Winter In Wild World!

Just a quick post for tonight! I played some Animal Crossing: Wild World and was happy to see snow covering the ground, which means winter has officially come to Wild World!

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Walkin’ in a winter wonderland…

I began walking around town and immediately tripped over a snowball, almost destroying it in the process! Luckily, it didn’t break up against the tree I pushed it into (they are very fragile when they are small!). I kept walking and soon found the other one.

Since I had found two snowballs, it was time to make a snowman! For some reason, I have a hard time making perfect snowmen in this game. I carefully formed the two halves of the snowman, and….

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uh oh….

Ah….well, shit! How did the head suddenly get bigger than the body? It didn’t look that way when I had them side by side! Ugh! I almost destroyed the poor, misshapen thing with my shovel, but I decided to keep him around for now. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have better luck!

After that debacle, I fished for awhile and dug up a fossil and gyroid. My pockets became full, and Nookington’s was already closed for the night, so I couldn’t sell my goods. That’s okay though. I’ll be earning a nice chunk of change when I turn the game on tomorrow. Good night everyone!

Oh yeah, and P.S.: No one has moved in since Octavian left yet. I’m expecting a new neighbor soon!

Finally, A Snow-Covered Ground!

I wanted to play Doubutsu no Mori today, because I haven’t played it in several days. I had some extra time tonight, so I was able to play for a bit!

The first thing I noticed when my game loaded and I came out of my house was that not only was it snowing, but snow now covered the ground! I always love this time of year in all the Animal Crossing games- everything looks so beautiful! Plus, since it never snows where I live, I get to have some winter fun even when it’s 80 degrees (or more) out!

I then walked around and said hello to all my neighbors. Some missed me, some were annoyed that I hadn’t talked to them. Hey, life gets busy, chill out!

I also noticed that I had another new villager in my town, so I hurried over to their house to meet them. It’s Dalman (Hopper)! He’s a really cool penguin character I’ve never had in any of my other games. Even though he supposedly has a cranky personality, I hope he sticks around for awhile!

I didn’t have much time left to play, so I decided to go to Tanukichi’s shop and see what he had for sale. I saw something really weird when I approached his shop: all of the flowers I planted a couple weeks ago turned into weeds!

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What in the hell…???

That’s never happened in any of the other games. In Animal Crossing, the flowers never die. In all subsequent games, the flowers will wilt after a few days of no water/ rain/ snow, but you can water them and they will come back to life. I’m stumped! There is no watering can in this game… I’m not sure what to make of it. Maybe because it’s winter the flowers lost all their petals?

Anyway, I ended up buying a large festive tree from Tanukichi, even though I already have a small one in my house. I love the holiday season, what can I say! =)

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What, don’t you have more than one Christmas tree in your house?

One other thing I’ve been thinking about. I wonder if you can build snowmen in this game too? I’m pretty sure you can, because an online guide I’ve been consulting shows the Snowman Series furniture. I didn’t see any snowballs tonight, but I didn’t do a full sweep of the town either. So, it’s possible I just didn’t see them. By the way, I only like to look up stuff when absolutely necessary, like if I’m trying to translate a name or something like that. I like discovering things on my own! Games are way more fun that way. I guess I will find out soon enough if I can make a snowman!

Goodbye, Octavian =(

Today I booted up Animal Crossing: Wild World and was happy to see that it was snowing in my town! This is the first time I’ve seen snowfall in the game this year; lately it’s been nothing but sunny! It was nice to see some wintry weather.

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It’s so pretty when it snows!

My good mood lasted until I open up my mailbox and discovered I had a letter from Octavian. Something told me this wasn’t a letter to just say hi…

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Say it ain’t so!

Yep, just as I suspected- he moved away! A couple days ago when I played, he mentioned he was moving, and I tried really hard to stop him. My pleading obviously didn’t work! Well, I still have him in my Animal Crossing (GCN) town, so he better stay there!

I continued my walk around town, chatting with villagers and collecting fruit to sell. Stitches acted completely normal to me, but then sent a weird letter to Gladys. What gives?

