We’re officially in 2020 and I’m looking forward to what the world of gaming has in store for us this year.
As of right now, the game I’m most excited about is Animal Crossing New Horizons. I’ve been a hot minute since we’ve had a new Animal Crossing game and I can’t wait to head to the island and decorate my house – inside and out.
Nintendo has added a new commercial for the game and even though it’s in Japanese and shows off a bit of what we already know of the game, I’m pleased with it. I think it’s adorable that Nook and his sons are showing off the island to the villagers which makes me wonder what Nook is up to now. I mean, what exactly is Nook, Inc.? Is he a travel agent now?
A lot of people were excited to see Isabelle among the other villagers. I see why but I don’t at the same time… were people thinking Isabelle might not be in this game? I figured she’s a staple at this point and Nintendo knows that. She is in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate after all.
What I love most about this commercial though is that the cover art has been revealed. There’s a lot to the cover. It shows off a male and female villager, Nook and his sons, along with Isabelle and a couple of villagers in the background. Not to mention some of the various things you can do in the game such as fish and chop wood.
I really think Animal Crossing New Horizons is going to be the best Animal Crossing game yet.
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Today is the last day of 2019. What better way to celebrate than talk about a couple of baby raccoons?
Timmy and Tommy (don’t ask me which one is which) are twin brothers who first appeared in the very first Animal Crossing game, Animal Forest (2001) for the Nintendo 64. This game was only released in Japan, which is probably why I’ve never heard of it until now. They’ve appeared in all the other Animal Crossing games since. However, their full names weren’t revealed until the latest installment of the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013).
No one truly knows where Timmy and Tommy came from. With their last name being Nook, the same as Tom Nook’s, it’s implied the twins are Tom Nook’s sons or nephews. I personally thought they were his sons, considering Tommy may be named after Tom Nook himself. Then again, he could be named after his “uncle.”
However, there are certain villagers with the jock or lazy personalities that will tell you a rumor of Tom Nook finding the twins on the street and raising them himself. So, they may not even be blood-related to the old raccoon. Who knew there was such backstory to a few characters in the Animal Crossing world?
The twins have more responsibility in each Animal Crossing game, the more they come out. They used to be in the background and now they’re running on the main store of the village on their own while Tom Nook does real estate.
I’ve always loved these two (even though they constantly follow you around in the store while you try to browse). They haven’t done much, but they’re cute and there’s no reason to dislike these characters (unlike Tom Nook who you could call a crook).
I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I’m not sure if they’ll have a “bigger” part than they normally have or not, but it’ll be cool to see them on the Nintendo Switch.
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One of our first debates was Harvest Moon versus Animal Crossing as a couple of our favorite franchises, and we’ve even challenged each other to play games in each of the series to give them another try. Recently, I did get a new appreciation for New Leaf, even if my interest is waning a bit with it now. With that, I found myself a little more intrigued than I expected myself to be at the Animal Crossing: New Horizons news at E3 this year.
I’ve wanted an Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch for so long now. As soon as they announced it, I was instantly excited. We finally got more news on it at E3 this year and they showed off an interesting trailer. It showcased some of the new mechanics of the game that, honestly, had me tilting my head.
It did give us a few new mechanics that Rachel and I had been talking about recently for the games, such as having lawns to decorate instead of just decorating inside the houses. Having customizable characters is a plus as well. Something that I was interested in was the farming mechanic. I started laughing, marveling at how Animal Crossing is adopting some Harvest Moon aspects.
Having a yard to call your own is great, I agree. As well as customizing your character. However, I wonder if they’ll still allow for a random option? I always enjoyed being surprised at how good or derpy I’d look. The farming mechanic is what made me tilt my head. As you all know by now, Harvest Moon is not my favorite game. I always preferred Animal Crossing because I found it be more chill and less “work.” You can make your own tools and, I assume, have to gather materials to make said tools. The farming itself seems fun, that I never minded too much. Although, with the real-time mechanic of the game, I have a feeling crops are going to die a lot.
