Happy Anniversary, Animal Crossing!

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?!

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Let’s Rewatch Sailor Moon! ☽

Hope everyone is doing as well as they possibly can! Certainly the latest turn of events in the world is something that nobody was expecting. But instead of wallowing, we should make the best of the moments where we have a bit more opportunity to relax and stay healthy (for ourselves, and of course for others)!

Finding an ongoing project is something that I need to fill the time and stave off boredom, so I’ve chosen to rewatch one of my all-time favourite TV shows ~ SAILOR MOON! Sailor Moon is the type of sheer positivity, motivation, and overcoming something dark and unknown that we all need right now so I thought it was appropriate!

If you’ve never watched (or need refresh!), Sailor Moon is an anime show that originated in Japan in the 1990s, and then was initially brought to North America by DiC in 1995. The show is about a clumsy 14-year-old girls’ adventures with her friends, cat, school, and well… badass enemies to destroy and a love story that spans a whole millenia – and was a huge hit and began many kids’ anime journeys. The more you watch, the deeper the story is and the love remains just as strong to this day. Let’s take a look!!

What are you doing to fill the time in lockdown?!

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Is Neopets Premium Worth It?

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If you’re a Neopets.com user, you probably have heard that it’s time for the Neopets annual premium sale! And okay, if you’re not a current Neopets user, you might be questioning if you have time-traveled a bit. Nope you’re still here in 2019 and the virtual pet website of your childhood is still thriving (honestly mostly amongst millennials looking for that nostalgic thrill)! Much like most online games these days, there are also pay to play features on Neopets – one is Neopets’ premium membership.

A big topic of conversation amongst fellow Neopians is whether premium is “worth” the cost. I have been a premium member on and off for ten years through my various levels of interest with the game, so I have experience with and without it and wanted to share my personal thoughts.

What is Neopets premium?

Neopets is still a free to play site, but some of the sites’ features are “boosted” with the purchase of a paid premium membership.

What does premium get me?

Neopets Premium Toolbar
The Toolbar shows up at the bottom of each page of the game and has links to all your favourite frequent features – like your Dailies, Featured Game (2x more Neopoints for Premium members!), and even lets you keep up to date on your stocks and shop till!

You don’t lose anything by not being a premium member. But become a member has some great features:

  • A sixth Neopet! – a few years ago, Neopets allowed ALL users to get a 5th pet slot, and premium boosts that even more by allowing you a sixth!
  • Once a year species change – turn any pet into your dream species with just a click!
  • Premium Toolbar – which has links to premium features and your dailies in one convenient spot
  • Super Shop Wizard – this super cool super wiz is well… super! It searches every shop at once (instead of just certain shops) and lets you nab rare items. If you’re on a journey to win that Kadoatie avatar or strike it moderately wealthy, this definitely helps!
  • No ads!! – some of the site ads are a bit ~interesting~ and waiting for a minute to play your favourite games can be a bit annoying, so blocking them is almost worth the cost on it’s own
  • Journal – a place to put all your cool pet customizations!
  • Premium site theme and avatar
  • Access to the super special Charter NeoBoards
  • Premium scratchcards, extra random events, double the Neopoints on certain games, bonus Neopoints and items, Space Faerie Battledome challenger… and lots more!
  • And lastly, premium helps support the site and new features!

What does it cost?

Typically Premium costs $69.95 USD (approximately $93 CAD) for a one year membership, or $7.95 USD per month.

But Neopets offers a fairly steep discount for about a month in August/September. You can become a premium member for significantly less at just $49.95 USD ($66 CAD).

So… is it worth it?

Think about it like Neopets is one of your hobbies that gives you great joy. Paying real money to play is like paying for any game you purchase “bonus” items or boosts.

Will premium make you mega rich in the game? No, not on it’s own. It can certainly assist you with your goals in the game and help you have even more fun.

Neopets does definitely have issues with customer support, glitches, downtime, it’s quite outdated, and it’s membership is declining. So there has been a bit of anxiety about the site being no longer supported (but honestly, this has been chatter for more than a decade), which are all considerations before pulling out your pocket book.

But if you play Neopets every day and you like extra conveniences, then yes absolutely! Money can occasionally buy happy times.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for premium, go to this page, which will allow you to pick your subscription period and learn a bit more!

If you perhaps stumbled upon this page and want to give Neopets a go again (do it – there’s so much more to do than ever!), click on the banner to sign up:

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(This post and my thoughts on premium was written completely unpaid! I would absolutely love to be paid for my opinions of Neopets, but so far that dream has not come true ! :()

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