Today I got a nice surprise in the mail: the Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival bundle that I pre-ordered! Now, I was hesitant about this game when it was first announced. It was my understanding that Amiibos were necessary to play this game… and while I think Amiibos are cute, and I do have a few, I do not want to spend $50-$60 on a game and then have to spend $12.99 on a bunch of little collectible characters to play it! I’d rather just spend the money once and be done with it.
However…then the bundle was revealed. For around $60, I could get the game, two Amiibo figurines, and three Amiibo cards! That seemed like a pretty good deal to me. Whether I get any more Animal Crossing Amiibos or Amiibo cards remains to be seen. I like to collect, but not to the point of hoarding, hahaha!!!
Anyway! I pre-ordered my game off of Amazon and waited (im)patiently for it to arrive. Here it is:
The box is so cute, I almost didn’t want to open it! Of course, I wanted to get to the good stuff, so I opened it anyway. Everything was neatly packed inside. I want to note that the Amiibos do not come in their own separate packaging, so people who want them for collector’s purposes need to be aware of that.
The Amiibos and the Amiibo cards you get are a nice addition for any Animal Crossing fan. You get Isabelle and Digby as your starter Amiibos, and the cards are Goldie, Rosie, and Stitches. OMG Stitches! He is one of my favorite characters in the Animal Crossing universe so that was a very pleasant surprise.
As for the gameplay itself, I have not had a chance to check it out. From what I understand, it is a Mario Party-esque game, but without the focus being to collect stars/ play a bunch of mini games/ whatever. Rather, the focus seems to be on more passive experiences such as meeting different characters, buying and selling turnips, and experiencing different events depending on what month you choose to play.
I know this is not Animal Crossing in the traditional sense, but to me, that’s kind of the beauty of it. I’m pretty open to any game, and will give it a fair chance. It might be a good game to play after work or before bed just to relax and unwind. You never know!