to build your house as best you can and completely pay off your debt for a completed first floor along with the first phase of the upstairs, basement, left room, and right room. The second goal is to ensure all your villagers like you, create an awesome town, and make sure your mayor rating is the best it can be.
Alright then… That sounds doable, although I imagine I may come to you with questions, especially about the mayor rating and such, haha. I have never played an Animal Crossing game a decent amount of time before. I played a little bit of the GameCube game and maybe, like, a day or two of New Leaf when it first came out, but I haven’t played either long enough to say I “played” Animal Crossing.
Light of Hope has a little “story” that I want you to try to complete. While Light of Hope isn’t my favorite Harvest Moon game, it’s decent and simple enough when it comes to growing crops and completing the story. If you’d like, you can also woo one of the available bachelors and try to unlock the requirements that come with getting married. It’ll give you a fuller Harvest Moon experience, but… I never get married in the games, so I won’t require you to do so as well.
Sounds simple enough! In fact, it sounds similar to what you have to do for Animal Crossing. Except there’s no true story in Animal Crossing. I’m sure if I get stuck on anything, I’ll come to you. Though hopefully I won’t get stuck in a Harvest Moon game. Anyway, we’ll play the games in our own time and come the end of October, we’ll talk about our thoughts and experiences with the games! And see who met the requirements and who didn’t.
Here’s hoping we both beat the challenge and, hey, maybe enjoy the games while playing!