Animal Crossing

This image is the original cover art for Animal Crossing.  According to the official Nintendo of Europe’s website under the article name “Animal Crossing”, Nintendo of Europe expresses the fact that “this game as well as the image of Animal Crossing belongs to HAL Laboratory, Inc., Animal CrossingTM, Nintendo of Europe, and Nintendo” (3).  These production companies are ones responsible for this franchise in addition to the image.  This image is on Nintendo of Europe’s official website under the article “Animal Crossing“.

Epileptic Seizure and Loud Sounds Warning for this Review

Hello fellow Geek Street Society members.  I hope you guys are all having a wonderful morning, day, evening, or night whenever you’re reading this.  I want to address something within this review.  Within this review, I show various trailers from each Animal Crossing game I discuss.  In order to show what the games are about.  With that said, there’s one trailer that I have is for the original Animal Crossing.  This is the only official gameplay video I could find from Animal Crossing.  To clarify, this video is on the official IGN Entertainment Inc. YouTube page. 

Anyway, this video has flashing lights as well as loud sounds.  If you are sensitive to those triggers, make sure to please be advise.  Furthermore, I will post the Nintendo of Europe’s official Animal Crossing website that has a mini trailer of the game.  Fill free to watch which ever video you want but I want to make everyone aware of the video.  Thank you for reading this warning and please enjoy this top five list.

Animal Crossing Has Made an Impact in the Video Game Industry 

Within the video game industry, there are games that change the industry.  For instance, some of these games include The Last of Us, Pokémon, Minecraft, and World of Warcraft. Each one of them have brought new mechanics and stories not seen before.  One game that also comes to mind that has change the video game industry is Animal Crossing.  For those who are unaware, Animal Crossing is a franchise where the players moves to a town with animals.  Honestly, there’s no main objective of the game.  Sure, the player needs to build certain projects as well as paying off mortgage debt.  However, this objective isn’t mandatory.  In fact, this game is the ideal example of a casual, sandbox game.  Anyway, the series has had a dry spell as of late.  The last mainstream game this franchise had was Animal Crossing: New Leaf in 2012.

Granted, there have been some spin-off games like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.  However, they’re not a typical mainstream game.  There have been additions to New Leaf showing how popular that game is.  As a result, fans became incredibly antsy for the next game.  Then on September 13, 2018, Tom Nook made a special announcement of a new Animal Crossing game coming to the Nintendo Switch.  Of course, the explosion of excitement was high since the last game was groundbreaking.  As the years progress, fans learn more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Now only a month away from release, it’s good to look back at the series.  In this review, we’re counting down the top five Animal Crossing games by examining each one thoroughly to determine which one is the best.

Number Five Goes to the Mobile Game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Number five goes to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.  Unsurprisingly, this game is a mobile game.  Honestly, it was only a matter of time until this franchise made the jump to the mobile market.  Animal Crossing is one of those franchises that players can play throughout a day.  Not necessarily a game that can be binge for long periods of time.  In fact, the game can tell when the player is going too long with playing their game.  Anyway, with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the player plays as a camp manager.  As the player plays, they can invite animals to their camp as well as their cabin.  After getting to a high enough level, players can get access to the cabin.  In order to invite characters, the players must interact with the animal characters.  Much like any official Animal Crossing game. However, this game is a little bit different.

The player gets to decide which animal characters can come to each establishment.  Unlike the animal characters randomly coming to your town.  What makes this game so interesting is that it takes little aspects from other games.  For instance, there’s a section where players can create designs for clients.  Which is exactly what Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is.  The main reason why this game is so low on the list is that I don’t have a lot of connection with it.  Unlike this game, the other Animal Crossing games on this list are ones I’ve put in a lot of time into.  Additionally, this game can get very dry very quickly.  I only play this game every once in a while, to see what’s going on.  However, the same can’t be said for the next game on the list.  The next game is Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Fashions Its Way Into Number Four 

My fourth favorite game in the Animal Crossing franchise is Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.  One of the reasons why I love this game is the design aspect of this game.  Within the series, customization is a huge aspect.  In fact, the Animal Crossing franchise was made before other sandbox games like Minecraft.  In these games, customization is a huge aspect of these games.  Players are able to customize their house as well as their town.  The town customization is more apparent in the latest mainstream game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. With that said, there are some customization that can’t be done.  One example is placing furniture on the outside of the player’s house.  In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the player can create town projects which is different than actual furniture.  Which is what Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designers fixes.  The player plays as a new designer for Nook’s Homes.

