Animal Crossing Movie [Review]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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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.

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Character Spotlight: Mr. Resetti

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’ve come to the end of another month. It’s the last Tuesday, which means it’s time for another character spotlight.

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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 Vs. Animal Crossing [Debate]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Animal Crossing Wishlist

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

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.)

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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!

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