Animal Crossing New Leaf [Video Game Review]

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Title: Animal Crossing New Leaf
Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Monolith Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo 3DS
Category:
Simulation
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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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Detective Pikachu [Movie Review]

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This past Friday we went and saw Detective Pikachu in the theaters with a good friend of ours. Growing up with the Pokemon games and anime, and being hyped for the new Switch titles later this year, we were optimistic for this movie despite movies based on video games getting bad reputations. Honestly, as fans of the franchise, we were not disappointed.

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I had been looking forward to this movie since it was announced a while ago. The CGI and Pokemon designs were awesome and the movie as a whole was well done.

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We did have some issues with the pacing of the movie — some of it just went too fast — but the overall movie was well done. Considering that the movie was able to cater to both fans and non-fans alike was wonderful. When our friend first saw the trailer, she immediately said, “We’re going to see that,” and she enjoyed it as much as we did. True, she wasn’t able to pick out all the Pokemon in the movie, but there were enough details that she followed the plot just fine.

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The pacing was a bit too fast. The plot still made sense – especially if you’ve played the Detective Pikachu 3DS game – but I wanted more of the characters. There were a few characters that I felt we didn’t get to know as well as we could or should have.

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Still, I enjoyed the characters we did see. The CGI for the Pokemon was fantastic, too, and I absolutely cooed over seeing Bulbasaur and Treecko — two of my favorite starter lines — “live.” Now that we’ve seen this movie, though, we’re totally ready for more movies featuring journeys and longer battles!

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I agree and I would have loved to see more Pokemon battles. I know that’s not the point of Ryme City, but the battles were fabulous. Knowing what they’re capable of, they have no excuse not to come out with more live action Pokemon movies. Bring Ash and his various Pokemon journeys to life! (Especially from the Kalos anime.)

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Collecting Things In Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

If you know me then you know I love collecting things. I enjoy various merch that come in different colors or variations – from pins to stuffed animals, Amiibo or Pokemon cards – I love it all. Collecting things in-game is no different.

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I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve always been attracted to the concept of “collecting” in games. Also, treasure. I absolutely love getting money, coins, gems, or whatever it is in the game.

There are certain games that are my favorite simply because of collecting. (I mean, there are more reasons than that, but you catch my drift.)

Animal Crossing

The Animal Crossing series is a prime example of collecting things in games and a huge reason why I love it so. I mean, despite paying off your debt, that’s what the game is about. You want to get all the various themes of furniture and clothes, fruit, bugs, fish, and so much more. Not to mention, collecting the villagers, which is easier said than done.

Pokemon

There’s well over 800 Pokemon at this point and I’m pretty sure with Galar coming out soon we’ll have over 1,000 Pokemon. Every time I play a Pokemon game, I always play well after the main story to catch ’em all. I have yet to complete a Pokedex in any of my games, but I’m determined to do it someday. After that, it’s on to collect all the Pokemon in their shiny forms.

Luigi’s Mansion

This game is a good example of collecting money and treasure. In fact, it’s actually part of the game in the end for when you end up with your “real” mansion. Money, coins, gems, pearls, etc, are scattered throughout the entire mansion. They’re in fans, pots, lying on the floor, in cabinets – everywhere. Collect as much as you can and collect it all. Luigi might as well get something out of this experience. Oh, and also you collect the 50 Boos in that game. As annoying as it is, it’s still a decent scavenger hunt.

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When to Play Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

We’ve done #GamingTogether for the past couple of months on our social media channels. Today’s question just reminded me of how my gaming habits have switched as I got older.

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Do you typically play games when you wake up or before you go to bed?

As a kid, before school, you would find me in the basement with Super Mario RPG on the SNES and my cereal and cocoa right next to me. I used to get up early enough to play a good chunk of whatever game I was into at the time before school. The anticipation of advancing in my game before heading off to school woke me up better than any alarm clock.

