8 December 2005, late at night
Update: A good place to find friends to play Animal Crossing with is the Live Journal Animal Crossing community. There are tons of people there, and they are constantly playing the game.
Rambot lives in Robotica. (I’m still not that good at picking names.) Although my copy of Animal Crossing for the Gamecube is only a month old, I couldn’t resist getting Animal Crossing: Wild World. My big problem with the Gamecube game is that I’m hardly at home to play it, and when I am home I don’t feel like hogging the television, since my roommate isn’t one to surf on the net when she is bored. A portable Animal Crossing is perfect for someone like myself.
The Nintendo DS version of the game is very similar to the Gamecube version of the game. This may come as a disappointment for some, but I imagine most people buying Animal Crossing just wanted to play it more than they currently do. As such, keeping the game-play so similar may work in Nintendo’s favour. Pretty much all the game-play from the original game is carried forward to the new game. You can still fish, hunt for bugs, look for fossils, sell fruits, and do other such things. I haven’t managed to get the animals to give me any work yet — unlike in the Gamecube version of the game, there doesn’t appear to be a “give me work” option you can pick when chatting with the animal. That said, I have been challenged to a bug hunting competition by one Animal, Gabbi; I have given another two animals some new clothes to wear since they were complaining it was so cold; I have given the jerk that lives in my town, Tank, a fossil since he couldn’t find one himself. I earned a pair of glasses, and a toque for my efforts. The toque has a red pom-pom, which is awesome.
There have been a lot of improvements to the game-play itself. A lot of the tedious elements of the old game have been removed. For example, when you mail out a bunch of letters, you can pick all the letters you want to send in one go, versus picking them one at a time. This is also the case when selling junk to Tom Nook. When you want to get a fossil identified, you no longer have to mail it away to the Faraway Museum. These improvements, as well as others, make the game more enjoyable. The use of the Nintendo DS stylus to control your character works very well. Writing letters using the stylus is a lot easier than doing so using the d-pad.
There are a few new things to do in your town compared to the old game. You can visit a coffee shop in the bottom of the museum; there doesn’t seem to be much going on there just yet in my town. You can look at and label the constellation in the night sky by going to the observatory at the top of the museum. I’m not sure the if constellations are viewable on the second screen at night when you are just wandering around your town; that would be pretty cool. There are also some elements of the original game missing. You can’t take a boat to the tropical island anymore, although this required a Gameboy Advance in the old game anyway. Your town is also a fair bit smaller than the town on the Gamecube. I think most of the limitations in the new game are quite minor, and won’t be noticed by most.
I haven’t had a chance to try out the online game play in Animal Crossing: Wild World yet. So far the only person I know with the game is Chris, who doesn’t have an open enough WiFi connection. Going online should allow you to visit other peoples towns, and also let other people visit your town. This is a lot more convenient then the memory card swapping you needed to do with the Gamecube version of the game. It also lets you play the game with people who could be anywhere in the world. EGM was unimpressed with the online component of the game. I’m not sure I understand their beef though. The game is incredibly inane; why do they expect the online component to be any different?
I am enjoying Animal Crossing: Wild World so far. If you are looking for a strange little game to play, it’s definitely worth looking into. The game is very non-traditional. That said, if you have the Gamecube version, and can play that, they might not be a big enough change for you. I’m not sure if the new elements to the game will be enough for some people who own the original game and are happy with it. I imagine some people will be disappointed with the lack of really innovative changes to the game.
- Animal Crossing Friend Code