While I was walking around, I noticed a strange flower on the ground. I’ve never really been into creating hybrids (they are cool, but too much work!) but it still looked out of place to me. I picked it up, and sure enough, it was some black tulips! A quick reference check on Thonky (they have many great guides, check them out if you never have!) confirmed that I did indeed have a hybrid flower. I thought that was very neat, because I wasn’t even trying! I picked it up and stuck it in my hair, but it really didn’t look right.

I decided to keep my hybrid flower close to my house, where I could make sure it’s always watered and taken care of. If I know I’m going to take a hiatus from the game for awhile, I’ll try to remember to pick it up so it doesn’t wilt!

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Happily watering my rare flowers…

I also visited Kabuki in his house, and noticed that he had the green frog chair I gave him a couple weeks ago. Glad to see him enjoying it! He asked me for more green furniture, but Nookington’s unfortunately had nothing that fit the bill.

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It’s cool to see the characters actually utilize what they ask you for!

I played a few more times on and off throughout the day, just fishing and making more Bells. I’m still working on paying off my final  house expansion. Only 439,000 Bells until I am done! Good night!

First Impressions: Nintendo Badge Arcade!

A couple weeks ago, I received a download on my 3DS called Nintendo Badge Arcade. Last night, I finally decided to check it out!

After it took *forever* to load up, I was greeted by an overzealous bunny rabbit who couldn’t wait to explain the game to me.

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Um, hi…?

Basically, this is a collection game. You play crane games to collect many Nintendo-themed badges, which you can then use to decorate your home screen with. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

After showing me a few examples, the bunny offered me 5 free plays to collect some badges. I swept the area in 3 tries, which I thought was pretty impressive for my first time playing.

I admired my new badges, then the rabbit told me my free plays were up and from now on, 5 plays could be purchased for $1. Wait, what?! I have to pay REAL money to keep playing?! And what about the 2 plays I didn’t even get to use because I completed the game early? Suddenly, this game didn’t seem so fun.

Bummed, I backed out of the arcade section and checked out some of the other options. There’s a help section, a section where you can view your badge collection, and a practice section. At each section, the bunny was more than happy to explain every last detail to me. I’ll admit, he was really starting to get on my nerves!

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Settle down, Satan! Leave me alone!

The last section I came across was a practice section. This part redeemed the game a little for me. Once a day, you get 5 tries to practice a randomly chosen crane game. While you don’t get to keep any of the badges you win, sometimes one of the badges you grab will be worth a few free plays, which you can then turn around and use in the actual game. I won 3 free plays, so I used them up on a Super Mario Maker themed crane game.

I wanted that Bowser badge because my bearded dragon is named Bowser! After playing, I set up my home screen to make it look like he was about to burn Mario’s ass!

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Pretty neat looking! Get him, Bowser!

I want to like this game more than I actually do. It is a really neat idea and it appeals to people  like me who like to collect every little thing in a game. However, where I have a huge problem with it is the fact that you have to PAY $1 to play! I have a hard time paying for something that is not tangible or useful. I don’t mind buying some DLC every now and again, but it’s hard to justify paying for something just to decorate your home screen with.

I will probably play once a day for awhile just to see if I can earn any free plays. Stupidly, I didn’t realize that you could change machines whenever you wanted- last night I played the same machine even though I had won all the badges available in it. Today, I switched off between a few of the machines and won some Mario, Yoshi, and Animal Crossing themed badges. Maybe some day they’ll have some Kirby themed badges? 😉 I know I’ll never collect all of them since I refuse to pay actual money, but it’ll still be fun to see what I can collect!

First Impressions: Neko Atsume Kitty Collector!

I am a fan of Buzzfeed and I receive a few emails from them a day. One of the emails I received the other day had a link to a small post about a game called Neko Atsume Kitty Collector. I had never heard of it, so I read the article and was intrigued. A game about collecting cats? Sign me up! I decided to download it and check it out.

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Meow Loading hmm??? This should be interesting…

Today was my first day playing the game, and I thought it was so cute! It’s a very simple game where your only goal is to collect cats. The way to do this is by setting out toys, food, and other items that cats deem as fun (hello, paper bags!) and wait for them to show up!

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There are so many different items to choose from!

Now, the cats won’t show up immediately. That’s kind of the beauty of this game. It isn’t designed to be played for hours at a time. You put out the items to attract cats, then close or suspend the app for a bit. After awhile, check back, and you may see cats in your yard!