Nowadays, sleep is more important to me in the morning and sometimes it takes me a few minutes longer than it should to drag myself out of bed and into the shower. If I get a chance to play video games, it’s usually in the afternoon after my day job and any other work I need to get done. Video games are a reward and a chance to relax (aside from the ones I can get away with calling “work” for this blog) sometime after dinner if my mind isn’t too tired after the day job.

Thinking on it, if I could, I would totally play video games in the morning. Waking up to explore a new world, fight some bad guys, or solve some puzzles would be fantastic in jogging my brain to get ready for the rest of the day. While playing games before bed is relaxing, I have found it a little difficult to turn my mind off when bedtime inevitably rolls around and I need to shut down the console for the night.

Granted, I’m not that picky about when I can reach for my video games. What I can’t stand is only being able to play my games for brief periods of time. I need the time to actually immerse myself in my game.

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Pokemon Johto Region Vs. Kalos Region [Debate]

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This month’s debate we’re putting a couple of our favorite Pokemon regions head to head. It’s Johto versus Kalos, with me on the side of the second generation and Rachel trying to debate that the sixth generation is better than it.

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Ironically, I began my Pokemon journey in Johto since I was super younger when Kanto came out. Still, Kalos is the best region in my opinion. So far, at least. I completed Pokemon X in two days after getting the game and I still go back to it to collect more Pokemon and shiny hunt to this day.

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Kalos was a great region, but Johto incorporated many mechanics that are still seen in the core series of games. The Johto games brought the day and night cycle, making it strategic when it came to catching every Pokemon. With Crystal, Johto also began giving Pokemon animated sprites and gave trainers the choice between a male and a female avatar.

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Kalos introduced some new mechanics as well. While the customization lacks a bit, you can still customize what you want your character to look like and you can change your hairstyle and color throughout the game. They added roller skates in addition to the bike and, best of all, Pokemon Amie. Now we can pet, feed, and play with our Pokemon. Not only is this adorable, but it pays off in battle. Depending on your friendship level, Pokemon will dodge attacks more often and even shake off status conditions like poison.

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Pokemon Amie is a more advanced version of another mechanic that was introduced in the second generation. Friendship was first measured and used for Pokemon evolutions in the Johto region. Breeding was also introduced into the Pokemon games thanks to the Johto generation, giving competitors another way to raise the perfect Pokemon for battles as well as hatching baby Pokemon that otherwise wouldn’t be found in the wild.

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Friendship became a thing, yes, but all you could do to bring it up was to battle and not let them faint. Pokemon Amie is way better. Also, there are Fairy-type Pokemon now. A new type was introduced and used as a gym battle, which was cool.

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Other ways to bring up the friendship was to spend time with the Pokemon, letting them be in your party, as well as certain items. Speaking of items, held items were first introduced into the Pokemon core games as well, bringing on another depth of strategy that became a staple in the games. Johto brought in two new types of Pokemon, Dark and Steel, both of which have been showcased with Elite Four and Gym Leaders specializing in their types. Aside from the new mechanics, I believe the Johto region games had a better plot than the Kalos games. Bringing back Team Rocket from the first generation, playing off of the time lapse between Kanto and Johto, was a great move. With that, the Johto games held onto that lore that a kid from Pallet Town originally thwarted Team Rocket, and gives players the chance to go through Kanto again until they face the most powerful trainer atop Mt. Silver.

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I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of similarities and differences between the two regions. Kalos came out years after Johto, so of course, the Johto region will introduce new things. Kalos has improved upon them. We’ll just have to see what everyone else says.

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Friday Favorites: My Video Game Hall of Fame

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

A couple of new games have recently been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame — Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Colossal Cave Adventure, and Microsoft Windows Solitaire. While there are criteria as to which games are inducted, I thought it would be fun to make a small list of my own for Hall of Fame games.