It’d be nice if there was still a random option at the beginning for your looks, but I do enjoy the idea of customization. I like the different skin tones that are available! See, I always felt that Animal Crossing wasn’t as goal-orientated as Harvest Moon, which I disliked. Having played New Leaf a bit more, I do see the goals you can make but I feel that it’s more “work” and time restrictive than most Harvest Moon installments are. I’m hoping the farming mechanic will be akin to the earlier Harvest Moon games, in that you plant them, water them once a day, and there you go. Of course, I presume the farming — and even some of the tools — will be optional, so you can have your game be as chill as you want.
I find it funny how I think Harvest Moon is more “work” and you think Animal Crossing is more “work.” Maybe farming and such will be optional, I don’t know. I’m all for new mechanics and ways on improving the gameplay, but seeing something so similar to Harvest Moon made me stop and think for a moment.
Isn’t it strange? I still believe you should give an earlier Harvest Moon game a try, perhaps More Friends of Mineral Town, as opposed to the Light of Hope that I had you try before. You may enjoy the simplicity of that more. I do hope you’ll still be excited for and enjoy Animal Crossing: New Horizons, considering it’s been one of your favorite franchises for years.
I’m still excited for New Horizons and I’m intrigued by the changes. I know it’ll be a great game regardless. I’m curious how it’ll turn out though. The release can’t come soon enough.
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E3 is right around the corner and I’m super excited to see what Nintendo has to offer this year! Like many, I’m sure, I’m eager to learn more about Animal Crossing for the Switch. I mean, I hope they talk about it.
The Big Ideas
I had a list of three or four things that I wanted to see in Animal Crossing Switch. As I wrote them down (because I knew I’d forget them before getting the chance to write this post), I kept coming up with more and more ideas. The list has grown to nine now, so I’ll talk in depth about the ones I really want.
I have a kiddie pool in my back room in Animal Crossing New Leaf. It makes no sense to have a kiddie pool in the house – especially if you can’t even use it. A rubber duck is just floating around in it forever alone and, honestly, that’s quite sad. I want to be able to have an actual garden in my yard, not plant flowers randomly about town. I want to have a lawn mower or a shed (more inventory space!), lawn chairs, or something. I want the house to be unique from all the others, inside and out.
Interactive Villagers/Friendship Levels
There are a few different personality types the villagers have. However, they don’t really different from each other that much. I’d like to see more of those personalities, if not new personalities. Give the villagers more things to do and say. When they invite you over, have coffee or something. When they come over, let’s sit and watch TV together. They just roam around mindlessly.
Having friendship levels would be cool too. I mean, it might make more work for an Animal Crossing game, but people are always trying to move in new villagers or get the pictures of their current villagers. Having a friendship level would be a great indicator of that. Plus, the villagers can have friendships with each other and you can settle disputes and such.
More Villagers & Bigger Villages
There are a lot of villagers and only ten can live in your village at a time. Give us bigger towns with more room to build public works projects and allow 15-20 villagers to live in our town. Plus, I was watching a playthrough of New Leaf and they were saying how they would love to see the villagers have different styled houses depending on their personality, such as a mansion or a shack or whatever. That would be so cool.
Most of the stuff on this list is a long shot, I know. This is probably the weirdest request from me to Nintendo, but… I would love different biomes. Think Zootopia or we could just have multiple towns to travel to and take care of. We could visit the Tundra, Rain Forest, Desert, and more. Animals who live in those areas in real life are most likely to appear in their respective biomes. They have the camping ground so I think they could add two or three biomes off to the side for your town. It’ll be a surprise what you get. Maybe you could add more biomes down the road after you meet certain requirements in the game. I know there are different seasons, but I’m sure there are different bugs and fish that would appear only in the desert and stuff… we could catch Blathers a scorpion!
More inventory space – let us have our pocket space plus a backpack that has even more room.
More than one save file – yes, this already exists but for the same town. I want to have multiples towns on one game.
Interactive decor – some are interactive, but not all. Seriously, if my character has a coffee pot, I want to turn it on and actually drink the coffee.
Fishing net – I believe this is in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. A fishing net can catch eight fish at once. Wouldn’t that make life easier? (But then, yeah, we would definitely need the more inventory space.)
Send letters to friends – whether they’ve visited your town before or you have their Switch friend code, we should be able to communicate and send gifts to friends.
