I’m still enjoying my time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the most part. There are definitely some improvements that could be made, especially to the crafting system, that I would like to see in future patches, though. This is my wish list for improvements to the game that I hope to one day see.
Weapon Durability Indicator
I actually like the crafting aspect in New Horizons. However, I would like an indication as to when my tools are about to break. Even a little hint, a pop-up bubble mentioning that the tool is feeling brittle or “flimsy,” would be nice. While eventually my island will have more bridges and such to connect the different parts of the island together, it is annoying to start searching further away from my workbench only for my tools to break without warning.
Craft/Redeem Miles In Bulk
I know I’m not the only one who wants this patched into the game. Crafting is great, but why is there no option yet to craft two or three fishing rods at a time? Why are we only able to create one at a time even when we clearly have enough materials to craft multiple tools and items? On that note, it is a little tedious to have to buy one Nook Mile ticket at a time. I would like the option to buy those in bulk, if you have enough miles, please.
“Preferred” Mystery Islands
The mystery island tours can be fun, but I have found myself going on multiple ones due to being disappointed at where I first landed. I’ve found myself at similar islands, and I understand the mystery islands are probably recycling several of the same types, that do not have the resources I was looking for and ended up racing back to my island to get another Nook Miles ticket to try again. Aside from possibly having the option to go from one mystery tour straight to another — if you have the proper amount of Nook Miles tickets in your inventory — I would also like a little bit of a choice as to where you end up. For instance, if Orville asks what kind of island I’m looking for, I can say one with fruit trees or plenty of rocks or long rivers. Having “no preference” as a response can keep islands more random.
“Write” DIY Recipes
Collecting DIY recipes is great and being able to mail and swap items with friends is awesome, but I would love to be able to “write” DIY recipes to send to friends. They can send me an item, sure, but I would prefer the actual DIY recipe so I can always make the item if need be. I have no idea how many DIY recipes there are in the game, either. I think it would be another nice way for others to connect by sharing DIY recipes with each other.
What features and mechanics do you wish were in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
Does anyone remember Nintendogs? That game existed… it wasn’t great, but it was still a good one.
Nintendogs is a series of games for the Nintendo DS originally released in 2005. There are ten games in total within the series, all being essentially the same game. There are just more breeds (or different breeds) of dogs within each installment, eventually adding cats into the mix.
I had two of these games. Maybe three, but at least two. I only played one of them though. I had the idea that I would have every single breed and, eventually, get all the games in the series so I could complete my collection of dogs (and cats). That never happened, of course. I played the game on a regular basis much like Animal Crossing or The Sims. I needed to check up on my pups every day.
Of course, I soon got bored of the game, thus leaving poor Buddy and Julie behind.
Yes, I had two dogs – a male, orange Shia Inu named Buddy, and a female, white Shiba Inu named Julie. I don’t know why I remember those details exactly, but I do.
In the game, you can take your pup for walks, give them a bath, feed them, and teach them tricks. You can also enter them in competitions such as obstacle courses or frisbee throwing. From what I remember, the game did have some meat to it. However, it wasn’t easy to hold my attention for too long. Once you had fed your dogs, given them a bath and a walk – maybe not necessarily in that order – there wasn’t much else to do for the day.
Eventually, I got out of the habit of playing the game every single day, and, soon enough, I stopped playing altogether. I still have the games, of course. I’m sure if I turned on my original Nintendogs, Buddy and Julie will still be there waiting for me.
Overall, I remember it being a pretty fun game. Even after I stopped playing, I still hoped to collect all the games. If not to play, but just to have. You know, similar to collecting all the Pokemon games even though they’re fairly similar to each other.
While writing this article, I have the urge to take out the game and turn it on. Maybe I’ll try playing it again and do a review for it. It could be fun. I think it would be cool to revisit the pups again.