Essentially, the player must help other animal characters design their own dream home.  Much like a professional interior decorator for instance.  The animals give the player a design choice that they want in their new place.  Therefore, the player then helps the animals get their own vision into reality.  This game is incredibly appealing to anyone who loves to be creative.  Another reason why this game is so much fun is because the player gets to create buildings.  To clarify, the player has the opportunity to make shops, restaurants, and a school just to name a few.  With these new avenues, players can experience a new play-through.  There’s always a chance to come back with a new way of creating.  That’s one of the reasons why this one is higher than Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.  While this game has tons of creation capability, Animal Crossing: Wild World introduces new mechanics.

Number Three Brings New Changes to Fans with Animal Crossing: Wild World 

The third top game in the Animal Crossing franchise is Animal Crossing: Wild World.  At the time, Animal Crossing was a huge hit on the GameCube.  As a result, there was a lot of pressure on Animal Crossing: Wild World.  Rest assure, Animal Crossing: Wild World delivers on the expectations of fans.  At first glance, there may not be any difference with this game.  The player moves into a new town and learns to live with animal villagers. However, Animal Crossing: Wild World brings new aspects to the series.  One of which is the capability of going online.  With the previous game, players would have to have a memory card in order to go over to the new town.  Additionally, players couldn’t play with each other when they visit towns.  With that in mind, Animal Crossing: Wild World fixes that problem with the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connections.

On IGN’s official YouTube page under the video Animal Crossing: Wild World Nintendo DS Review – Video, Craig Harris who is the Editor-In-Chief at IGN explains that “Animal Crossing: Wild World changes the multiplayer aspect with the introduction of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connections” (2:152:25). Being able to interact with friends is what changes the aspect of this game.  Undoubtedly, this new addition significantly changes the community of Animal Crossing.  In fact, the other games include the ability to connect on the internet after this one.  Furthermore, this game includes other now iconic characters.  Some of which include Brewster, Lyle, and Celeste to name a few new characters.  Without a doubt, Animal Crossing: Wild World is a game that player’s play throughout the years.  However, there’s one game that beats the number of hours spent.  This game is the second game on the list which is the original Animal Crossing.

The Original Animal Crossing Set the Bar for the Franchise at Number Two

The second-best game in this franchise is Animal Crossing.  Just to clarify, the Animal Crossing I’m discussing is the western audience release.  I just want to clarify before continuing further.  Now then, I know some of you are going to question this choice.  However, hear me out for a minute.  Think about this for a minute.  What is the first thing you think of when I say the game, Animal Crossing.  For many, this game will be a flashback to the early days of the Nintendo GameCube.  While this game hasn’t age well, Animal Crossing has still put a huge dent in the video game industry.  Like many others, Animal Crossing was more than likely the first experience to the genre of sandbox games.  Players get to come to a town and make it their own.  In addition to paying off their debt to the emphasis, Tom Nook.

While the other games expand the franchise, the original is a great place to see where the franchise started.  Honestly, this is the game that I have spent the most time on.  Since this was one of the first games I got on the Nintendo GameCube.  With that said, this game help me make some friends.  In addition to spending time with family I don’t see very often.  Which is exactly what this game is meant to do.  Animal Crossing is a fun yet casual game for anyone to pick up.  In fact, this game offers a lot for causal gamers.  There’s no main objective which means that there’s no pressure to the game.  Just to have a fun experience.  Which honestly is nice from the typical fashion of video games.  Before I share the best game in this franchise, I do have an honorable mention.

An Honorable Mention Goes to Animal Crossing: City Folk

One honorable mention goes to Animal Crossing: City Folk.  While this game wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst.  Animal Crossing: City Folk is a very middle of the road game.  This game did bring some changes to the franchise.  As the title applies, there is a city section of each town.  With this new city, there are new mechanics this game introduces.  Some of which include customization of the player’s character.  With that said, this game also includes is medicine. Which is really useful for bee stings.  So, to be fair, this game has some new aspects.  Unfortunately, there isn’t enough that this game offer to make an impact.  In fact, I didn’t play this game as much as the other Animal Crossing games.  Yet, I feel like this game should be an honorable mention.  Which leads us to the best game in this franchise.

