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.

What are your thoughts on Tom Nook? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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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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Not Much From Nintendo

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

We’re in the final home stretch for E3 2017. You heard our thoughts on Nintendo’s Spotlight, and you’ll be hearing our thoughts on everything else later.

But I wanted to talk a little bit more about what Nintendo is doing… And what they’re not doing.

As you all know, I wanted a third Luigi’s Mansion game along with a new Animal Crossing. It wasn’t a prediction, it was just a wishlist. Still, I wasn’t getting my hopes up for either one of them. I figured if one was going to get announced, it would be Animal Crossing.

With the Switch still new and so much hype about it, everyone wants Animal Crossing on the Switch. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder how I’ll like it on the Switch.

Animal Crossing originally came out for the Gamecube in 2002. I fell in love with the game and even 100% paid off my debt. I didn’t collect everything by any means, but I did “beat” the game. And there was Fang. I love Fang.

Animal Crossing: Wild World came out for the Nintendo DS in 2005 and, for some reason, I didn’t get as into it as I did for the original game.

When Animal Crossing: City Folk came out for the Nintendo Wii in 2008, I felt the same way. Though I think what did it for me was that I wasn’t a huge fan of the motion controls.

Then Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. And I fell in love all over again.

I loved the first game, didn’t care too much for Wild World because I wasn’t a fan of it being on the handheld. Then City Folk came out and I realized it was better on the handheld. With New Leaf, I love it as it is.

With that said, I’m not sure how I would feel about a new Animal Crossing on the Switch. It’d be nice to see it on the big screen, but I do like to carry it around with me. Good thing the Switch is portable, but still, I don’t know how it would all work.

Then there’s the game itself. What else can they do to Animal Crossing? They added so much to New Leaf to make it “new and improved” from the other games. You’re the mayor, can update your town, you have your own private island, and you can go deep sea diving. So, what else is there for an Animal Crossing game?

It’s like the Paper Mario games. They had something good, felt the need to improve, and those changes haven’t been great.

They keep trying to change Pokemon and add new things after 20 years. I enjoyed the changes in Sun and Moon, but I don’t know what to expect from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Then again, Pokemon is a different topic for a different day.

And yes, I know I’m speculating on games that we’re even talked about. But Animal Crossing is so popular that I do believe there will be another game at some point in the future, even if it’s five years away. And it makes me wonder if Nintendo is already thinking about it, but just don’t have enough to say anything yet, similar to them just simply confirming a core RPG Pokemon game for the Switch.

With all that said, I am happy with what Nintendo announced the other day. I think the games up and coming this year are great and I’m looking forward to them. However, since they didn’t talk about much, I can’t help but wonder what else they have up their sleeve.

Still, I’m not getting my hopes up. But I’m still curious. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at Nintendo Headquarters.

Lots of speculation here, but do you think they have more planned than what they let on? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Nintendo Land Rides

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy December, everyone!

If you haven’t heard yet, there are plans for Nintendo-themed parks in Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando in Florida and Japan within the next few years. Being able to visit both the Harry Potter world and a Nintendo theme park in Universal Studios, FL? Yes, please! Below in no particular order are just a few ride and area ideas that I would love to see in a Nintendo park.

Merry-Go-Round

So, a merry-go-round isn’t the most exciting theme park ride, but I enjoy the leisurely pace that they set while also being able to take a good look around the park from whatever fake steed I’m on. But one based on Nintendo creatures? I’d love to sit atop Epona or a Loftwing or a Dodongo from the Legend of Zelda, or even Mario’s pal Yoshi. What about a Charizard or Rapidash from Pokemon?

Go Karts

Let’s have a ride based off of Mario Kart! Races, bumper cars, anything that can bring the unique and quirky go-kart designs from the Mario Kart games to life.

Shooting Games or Paintball

Is everyone familiar with Toy Story Mania from Disneyworld? You know, the ride where you’re sitting in a cart that whirls you over to different screens for you to shoot at various targets as quickly as you can to rack up your score? I want one based after Metroid Prime or one that lets you shoot targets (or pots!) like Link’s Crossbow Training.

Hub Area

I would just love to be able to wander around Hyrule Castle Town or Bowser’s Castle or Viridian City or stages from Super Smash Bros. or even a little Animal Crossing village. To be able to just be immersed in my favorite video game worlds in the same sense that Universal Studios The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be nothing short of amazing.

What are you hoping for, or looking forward to, in a Nintendo theme park?