My Animal Crossing Memories!

One of the first friends I ever made here on the wonderful WordPress community, Yvonne, has been doing a series on her blog called Animal Crossing Memories. In the series, a blogger writes about the various memories they have with Animal Crossing, and the entries are quite charming to read! Recently, Yvonne contacted me and asked if I wanted to write my own post about it and be featured on her site, and I thought that was very sweet of her to consider me! You can find my entry on her blog here, or just keep reading! 🙂

(Of course, the first paragraph is just a little into about me for Yvonne’s readers who don’t know me, so feel free to skip past that if you want!)

Hey everyone! My name is Brandi. I’ve been a gamer for as long as I can remember, and I enjoy many different types of games. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Nintendo games, but I have love for all platforms! A couple years ago, I decided to combine my love of gaming with my love of writing, and I started a blog. That’s how I met Yvonne!

Recently, Yvonne contacted me and asked if I wanted to be featured on her wonderful site, writing about some of my Animal Crossing memories! I thought that was very sweet of her to consider me, so here I am! 🙂

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My obsession with Animal Crossing started when I saw it featured in Nintendo Power as an upcoming title for the GameCube. I was instantly intrigued, because the idea of living in a little village populated with only animals and no pesky humans sounded like a great escape to me!

I got the game the day it was released in North America. I remember that day, too- I was 16 years old, and my mom and I had taken my dog to get surgery done on her leg. While we were waiting, we popped over to Target and bought a few things, Animal Crossing being one of them! The second I booted the game up and K.K. Slider began playing his guitar for me, I knew I was in for something unique.

I put SO MANY hours into the GameCube version of Animal Crossing over the years! Every day was something different. I loved how the villagers acted, I loved how it was all played in real time, I loved the music that played every hour… never before had a game captured my heart in the way this game did. I thought it was such an amazing concept. Also, the holidays were so much fun to play!

I also really appreciated the fact that the seasons changed. Considering I live in a state in the USA where we don’t exactly have four defined seasons, it was nice to experience something different- especially the snow! 🙂

As the years went by, I continued to purchase and play every subsequent version of Animal Crossing that came out. Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, Happy Home Designer, Welcome amiibo, Wild World (Wii U Virtual Console), New Leaf: Welcome amiibo… I have them all! I also obtained a version of Doubutsu no Mori for the Nintendo 64 a couple years back, and I love playing that as well (even if my Japanese isn’t very good). I have Doubutsu no Mori + and Doubutsu no Mori e+ for the GameCube as well- I just need to convert my spare GameCube into a Japanese GameCube so I can play! I also play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for the iPhone (though I refuse to partake in microtransactions- I just enjoy the game casually!).

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When it comes down to it, I guess you can say I’m probably a little obsessed with Animal Crossing. I don’t mind one bit! I do wish I had more time to check in on all my villagers in my various towns, though- but such is life. I know whenever I get the chance to, they’ll be there waiting for me, happy as ever to see me!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my Animal Crossing memories!

 

My Animal Crossing Collection Part 2: Toys!

In the first part of my Animal Crossing Collection post, I showed you all of my games and strategy guides. This time, I’ll show you my various “toys” (which is basically just a collection of figures and a plushie). Enjoy! 🙂

First up, I have two little figurines that I hold near and dear to my heart. Many years ago for Christmas, my husband made me clay sculptures of two of my favorite Animal Crossing characters, Octavian and Rhoda! Annoyingly, Octavian is now missing a couple legs and Rhoda is missing a leg too, which is very sad! I blame it on moving, as the figures are pretty delicate. Taking a picture of them doesn’t really do them justice, either: the detail is so amazing in person! (Also, my lighting sucks…. Octavian is a deeper red and Rhoda is a deeper blue than these pictures show)

Next, I have a small collection of amiibo. Here’s what’s funny about me: I LOVE Animal Crossing… but I didn’t have much desire to collect all of these amiibo. They aren’t cheap ya know! 😉 So I decided that I would only purchase the amiibo that I REALLY wanted, instead of getting them all just for collection’s sake. A couple of these amiibo I got really cheap, and a couple I received as gifts 🙂

Lastly, I have one lonely little Animal Crossing plushie, which I’ve shown on here before. I still don’t know if he’s Timmy or Tommy!

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Here’s my whole collection:

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So there you have it! Not a ton to show, but I still like what I have. For the final Animal Crossing Collection post, I’ll show everything else Animal Crossing- related that I have 🙂

My Gaming Week in Review (2/05- 2/11)!

