Monday, December 15, 2008

Animal Crossing: City Folk for Nintendo Wii

I spend a lot of time reading about and writing about video games. I read many many press releases every day. I run a small video gaming website devoted to Wii and Nintendo DS games. We're still a new site and still finding our voice. But every now and then I actually find some time to play a video game just for fun. Lately I've been consumed or rather every bit of my available free time (all 3 minutes of it daily) has been consumed by a new Nintendo game - Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Meteor Shower in my town

Nintendo has released 3 Animal Crossing games. The first in the series was Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube, which was released in 2002. Next up was Animal Crossing: Wild World for Nintendo DS, released in 2005. The latest, Animal Crossing: City Folk was released on November 16, 2008. I did not play the GameCube version of the game, but still play the DS version daily if just to water my flowers. If you don't water the flowers they will die. The game allows you to breed hybrid plants. I have over 100 hybrid flower plants in my DS version of the game. I've played it for over 2 years and there is absolutely no way I am going to let my hybrids die. And, yes, I know it's a game.

Fishing - someone find some butter and lemon!

Animal Crossing: City Folk is a terrific new addition to the Animal Crossing series. Some people have complained that it's too much like Wild World. I disagree. It's a lot like Wild World, but there are some fun new additions to the game. One of the best innovations is the addition of the Wii Speak microphone. I can play with friends all over the world and talk with them while playing. It beats stopping whatever you are doing in the game (for me usually fishing) to type to chat. Speaking is so much easier. There is also a Wii Speak channel that is independent of any games. You can send voice mails to your Wii friends and chat with them. A friend in England is picking up the Wii Speak microphone so we can chat.

Northern Lights

Another change from prior games is the addition of a City to the game. There is a bus stop in my town so I can catch a bus to the City. The City has a number of interesting businesses to visit - the Auction House, Gracies Grace (high-end furniture and clothing), a theater where you can learn different emotions, Redd's (black market goods), Shampoodle (hairdresser), Katrina (Fortune Teller), and the Happy Room Academy (they rate the interior of your house). In addition there is a shoe shine and you can match your shoes to your clothes. I particularly love this addition. I can't stand the red shoes I'm stuck with in the DS version. Yes, I do know it's just a game.

My town is named Statia after the island of St. Eustatius in the Netherland Antilles. My character is named Qwill (such a surprise). I'm still in the process of planting trees and flowers to achieve perfect town status and get the golden watering can. After that I'll cut down all the excess trees that I had to plant to reach what the game considers perfection. I prefer to concentrate on breeding hybrid flowers!

My House

Basically, you start off with a small one room house, catch fish and bugs to sell in order to raise money to pay off your mortgages as well as donate to your town fund, buy furniture, etc. You interact with your townsfolk, who are all animals. You buy goods at Nook's. The more you buy, the bigger Nook's becomes until you have a Nookington's. You can donate funds to your town to get 1) an additional bridge, 2) a town fountain, and 3) and lastly a windmill or a lighthouse. This barely scratches the surface of this game.

In winter, you can build snowmen and if you do a good job, the snowman will send you a present.

A perfect Snowman

There are lots of holidays and celebrations throughout the year in Animal Crossing: City Folk. The seasons change. You do various things to earn Bells (the unit of currency) so that you can have a bigger house and buy furniture and clothing. It's a lot like real life even though it's just a game. Perhaps that's why I like it so much. Of course, unlike real life I can simply turn it off!

Happy Holidays from Statia to Your Home

Qwill's Qwestion: What's your favorite game for any game system or the PC?

[The photos I've included were taken in the game while I was playing. That's another nice feature, snap the photo and save it to an SD card. Not supplied with the Wii, but it's easy enough to get one and put in the slot in the Wii.]


  1. Qwill, you're adorable (in the game, I don't know about IRL). The game sounds like fun, but I'm woefully behind in game systems. My fav game of all time is Yoshi's Island for the Super Nintendo. I love Yoshi :o)

  2. I like Jackass, I know I know, but there are some really cool stunts!!!
    We have a controller that lets us play all the old school Atari games. Loves me some Centipede!!!
    Frogger, Pac-Man.

    Amy Ray

  3. So far, my favorite is Cooking Mama. Though Monkey Ball (any version) runs a close second.

  4. I have been hooked on Crash Bandicoot for the Wii

  5. LOL Thank you starbucks.heaven. I'm a huge fan of Yoshi also. I always race him in Mario Kart Wii!

  6. Hi, Amy Ray. I've never played Jackass. Sounds like fun!!

  7. Redheaded Mama, did you know that a new Cooking Mama was recently released for Wii - Cooking Mama World Kitchen? I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like fun. Also Mama is branching out into gardening next year with Gardening Mama for Nintendo DS.

  8. Hi, Ter! We haven't picked up the the new Crash Bandicoot game yet. It'll have to wait until we get through some of the games we haven't played yet.

  9. Qwill I am totally rockin on the Rachet and Clank series!! for PS2...

    We got the boy an Xbox 360 for xmas and the princess a DS so we'll see how long it takes till i switch my system!lol

  10. Hi, Culleen. I would like to have all 3 major systems at some point. But right now Wii and DS have all my attention.

  11. It's hard to just name one favourite game. But I still fancy Tetris, it's simpel an addictive. The Settlers on Amiga, Monkey Island on PC, Super Mario Bros. on NES, WonderBoy 3: Dragon's Trap on Sega Master System, PitStop II on Commodore 64, Super Mario World on SNES... and the list goes on and on.

    Oh, I also like Animal Crossing and recorded the countdown to 2009 on New Year's Eve and posted it on my blog.

  12. Thanks for stopping by, technofranki. Nice New Year's video at your blog!

  13. Love the animal crossing post, im a big fan myself.

  14. Im a huge fan of yoshi! I like sonic to. In my back pack, every pocket has 2 yoshis in it! Fav. vidio game is also animal crossing city folk.


  15. It seems to be very interesting. I am waiting when it would be launched.
    It would be fun as it provides a lot of new features.

  16. OMG i just found out that me and my BFF both luv animal crossing, she has wild world and city folk and i have lets go to the city which is the aussie version of city folk

  17. I'm a huge fan of Animal crossing. I'd probably play it all day by eating only breakfast.Really amazing game series. I collect this series at PIJ. I look forward for another one.