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Title: Animal Crossing New Leaf Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Monolith Soft Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 8, 2012
How we got the game: I bought it when it came out many moons ago
If you know me, then you know Animal Crossing is one of my favorite games ever. I recently got into the mood to play Animal Crossing New Leaf again and realized the only Animal Crossing game I’ve reviewed on this site is Happy Home Designer. So, I visited my New Leaf town, which is apparently called, “Kalos.”
Like the Animal Crossing games before it, New Leaf isn’t too different in gameplay. You have your human villager move into a town inhabited by various animals. The goal is pay off the debt on your house, upgrade said house multiple times and paying off that debt, all the while decorating your house, collecting various items to boost the town and make friends with your many villagers.
The shops can upgrade depending on how much money, or bells, you spend there. There’s a general store, garden shop, clothing and shoe store, the post office, and more. Some of these shops don’t open until you meet certain other requirements in the game, though none of it is hard.
You’re also mistaken as the new mayor of the town so you can do some extra stuff – like created public works projects or put certain ordinances into effect. There are four ordinances – beautiful town, night town, early town, and bell boom town. Beautiful means no weeds will appear and your villagers will water and plant more flowers on their own (even if you stop playing your game for a while). Night owl and early bird are as it sounds – villagers and shops will either wake up and go to bed earlier for the early bird town or they’ll stay up later and wake up later in the night owl town. Bell boom makes everything more expensive, which in turn allows you to make money faster.
I personally have the night owl town on so I can go to my private island at night and collect the various beetles and sharks. I make anywhere between 100,000-200,000 bells per trip.
The public works projects are fun as well. Granted, the villagers don’t do much to help it out – it’s basically more money for your to put into the town yourself. Still, it adds more depth to the town. You can add a fountain, benches, and best of all, bridges. Each town layout is large and there’s only one bridge connecting the two halves over the river that splits them up. I personally picked a town map with a bridge on the right-hand-most side. Now I also have a bridge in the middle and on the left to make it even.
While I wish the villagers did more and had more of a variety when it comes to personalities (even though there are a decent amount of personality traits), I find them amusing all the same. I love each and every one of my villagers and will not let any of them leave until I get their picture. Then they can move on so I can collect more villagers.
New Leaf also has “Welcome Amiibo” which I haven’t used. There’s a campground where you can visit certain NPCs in a trailer and buy some of their stuff. You can also put an Amiibo in and they can become a villager in your town. New Leaf allows nine villagers in your town, but you can have ten if it’s from an Amiibo.
I haven’t tried this yet because all my Amiibos are still sealed. Someday, when I open them, I will add Boo into my town or something.
As always, the graphics in this game are great. On the 3DS (I play on the 2DS XL), they’re crisp and bright. The water rippling in the ocean and river are satisfying, the flowers sparkling when watered are great. Everything about this game is aesthetically pleasing to me and the various themes of furniture and such are too much though I’m determined to get it all.
The music is one of the best parts of this game, I think. There’s a new song every hour and it’s so relaxing and calm. I love playing this game whenever I’m stressed or having a rough week. It’s easy to get absorbed into this work and not feel better afterward.
There’s always something to do in this game even after you “beat it” and pay off all your debt. There are so many things to collect – furniture, clothes, bugs, fish, fossils – and the villagers especially are the most fun (and difficult) to collect. I’ll be going back to this game forever and forever.
Animal Crossing New Leaf gets… 5 out of 5 lives.
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So, about a week or so before the latest Nintendo Direct where Animal Crossing was announced for the Switch, Kris found through Pinterest that there’s an Animal Crossing movie. I wanted to watch it right away. So, naturally, I found the anime on YouTube.
Rachel is definitely the bigger Animal Crossing fan out of the two of us. I’ve barely played the games. As soon as I saw that pin that mentioned the Animal Crossing movie, I knew Rachel would be interested in it, and she was wicked excited to hear about it. The “movie” on YouTube was about 45 minutes long, so we figured it was a short thing and stuck it on. I wasn’t too sure what kind of plot would be developed on a 45-minute movie based on such an open-ended game.
It turned out, even though the video stated it was the full movie, it actually wasn’t. It ended in the middle and we ended up finding a different YouTube video that summed up the entire movie in about four minutes. Still, from the 45 minutes we saw, it wasn’t too bad.
