Top Tuesday: Favorite Things To Do In Animal Crossing

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve got Animal Crossing on the brain lately since I played Happy Home Designer. I started playing New Leaf again and it’s been a while. I’ve rediscovered so many things I love about that game.

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Kapp’n

Going to the tropical island is one of my favorite things to do. Most people may skip the boat scene, but I always listen to it. I love reading what Kapp’n has to say mostly because it’s usually funny. I also just love the way his voice sounds. The character speak has always amused me, but Kapp’n voice is my favorite, hands down.

The Island

I can’t explain how many times I’ve gone to the island and spent hours there at one time just searching for and catching sharks. They sell so well and you pay off your debt, no matter how big, in about a day. The music is fun and it’s just relaxing and casual.

Writing Letters

I’ve heard people say they hate writing letters in Animal Crossing. It’s annoying and people will write down something random and send it because the characters aren’t actually reading it. However, I write actual letters and I love sending them. Is it annoying? Yes. But I do it because I love to get mail and the only mail I get in real life are bills.

Collecting Things

This should come as no surprise. I love to collect things no matter what it is. In Animal Crossing you’re trying to get all the bugs, fish, paintings, and fossils. Then there are the many kinds of furniture you can get along with the clothes. Even the villagers are collectibles. Though I don’t like “forcing” the villagers to move away… because then I feel bad.

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer [Game Review]

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Title: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Life simulator
Release Date: 
July 30, 2015 
How I got the game: 
I bought it

 

 

 

I love the Animal Crossing series. If you know me and have been following this blog for a while, you’d know that. I can’t get enough of Animal Crossing. I was excited when Happy Home Designer was announced because building and decorating houses is my favorite part of playing The Sims. Now I could do it with my Animal Crossing friends… except it wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped.

gameplay

The gameplay is simple enough. The touchscreen on the 3DS is a big portion of the controls. At least it was for me. I found it easier than pushing the buttons.

You get a client and go to their house to decorate the interior. Your character doesn’t have to move too much provided you utilize the touchscreen. The bottom screen has a grid showing off the size of the house. You go into your inventory and place items down and make sure it looks nice and pretty and goes along with what you’re client likes and wants. Eventually, you can choose where you want the house to go and decorate the exterior as well as the interior.

This isn’t a bad concept, but what bothered me was that you have a certain amount of items you can use. With each client, you gain new items. Those items are what your current client likes and wants. So when you decorate there’s no trying to “guess” what your client will enjoy. It’s all laid out for you. Plus, whenever you put something down your client will react positively, negatively, or indifferently. So you can tell by that as well.

Another thing was the search option. You could find items through their category (clothes, chairs, beds, etc.), you could type in the name, or you could just see all the items you need for that current client… Yeah, it lays it all out for you so there’s no thinking involved. It’s a casual game, yes, but that was a little too casual for me. I would have liked to have figured out myself what furniture to put down based on my client’s clues.

After you finish working for a client you write in your journal and the day ends. The next day you can find another client or Isabelle may show up and asks you to help with the town. There are many projects she has such as a school, hospital, office, stores, and more. Later she may ask you to add to them, like adding a second classroom to the school. It’s not much though and neither project was challenging or took a while.

Each project from Isabelle had a checklist of items you had to use. For example, when creating the concert hall the only item on the checklist was a microphone. So, that’s all I put down, despite the many new options I had for musical instruments and seating and the like. Isabella absolutely loved it and it was a hit. A single microphone in an empty room… all because I added the item from the checklist. In other words, it didn’t matter how well you decorated the room. If you used all the items on the checklist, it counted as a win and the clients were happy. Again, no challenge.

Isabelle didn’t come every day and even when she did you had the option to go out and find another client before helping her. I did Isabelle’s projects first to get them over with. However, when you finish all of that the credits roll and the game is “over.” At that point, I had only helped 10 clients. It was a short game.

You can continue playing and get new clients as well as redecorate old clients’ houses after the credits, but that was enough for me.

graphics-music

Like all Animal Crossing games, the graphics and music are great. I enjoy the 3D graphics and being able to turn the camera all the way around to get each and every angle of the characters, the homes, and any place you currently are. The design has a cutesie feel to it which is so calming and really brings out the casualness of the game.

