Some time with Animal Crossing: City Folk

January 21, 2009 — 1 Comment

Originally published in The Daily Toreador.

Day One: Given the option to start a fresh new life or move from my Nintendo DS town in “Animal Crossing: Wild World,” I chose the new life. I’ve got a shady past, you know? I need a new name, new face, new town …

The bus ride to the village of Town really sucked. Mostly because this cat Rover wouldn’t stop asking me questions. And I don’t mean cat as in “devotee of jazz.” I mean cat as in “small domesticated carnivore.” Only this cat was not small, probably had his own house, and may have been a vegetarian.

When I finally got to Town, I ran into a few of the villagers. They seem nice enough. Cube, a penguin-looking fellow, is probably my favorite of the bunch. Just something about him oozes a coolness factor.

It wasn’t long, though, until my Animal Crossing past began to catch up with me.

Tom Nook, that rascal of a raccoon, was here in Town. I never paid back that large sum of Bells I owed him. I milked him for a loan to add a second story to my house, then I got the hell out of dodge.

He doesn’t seem to recognize me, thank God, but I can already tell that everything is going to be exactly the same. Of course, he’d be the real estate agent around these parts, and I’m going to owe him money yet again if I want a place in Town to crash.

Dang.

Day Two: Ran some errands today for a few of the villagers. One neighbor of mine wanted me to change his catchphrase. I had to admit, him saying “nutmeg” at the end of every second was getting a bit tiresome.

As a fan of “Lost’s” Desmond, I suggested that this neighbor start saying “brotha” instead. Now days in Town are much happier.

Cube decided I needed a nickname. Sounded great, until he had the bright idea of calling me “Cookie.” That simply wasn’t gonna fly, so I turned him down. He didn’t seem happy about my decision, but I’m sure he’ll get over it.

Mostly I fished for the rest of the day. Great way to rake in the Bells.

Day Three: Since this game has the “City Folk” subtitle and one of the big new features is the ability to visit the city, I decided to, hey, visit the city.

I took the bus. An old friend, Kappa, is apparently working this bus route these days. He used to ferry me to a tropical island in games past, singing shanty tunes along the way. Sadly, there are no tunes to be had here. Kappa just wants to discuss celebrities.

It was already nighttime when I arrived in the city, so most stores were closed. But it gave me a great opportunity to check out the night life.

My options were fairly limited, so I went to a show at the Marque. 800 Bells for a ticket, and there was only one other attendee – a wolf by the name of Wolfgang.

Shortly after I arrived, “Emcee” introduced Dr. Shrunk, a funny looking squid-thing who told very lame jokes. After viewing the show, however, I was able to use a “happiness” emoticon, which should come in handy when playing online with friends. Because I’m a pretty happy dude.

I decided to visit the observatory before bed and put a constellation in the sky. You read that right. As a nerd, it seemed fit to place a large Triforce from the “Legend of Zelda” series among the stars. I’m told constellation Triforce shines brightest in March.

Day Four: I went fishing again today, and saw a dude name Pascal hanging out by the river. Thinking he was a new resident, I went over to greet him.

He gave me some deep statement about life, and then dove into the river, never to be seen again. No idea what the hell that was about.

Day Five: Finally paid off my debt. Getting a bigger house. Darn Tom Nook for enticing me with yet another large loan.

Day Six: New Year’s Eve. I have no life anyway, so I spent it in Town with my animal friends. As the clock struck midnight, fireworks started going off in the sky and a disembodied voice said he hopes this year is my best ever. Thanks, disembodied voice!

This was my last day in Town. I have to pack up and head back to my other Wii in Lubbock, leaving Town to the care of my little sister.

But this is not the end of the story! When I get home, I intend to move my DS character to the wonderful town of D. Mifflin. Soon it shall have no trees – only paper.

If you care to read more about “Animal Crossing: City Folk” – such as how the online and “WiiSpeak” microphone work or what I think of the game as a whole – stay tuned to the “Experience Points” blog at blogs.dailytoreador.com

Britton Peele

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Freelance video game critic for sites like GameSpot and GamesRadar. Amateur fantasy author.

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