Console

NES

Yesterday, my in-laws came over for dinner and we were going to play a board game afterwards, but it was too hard for my mother-in-law to sit up and play one at the table. My husband surprised us all by bringing out Anticipation, a Trivial Pursuit type game made by Rare way back in 1988!

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Michael and his parents used to play this game a lot when he was a kid, so it was a blast from the past for everyone! I myself did not play this game until Michael and I met 14 years ago, but it’s a fun game that I still enjoy playing from time to time.

We decided to play in teams; Michael and I on one team, his parents on the other. His mom was actually doing pretty good! Like I said, this game is similar to Trivial Pursuit. Your game piece moves along the board, and you land on a colored square. Each square has a different category. Some of the clues are pretty easy:

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While others are extremely vague. None of us figured out what this was:

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The goal of the game is to collect one square of each color in each of the three levels. Whoever passes all three levels first is the winner!

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It was a close game, but Michael and I ended up winning. It was fun! It was nice to see my mother-in-law having some fun, since she hasn’t been feeling well lately. Anyway, playing this game made me really happy and I want to play it again soon!

P.S. Sorry for the glare that is present in all the above photos. From where I was sitting, it was hard to get a good picture!

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I visited my little Animal Crossing village of Branvil this week for the first time in 5 months. The first thing I noticed when I started up the game was that it was snowing, yay!! I think the snow is one of my favorite parts of the game, especially since I never get to see any in real life!

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Sydney moved away, which was a bummer. She’s a cutie!

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Maple acted like she didn’t know me.

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And Wart Jr. made me laugh with his crazy comment. Apparently I’m a real shady character…

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And just like always, Queenie was a big BITCH to me! Why doesn’t she move the fuck away already!

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I met my new neighbor, Buzz. He’s pretty handsome, I think!

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He has kind of a weird house, though.

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I found a snowball hiding in the flowers, which was kinda strange.

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After saying hello to everyone, I spent the rest of my evening pulling weeds and shaking trees! I deposited some money in my bank account, too. I wish it was this easy to make money in real life!

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Wii U

As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I finished our playthrough of Yoshi’s Woolly World this week! What a great game it was. Since I’m going to do a separate blog post about finishing the game, I’ll leave you with a screenshot of an oddly-titled level we played!

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Handheld

Nintendo DS

I played just one level of The Legendary Starfy this week. Apparently the Hot-Spring Snapper (a really rude rock/ turtle thing) was terrorizing Hotcha Springs, and it was up to Starfy to stop him!

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I had to outrun lava, which was super. It moved kinda slow, but I still almost died trying to take this picture!

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The battle against the Snapper wasn’t too bad. I couldn’t get a decent picture of him to save my life, because he wouldn’t stay still!

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I am now on Level 3-1 Chillydip Cove: Snow Starfy. This should be fun!

Mobile

iPhone

I played some more Cooking Fever this week.  I’m still working on leveling up my Fast Food Court. It not really as bad as I thought it was going to be grind-wise- I find I can upgrade my stuff after playing one or two levels and getting some coins from them. I just don’t upgrade anymore when the upgrade requires gems, because I feel like I need to save my gems to unlock other places. Here are my current stats:

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I am currently on Level 36 of the Fast Food Court. Only a few more levels until I am finished!

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I also played more Pokémon GO. I was very happy to catch a Growlithe- so cute!

I evolved my Ekans into an Arbok.

I also evolved my Exeggcute into an Exeggutor. Finally! Seems like that took forever.

I also played a game called Strike! Ten Pin Bowling.It’s a simple bowling game that both my aunt and my mom played awhile back- I don’t know if they still do or not! Anyway, it’s a fun, free little game that is a great way to pass a couple minutes.

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For some reason, though, the game erased all my previous high scores! That annoyed me a little bit. Oh well, not like I’m very good at it anyway!

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I played some Solitaire this week too, and it seems I’m back on my losing streak.

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PC

Steam

Finally played some Stardew Valley this week! I haven’t played this game for a couple weeks, and I missed it! 🙂 Anyway, I continued clearing out my farm, and I came across this tiny, cute tree!

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I ran into Haley, who was a bitch as always.

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I finally figured out how to fish!

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It’s really fun. I only managed to catch one fish and everything else I caught was trash, but it’s all good. I need to catch more fish, because I am broke!