The music is one of my favorite aspects of the game. It’s always soothing and allows you to just get immersed in the gameplay. While I felt as though the soundtrack for Happy Home Designer could have had a little more to it, I enjoyed it all the same.

The sound effects are as silly as ever between placing something down, turning it around, or not being able to turn it around. I enjoy interacting with the objects as well, especially the musical instruments. It’s something small and simple, but it really adds a lot.
storyThere’s not much of a story to this one. You create a character and join Nook’s Homes as an employee. Then you go out, find clients, and help design their homes. Isabelle will show up a few times with some town projects such as building a school or hospital. Once you finish helping her own, the credits roll. That’s just about it.

replay-value

There’s a lot more for me to do in the game. There are so many villagers who need help decorating their homes. I have a lot of more items and furniture to unlock. However, I don’t know if I’ll be picking up this game again. It was a nice casual game to play, but it was repetitive and got old quick.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Animal Crossing: Town Planner

Happy Thursday!

I’ll admit, I’ve barely played Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The mobile game has been doing really well, but apparently, the game isn’t what it originally started as.

According to My Nintendo News, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was originally titled Animal Crossing: Town Planner.

It was nothing like what the game is now. It was what the old title suggests.

Town Planner was going to be a game where you mainly clicked menu options. There was no avatar to move around or such. You were going to have a plot of land and build a town.

Characters aside, it sounds as though it was similar to Happy Home Designer, except your focus was the whole town and not individual houses.

This is supposedly why the mobile game was delayed so long. Other than building a town and visiting towns of others, there wasn’t much to do. Nintendo felt the game was too bare bones and didn’t think it would sell well. So they redid the game completely.

Thus, now we have Pocket Camp.

I do wonder what the game would be like if they kept it as Town Planner though. Pocket Camp seems close to being more like the main game and I would prefer that on a handheld. Town Planner sounds as though it would be like The Sims where you build houses and buildings on bare lots, which is my favorite part of The Sims.

Yes, there is Happy Home Designer, and it sounds like Town Planner didn’t have much as far as “gameplay” goes, but I would definitely be interested in trying it out.

Nintendo has a way of making things better than they seem and I’m curious what their original goals were.

What are your thoughts on this? How are you enjoying Pocket Camp? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Most Wanted Nintendo Switch Games

Happy Tuesday!

I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this before way back when the Nintendo Switch came out (it’s already been seven months… wow!), but I wanted to talk about some games that I hope will come to the console in the near future.

Top Tuesday: Most Wanted Games for the Nintendo Switch

4. Luigi’s Mansion

I would love to have a third Luigi’s Mansion game, but at this point, I wouldn’t even care if they remade the first one and maybe added a little to it. I love the Gamecube and, at the time, the graphics were awesome, but I would love to see Luigi on the TV with Switch graphics!

3. Animal Crossing

New Leaf came out for the 3DS in 2012. That’s a long time ago! Sure, they’ve come out with Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival since then, but… I want a new game. And now that I have the New 2DS XL, I wouldn’t care if they put it on there. Still, I would love to see it on the Switch, on my TV.

2. Pokemon

Give me something. Anything. I prefer a main game, but I’ll take any sort of Pokemon. And yes, I know there’s Pokken Tournament DX, but like I said I want a main game. And, I think that’s what they’re working on, but it’d be nice to have some updates on it.

1. Super Smash Brothers

I can’t believe that they haven’t officially announced this yet. I say officially because we all believe that’s what Reggie said in his blurred-beeped-out speech during the Nintendo World Championship. I’m down for a brand new Smash game or a deluxe version. Like all the other games, I just want to see it on the Switch.

What games are you hoping for? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: Animal Crossing

Happy Thursday!

It’s hard to believe that September is just about over. The other day a lot of people were talking a lot about Animal Crossing. Out of coincidence, I had chosen Tom Nook as my Character Spotlight this month.