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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has rocketed in popularity since its original release in [date]. The calming atmosphere of the game has likened it to the Harvest Moon franchise while also giving players new mechanics and aspects to the farming sim genre. It added an RPG-like element with cave exploration and monster slaying, as well as allowing players to marry either gender, including fellow players in the co-op updates. Considering the small team that created the game that has since gone on to be published on other consoles, the feats it has done deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

This is definitely more of a personal preference than figuring out anything groundbreaking about the game’s mechanics or style. However, it did throw Mario into yet another genre of video games, showcasing his versatility as a video game character. It also was the ancestor, if you will, of the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, games that are popular in their own right. The Final Fantasy and other Nintendo character Easter eggs in the game were fun, and the unique characters that were introduced are popular enough to be shown in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s World of Light mode.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

We’re not a pair of gamers that plays shooting games too often, if at all. However, we have tried out PUBG and have seen plenty of streams of the gameplay, finding it stressful when we play and amusing thanks to the content creators that we’ve watched. It was one of the first major battle royale games that hit the market and, while Fortnite’s popularity and gimmicks may propel it to the Hall of Fame before PUBG, I believe PUBG deserves its share of recognition.

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Kanto Pokemon Cards

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Last weekend, our Internet at home was being weird. It was working, but things were extremely slow. Slow to the point where I had no patience with it so I gave myself a day off. And what did I do with my time instead? I sorted my Pokemon cards.

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I have gone through my Pokemon cards over and over again throughout the years. I have so many and am always adding more to the mix. I have eight small Pokemon books with the card sleeves in them already. I remember buying them at Toys R Us. That’s where I had all my cards sorted. I recently got a binder for myself though. Then, my brother-in-law gave me his Pokemon cards which came in a binder and Kris gave me another binder for Christmas.

So, I have three binders and eight smaller books. My Kanto Pokemon cards have taken up one binder. So, I know I’m definitely going to need more at some point.

I used to have my cards sorted by type. The colors were easy for me to differentiate them enough to sort them. I tried to keep the Pokemon of the same species and evolution chains together, but sometimes I’d miss one or two. I eventually decided to put them by type in numerical order. I could find a Pokemon more easily that way too.

Of course, there’s one other problem. Each Pokemon has multiple cards for themselves and sometimes they’re different types. So, where would I fit them in?

I ended up deciding to just sort them in numerical order by their national dex order.

A long time ago, I sorted through all the cards and pulled out my Kanto cards. I ordered them by their dex number and stuck them in a Pikachu binder. I’ve added more since then so I had a few loose Kanto cards hanging about.

It took me 7-8 hours (my back killed by the end of the night), but I sorted through all my cards by region.

I picked out the few Kanto cards that weren’t sorted and had six other piles – Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola. Oddly enough, not counting Kanto since most were already in a binder, but my tallest stack was Hoenn. I don’t know if I truly got into collecting when the Hoenn region was big or what, but I honestly thought my biggest pile would be Alola, since I’ve been buying so many booster packs lately.

Anyway, random tidbits/background aside, I sorted the rest of my Kanto cards into the binder. Then I went through the binder with Kris’s help. After all these years collecting Pokemon cards, I’m missing eight Kanto Pokemon.

I do not have a single card for Golem, Hypno, Haunter, Gyarados, Ditto, Zapdos, Moltres, or Dragonite.

I find some of that interesting. Zapdos and Moltres or obviously more on the rare side. But Golem? Haunter? They’re pretty common and it’s a wonder I don’t have any cards for them.

The other thing is, there’s a Pokemon card of Haunter that I looked up that looks really familiar. I’m pretty sure I did have it one point… unless it’s mixed in with the other regions by accident or it got misplaced in the shuffle somehow, I have no idea. Either way, I need to go on the hunt for these eight Pokemon.

Knowing that I’m only missing eight Pokemon makes me curious about who I’m missing from the other regions. I can’t wait until I have another day to sit down and continue going through my cards.

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