Animal Crossing: City Folk

Published by Nintendo, Developed by Nintendo

Genres: Simulation (4 players)

US release date: Nov 16th, 2008 | EU release date: Dec 5th, 2008

Animal Crossing: City Folk

If you were given the keys to your own community, what would you do? Go fishing, collect shells or watch fireworks with friends? Build a snowman, exchange presents with family or decorate your house for the holidays? Take a trip to the city, go on a shopping spree or visit friends from all over the globe? In Animal Crossing: City Folk, life moves at a relaxed pace, but the world brims with endless possibilities.

  • There's always something new to do. In the living, breathing world of Animal Crossing: City Folk, days and seasons pass in real time, so there's always something to discover. Catch fireflies in the summer, go trick-or-treating on Halloween or hunt for eggs on Bunny Day. If you're in the mood for something a little faster paced, take a bus to a new urban city area that's unique to Animal Crossing: City Folk. There you can catch a show at the theater or check out the sales at Gracie's boutique. But if you don't show your face back home for too long, your neighbors will miss you.
  • Up to four people from your household can live and work together to build the perfect town. Design clothes and patterns, write letters and post messages on the bulletin board for each other, or play online using your broadband connection and invite up to three friends to visit your town using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. With the new Wii Speak microphone, it's like you're all in the same room. The microphone sits atop the sensor bar and picks up the conversation of everyone in the room to encourage a more inclusive experience.
  • Get to know your neighbors. The heart of Animal Crossing: City Folk is building relationships with the animals in your town as well as with other players. Befriend your animal neighbors by exchanging letters, gifts and favors. Animals can also move from town to town, bringing their memories and stories from their old towns with them. And since animals are notoriously loose-lipped, they spill all the juicy details.
  • Express your personal style. Customize your town, your house and yourself by collecting bugs, fish, fossils, art, furniture, clothes and accessories. You can also go to the salon in the city to change your hairstyle and get a Mii makeover. Plus, if you design clothes in the tailor's shop, animals will wear them and maybe even bring them to other towns.

Game storyline: You make the whole story, as you and up to three other players move into a town and just live life. Befriend your animal neighbors, decorate your house with cool furnishings, fill up your wardrobe, get to know the local wildlife, hop on a bus to visit the new city and just explore the world. There are a million different ways to play. Every charming animal character has a personality: Some are grouches while others are chatterboxes. And there's no final goal or high score to hit. The game keeps going for as long as you want to play, and your town will always be there when you return.

How to progress through the game: Move into town, buy a house and then do whatever you want. Time and seasons pass as they do in the real world, so there's always something different happening. Collect more than 2,400 items, befriend your animal neighbors, go fishing for rare and interesting fish, catch all kind of cool bugs, dig up dinosaur fossils and buried treasure, hang out with other players or spend the day in the city. There's so much to do, and you have all the time in the world to explore it all.

Characters: Familiar faces such as K.K. Slider, Tom Nook, Blathers and Mr. Resetti all appear, as well as a bunch of new characters like Festivale host Pave and Bug-Off judge Bud. Many characters who occasionally visited your town in previous Animal Crossing games have now set up permanent shop in the city, so you can see them anytime.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Use the Wii Remote pointer to type letters, use items, draw designs for clothing or wallpaper, drag clothing or items onto your characters, interact with animals or objects, or lead your character around the world. Use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to hang out in real time with up to three of your friends. You can also send them e-mails and text messages from the game. Play at different times of the year to experience different activities, holidays and seasons. And when visiting a friend in another country, experience the holidays native to their culture.

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: Up to four people can play together in real time via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The host opens his or her gate to allow friends into the town, where they can perform all sorts of activities: fish, write letters to townsfolk, shop at the store, swap items, play hide-and-seek ... anything. Up to four players can interact in real-time, communicating via text chat, mic chat and emoticons.

WiiConnect24: Using WiiConnect24, you can buy and sell items to friends by participating in silent auctions, view actual players' homes in the Happy Room Academy office or send letters to other players' towns.

DS Suitcase Mode: The DS Suitcase lets you carry your character from your Wii console to a friend's, thus giving people without an Internet connection the ability to experience multiplayer modes. Additionally, you can move your character from Animal Crossing: Wild World on Nintendo DS and play as him/her in Animal Crossing: City Folk.

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The Animal Crossing franchise was just one of many Nintendo IPs that started off on the right foot. However, sadly, this is one of very few that are slowly going downhill. Does this new installment make up for Nintendo's obvious absence throughout the second half of 2008? Or...read full review

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GURL said:

Animal Crossing is great, but it's been done already. I'm not sure how you could make it any different, and judging by these screen shots, they didn't. I think this is one title that's not going into my library.

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wiiguy said:

Cool.

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Diddy Kong Lover said:

Yahoo! A new Animal Crossing. GURL if Final Fantasy can be done over and over (X was the Final Fantastic one) and get positive reviews, so can this.

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k4m1l said:

The game looks pretty good, but it looks like they haven't changed much apart from adding the city, the village looks all the same. But I'm still getting it when it comes out.

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Quartz said:

Oh my god, this will probably be about the first good online game on the Wii.

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WiiNinja said:

This will be third on my list of games to get this fall (first, Force Unleashed; second, SONIC).

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wiiguy said:

A lot can happen in 4 months so I bet a lot more is going to be added to the game, besides if it were different would it be animal crossing? Nintendo won't let a big title like this be bad.

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some random guy said:

Cool but from all pics and videos it's basically the GCN and DS version combined with a few extra features. I don't really care, I love animal crossing so I'll buy it.

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Peachfreak said:

I am so excited for this game! I read about it and it said that it comes with a Wii speak mic, that allows you to talk with other people all over the world. YAY.

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Nintendoof said:

I cannot wait any longer. Blah. I want it.

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animalcrossinglove said:

I LOVE ANIMAL CROSSING! I have the DS wild world one. I saw a commercial for this and was really excited. I want it.

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JustJade said:

AC:CF is a fantastic game! So is AC:WW on DS.

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Lay-Z Boy said:

I agree with, "some random guy". I do not care if it's a copy or remake. It's Animal Crossing on Wii.

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Lay-Z Boy said:

Also, this is great if you cannot find the first. The Wii Speak and Wi-fi in your home rocks too!

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Steve J 2049 said:

AAAHHH! My town is overflowed with hacked downloadable content (although I like the shiny blue pikmin hat).

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