Did you ever play this game? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
Everyone knows how expensive gaming is as a hobby, right? Thank goodness for indie games! For less than the price of first-party games, we bought half a dozen indie games to enjoy for a while. I believe all of these games are visual novels, or at least close to it, right?
Yes, ironically enough, these are all visual novels for the most part. This is fine because we both enjoy that genre and we haven’t played too many visual novels lately. These are games we stumbled upon or have been on our radar for a while. A first-party Nintendo Switch game is about $60. These games together, at the time we bought them, totaled about $48. So, we got six games for the price of one and we still could have gotten more if we wanted to match the $60. Overall, I think it was a good haul.
A rated-M game? On Double Jump’s Switch? We guess so since Blind Men was randomly found and recently released on the Nintendo Switch. It seems simultaneously ridiculous and intriguing since you play as an aspiring supervillain in this visual novel.
Florence is a shorter visual novel that takes its inspiration from the “slice-of-life” genre and is about a young woman navigating a romance that uproots her stale routine. Jett from In Third Person praised this game last month, and we figure we’re probably going to end up crying while enjoying this.
Coffee Talk has a few elements that really got us interested — fantasy characters, pixel art, branching storylines, and, of course, coffee! While we heard about this in passing, it piqued our interest, and at Michelle at A Geek Girl’s Guide seemed to enjoy what she played during her first look at the demo.
Murder By Numbers first hit our radar when we heard that Masakazu Sugimori was composing the soundtrack. Considering how much we adore his work from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series, we knew we eventually had to pick this up. Starring a pair of amateur detectives — one a former actress, the other an amnesiac robot — it sounds like something we’d enjoy, especially with all the praise that the game got from Adventure Rules!
Later Daters was a game Rachel came across completely by accident. When making a list of indie games to buy, she looked up other visual novel games and found this on Steam. Thinking it would be a game to try for later when on the Nintendo eShop, it popped up. So, we bought this too.
Speed Dating for Ghosts is a game Rachel found, although she can’t remember where she heard it from. Promptly forgetting about the game (unfortunately, a lot of games slip through the cracks that way), Rachel came across a tweet from Hannie at the Hannie Corner, who was playing the game. It immediately went back on the list of games to buy and try.
What games have you bought recently? Have you played any of these? Let us know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around!
I have to admit, there’s one character from Animal Crossing that I’ve been missing in New Horizons. Since he’s been long retired anyway, I thought it was appropriate for him to have a chance in the spotlight.
Tortimer is a turtle from the Animal Crossing series. He has appeared as the mayor in the village you move into in all the Animal Crossing games, except for Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS. His first appearance was in Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Gamecube from 2001.
Aside from having the title as mayor and running the Acorn Festival as “Cornimer,” Tortimer didn’t do too much. He hung around the plaza or was inside an office. He didn’t wander the village at all and mostly kept to himself.
He retired in New Leaf, which is why he wasn’t in the game. He’s not in New Horizons either, though I would love to have him visit my island once a year or so, still in his retired get-up with a tropical drink in hand, thinking your island is a vacation spot.
He doesn’t have to do anything but wander around complaining he’s on the wrong island.
Overall, there’s not too much to say about good, old Tortimer. He didn’t do too much but he didn’t have to do much. He was always a favorite NPC of mine and I would love to see more of him.
Do you love Tortimer from Animal Crossing? How many of his games have you played? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
This is chapter five of my Nuzlocke, a little shorter than previous chapters, but the ending seemed fitting. If you missed the first chapter or want to be reminded of the rules, feel free to go back to that post. Or, if you missed chapter four, that post is right here. Hope you enjoy this piece!
I felt like I was going to throw up.
I thought I would be fine with all this. We registered as Gym Challengers, got to the hotel, and even helped out the hotel by defeating this really weird group of people that called themselves Team Yell in a Pokemon battle. After Hop and I defeated them, another Gym Challenger introduced herself to us as she berated the group and apologized for Team Yell.
