When it launched back in March 2020, it seemed like half the planet was playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo's serene life sim series has a habit of becoming a part of your daily routine like doing your teeth or walking the dog. Consequently, it etches itself into your brain; remembering your first Animal Crossing will likely bring to mind non-gaming memories and milestones, too.
Which Animal Crossing game is the best, though? The fact that these games embed themselves in your life makes that a very tough question indeed. Each entry invariably brings quality of life improvements over the previous one, but the basic premise of starting a new life surrounded by friendly animal citizens remains unchanged since Dōbutsu no Mori (or 'Animal Forest') on Nintendo 64 in Japan nearly 20 years ago. You don't play Animal Crossing like you do other games — you live with it, almost like a person.
And just like people, the newer ones might be quicker off the mark or more attractive, but that doesn't overwrite our treasured memories with the old 'uns. Therefore, you can appreciate that putting together a ranked list of Animal Crossing games is tough and, perhaps more than any other, your personal ranking may be vastly different to the one below. We understand that, but we still want to celebrate the series with one of our All Time lists. We've added spin-offs in the list below but haven't included apps like Wii U's Animal Crossing Plaza or DSi's clock and calculator, nor have we included the delightful Animal Crossing content in games like Nintendo Land, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Where does Animal Crossing: New Horizons rank among the games below? Time to find out whether it's got enough new bells and whistles to be a contender for the top spot or... not. So, sit down and relax with our picks of the best Animal Crossing games ever...
8. Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U)
We begin with a spin-off experience built around using the adorable Animal Crossing amiibo in a board game. This was also the first series entry to benefit from high definition, but the disappointment of Animal Crossing fans was palpable when they realised that Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival was to be the series' only entry on Wii U. We (and everyone else who played it) described it as 'slow and plodding' in our review, which for a series that isn't exactly famous for its fast-paced gameplay is a pretty damning criticism.
Nearly all of the mini games quickly became repetitive and probably the best thing to merit Amiibo Festival's existence is the accompanying series of amiibo. For that we are thankful and if you see the Amiibo Festival pack for under a tenner, it may be worth picking up for the Isabelle and Digby figures that came bundled. Otherwise, even die-hard fans should probably concentrate their time and effort elsewhere. A shame.
7. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)
A 2015 3DS spin-off that followed the incredibly popular New Leaf, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Designer drilled down on the collecting and organising aspects of the series and casts you as interior designer for your village. For series fans it's a charming, if basic, little game that introduced some decent UI additions what found their way into New Leaf via the Welcome Amiibo update.
As we said in our review, Happy Home Designer is "likeable but largely forgettable"; a pleasant spin-off for anybody who really liked going to town with their furniture and interior decorating, but certainly no substitute for the proper full-fat experience.
6. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Mobile)
In terms of presentation, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp translates the AC experience to mobile phones very well, and even if you don't spend any bells there's still plenty to investigate and enjoy here. The game now has a paid membership service and the various monetisation mechanics in the game might rub series veterans the wrong way, but as f2p mobile experiences, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp isn't a bad one, even if the 'pay-to-accelerate' mechanics leave an unsavoury taste in the mouth compared to the mainline games. There's a reason we Animal Crossing fans are busting to get our hands on the 'proper' Switch game, but as a free experience on a non-console platform, Pocket Camp translates the look and feel of the series well enough.
5. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)
Subtitled Let's Go to the City! outside North America, 2008's Animal Crossing: City Folk enabled up to four players to take their own house in a single village and introduced a city for players to visit. It might not have been the bustling MMO metropolis some fans wished it was but it was a fun addition in a game which arguably played things a bit too safe to be top-tier. City Folks' compatibility with the Wii's ill-fated room-wide microphone peripheral Wii Speak demonstrated that Nintendo really wanted you to be playing City Folk as a family. There's nothing wrong with that, but solo players obviously couldn't enjoy the novel interactions of sharing a town and leaving each other messages, and the game ended up feeling like an upscaled version of Wild World except lacking any serious innovation, not to mention the convenience of portability.