It was rather cute, but I was sitting there for about half of it wondering when something resembling a plot was going to happen. The beginning showcased the excited new resident of Animal Village meeting her new neighbors while working for Tom Nook by making deliveries, and there were random segments of various villagers doing random activities, like the jock monkey jogging everywhere or the penguin fishing all day. The plot seemed to start building up about finding your dream and following it with a touch of aliens thrown in.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from it. Animal Crossing doesn’t have a huge story line for the games so I couldn’t imagine what they could do for a movie. The villagers were interesting enough though. And yes, the plot turned out to be mainly Margie the elephant had a dream of becoming a fashion designer and the movie turned into following your dreams and reaching for the stars, which was nice.
While reaching for the stars, you may find aliens, which is apparently what happened in the 4-minute movie explanation video we saw. We’re not quite sure what exactly happened, but we’re guessing the bottled messages the protagonist kept finding about planting pine trees for a winter festival had something to do with it. All in all, the half of the movie that we did see wasn’t too bad, with little hints of the games thrown into it. Hearing familiar music and jingles was nice, and we giggled when K.K. Slider’s singing not only had the English dub but also the game’s pixel-y rhythm.
Yeah, hearing the game music in the background was great. It really threw me back into the game. I’ll admit, I could have done without some of the voice acting. A lot of it was high-pitched. Then again, it’s anime, so I’m not knocking it. Overall, it wasn’t a bad movie and I wouldn’t mind having more down the road.
The movie was entertaining enough, especially while watching it together. It wouldn’t be something that I would watch on my own, but we were able to laugh at the characters’ antics together. It was enough for us to be interested in seeing the rest of the movie and, perhaps, one day we will.
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Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!
The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.
That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.
With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!
Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.
It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.
(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)
We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.
All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.
We’ve come to the end of another month. It’s the last Tuesday, which means it’s time for another character spotlight.
Mr. Resetti, or also known as just Resetti, is a mole character in the Animal Crossing series. He’s not a playable character or even a villager. He’s just an NPC who will yell at you if you turn off your game without saving.
In the original Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Gamecube, Resetti goes on and on and on yelling at you for not saving your game. You can’t do anything about it, either. You can’t play the game until he’s done and trust me, it takes a while.
In the latest Animal Crossing game, New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS, apparently he asks why you didn’t save. The length of his lecture will vary depending on the answer you choose. I’ve never done this because I’ve never wanted to cross paths with him again.
Still, I do like Resetti. He was an interesting addition to the game and also a great motive to people to save their game… unless, of course, you think it’s funny so you don’t save on purpose just to see him.
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Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing are both wonderful franchises that we find relaxing with life simulation-like goals to improve our towns, relationships with others, and our protagonist’s life in general. Harvest Moon is my preferred franchise. While the main point is to work hard and improve a farm from a sad, desolate piece of land, you set your own other goals and live as you like.
Meanwhile, I’m a bigger fan of Animal Crossing. While you don’t have a farm to take care of, you can work on your house. Decorating it, expanding upon it, and even bettering the shops and museum in your village. Plus, you meet a plethora of animal characters, building relationships with them, and overall living life.
I feel as if the main difference between the franchises is that Animal Crossing focuses more on the house while Harvest Moon focuses on the farm. Bettering your farm allows you to raise whatever crops and adorable animals you want, selling the produce to earn money to invest further into your farm and the main village itself. Bettering your house in Animal Crossing allows you to… pay back your debts to a raccoon.
Bettering your house allows you to become an interior designer, duh. While the farming is cool and all, I like being able to collect various styles of furniture, objects, and other collectible items to fill my home with. I can mail items to villagers in my town and they can send me items back. It’s a win-win. Plus, there are new items in the shops every day and there are bugs and fish to collect to sell and put into a museum.
Hey, plenty of the Harvest Moon games allow you to better your house as well. It’s usually a requirement, actually, to build a bigger house if you want to get married and have children. Some games have the ability to change the wallpaper and flooring, to decorate your house as you see fit. It’s limited, of course, but when you’re busy getting rich off your farm, it’s something that takes a backseat. If you like collecting, try finding every item you can forage, growing every crop you can, and completing the little produce checklist.