At first glance, Marnie seemed like me. From a small town, not quite sure of her place in the world just yet, but she surprisingly had a fanclub already. She seemed nice at first glance, but I was wary of her. What had she done in her life already to warrant a fanclub? Team Yell wasn’t the most orthodox fanclub, I’ll admit, but they were there just the same with banners of Marnie’s face plastered on them.
Hop thought it was great. She was another potential rival for him to beat to the Champion status, after all. Marnie gave him a crooked smile, humoring him, before we all went on our way the next morning to the opening ceremony.
Cue me almost getting sick.
I knew there would be plenty of pomp and circumstance about the Gym Challenge. It’s what the Galar region lives for. I knew there would be a gaggle of us challengers on the field in the stadium. I knew Chairman Rose would be there to give a speech. I knew the gym leaders — well, most of them — would show up.
I was not prepared for it at all.
“Kris, isn’t this great?” Hop shouted at me above the cheering crowds. If not for him at my side, I would have turned around and retreated.
Hop was beaming and waving to those in the stands, and he couldn’t keep still even as a hush fell around us when the gym leaders sauntered in. I stuck close, my friend helping to keep me grounded as the flowery speeches began.
The opening ceremony couldn’t end soon enough. All of the celebration just for the beginning of the competition made my head spin and I wasn’t sure what it would be like whenever the Gym Challenge began to wind down.
Yet, while I was ready to go back to the hotel or the Pokemon Center to decompress for the rest of the day after the ceremony, Hop was more than ready to keep going.
“The first gym is in Turffield,” Hop said, his voice still a little louder than normal — somehow — because he didn’t quite realize we were out of the stadium yet. His Rotom Pokedex up hovering in front of our faces with the map app open. “We just go through Route 3 then the Galar Mine, then a short trip through Route 4 to reach Turffield. Easy-peasy.”
“Hop…” I paused him before we reached the edge of Motostoke. “You realize this is the farthest we’ve ever been from home?”
“Yeah, it is,” he said, the wattage of his grin dimming just a bit. “But that’s what makes it so exciting. We’re exploring the world with so many other people and Pokemon. What, are you worried?”
“Yes,” I admitted. “You’re cut out for this, but I’m not sure about me.”
“Lee wouldn’t have endorsed you if we thought otherwise,” Hop said. He moved the map app on his phone and added, “The first three gyms are Turffield, Hulbury, and Motostoke. It’s like a circle. With your bond with… well, Bond”–I rolled my eyes as Hop grinned and continued–”and the awesome way you’ve battled so far, I think you’re going to be great at the gym challenge.”
“I’ve only really battled you,” I pointed out.
“And Team Yell.”
“Still.” Hop would not be deterred. “You’ve a full team of Pokemon already, too, don’t you? And we’ve crossed the Wild Area without any trouble. I think you should give this a go. See how you feel when we get back to Motostoke after getting the first two badges, yeah?
“Not gonna lie, Mum gave me an earful about being safe while on this journey,” Hop continued. “I know I’m really excited about this whole thing, but I am aware that it’s not going to be easy. It’s why I’m glad you’re doing this too. You got the whole level-head-on-your-shoulders thing going on. Because of that level head, though”–he poked my forehead–”I’m worried you’re going to miss out on a lot of things. You don’t want to stay in Postwick forever, do you?”
“I suppose not,” I said. I took a deep breath. “Alright. Two badges, at least. I’m just going to visit the Pokemon Center once more before heading to Turffield, make sure I’m stocked up on medicines.”
Hop grinned. “Perfect! I’ll meet you there.”
“Be careful,” I called as Hop raced off. He waved backwards and I watched until I couldn’t see him anymore.
Two badges. I could do that. My team would be just fine. We had a diverse group, and everyone was growing well enough that we’d be okay. Pokemon training was a tough but supposedly rewarding career. Everything would turn out fine.
At least, so I thought until Posie died.
