Animal Crossing for Nintendo DS

January 12, 2009

*Any Nintendo DS Animal Crossing fans out there? Want to trade friendship codes?*

I have a new addiction and it’s actually taking away from my blogging time! It’s called Animal Crossing for Nintendo DS.

First let me say that this is not a paid review and I was not given the game in exchange for this post. I went out and purchased this game on my own because I was looking for something different than the games I usually play on my DS. And different I definitely found.

Animal Crossing is a virtual world of lovable creatures that’s played in real time. That means that when it’s morning here, it’s morning there. When it’s 10pm here, it’s 10 pm there. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, my little virtual town even had their own little fireworks show. How cool is that?

In fact, on the first night I played I was in Tom Nook’s store browsing through his inventory when he kicked me out. He said the store closes at 11pm and reopens at 8am. When I looked at my watch, it was exactly 11pm!

The basic idea of Animal World is for you to find a way to earn and save enough bells (money) to survive. You earn bells by fishing, catching bugs, picking fruit, picking up seashell, and selling these and other items to Tom Nook, the local proprietor. You can also buy and trade turnips (stock) to help your financial situation.

You can also interact with other various members of your town by conversing whenever you see them out walking, visiting their homes or by writing letters. Each member has their own unique personality and you’ll find yourself forming strange bonds with them. You give each other presents, visit each other’s homes, and of course, gossip. Every once in a while, a new resident moves into town and joins the group.

On top of all this, you can also donate items to the local museum and see their exhibits grow, design your own clothes, furnish your home, add family members, discover and name new constellations, and build snowmen. There are also various town events where you can earn trophies like fishing tournaments, bug catching contests, or planting the prettiest garden.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can even visit other Animal Crossing towns by hooking up your DS with your friend’s one through Wi-Fi or DS to DS. This will allow you to enter and experience their virtual world as well.

I’ve only been playing this game for a little over a week and I am just overwhelmed with all the possiblities! There are endless options to this game which ensures that you’l never get bored playing. I’ve even gotten the Wii version called City Folk and can’t wait to start exploring that world, too.

Are there any video games that you’re addicted to?

Aloha for stopping by Summer, LissaL, Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor, Jen E @ mommablogsalot, Kari, Aimee, Ren, Cathi, Tracey, Ky, and Melissa Markham

12 Comments on “Animal Crossing for Nintendo DS”


Melissa Markham said:

I love Animal Crossing. Right now my addiction is Viva Pinata Pocket Party.

Animal Crossing is so awesome! The trees change with the seasons. The celebrate holidays, have fishing contests and different fish and bugs are available with different seasons. The animals will remember your birthday and send you gifts.

My only complaint is that the original Animal Crossing celebrated things like Halloween and Christmas, but they have done away with these holidays…pc, I guess! The original Animal Crossing had Santa Claus. Very fun!


Ky said:

Our family has the gamecube, ds and the wii version! If you want to exchange the wii animal crossing city folk friendship code, e-mail or stop by my blog

Ky (who is btw a happa)


Jen E @ mommablogsalot said:

I just got Animal Crossing for the wii and I like it, but I’m still kind of getting used to how to do everything. I do love the real time aspect - very cool.


tracey said:

I am not into any games only because I haven’t gotten any for myself…. for the reasons you stated above: they’re ADDICTING!! Glad you like it, though!


Cathi said:

I’ve got my codes Kailani but I have a feeling unless Monkey Boy is over my town might be a bore. You’ve only been playing a week? I thought you’d been on it forever!


Ren said:

I’m not a big fan of video games, but I’m addicted to World of Warcraft for my PC. It can be all encompassing some days.


Aimee said:

I have been addicted to AC since I first got it on the Game Cube. I have been playing on the Wii… so if you want to do friend codes there that would be really fun! It’s been ages since I played on the DS (so I just know my town is over grown with weeds)! Glad to find someone else who loves it too!


Kari said:

My daughter and son are addicted to this game. I don’t know a lot about it, but, they keep telling me all the neat things they can do with it - I will have to check it out.


Jen E @ mommablogsalot said:

Just wanted to let you know I’ve got an award for you over at my blog!


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said:

My kids are both crazy about this game (girl 12, boy 9)! I haven’t started playing it myself for fear I too would become addicted and would never get any work done!


LissaL said:

I am addicted to Dance Dance Revolution on Nintendo Wii. What is sad is that it took me 4ever to get an “A” on “Bust A Move” in basic mode. My 14 yr old ds scored 1 right away & he doesn’t even dance! But I love it! It’s fun & a great way to keep in shape:)


Summer said:

That sounds like my kind of game. I must know if City Folk for Wii is any good too since I don’t have a DS. :)

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