Animal Crossing 3DS: Now What?
After years of the same old thing, Nintendo's franchise is in need of a reboot.
Of all Nintendo's first party 3DS games, Animal Crossing is the one we're least excited about. Not because we hate the franchise. On the contrary, we've spent countless hours working for Tom Nook, chatting with the neighbors and decorating our living rooms.
Thing is, the series just hasn't evolved. The GameCube Animal Crossing gets a pass because it was (at the time) fresh and exciting. The DS sequel, Wild World, was cool because of the online connectivity and scrolling background.
The Wii edition, City Folk, is where Nintendo lost us. Good game. Solid overall. It just failed to push the brand in a new and exciting direction. If anything, the developers borrowed concepts from the previous two games, then tried to look unique with Wii Speak microphone support that fell flat.
That said, the game sold in excess of three million copies, despite mixed reviews.
As for the mysterious 3DS title, Nintendo remains mum on the details, aside from players taking on the role of mayor. That presents some interesting possibilities.
Declaring holidays seems like safe bet, as well as organizing events. In addition, there's bound to be a bunch of problems that need solving.
Past that, we expect more of the same. Dig up fossils, purchase furniture and go fishing. You know, the usual Animal Crossing stuff.
The game will be attractive and well designed. That's a guarantee. We just need something else besides the same old routine. Perhaps stepping into public office will provide the variety we desperately seek.