Not bad - far from it - but it added little to the base formula and it was hard to be locked to your TV after the joys of a handheld village.
4. Animal Crossing (GCN)
The original game debuted on Nintendo 64 in Japan after beginning life as a 64DD title. When that console died on its derrière, Nintendo shifted the game to a standard N64 cartridge and launched it in Japan in April 2001 under the title Dōbutsu no Mori. Before the year was out a GameCube port hit shelves with extra features and following a mammoth localisation effort it hit US store shelves in September 2002 (we Europeans had to wait another two years for the game to arrive - we don't miss those days!).
This first game set the template for the series so wonderfully that although the GameCube original is basic by the series' modern standards, the fundamentals are still utterly charming nearly two decades on. Throw in GBA connectivity and unlockable NES games and you can understand when aficionados who have been there from the start claim it never got better than the original Animal Crossing.
3. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)
Taking the base foundation and adding sweet, sweet portability, Animal Crossing: Wild World was the perfect game on the perfect platform. Having your village with you on-the-go made a world of difference to many players and enabled you to check turnip prices in bed, water your plants on your way to work, or make sure your favourite animal friend wasn't packing their bags on your lunch break. Portability made the world accessible in a whole new way and opened up its joys to the masses who embraced the Nintendo DS.
With intuitive use of the touch screen and the day-night cycle reflected in the sky permanently visible on the top screen, this is where many people began their love affair with the series. Subsequent entries might have polished its systems and sanded off Wild World's rough edges, but the magic of the series shone brightly on DS and when someone mentions Animal Crossing, it's the title theme of this game which pops into our mind. Shocking, then, that there's another entry (two, in fact) we'd rather play.
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf took everything from its handheld predecessor and polished it to the Nth degree. Rather than start you off under the yoke of Tom Nook, New Leaf made you mayor of the town and gave you municipal power to mould the place to your liking like never before. These changes were facilitated by your delightful doggy assistant Isabelle, a tireless public servant on hand to take care of the day-to-day office tasks while you go about your important mayoral duties like beach-combing, fishing, shaking trees and bothering bees.
Taking advantage of 3DS' SpotPass feature, you could nose around the houses of players you passed on the street and order their furniture if a piece took your fancy. It's also easy to forget the system's patented 3D effect which made the world more enticing than ever. It might not have been HD, but New Leaf was a fine looking game and with the 3D slider set to max, it had never been easier to get lost in your little town. Nearly 8 years on, Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch has a lot of work to do to surpass this. Which, as we're sure you've guessed by now, it incredibly manages to do...
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1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
Some of you may read this and dismiss the latest game's placement at the top as a blatant example of recency bias. That is certainly something that games writers have to be mindful of when they're in the first throes of passion with a hot-off-the-press entry in a beloved series, but it's also true that video games - perhaps more than any other media - really do tend to get better and better, with every iteration refining and building on the foundation of what went before. Switch entries of various Nintendo franchises could legitimately be labelled the pinnacles of their respective series - indeed, we've done so more than once.
With such a personal game like Animal Crossing, there'll never be one quite like your first and Team NL holds a candle for several entries on that basis. However, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers such a bounty of goodness, such a wealth of nostalgia and refinement and subtle advancement - and comes at a time when many people in the world really need a little good cheer and comfort - that it's quite easy to put it at the top of this list. In fact, we're a little scared to return to our towns in past iterations just in case the reality of the older games doesn't tally with our treasured memories.
Whether you're a series veteran or a total newbie, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an absolute treat: the best Animal Crossing game in the series. Enjoy it.
Disagree with the list above? We've found that the first Animal Crossing game you play tends to leave an indelible impression even if subsequent entries are 'better', so let us know below which of the above games is your personal favourite, macmoo.
I mean, Wild World was my first and I enjoyed it a lot, I don't know why I didn't like the newer games as much. Like, they weren't even close...I'll try again with New Horizons but, eh, I'm afraid I'll play it for a few days and then get bored with it as well. >.<
That thing at number 5 doesn't even deserve to be on this list.
