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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Most of the time, we’re focusing on new games that are coming out, trying to plan what we want to play and experience. Every once in a while, we go back to old favorites and I’ve recently been playing a game that I’ve never really been interested in before…
One of my favorite chill game franchises is Harvest Moon. In fact, I heard that another Harvest Moon game will be revealed at E3 next week, which is usually exciting for me. I’m looking forward to hearing more details about the game but… I realized I’m not as excited for it as I used to be for past Harvest Moon games.
In all honesty, my favorite Harvest Moon games tend to be the past ones. Newer Harvest Moon games — with their gimmicks and updated mechanics — tend to not impress me as much. My longest farm-run is on my More Friends of Mineral Town for the Game Boy Advance and probably A New Beginning for the 3DS. I prefer the ones with simpler stories, which is a bit ironic considering how invested I get in the stories of video games, that give me more freedom on growing my farm.
With that said, I haven’t picked up a Harvest Moon game in a while. However, lately I have been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
If you recall from one of the previous challenges Rachel and I have done, I had her play a Harvest Moon game while she wanted me to give the Animal Crossing franchise another chance. Neither of us really did too well on that challenge, both of us becoming bored with the other’s favorite franchise fairly quickly. However, lately Rachel and I watched a couple of our favorite YouTubers doing a quick Let’s Play with New Leaf, and I found myself asking Rachel questions about the game’s mechanics. Seeing a Let’s Play of what could be done in the game gave me the urge to give it one more try, and it’s something that I’ve been chilling out with lately at the end of the night.
If given the choice between the two franchises, I will would pick Harvest Moon over Animal Crossing, but I definitely have a newfound appreciation for Animal Crossing.
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While there aren’t enough hours in the day and there’s always something that needs to get done – work, cleaning, socializing, what have you – there are definitely some games I would love to sit and play all day long.
Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, my all-time favorite game. This is a game I could sit down and play for hours on end. The love the overall aesthetics, especially the music. I could hum along with that music any time in any situation. It just makes me happy. Paper Mario, unfortunately, does have an end to it though. I’ve played it so many times that I practically know the game by heart. The last time I played it took me about 24 hours to get through the main story. If I could do that in one sitting, I totally would.
I feel like I don’t really need to explain this one. The main story doesn’t typically take too long, but the collecting? Oh, yeah. I need to catch ’em all and it’s so easy for me to get sucked into the Pokemon world and play for hours at a time. I remember, when X and Y came out, I beat the main story in two days. I got the game for Christmas and spent Christmas evening and the following day playing all day long.
Time in The Sims goes by super fast. I feel like one hour in The Sims is about a minute – maybe two – in real time. It’s so easy to spend a lifetime in The Sims and know you’re not wasting too much time in real life… until you look at a real clock and realize the sun had set already. If I could spend a day or two just living as my sim, I totally would.
Animal Crossing is a tricky game to play all day long. With its real-time mechanics, the shops have an open and closing time and the villagers do sleep. So, there’s only so much I can do in a day, but if I could, I would play that all day long as well.
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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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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.
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.)
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.
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.
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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If you know me, then you know there are three games I’m super excited for in 2019. They all come from Nintendo and they’re all games I’ve been wishing for since… well, forever. But at least since the Switch came out.
There was a rumor going around that there would be a Nintendo Direct on January 10, 2019. Usually those rumors ending up being true, but this time it wasn’t. Nintendo revealed a couple of release dates earlier in the month without a Direct. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn will be released on the Nintendo 3DS March 8, 2019 and Yoshi’s Crafted World will be released on the Nintendo Switch on March 29, 2019.
I’m looking forward to both of these titles, but there’s three games I absolutely can’t wait for.
Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch has finally been announced! We don’t know anything about the game yet other than it’ll be coming in 2019. Looking back at the other Animal Crossing games, they’ve been released in April, December, November, and June respectively. For some reason, I always thought the Animal Crossing games came out in April or summer time, but apparently that’s only been the original for the Gamecube and the latest main game, New Leaf for the 3DS.
With that said, I was originally thinking this game will come out in April. Now that two other titles are being released in March, I’ve decided to change it to sometime in the summer – either June or July.
We don’t know anything about the game and usually we know some things that will come long before the release date. However, I get the feeling Nintendo has been working on this for quite a while and just kept their mouth shut. The more we complained about there being “no Animal Crossing for the Switch,” I feel like Nintendo said, “Eh, make them wait a little longer before we tell them we’ve been working on it all along.”
I think we’ll have a couple Nintendo Directs between now and the summer and they’ll give a summer release date.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube came out in September. Dark Moon came out in March. The original was ported to the 3DS this past October. So, that’s two releases in the fall and one in the spring.
Again, Nintendo has two games coming out in March and they haven’t revealed anything for Luigi’s Mansion 3, so I doubt it’ll make a surprise release in the spring. Nintendo did, however, seem to enjoy hyping up Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS around Halloween.
Nintendo releases a lot in the fall anyway, most likely in time for the holidays, so I’m thinking Luigi’s Mansion 3 will follow suit with the original post and have a release date in October in time for Halloween and for the very beginning of the holiday shopping season.
The main games almost always have a November release date. We’ve known about this game being in development for a while. We don’t know anything about the game yet, but I’m guessing their original aim was for November 2019.
Let’s just hope, right or wrong, none of these games get pushed back and delayed until 2020. I’m not sure I can wait that long.
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Going to change it up a little this week in that I’m doing a post in response to the challenge that Rachel and I gave each other way back in October. Did any of you forget about that? I promise we didn’t!
Way back at the beginning of October, Rachel and I challenged each other to play a game from the other’s favorite laid-back franchise. I challenged Rachel to play a Harvest Moon game — Light of Hope for the Nintendo Switch — and she challenged me to play Animal Crossing New Leaf for the 3DS. My goal was to pay off my debt enough to get the biggest house expansion as well as have my villagers like me, have a great town, and a high mayor rating.
And I failed.
What I did accomplish was get a 100% mayor rating (although it’s probably gone down by this point considering I haven’t visited my town in a month), make some villager friends, and paid off enough debt to expand the first floor of my house. I didn’t get the side rooms, but the front room is bigger.
I didn’t do too badly, in my opinion, but I obviously did not meet all of the requirements to complete the challenge, and I have no real excuse for not doing so. We had chosen October to do these challenges because we figured we would have enough time to do them before the decidedly busier months of November and December. Instead, New Leaf became a chore rather than something I wanted to do. Being competitive didn’t make me want to pick up the game.
It was nice meeting and seeing the villagers and Isabelle. The characters are adorable and they made me chuckle with their animations and the way they talk. When I did play the game, it was relaxing. I especially enjoyed the music while running around bug-hunting and fishing!
Yet, I was bored with the overall premise of the game. Sure, it was cute, but there wasn’t anything to keep me sustained. While my Harvest Moon games tend not to have huge stories to follow either, I’m able to create my own and, for the most part, figure out how to accomplish my goals myself.
It was interesting to actually make more of an effort in an Animal Crossing game but, when the Switch version comes out, I’ll probably leave that game to Rachel.
What do you think of Animal Crossing New Leaf? How would you have done with this challenge?