The Best Game in this Franchise Easily Goes to Animal Crossing: New Leaf  for Changing the Formula of the Entire Franchise

The best game in this franchise easily goes to Animal Crossing: New Leaf.  There are so many reasons why this game is the best game in this franchise.  In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the player plays as the mayor of their town.  As such, the player gets to decide the layout of the entire town.  Unlike the previous games, Animal Crossing: New Leaf allows players to customize their character.  So much to the point that this game is gender nonconforming.  The player can choose between a dress or pants regardless of gender.  Which brings a ton of inclusion for all individuals.  Even more, characters won’t judge the player for their choice of outfits.  The other thing that this game includes is the street function capability.  With this new capability, players can see what passing players have in their houses.  Particularly, players can share where they found certain pieces of furniture.

Speaking of which, this game has a ton of options for furniture sets.  Giving the players a ton of different opinions makes the game a ton more fun.  Since players can see what furniture set creations can be made in one house.  With Animal Crossing: New Leaf, players can look forward to the next day to build their town.  Plus, being able to interact with the villagers in each town is always fun.  Another aspect of this game is being able to become best friends with each of the villagers.  If a villager is a best friend, they’ll give the player a picture of themselves.  Which aids the player to play more the next day.  Undoubtedly, Animal Crossing: New Leaf will bring countless number of hours of playable content.  This is why this game is the best game in this entire franchise.

Animal Crossing Reminds Players to Have Fun and Be Creative

In this review, we took at a look at the top five Animal Crossing games.  Number five goes to the mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.  This mobile game contains little samples from each of the games.  Number four goes to designer game, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.  Unlike the other games in this franchise, this game gives player the ability to craft the layout of a home.  Furthermore, number three goes to the Nintendo DS game, Animal Crossing: Wild World.  Without a doubt, this game brings connectivity with friends and family.  Moreover, the original Animal Crossing sets the bar of the franchise at number two.  The original game brings players to a fun and creative casual game.  While not the best game, Animal Crossing: City Folk defiantly deserves an honorable mention.  Nevertheless, this game offers the player a new avenue of customization with items and new shops.

Last but not least, the best game in this franchise is Animal Crossing: New Leaf.  Not only does this game offer gender nonconforming roles, but this game offers so much customization.  Unquestionably, this game will create tons of hours of enjoyment.  With the newest game come out, it’s always good to look back at the history of Animal Crossing.  In order to see how this franchise has grown from the very beginning.  Without a doubt, this franchise has made an impact on me as well as tons of other gamers. Animal Crossing reminds its audience to just relax and not be afraid of being yourself.

Open for Discussion

Thank you for reading this.  Now, I want to hear from you guys.  What did you think of this list? Is there a game that you would put higher or lower? Fill free to leave your opinions in the comments below.

So, I did try something different with this video.  I did some research and found some trailers for each of these games.  However, there were some that I couldn’t find two trailers on the official Nintendo pages.  These include Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing.  Firstly, let’s look at the trailer for Animal Crossing: City Folk. I found this trailer on a YouTube channel name Nintendo Life.  Follow this link to their official YouTube channel. Go and support this channel. The second video I found was from the well-known news media source, IGN Entertainment. Follow this link to their official YouTube channel.  Go and support this channel.

Furthermore, I made this list to reflect the series as a whole.  In fact, I want to bring some excitement for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.  Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming to the Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020.  To learn more information regarding this new game, follow this link to the official Animal Crossing: New Horizons website.

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Word Cited 

IGN Entertainment Inc. Animal Crossing: Wild World Nintendo DS Review – Video. Performance by Craig Harris, YouTube, 23 June 2011, www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUsQ2R5CxnY.

Nintendo. “Animal Crossing.” Nintendo of Europe GmbH, 24 Sept. 2004, www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-GameCube/Animal-Crossing-267719.html#Overview.

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