Current Team: Bond the Sobble, Piccolo the Dottler, Ryder the Rookidee, Posie the Bunnelby, Freya the Oddish, Everest the Delibird Body Count: 1
Who is your favorite Galar gym leader? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
These past few months have been spent trying to find comfort with some favorite games, both old and new alike. While I haven’t found Animal Crossing New Horizons to be too bad so far, I’m finding myself drawn right back to some old favorites.
When Super Smash Bros. Melee first became a thing, there were a couple of Japanese-speaking characters that rose in popularity. Marth was a favorite fighter of mine and Roy was Rachel’s, with me favoring the speedier characters and Rachel enjoying the stronger attacks Roy had (and fire). Meeting these characters in Melee made me interested enough to find our more about the games they came from.
Fire Emblem was a series that used to be only available in Japan because of the difficulty level. Being a grid- and turn-based strategy game that pit two armies created with characters of various fantasy classes that included permanent death for fallen units, it wasn’t a series that I would have picked up myself had I not been intrigued by Marth and Roy. Sacred Stones was my first Fire Emblem game — I distinctly remember finding it amid Toys R’ Us’s much smaller video game section at the time — and it hooked me onto the series.
I was still interested in playing the installments that touched upon Roy’s and Marth’s history, but considering not many of the Fire Emblem games had been localized in the west, Sacred Stones was my best option at the time. The game simply titled Fire Emblem in North America existed, of course, but it was a difficult game to find.
Against all odds, my parents found a used copy of Fire Emblem but, unfortunately, the game’s internal battery was dead, not allowing me to save any of my progress. Years later, the game became available on the Wii U’s virtual console and I had restarted the game while waiting until Rachel and I could get a Nintendo Switch. It was great to go back to the game, but once we did get a Switch about a month later, I forgot about it.
My love affair with the Fire Emblem series has not waned, especially with me still putting hours into Three Houses. Considering how much I enjoy the series, I’ve realized that there are a couple of Fire Emblem games — aside from Three Houses — that I still need to finish. It may be time to turn my Wii U on again and finally finish Fire Emblem.
Have you played Fire Emblem? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
We all know I love to play The Sims. I’ve been playing the game for years and I always get excited when a new expansion pack comes out. There a few of them, however, that I always wish for whenever a new Sims generation is released.
You can’t not have pets. If you’re going to create a virtual family to love and cherish (or perish), you need to throw pets into the mix. Cat, dog, horse, hamster, whatever. You need to have a furry companion.
A lot of times when I play The Sims, I tend to create myself and see what my virtual self would do in certain situations. With pets, I can create my real-life pets: Chip the dog and Chase the cat. Unfortunately, I can’t have a pet turtle in the game, otherwise, Raph would be there as well.
The pets don’t necessarily do anything (although they could get jobs in The Sims 2) but they’re fun to watch and it’s great to see your human Sims interact with the pets.
The Sims is realistic but it’s not at the same time. You buy a house, get a job, pay bills, get married, have a social life, have children, get pets, of course, and there are so many other things.
I remember playing The Sims 2 and seasons hadn’t come out right away. The game was sort of bland without the weather and season changes. I don’t know why, but there’s something so cool about your Sims looking out the window amazed at the snowfall and a then a few in-game days later, they’re having a water balloon fight in the front yard with their neighbors.
There’s just something so cool and extra about The Sims having different activities to do based on the season as well as different outfits to wear based on the season.
Get To Work
I have to admit, I never really cared too much about going to work with my sim. I think it’s a fun experience and it’s cool to go with them once or twice, but I don’t necessarily enjoy the timed quests they have to do in order to do a good job during the day. The first time is fun but after doing it a couple of times, it’s repetitive.
Still, I’ve always liked the option to go to work with them, especially since you don’t have to go with them all the time. Not to mention, more job options. The Sims has a decent amount of jobs to begin with, including self-employment options which is nice, but it’s always great to get the pack so you can have more job options and even more stuff based on the jobs.