I decided to talk a little more about the original Gamecube game.

The first Animal Crossing game came out for the Nintendo Gamecube in April 2001. Kris had gotten the game for her birthday. A family friend knew that she loved video games and that she loved animals, so… Animal Crossing!

While Kris enjoyed the game, she didn’t fall in love with it like I did.

I had watched her play the game when she first turned it on. While it can be boring to watch someone play Animal Crossing – decorating your house, running errands for the other villagers, fishing, etc. – I thought the game was pretty cool.

I was pleased to know that you could add four players to the same village. So, I created my own character and joined her village. WolfsTown, I believe it was called.

I never 100-percent completed the game. I never caught all the bugs or fish or nabbed all the fossils or collected all the furniture and clothes, but I did officially pay off my debt. In a sense, I “beat” the game and there is a golden statue of my character near the train station in the village.

The original Animal Crossing will always be one of my favorite games. It was casual, fun, and relaxing. I’ve enjoyed every other Animal Crossing game since then.

And I hope there will be more soon.

Which is your favorite Animal Crossing game? Do you remember the original game? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Character Spotlight: Tom Nook

Happy Tuesday!

September flew by, so here’s another character spotlight for you all.

 

Everyone knows Tom Nook. How can you not? If you play Animal Crossing, if you know anything about Nintendo, you know Tom Nook.

Tom Nook is a raccoon who appears in all the Animal Crossing games, first appearing in the original game for the Nintendo Gamecube back in 2001. He runs the local town shop and is also a real estate agent who gives you a house. You spend the rest of the game trying to pay off your mortgage to him.

In later games, he’s solely a real estate agent while his kids run the local shop. Where his wife is, no one knows.

Tom Nook can be a bit annoying. He’s not exactly sensitive to your monetary problems and he follows you around his shop as though he’s a lost puppy.

Still, you wouldn’t have a roof over your head if it wasn’t for him. Actually, you couldn’t really play the game if it wasn’t for him.

So, I guess we should all give Tom Nook a big thank you.

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Best Games To Bring On Vacation

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We’re going on a relaxing vacation next week, one where we just rent a cabin to lounge beside a lake. It’s the best kind of vacation for hanging out with family, reading books and, of course, playing video games. Aside from a suitcase full of books, our 3DS systems are always packed with plenty of games whenever we go away.

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I always tend to bring more games than I plan on playing. I never really have a specific game in mind when I go away, but I tend to bring as many games as I can. I mean, I’m not really a light packer anyway.

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I try not to pack too many, especially since we don’t take the cases for the games. Rather, the games all get shoved into a little Ziploc bag before going in the suitcase. I’m paranoid that I’m going to lose a game or two! That fear doesn’t stop me from always packing certain games, however. Whenever we go away, I need to bring one or two of my favorite Harvest Moon games. There’s just something about a relaxing farm game that goes hand-in-hand with vacation.

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Meanwhile, I always tend to bring a Pokemon game. I always plan on starting a new journey and beating the game before the week ends. That usually never happens, but one vacation I beat HeartGold from start to finish. I also tend to bring Pokemon Conquest, but I beat that a long time ago. I don’t know if I’ll bring it this time.

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Pokemon is another good franchise to bring. One of my old favorites that I used to bring all the time was Sonic Battle for the GameBoy Advance. It always had great replay value, because the little robot character could mimic moves from all the other Sonic characters, letting you customize its fighting style however you wanted.

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I don’t remember that game. I don’t think I’ve ever played it. But going off your Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing is a great game to bring as well. It’s calming and relaxing and the perfect thing to wake up and play right away.

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Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing do seem like the perfect vacation games, don’t they? When I want something with a little more adventure and strategy, though, I tend to reach for Fire Emblem. Awakening will probably be the one to come on vacation with us! There are also a couple of games that I’ve had for months but haven’t had the time to try playing them, like Monster Hunter Generation. I’ll have to bring that and give it a try!

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There are just too many games. In addition to these games, we now have the Nintendo Switch. We’ll see how much of our time is taken up by that.

Which games do you bring with you when you go away? Let us know in the comments below!

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