Yeah I'd have New Leaf at the top but I am a sucker for that Gamecube original with fond memories of taking my virtual self on a train to my friends villages, that and having several NES games playable was really cool
This dude. Seriously put. Wild world. All the way. To number 2. And city folk. At 4. Mister, we need to talk.
Ranking Happy Home below Pocket Camp? Jeez.
Yeah, no complaints here. Let's hope New Horizons takes the top spot!
British people sure do talk funny. “Blimey! I forgot to do me teeth, guvnah!”
I'm happy to see Wild World so high up!
It's my absolute favorite in the series.
Pocket Camp and Wild Worlds were amazing and fun. Can't wait for a new Animal Crossing.
Animal Crossing Plaza at 7, surely.
New Leaf's Dream Suite feature, in which you could visit other peoples' towns, was a priceless feature as well. Found a ton of design ideas that way, and a number of great horror themed villages!
I played New Leaf for roughly 500 hours.
I hope New Horizons steals my time just as easily.
My brother had a gamecube with the original (US) AC and I played a few times. The gameplay was mildly entertaining but the inclusion of NES games was the best part. Years later when I had a DS I bought AC:WW hoping the NES games would be there and was disappointed that they weren't but I was hooked on the gameplay, especially the music. I ended up buying New Leaf at launch and I'll be doing the same for New Horizons. It's just a relaxing series to play that's overflowing with charm.
Happy home deserved better
Gamecube version will always be my favorite, mostly for the NES games. Wild World was fun to take on the go, but there was something about the Gamecube's family centric approach. The fact that someone had to be in the house to visit (with their card) and that good virtual friends could travel back with them.
I actually had tremendous fun with Happy Home Designer. I loved being able to set up/decorate buildings other than houses, which I'm hoping will be implemented in New Horizons as you develop the island.
This list is actually how I’d rank each of the games as well, minus the inclusion of mobile games. Wild World holds a special place in my life and New Leaf just reinvented the entire series. New Horizons looks to be doing the same thing! Super excited for March 20th!
I think that Amiibo Festival was the only really dissapointing Animal Crossing game so far.
Some people seems to hate Happy Home Designer, but that game was actually quite fun, like a light-hearted puzzle game. I had lots of fun with it trying to figure out how to decorate each house according to the villager´s tastes.
5 weeks to gooooo. For you peeps with experience, is it worth downloading pocket camp to get a feel for what’s to come?
@CairiB I would say no. Wait for the full experience.
@justin233 worse than waiting for Christmas as a five year old 🙈😂
@g_ruz Same here. Actually, I was kind of surprised with Happy Home Designer. I thought it would be somewhat shallow but it is a fun game to chill out. It was cool to discover and match the tastes of each character and make use of the charming amiibo cards
Animal Crossing: New Leaf was my first entry in the series, and it's one of the best games I've ever played on a Nintendo system. The only problem is that it makes previous games feel redundant in comparison.
Here's hoping New Horizons makes me feel that way about the delightful New Leaf!
@CairiB Nah. It's a freemium game. Entirely different vibe.
I like the ranks, I feel like New Leaf deserves the top spot.
On the side note, I have gotten back into Wild World, and have been enjoying myself.
The Gamecube one was the best one.
I can remember importing it from America, as they wouldn't release it in Europe.
It eventually did come out, after what felt like an eternity
God...I hope we all make it to the release of this game. Feelin' like I'm going to need to escape into it...from the way the world is heading right now.
I've never played any of them so I couldn't agree or disagree with this list.I'm just looking forward to my first experience at an Animal Crossing game
@Likethepear That's not British, that's old cockney.
In my opinion, it never got better than the original Animal Crossing.
I mostly agree... except put Happy Home above the mobile game, and put the original above Wild World. New Leaf obviously was the best.
Objectively, New Leaf deserves the number 1 spot. Subjectively, it goes to the first game. Nothing can quite beat the first time experience with a series.
Haven’t played a single one
@T7Hokage017 same 🤣
Free-to-play belongs on the bottom, but other than that, this is exactly how I would have arranged this list.