What are some of your favorite expansions for The Sims? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
How do you find inspiration to be creative? Do you just go with it, write until something that you like appears on the paper? Do you do detailed outlines before diving into a bigger project? What sparks you?
Within the past year, I started writing on Medium. The past month or so, due to the state of the world at this time, the site hasn’t seen any new articles from me and I’m planning on getting back into it at some point. Still, it was an interesting site where you could write about nearly whatever you want and, if it’s good enough, it could be curated and distributed to a wider audience. It was the type of site that didn’t look too bad whenever there was downtime at my office and I was browsing the internet.
Anyway, a while ago, there was an article I read that left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t remember it all too well, other than the author was proud of himself for consuming less and creating more. That sounds great and I’m glad the author was able to do that, but he was talking specifically about stepping away from video games.
Which, again, is great for the guy if that’s his goals for a healthy life. I’m not knocking that. What I am knocking is the fact that he separated video games from being part of a creative lifestyle. He “consumed” video games, taking them at the surface level, rather than allowing them to mingle with his creativity. Only by slowing down and ultimately stopping his gaming habits did he feel he was able to really embrace his creativity.
Hey, good for him if that worked out. Video games, at their core, are designed for entertainment. If that’s what he got out of them, enjoying them only in the moment only to later consider them as something that ate away at his time, that’s not a bad thing. However, to someone like me, I found his opinion a bit insulting.
Video games walk hand-in-hand with my creativity. Imagine me gesturing wildly to this blog, for example, and the amazing friends I’ve met due to it. Let me open up one of my many novel drafts that started based on a “What if?” question from some video game or other. Old sketchbooks are full of drawings of Pokemon, Sonic the Hedgehog characters, Legend of Zelda fanmade characters. Text role-playing back on AOL instant messenger with my best friend — me taking on the role of several Nintendo characters while she took up the mantle of her favorite movie characters — started me on the path of writing and I never looked back.
Video games are, to me, more than just a fun piece of entertainment used to whittle away the hours. My creativity is constantly inspired by the stories, the art styles, the music of some of my favorite games. I’ve learned about character arcs and designs ever since I first picked up Super Mario RPG for the SNES.
Creativity can be found anywhere and, yes, people are going to find different sources for their inspiration. I’m glad that the original guy on Medium was able to figure out his own well of creativity, but to suggest that others “consume less” is detrimental to creativity itself.
Consume all the art, including video games. Open your mind, form questions, share your opinions, try your hand at said art. Consume more, create more. That’s what I did with that guy’s article, after all.
How do video games help your creativity? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve done a “Would You Rather” post, so we decided to do another dedicated to one of our first video game consoles, the SNES. Getting right into it, Rachel, would you rather have only played three random SNES games, getting only a taste of the system, or none at all?
I’d rather play three random games. That way I can have the experience of playing the console. If the games are good, I’d be happy to have the opportunity to play them. If they weren’t good games, then I wouldn’t have to worry about missing out on the console at all. Would you rather have only SNES games to play for the rest of your life or have Nintendo’s next console be a remake of the SNES with only remakes of the SNES games on it? And no, I don’t mean the SNES Classic. I mean an actual updated SNES console with all the games with updated graphics and such but nothing else.
I think I’d want Nintendo’s next console to be a remastered SNES. The Classic was great, but there were so many games missing and to see updated ones would be interesting. Rachel, which SNES game would you rather erase from history, Super Mario Kart or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past?
Super Mario Kart! I’m terrible at that game. Both of those games are good, but I’d take Zelda over a Mario Kart game that I absolutely cannot play. I’m going to throw a similar question at you. Would you rather erase Donkey Kong Country or TMNT: Turtles in Time?
Ah, those are difficult. I wonder if, by erasing the likes of Super Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country, the sequels and successors would also be wiped from gaming history? Either way, I think I would erase Donkey Kong Country. I have too many fond memories of TMNT: Turtles in Time. Would you rather all of the SNES games you play be single-player only or be local co-op only?
