What Animal Crossing has lost

Posted by admin on December 20th, 2013

As our regular readers will no doubt be aware, we at Brewster’s Roost have been Animal Crossing fans from the start – well, since the first English language version was released. We have owned every title since, and it has been interesting to watch the series develop. The graphics got shinier, the shops developed, items were added, multiplayer was implemented, and the audience got bigger and bigger. However, for all these improvements, some great features were lost along the way.

What are we talking about? Well, let’s have a look at some of the great things which used to be in Animal Crossing:

NES/Famicom Games

The GameCube’s Animal Crossing allowed you to collect  NES/Famicom games and put them in your house. Not only that, but you could play them! So, if you ever needed a break from village life, you could simply go to your house and fire up one of the following titles (depending on your games region):

Balloon Fight, Clu Clu Land, Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Excitebike, Golf, Pinball, Tennis, Wario’s Woods, Baseball, Soccer, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3, Clu Clu Land D, Punch Out, Mario Bros., Ice Climber, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda

Is a friend or family member peeved at you for hogging the console and playing a one player game? If you didn’t fancy playing them at one of the two player retro games you could link up a Gameboy Advanced SP so they could download and play a Nintendo classic while you got back to village business.

Needless to say, finding a new game – be it buried underground, on display in Crazy Redd’s Emporium, or wrapped up as a birthday gift from a friendly villager – was a rare and exciting experience. And, conversely, when a gift from Mayor Tortimer – a game called Super Tortimer – turned out to be an April Fools prank, we were all the more gutted.

So what happened to the playable games? Well, with the release of the Virtual Console on Wii, Nintendo became rather tight-fisted with its classic games, and started charging a premium for their enjoyment… boooo!

I'm not sure the HRA would approve...

I’m not sure the HRA would approve…

Model Village

The village model was fantastic. For those of you that didn’t play the original AC or City Folk/LGttC, the model was essentially a big puzzle for players to collect and assemble in their houses. Pieces, generally awarded on special occasions or for completing tasks, included houses, trees, grass, dirt, the dump, lighthouse, station, and much more, allowing you to recreate your village inside.

Why aren't these in New Leaf then...?

A few model buildings… for model citizens perhaps?

Morning Aerobics

Ah, aerobics! This is honestly one of my all-time favourite Animal Crossing events. Taking place at 6am, every day throughout August, Morning Aerobics saw villagers turn out for some synchronised exercise with Copper. Players could join in and pull off stretches with the c-stick, but it wasn’t exactly a game – you got a prize for simply attending 14 times.

So what was so great about it? Well, a catchy tune, an hilariously mixed effort by the participating animals, and that’s about it really. Not selling it? Take a look at this video…

 

Of course, there are numerous other things that have changed over the years. Do you think we’ve missed anything important? If so, let us know!

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