It's Been 8 Years Since AC: New Leaf
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which was released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 was the last installment of the main series of Animal Crossing. That was nearly 8 years ago. I’ve graduated high school, college, and gotten my first time job since then. Now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is being released for the Nintendo Switch
Those of us who didn’t have a 3DS in 2012 because we simply didn’t have the money due to being too young or not viewing it as a necessary system to have missed out on being the mayor in New Leaf. Hopefully, however, we were lucky enough to play Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Nintendo Wii, or the original Animal Crossing on the Gamecube which has actually turned out to be quite the collectors item (I was fortunate enough to play both, but not New Leaf.)
If you did have the chance to play any of the Animal Crossing games, you’ll know like all other fans of the game that it’s been a long wait for a new game. Sure, I gave PocketCamp a try, but mobile games don’t compare to the satisfaction of fully-developed and expansive games. With 8 years to improve on the franchise’s mechanics, characters, and music, there are high expectations for Animal Crossing New Horizons.
The Soundtrack is Bound to Give You an Eargasm
When I play Animal Crossing, I get some engrossed into the experience and enter a trance-like state. It’s something with the music that relaxes you with nostalgic feelings–even if you’ve never heard the music before.
I like to believe that Animal Crossing was one of the crucial factors that gave rise to lo-fi music. Some of the most popular lo-fi tracks are remixes of popular Animal Crossing tracks. If you haven’t heard it before, give this lo-fi hip hop mix put together by “cozy” on YouTube a listen.
Somehow, Animal Crossing eases you but hits hard as hell at the same time. Animal Crossing music has inspired a number of lo-fi beats from different artists, and has attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers who appreciate the music.
Animal Crossing music has gotten me through some tough study sessions, rainy walks, lazy afternoons, and I’m pretty sure was made to be the background music of my life. I’m excited to hear what Kazumi Totaka, the composer for the Animal Crossing series, has in store for New Horizons.
The Nintendo Switch Needs More Casual Games
Now that I’m a little older than I was since the release of City Folk, I surely don’t have as much time to sit in my childhood home and decorate my virtual home in Animal Crossing like before.
I do find myself, as I get older, bringing my Nintendo Switch with me when I know that I’m going to have a lull moment in my day and I’d be better off playing a game or two rather than trying to stress myself out getting work in.
In the age of the internet and online-play, my local on-the-go options are to either spend the time breeding Pokemon, beating on some Lynels in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or trying out new mechanics in Smash Ultimate’s training mode.
And unless I want to break into the grand adventure of one of my epic JRPG sagas (which I don’t), I need another game to play that doesn’t require internet connectivity. Animal Crossing is going to be one of those games that you can pull out at any moment, and not be mad because you had to suddenly stop playing and didn’t want to break the engagement.
The Online Experience is One of Nintendo's Best
I remember the joy of my first online experience playing Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Nintendo Wii. After a moment of lag from connecting to the internet, guests have arrived to the town of Noodle! (If you didn’t know, players get to name the town, city, island, etc. that the game is set in.)
There I was with the other human villagers. I ran around, just giddy laughing and smiling because I knew that I was interacting with other people on a game we all enjoyed. I wasn’t really being aware at that time and so I didn’t pay attention to what all of the guests were doing.
There it began, my first experience with internet trolls.
The thing about playing online is that whatever happens, happens for good. Usually in Animal Crossing, if you’re caught trying to cheat by resetting your game, a groundhog miner appears and yells at you. When you play online though, Mr. Resetti doesn’t emerge from his burrow and give you a slap on the hand for resetting the game. So, everything that happened in my city while the guests were there was permanent. Could you guess what happened?
When you play online though, Mr. Resetti doesn’t emerge from his burrow and give you a slap on the hand for resetting the game. So, everything that happened in my city while the guests were there was permanent. Could you guess what happened?
Everything was destroyed
The bastards dug holes everywhere. Trees were cut down, all of my fruit varieties were gone, useless boots were placed in every acre of town. God, there were actually so many damn holes dug up that in order to walk around, I had to bury a new hole every time I took a step.
I was one of the saddest souls that day. My town that I put so much work into creating was destroyed. I had to turn off my game because it was too annoying for me to continue. Some time later, I realized that the best thing for me to do might be to start from scratch. It really does suck to have all that time wasted, but I learned a very valuable lesson that day. Don’t let assholes into your Animal Crossing town.
But Will There Be Online Voice Chat?
If I was a little older, I would have been able to say something to them through voicechat, rather than still trying to figure out how it worked while they tore my town to shreds.
Although Nintendo typically strays away from using online voice chat in their games, its not unheard of. The feature was taken out in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS, but Animal Crossing: City Folk enabled voice chat through the Wii Speak function on the Nintendo Wii.
Now that there’s the Nintendo Switch Online app the offers online voice-chat support for some games, I can imagine that Animal Crossing will be supported as well.
Thus, we expect that players should be able to to communicate with other players visiting their islands. This will make for a fun experience for introverts who like to enjoy single player games at their own pace, extroverts who want others to join in on the fun, and all of those in between!
Wake, Bake, and Animal Crossing?
Adults, children, companies–just about everyone is excited for and knows the magnitude of the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons release. Check out these awesome remotes that Power A created in advance of the new game.
So you can rock K.K. slider with pride and take your Animal Crossing gaming session to the next level by picking up one of these sleek looking Animal Crossing Pro Controllers for the Nintendo Switch. The controllers are to be released on March 10, 2020, which is 10 days before the release of New Horizons.
Animal Crossing has always been a great game to de-stress. Even on the Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, the mobile app, it’s nice to have a game that takes a break from the anime gacha-clones that have invaded app stores and enjoy a less serious experience. Animal Crossing allows fierce gamers to find peace by being present and enjoying wholesome activities like helping your animal neighbors or catching bugs.
March is just 2 months away, so kick back, roll up a joint or two and listen to some relaxing Animal Crossing lofi, and chill until then. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to pre-order Animal Crossing: New Horizons soon if you plan to play it on release day!