One of my current objectives is to build a coop. With how expensive it is and how many resources I need, it’ll take me awhile!

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One night when I went to sleep, a fairy came and made one of my crops grow. I don’t know what that’s all about, but thanks, little fairy!

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I also grew to Level 1 Farming.

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On the 10th of Spring, Year 1, I had a nice surprise when I woke up and was greeted by a friendly dog!

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Marnie explained to me that he was a stray and asked if I wanted to adopt him! BUT OF COURSE I DO! 😉

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I named him Wicky as an homage to a disabled dog that I worked with who has been gone for almost 2 years now. His name was Nykon, but his nickname was Wicky! He was near and dear to my heart and I loved him so much.

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While continuing to clear out my farm, I found a geode. When I took it to the blacksmith, it was some rare mineral or something, and it was advised that I donate it to the museum!

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I didn’t even realize it, but when I donated it, I completed an objective in my journal, so I got a nice little reward for it!

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I then grew to Level 1 Foraging.

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I am currently on 11th of Spring, Year 1. This game is becoming addicting!

Misc.

While my husband was out and about earlier this week, he came across some VR (virtual reality) headsets for only $6! They are compatible with both of our phones, so he bought one for each of us. I’m going to do a separate write up on this, but here’s a pic of the headset:

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So, looks like I was able to do a lot more gaming this week! That’s always a good thing. Thanks for reading!

Welcome Amiibo Cards!

I was at work yesterday and got really excited when these came in the mail for me!

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My boss was walking around with the package just talking to me without really looking at it, so finally I interjected and was like “Um, I think that’s mine, I’ve been waiting for something!” Haha! 😉 Anyway, I ordered these Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome amiibo cards off of Amazon, and I’m glad I did! They had a purchase limit of 3, I guess because they don’t have large quantities of cards. Here’s what I got:

First set:

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Second set:

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Third set:

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So I think I got some really good cards! I was really excited about Sprocket, he always amused me! I like Hornsby and Wade as well. I’m glad I didn’t get any doubles either- unless you count Huck, but he came with my game.

So, just wanted to share my new cards! This will probably be my last post of the year, since tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I’ll be hanging out with my family. Same goes for New Year’s Day! So hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s, and I’ll see you in 2017! 😉

Catching Up With Animal Crossing: Wild World (VC)!

As you can probably imagine, I’ve been playing quite a bit of Animal Crossing: Wild World (VC). Even though the game is 11 years old, it feels brand new on the Virtual Console! Anyway, here’s what’s been happening in my town the past couple weeks…

The first new villager I had moved in on my side of the map that I wanted to keep all to myself! Ugh! But when I saw who it was, I was happy!

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Puddles is too cute! I had her in my Animal Crossing GCN town briefly.  Here she is cheering me on after I caught a fish! I hope Puddles stays around, even though the location of her house is a bit too close to mine.

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After that, Kid Cat moved in. He’s cute too!

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However, the next time I looked at my map, I couldn’t BELIEVE my bad luck!

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Noooo! Not fucking Queenie! She is SO RUDE in my GameCube and  City Folk towns! She’s on my side of the map too, which is annoying because I don’t want to be close to her! Well, maybe she’ll be nice in this one….

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I decided that since it’s about to be winter time, I’d dress for the occasion!

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Next, Gwen moved in. She’s a little cutie! I do love all the penguin characters.

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I paid off my first home loan…

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But not like it matters, because I went right back into debt!

When I played earlier this week, I was surprised to find that my town actually had a dense fog covering it! I could barely make out anything in the background. In all my years of playing Animal Crossing games, I have never seen anything like this before!

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I then checked my town map and discovered my 8th villager had moved in…

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And I got so excited! Marina is so adorable, and I have been wanting her in one of my towns for a long time. She seems so sweet!

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Meanwhile, Queenie already showed her ass, so now I don’t like her in this town either!

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I also noticed that Gwen had landscaped her house beautifully! I know villagers will sometimes randomly do this, but it was still really nice to see.

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Puddles asked me for some red furniture, and I happened to have a red bed in my pockets! I handed it over to her right away, and she was so happy.

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The next day when I visited her, I noticed it was set up in her house. Yay!

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And here’s one last photo of Marina being adorable:

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So that’s what’s been happening in Satanica lately! 😉 My next blog entry will probably be about the Pokémon I’ve caught recently in Pokémon GO. See ya!