I put out some food and a rubber ball, and the first cat that came to play was named Snowball! When you meet a cat, his or her data is added into the Catbook. You can check the Catbook for stats such as the cat’s personality, its favorite toys, and how many times it has visited you.

Each cat also has its own photo album, and you can save up to 18 photos per cat. This is cute because you can take pictures of the cats interacting with the different things you place in the yard, and it’s fun to look back on the photos you took of them!

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What a cute picture!

When the cats leave your yard, they will leave you a gift to thank you for letting them play. Most of the time they leave you regular fish, which you can use in the store to buy more fun stuff for the cats! Sometimes you will get lucky and they will leave some gold fish, which can be spent on the premium items at the store.

That really is all there is to it. You don’t directly interact with the cats (no petting, no playing, etc.) There are no minigames to play or bosses to beat. Therein lies the charm of this game: it is adorable, unique, silly, and fun.

Throughout the day, I’ve checked my game a few times just to see what cats have come to play. It kind of has a fun, “gotta catch ’em all” type vibe, and I can’t wait to see all the different kitties available in this game! I leave you with a couple more screenshots of the kitties that have visited me so far. If you’re interested in this game, it is free to download for both iOS and Android, so check it out!

This Just In: I Suck At Fishing!

I’m nothing if not stubborn and persistent, so tonight I turned on Doubutsu no Mori with the hopes of finally being able to purchase that elusive fishing rod. And….

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It’s about damn time you have a fishing rod!

Tanukichi finally had one in stock! I was thrilled! Finally, an easy way to make money. I ran outside, equipped my new tool, and happily started searching for the little black shadows in the water that indicated there was a fish.

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The dumb fish swam mostly out of frame when I snapped this pic, but whatever, I didn’t catch it anyway! P.S. Shidoni (Sydney) looks so cute sleeping in front of her house!

Um…yeah. It’s official: fishing in this game is WAY harder than in the other Animal Crossing games! The biggest problem is that there is no auditory clue when the fish bites down. I know what you Animal Crossing vets are thinking: just watch for the splash! Well, you have about a millisecond to reel in the fish after you see the splash. Seriously. There is almost no room for error.

I tried several times in vain to catch a fish. I seriously can’t believe this shit! I was so happy to finally purchase the fishing pole, but fishing in this game takes more precision than I was aware of. No matter. I’ll just practice it a bit, then I’ll be awesome at it and I’ll be making tons of money in no time! =)

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At least I didn’t go home TOTALLY empty handed…

I did end up catching a couple ugui (dace), which is better than nothing. My husband insisted on trying- I don’t think he believed how hard it was. He realized I was right, though he did catch a wakasagi (pond smelt). Glad to know it’s not just me, although I am aware my reflexes probably aren’t what they used to be! I’ll be sure to try again tomorrow!

Why, Tanukichi?!

I played Doubutsu no Mori briefly tonight. I wish I had more time to play, but real life often gets in the way of my virtual life. =( Anyway, I fired up the game and was a little bummed to discover that there was still no snow on the ground. Oh well, I know it will happen soon! I immediately noticed that the roof of my house was painted black, which means that the first expansion was complete!

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Yay! A bigger house!

The outside didn’t really look too much bigger, but inside was a different story. I have a considerable amount of extra room now!

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You can tell how much bigger my house is by where my furniture is located. 

I checked my map and realized that I had another new neighbor! I headed to the beach, where I met a chicken named Diana (Leigh). She has a really cozy house!

I then headed to Tanukichi’s shop, and he told me he hoped I liked the expansion on my house. Then he casually announced that I now owe him 49,800 Bells! It was fun not being in debt, however briefly.

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Boo… do I really have to pay you back all those Bells?!

I then noticed that he had two tools available for purchase… a net and a shovel. UGGH!!! I HAVE THOSE! I NEED A DAMN FISHING ROD! What gives, Tanukichi? Why are you torturing me?!

I did see something I wanted in the shop today though: a festive tree! I bought it and put it in my house, then saved my game for the night.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Also, today I got a pack of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards. I enjoy collecting cards because they are nice to look at and don’t take up a ton of space. Besides, I can use these cards with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Here’s what I got:

So I got some cool cards, although I could do without Resetti LOL!!! I hope to get more of them soon. Good night everyone!