I would rather local co-op. I don’t think I’d be able to play SNES games on my own. I’m too bad at them. Final question: Would you rather have the SNES console never exist or replace another console such as the Wii or Wii U?
Why kind of question is that? Why give me such a difficult one? Honestly, I need the SNES to exist since it was one of my first consoles and has some of my favorite games. I suppose it could replace either the Wii or the Wii U… I enjoyed those consoles as well, but I cannot deny that I played the SNES much more than either of those consoles.
What are your answers to these questions? Let us know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around!
I’m a month late to the party, but I did recently buy and download Animal Crossing New Horizons for myself to see if all the hype around the game lived up to my expectations. So far, it’s not that bad at all.
The Animal Crossing franchise has always been associated with Rachel more than me. When it comes to laid-back, slice-of-life simulation games, I leaned more towards the Harvest Moon series and, now, Stardew Valley. Ever since the first GameCube Animal Crossing game, it wasn’t something that was for me.
I never minded the games. I’ve tried my hand at a few of them, like the original and New Leaf for the 3DS. The original had been cute, a novelty, with the villagers roaming around and being able to share a town with other people in the family was interesting. Rachel and I used to send each other the occasional letter and it was always amusing to hear the animal villagers ask us about each other. Yet, the idea of collecting bugs and fish in order to dwindle your debt just to expand your house for a collection of random items wasn’t my cup of tea.
Rachel has always been the collector. It’s one reason why she enjoyed Super Mario Odyssey more than I did, despite the game’s praise. It didn’t impress me as much as all the critics claimed it would. While collecting would always be a staple in the Animal Crossing series, having something other to focus on was one reason why I thought maybe I wouldn’t mind New Leaf that much.
For a while, New Leaf was fun. Being the mayor of the town and having a few ways to improve the place gave me a few more goals, but I didn’t continue playing it much after the challenge Rachel and I had given each other that enticed me to play it in the first place. Still, I made an effort, but even in my conclusion post for that challenge, I mention how I will leave the Switch version of Animal Crossing to Rachel.
Within this past week, I caved and bought New Horizons for my Switch Lite. I’m not even a week into the game and I’m already enjoying it more than the previous installments that I’ve tried. I’m quite conscious that this could be due to “shiny new game,” but there are plenty of mechanics that I don’t mind.
The crafting is fun, although I would love some sort of durability indicator to let me know when my fishing rod and the like are going to poof out of existence. It allows me to strategize, figure out which of my supplies I’m going to use to craft tools or if I should save them for something else and just buy the flimsy versions of the tools from Nook’s Cranny as a temporary fix. DIY recipes is also a type of collection I can get behind, especially since I also just unlocked the customization feature. Here’s hoping there’s more to the customization rather than just changing the crafted items’ colors.
The Nook Miles is an interesting mechanic as well, and I’m rather amused at Tom Nook having his own brand in the shopping network. Earning Nook Miles allows me to have goals while working towards them at my own pace, something that I enjoy in games like Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. There’s always something to strive for on the horizon, but there’s no rush to get there.
The other main aspect about this game that I like is the co-op modes, both locally and online. Considering I’m not far into the game at all, I haven’t yet had the chance to visit anyone’s islands or have anyone come to my own little place — no, not even Rachel — but seeing how excited everyone else is about it, I’m looking forward to it. I would just like to make my island a little more presentable before opening it to others, haha!
Honestly, what really changed my mind about getting the game was watching and listening to Rachel as she spontaneously joined Jett from In Third Person on his island to try to tag-team the fishing tourney together for more points.
I’m still a new kid to this franchise and, even though I’ve only been playing for a handful of days — and even some of those days were just for an hour or so at night — I’m hopeful that I’ll continue to enjoy New Horizons for a little while longer.
How are you enjoying New Horizons? Any game that made you change your mind about a franchise? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.