 

First Impressions: Animal Crossing: Wild World (VC)!

Finally, after weeks of packing, moving, unpacking, organizing, blah blah blah, my house is starting to look like a house and not a war zone! There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are coming along nicely! My office contents are still all boxed up for the most part though, as we are getting ready to paint in there. This means that most of my video games are still packed away, because I don’t want to set everything up only to move everything around again to paint! I did, however, unearth my 3DS and my Wii U! (Too bad all of my Wii U games are still packed up, but whatever) I was happy when I found out that Animal Crossing: Wild World was released on the Wii U Virtual Console a few weeks back! I have been waiting for this game to come out ever since it was released in Europe almost a year ago, I believe. I was so busy moving, the release snuck right by me until I read about it on Jeff’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf Blog. Since I just set my Wii U up in the living room, I decided to download it!!

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Sooooo exciting!!

I was so excited to see the screen load… even though it looked a little different than I had imagined. The “DS” screens are pretty damn small on my tv, so I had to look down at the gamepad to see what I was doing! Even then, it was a little hard to see.

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Well this is… different.

Anyway, I met Kapp’n in his cab, and I answered a few basic questions for him.

Soon, I arrived in my new town, Satanica!

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Home sweet home!

I LOVE my town’s set up! All of the shops and city buildings are on the left side of the map, while my house is nestled away all by itself on the right side. It’s like I have my own little private sanctuary near the beach, which is something I wish for in real life! 😉 I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before a villager moves in near me, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

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Love my town map!

I got a good look at my character for the first time. She’s kinda cute, though her hairstyle is gonna have to change, haha!

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Well, she has blue eyes like I do in real life!

I barely had time to enjoy my new digs before Tom Nook came to pester me about paying him. Check out my thrilled expression!

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Uggh, can I just enjoy my new town for 5 MINUTES please!

Of course, Tom Nook wanted me to work for him to pay off some of my debt. After planting some trees and flowers, I met my 3 new neighbors: Nan, Apollo, and Filbert. I also introduced myself to the mayor, Tortimer.

So, I was enjoying the game, but honestly, the screen was bugging me a little bit. I was a little disappointed that everything looked so tiny. Then I realized… you can change the screen settings! DUH! I’m so dense! To be fair, this is my first DS game on Virtual Console, so I wasn’t aware of the settings! 😉 Anyway, I played around with them for a few minutes, but ultimately, I like it set up this way:

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So the top screen is small and on the left side, and the bottom screen is the main focus on the right side. Not much goes on on the top screen in this game, so this is the perfect set up. As a side note, it’s kind of a bummer that everything is right handed. I’m a lefty, so it’s nice when there’s an extra setting to accommodate my awkwardness! I’m totally used to it, though, so it’s not too big of a deal.

Moving on! I wanted to finish my jobs for Nook, because he was starting to get an attitude with me!

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Wow, thanks douche!

After a few more quick tasks, I was done! If only it was this easy in real life.

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I wish…

Once I was done working, I immediately shook a few trees to gather some cherries, sold them to Nook, and bought the net and fishing rod he had in his shop! There better be a damn shovel for sale tomorrow.

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Since it is Saturday, I figured K.K. Slider would be performing, but nope! He was nowhere to be found! Maybe because I just started the game, he wasn’t there. Who knows.

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Aww. an empty stage… how sad!

However, despite this being the first day of me playing, the game announced that the Flea Market was happening today. As I entered my house to place my hammock that Nan had given me, Apollo busted in and tried to buy each of the four measly pieces of furniture I had! No way buddy!

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That’s my only light source right now…. so no, you can’t have it!

After that, I walked along the beach, picking up shells and catching fish. I then ended my game for the night!

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My first fish!

Conclusion:

I was so happy to see this game come out on Virtual Console. Even though I own (and still actively play) the DS version, it’s still really cool to see this game on the big screen. The game seems to have ported over quite nicely, and I’m sure I’m going to be enjoying it for a long time!

My Gaming Week In Review (9/04- 9/10)!

Console

Nintendo 64

I finally revisited my Doubutsu no Mori town of Weezey- it’s been a couple months since I’ve played! Checking the bulletin board, I realized that there were fireworks every Saturday in August, and I missed them all! Bummer! A second notice on the board told me that there is a full moon (the harvest moon?) visible on 9/15, so I’ll have to try to remember to play.

