Animal crossing will always hold a special place in my life.
It’s the perfect game if you’re a casual gamer and love cute stuff.
You are a humanoid character that moves into a village full of a variety of animal neighbours who you interact with. It’s a real-time game where the initial goal is to pay off your house debt by fishing, bug catching and doing anything to make a quick bell! If you don’t fancy that though you can focus on making your village as pretty as possible or filling up the museum or shopping away to your hearts content. This game isn’t demanding and won’t punish you if you don’t fancy playing or moving towards a goal (apart from an increase in weeds).
On this day 15 years ago, the very first animal crossing game was released in Japan for the ancient nintendo 64 but quickly re-released on the gamecube later that year, which was then sold in other countries.
In 2005, wild world was released on the nintendo ds system, which was such a good move by nintendo. Being the casual, relaxed game that animal crossing is, it seems better suited on handheld devices snuggled up on the sofa with.
Next up was city folk for the wii in 2008 that kind of backtracked on that handheld idea and I personally didn’t get on with it as much as a result. Maybe if it was released on the wii U now it would be better?
The last major release was new leaf for the 3DS released in 2012 and it is (
in my opinion) the best release yet. New leaf combined all the good bits from all the previous games including a separate town area, the ease of visiting and inviting people over and the inclusion of an island where it’s always summer bumped up this game to a new level of fun.
There have since been spin-off releases with the Happy Home Designer where you become an interior designer for the businesses and villagers in animal crossing and the amiibo Festival that looks a lot like mario party to me…
I don’t think either are terrible games at all but Nintendo created a hype with animal crossing with consistent releases up until after new leaf where development has seemingly slowed down for some reason? Animal crossing fans are a dedicated bunch (you have to be to catch seasonal fish!) and were expecting a new release but got a couple spin-offs instead that haven’t quenched our AC thirst!
I hope that Nintendo carry on with the series and continue to improve and build on the classic animal crossing story line as they have before. Plus I really want some new features, please!
Nintendo have released the most cute commemorative video for animal crossing today that you should definitely take a look at to either reminisce or get an idea for what it’s all about! I’ll admit that the cuteness even made me well up a bit…
Here’s also a gallery of some of my favourite snaps from animal crossing over the years.
I really do love this game and it is and probably always will be a small part of my daily life. It’s a HUGE stress relief to immerse yourself in a world of animal friends where your only worries are weeding and checking in on the neighbours.
The amount of times that this game has saved me from dwelling in self-pity and depression is enough to count this as life-changing. The soundtrack alone can lift me out of a bad mood!
Go play it if you haven’t.
Spring time is the prettiest!