Why I Love… Animal Crossing!

This month, I thought I’d give some love to one of my favorite video game series, Animal Crossing! For those unfamiliar with the series, “Animal Crossing” is also the name of the first game released in North America… but for the purpose of this post, I’ll just focus on the series as a whole!

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For me, my love of Animal Crossing started when I was 16. I had been seeing previews of it for months in the Nintendo Power magazine. It seemed like such an interesting idea for a game: rather than have levels to beat and ultimately, an ending, this game continued on indefinitely. You played at your own pace, you completed goals at your own pace, and the best part of it all: you lived among many animal villagers!

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Some villagers participating in the Spring Sports Fair.

The day the first Animal Crossing came out, my mom and I had actually taken my dog to the vet. She cut her leg open on some chicken wire we had in the back yard (my poor baby!) and though it wasn’t a life threatening injury, she needed some surgery to get all patched up. To pass the time, we went to Target, and there I saw the game! I just had to have it that day.

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Box art for the GameCube version of Animal Crossing.

My first days of playing, I was amazed. The animals were so adorable, and there were so many things I wanted to do to perfect my little town. I had a mortgage I wanted to pay off so I could make my house bigger, I had fish and bugs I wanted to catch, I had errands to run for my little animal friends… and I loved every second of it! Every day was a new experience.

Building a snowman is something I don’t get to do in real life!

The first (North American) version of Animal Crossing came out in 2002, and there have been a few sequels since: Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, plus an updated version of New Leaf called Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo. There have been two spin-offs: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. There have been three versions released exclusively in Japan: Doubutsu no Mori (which was released before the first N.A. version of Animal Crossing), Doubutsu no Mori + (also released before the first N.A. version) and Doubutsu no Mori e+. Doubutsu no Mori was also released on the Chinese iQue player, which was featured in a blog post I wrote a long time ago! In addition, Wild World was re-released onto the Wii U Virtual Console. Aside from the iQue player version, I own all of these games. Yes- Every. Single. One! Crazy, I know!

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Stitches, one of my favorite characters!

The world of Animal Crossing continues to draw me back in for many reasons. For one, I love the relaxing nature of the games. A few months after I got the first Animal Crossing, I became very ill. I was in the hospital for two weeks and when I got out, I was still pretty weak and sick and couldn’t even go to school. I had to be homeschooled for the last 3 months of my junior year of high school, and that wasn’t super fun. However, I relied on Animal Crossing as my daily escape. Visiting my villagers every day and going through my daily chores made me feel so much better mentally, despite being sick. It really made a difference in my well-being!

You never know what the villagers are going to say!

Also, I love the fact that the games are real-time. If it’s 3 in the morning for you, it’s 3 in the morning in the game (unless you mess with the time!). Seasons pass just like in real life, which is amazing for me since where I live, there is practically no winter! There are holidays to celebrate, too, which is a lot of fun. Wild World has its own set of made up holidays, but all of the other games feature holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, and Easter!

Celebrating Festivale, a weird and wonderful holiday!

The fact is, Animal Crossing has been a part of my life for almost 15 years now, and my love for the series has only grown over time! I still check in on all of my towns in my various games, though real life gets in the way and I don’t check them as often as I would like. I’m super excited for the mobile Animal Crossing game (which there is very little information about), and I can’t wait to see new console versions of the series as well, if they plan on releasing more. If not, I have plenty of establishedย villages to keep me entertained! ๐Ÿ™‚

14 thoughts on “Why I Love… Animal Crossing!

  1. Don’t know how you remember the exact day you got that game but you forget what happened yesterday๐Ÿ™ƒI do remember poor dutchess๐Ÿ˜ณ

    1. Haha I remember what happened yesterday! I worked, came home, and played Animal Crossing: Wild World on Virtual Console! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes poor poor Dutchess… that was so sad!

  2. What I’ve always found interesting (and also a tad sad and unsettling) with the real time is logging in after a looooonnnnggg break, like multiple years. The town knows you were gone!

    1. Haha I know! It is funny. I think I went almost 3 years without playing my City Folk town, and all the villagers said they hadn’t seen me in 36 months, then carried on as if nothing happened! The least they could do is pick the weeds or something, lol!

  3. I really need to play an Animal Crossing game someday too, haha. I’m so happy Animal Crossing helped you through a difficult time! Video games provide an amazing escape mechanism ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You should try it out for sure! Of all the games, I think Animal Crossing for the GameCube and Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS are my favs. I agree, video games are amazing at providing a happy escape! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love this! I also like how you had a personal story that led to Animal Crossing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Why I like Animal Crossing is sort of similar. I like collecting and making ideal complete files in games. The drive to getting every piece of furniture, completing my house, and perfecting my town is why I enjoy it. It’s a bit less relaxing that way, but I enjoy seeing something new to get every single day. It’s like going shopping often. Very fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. That’s true for me too! For the first Animal Crossing especially, I wanted to have every complete furniture set. I would change my rooms in my house once a month and all the holidays would have appropriate decorations as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m a little bit of a slacker when it comes to the newer games though… my main room in New Leaf has had a Christmas theme for like 4 years now LOL!!

      1. I built four different houses (1 for each villager) and upgraded them all to the max just so I could have a room with each completed holiday set! Hahaha!

      2. Haha that is awesome! I actually started to do that but never got around to finishing it. I did stuff the little island house full with extra furniture though!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Aww.. It was sad to read that you were sick for 3 whole months in junior high!! However, I enjoyed your story about how you fell in love with AC at a young age! Honestly, if it weren’t for my hubby and kids, I probably would’ve never ever touched a video game… EVER. Because growing up I didn’t have any relatives who played them really. We grew up in the country away from anything cool!! LOL… ha ha ha.. Just kidding.. I loved country living.. but I missed out on gaming as a kid. Anyways, this post made me smile because I see your love in this game so much and completely understand!! While you were sick as a kid, this was your escape from feeling miserable! And all our adorable, sweet villagers are so easy to play with and talk to every day and they can so easily turn a bad day into a good day.. I wish I had discovered AC when it first came out! That would’ve been awesome!! So there is a new AC coming out on mobile? I don’t think I knew about this!! Ohhhh… why on mobile?? LOL… NOOOO!!!!

    1. Yeah missing that much of my junior year of high school was rough! I will tell you more about it in an email if you want. ๐Ÿ™‚ Animal Crossing really did provide me with a great escape during that time though. It gave me something to focus on besides the fact that I didn’t feel well!

      Oh yes I did see there is a mobile Animal Crossing game! I’m excited about it but kind of nervous because I don’t want it to be one of those “freemium” games where you don’t have to pay anything up front but there are a lot of little microtransactions in the game! Well, if this game comes out, maybe you can at least get a tablet or iPad to play on? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m interested to learn more about this game! Of course, they better still release a new AC for consoles!

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