It was pretty late when I played, so most of my animal friends were already asleep.

Since there wasn’t too much going on so late at night (or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it) I just walked around picking weeds and digging up stuff! I dug up some furniture, but when I placed it in my house…

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It was two of the same item! How dumb!

While walking through town, I noticed a house I hadn’t seen before. The sign told me it belonged to Garigari (Nibbles in North America). She was already asleep though, so I decided to visit her the next day!

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The next day starting the game, there was a nice, steady rain. I had never bought an umbrella, so I went to the store and bought one. All they had was a red one with white polka dots, which isn’t really my favorite. It’ll do for now, though. While walking around, I noticed that TWO of my neigbors had the same umbrella! I guess it’s a popular style!

I then went and met GariGari. She is a little silly looking, but cute! The inside of her house was an eclectic mix of themes.

I also dug up 30,000 Bells, which was pretty awesome!

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Nintendo GameCube

I also showed some love to my Animal Crossing town of Branvil this week. I haven’t visited there in a couple months, oops! Oddly enough, it was raining in this game as well.

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I got a very rude letter from my mom!

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What the hell! Anyway, after squashing roaches in my house, I traveled to Nookington’s, where I discovered the same umbrella I had just bought in Doubutsu no Mori for sale there as well! Too weird. I didn’t buy it, though, as I like my current flame umbrella much better 😉

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I then walked around and said hello to a few of my villagers who were still awake (they seem to go to bed much earlier in this game!). I also paused to watch Octavian stare at a fish in the pond, which was so cute! I woke up Gulliver, too, which took forever! He gave me a Mannekin Pis, yippee!

Besides that, I just walked around, pulled weeds and enjoyed the rain!

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I also showed a little bit of attention to my Animal Crossing: City Folk town of Spookie this week… and yep, it was raining there, too!

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I knew I didn’t have a whole lot of time to play, but I still said hello to the villagers I ran into. Nan in particular seemed happy to see me!

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I was so tired of my bedhead, so I stopped by Shampoodle for a new hairstyle. I was surprised when Harriet told me I would look good with a boy’s hairstyle, and she wanted to know if I wanted one! I hesitated for a moment, then decided to go for it! The result was very different… but I don’t mind it! 🙂

Lastly, I stopped by GracieGrace to see all the furniture I can’t afford! I really loved the cool psychedelic umbrella I found in there. It was only 3400 Bells, so I bought it! I also bought a new outfit at the Able Sisters, just to give the witch outfit I had been wearing for like 3 years a rest 😉

Handheld

Nintendo DS

I visited my Animal Crossing: Wild World town of Booland this week as well- and came across something TERRIBLE!

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Stitches was all packed up and ready to move out! OH NO YOU DON’T! I cannot bear to think of Stitches moving away from me! I must’ve talked to him like 100 times, trying to convince him to stay.

Finally, just when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to convince him otherwise, he acted like he was leaning toward staying. Whew!

I also visited my other neighbors, who provided me with entertainment as usual! Sometimes they say the silliest things!

The next day, I had to play again to see if Stitches decided to stay in Booland or not. I was a little nervous, but once the title screen loaded, I was happy to see him walking around! Yay! I still played and talked to him, and he made no mention of moving. Stitches will remain in Booland for awhile longer! 🙂

Mobile

iPhone

I played a little bit of Crossy Road this week, which I haven’t played in awhile. I played several times, and I unlocked three characters, which were Epoch:

Pudding (wtf?):

and Capybara:

This is such a fun little game! It’s just perfect for when you have a couple minutes to pass, and I love unlocking new, weird characters!

I also caught several new Pokémon in Pokémon GO this week! They were Goldeen:

Zubat:

Clefairy:

Rhyhorn:

Nidoran:

and Caterpie:

I also hatched 3 eggs this week, which gave me a Spearow, a Geodude, and a Caterpie!

I also accidentally entered a Gym and started a battle. Needless to say, I got my ass handed to me. I knew none of my Pokémon were strong enough, but I didn’t know what I was doing! I need to read up on Gyms more before I start messing around in them.

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Finally, I leveled up to Level 7 and got two new medals; one for catching 10 Grass-type Pokémon and one for catching 10 Bug-type Pokémon.

So, it was a pretty productive week in Pokémon GO! I am still enjoying this game a lot. Catching Pokémon and hatching eggs is so fun!