In Animal Crossing, I can get rich easily off of fishing. I can collect fish, bugs, paintings, and so much more. I get my fill, sure enough. And yeah, you can marry and have children in Harvest Moon, but it’s pretty slim pickings. While you don’t get married in Animal Crossing, there are over 300 villagers to meet, become friends, and collect their pictures. Trying to meet all the villagers and getting them all to move in your town adds a lot of replayability.
Don’t you have to kick out villagers from your town in order to get new ones to move in? What kind of neighbor are you to do that? Besides, over 300 villagers would be annoying to keep up with. The Harvest Moon games have fun casts to grow relationships with. If you want replayability, try shaping your farm differently during each play through. Harvest Moon games allow you to pass time more quickly than Animal Crossing as well. If you want to go to the next day in Harvest Moon, you just save and sleep in your bed. Animal Crossing makes you a slave to its real-time mechanics, especially when it comes to the shops.
While some people kick their villagers out, I wait until the villagers move out on their own. And yes, the real-time can get a bit annoying, but most people just change the clock on the handheld or console. Plus, in New Leaf, they added ordinances where you can make your town an early bird or night owl allowing the shops and villagers to wake up and go to sleep either earlier or later, respectively. This was great for me since I typically play in the evening and was able to keep the shops open until well after I actually go to bed in real life. But I guess we’ll let everyone else decide.
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There have been a lot of rumors going about a possible new Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has been doing a great job keeping quiet, but I’m sure there’s something brewing. (There better be, anyway.)
My two favorite Animal Crossing games are the first and original Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Gamecube and the latest game, Animal Crossing New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS.
The original was great and New Leaf added so much without bogging it down with too much. If we get a new game for the Switch, we’ll have the ability to play it on the big screen and on the small screen taking it with us. There’s a lot of possibilities they can do with the new game.
Here’s what I would love to see.
Bring back favors
In the original Animal Crossing game for the Gamecube, you were able to talk to them and ask if there was anything you could do for them. This involved returning a borrowed item, getting a borrowed item back, delivering something, whatever. I enjoyed it because it was a great way to interact with the villagers and they rewarded you so it was a great way to get new stuff and build your catalog.
Keep the island, but add just a pinch more to it
I love the island in New Leaf. The diving feature is cool and I love being able to get all sorts of new fruit, bugs, and sea creatures. I would love to see a little more added to it though. Maybe you can run into a villager here and there. Or who says that island is exclusive to your town? Maybe you can run into villagers you don’t have similar to City Folk.
Be able to interact with shopkeepers (outside of the shops)
Tom Nook, Blathers, Isabelle, and company… where do they all go when the shops close? I would love to be able to visit their houses and interact with them after shop hours. I think definitely think that’d be cool to see what kinds of houses they’d live in. I mean, Blathers pretty much lives at the museum, but still.
Add a fishing net like in Pocket Camp
I didn’t play much of Pocket Camp, but I did see a few trailers and commercials and I saw they had a fishing net where you could catch up to 8 (I think) fish at once. Yes, please! I love using the plain old fishing rod, but having the ability to leave a net in the water for a bit is a great idea.
More pocket space
Although, if we can catch up to 8 fish at once, they better give us more pocket space. Or, what would be cool, is if they add a backpack icon to the menu. So you have the 15 pocket spots and then you can click on the backpack for an additional 20 spots or so. This is smart thinking, Nintendo. Listen to me.
Send letters to friends and possibly visit their towns without online features
If you and your friend exchange friend codes on the Switch and both have a town in Animal Crossing, you should be able to send letters to each other. Maybe it doesn’t unlock until you visit each other’s towns, but you should be able to do that. I also want to be able to pop in on my friend’s town with or without online features. I don’t know if offline is realistic, but it’d be cool anyway.
I’m pretty sure there were other things I wanted to add to this wishlist. I can’t think of them at the top of my head though and I think six is good enough for now. I may add more in a later post if I think of them.
Can you tell I’m eager to get a new game?
Are you looking forward to a new Animal Crossing game? What features do you hope they add or bring back? Let me know in the comments below!