Animal Crossing arrived in North America exactly eighteen years ago today (September 16, 2002). It was just a quirky little game with super cute but chatty animals, working odd jobs to earn money, and your very own… mortgage?! That kind of game couldn’t possibly go anywhere, could it? Of course!
Santa brought me and my brother a Gamecube for Christmas in 2002 and we were transported into a world where a talkative cat demanded to know who we were, where we were going, and why! Once we finally escaped the shakedown, we arrived at our own little town and were given a house of our very own. We were absolutely enamoured and have been living in the world of animals ever since! Following the original game for Gamecube, there have been multiple versions of the game over the years. While I’ve covered my adventures in the newest Animal Crossing game (New Horizons), I wanted to time-travel back to the earlier days of Animal Crossing!
Animal Crossing: Population Growing ~ Gamecube ~ 2002
The original game! While there were other simulation games that were super popular at the time (The Sims, Harvest Moon, etc) Animal Crossing was so different from anything else out there. You could befriend animals (or well… not!), decorate your own house, fish and catch bugs, shop, and join in festivals depending on the real world calendar, do as much or as little as you wanted… it was ENDLESS fun!
This is my little house! Back in the day, you could only pick from one of four houses and the upgrade the size and change the roof! It seems basic now, but was absolutely mind-blowing back in the day! The little guy standing next to the door is your personal Gyroid assistant! He would help you save the game and save extra items. I miss them so much. ^_^
The map with all of the locations! Everybody’s town was completely different which made it more exciting. You could travel by train to your friends’ towns which would require their memory card in your Gamecube (this was way before Wifi!)
There was a Police Station run by two cop dogs who would let you take lost goodies. Don’t you just hate it when you misplace your… rocket?!
And a look inside my house! Me, making questionable decor choices since 2002!
Animal Crossing: Wild World ~ Nintendo DS ~ 2005
Wild World moved from the Gamecube console to the handheld and was a much more open and customizable world than its predecessor! WW had the same familiar kind of fun, but customization was expanded, had upgraded graphics, and you could take it with you and even interact with friends over the internet!
Animal Crossing: City Folk ~ Nintendo Wii ~ 2008
City Folk (also known as Animal Crossing Let’s Go to the City!) went back to the console and added the fun feature of going… well into the CITY! There were shops and other little features that made you feel very chic and adventurous for getting out of your little village.
City Folk is the only game that I haven’t really played too much of other than tinkering around in my brothers’ town a bit growing up. It’s been on my list to play it more because I feel like I’m missing out on so much!
Animal Crossing: New Leaf ~ Nintendo 3DS ~ 2013
New Leaf really changed the game! It is a completely customizable game that you could make your very own! I have spent hundreds of hours customizing every single detail of my little town, PinkLove!
My town as you’d probably guess was…. PINK and filled with cuteness and love everywhere (just realizing the axe is probably making that sound less genuine – oops)!
My house! Filled with Lovely furniture and cuteness as physically possible!
New Leaf had a whole street with the shops! The Nook’s had an EMPIRE back in the day!
Loved going to grab a coffee in the early morning too! 3 sugars, 3 milks please!
New Leaf had some of the cutest sets! Look at the delicious Sweets Series! I miss it so much (not so much Gracie’s price tag though ;))
It’s a game full of creative expression that has been a big part of my life. I love seeing my animal friends when I need a boost of happy!
What are your favourite Animal Crossing memories?!