I was playing new leaf just as this appeared. Just caught a whale Shark to give to the Aquarium! Pretty sure it won't be to scale!
"Best Animal Crossing Games of All Time"
What a a headline for four mainline games and three spinoff games lol
I'm very okay with this!
I got a free loader disc and animal crossing USA import for my gamecube. Thats the day I became and addict... Hi Im Beermonkey and I have an animal crossing problem... Wild world was what kept me and my wife from loosing the plot when our plane was delayed back from spain on our first holiday together.
I've never been played the series and never had the drive to pick it up. Is it basically a glorified farming simulator ? By farming I mean 'collect, wait, build, repeat' situation?
Ive never played an Animal Crossing game. Can a player have a fun solo experience playing New Leaf (3ds), Wild World (DS), or (AnimalCrossing (GC)? That's why I never got these. I always assumed it was multi player only.
Im hoping for a brand new game with dozen and dozen of improvement. Similar to Skyward sword and Breath of the wild. Not a New leaf version 2.0. I think everyone here wants to hit 500 to 1000 hours on it.
@Priceless_Spork The whole series of main AC games are mostly single player experiences. Multiplayer just adds a bit extra.
My Animal Crossing games :
1. Animal Crossing New Leaf 3DS (89/100)
2. Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival Wii U (60/100)
3. Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer 3DS (50/100)
The article mentions it, but Animal Crossing: Sweet Day is a fun party game in Nintendo Land (Wii U).
Nintendo Land > 1-2 Switch
come on...happy home designer is much better than that stupid mobile game
There is only new leaf. I ploughed a couple hundred hours into city folk but NL is just insanely good. The amiibo update made it even better as you can get Pig Ganon, Epona, Wolf Link and Medlii to move into your village!!
I really wanted to like the GameCube version but I could never get passed that stupid Viking helmet. What was the deal with that?!
Wild World above the original?
I disagree honestly, but New Leaf at the top makes sense.
I started off with City Folk, I remember at the time people complained about it being similar to Wild World. Unfortunately I never played Wild World but I enjoyed City Folk. New Leaf if the game that got me hooked though.
Happy Home Designer below Pocket Camp? HHD is a solid spin-off, while PC is a money-hungry lootbox mobile game.
Definitely agree with City Folk being the worst mainline Animal Crossing, though.
I'm currently playing New Leaf and the original. I haven't registered massive hours on either of them, but I'm surprised so far by just how similar they are and how little New Leaf seems bring to the table as 'new'.
When playing New Leaf, the dialogue options are too limited. At least with the original you could ask for jobs to do.
Having said that, I'm liking them both. It's just the lack of innovation from GameCube to 3DS makes me think there's no hurry to get New Horizons because it will be much the same again.
Only played New Leaf, and I started that just over a year ago and am still going (played it for 60 hours now). The only thing I don't like is the forced into the pointless chatter with town workers, like the Owl in the museum and the pink rabbit thing in the shop. There should be a setting to turn this off so you just select the menu option. Of course, with the Owl, there should be an option to "assess and donate" a fossil, rather that go through two steps.
I'll hold off the Switch version until the southern hemisphere spring so I'm not camping as winter approaches (this is why it was delayed to March so the north is camping as summer approaches) and I'm sure this streamlining with dialogue is there.
@HalBailman Exactly with you on the repetition every time you go to see Blathers in the museum and Reese in Retail. That really is very bad game design for a game as recent as New Leaf. The original GameCube version is actually snappier to play in that respect, at least that's what I've found so far.
Wild World is garbage.
I still love the Gamecube game best myself. But, then again, GCN in my jam!
I haven't played them either. I'm considering trying the new entry but I honestly have no idea what the game play is in the series......
IMO - 1. New Leaf, 2. City Folk, 3. GCN, 4. Wild World, 5. HHD, 6. amiibo Festival, 7. Pocket Camp
@CairiB It's a much more downsizing version of the formula but is still very fun. It's a nice way to make the wait for New Horizons tolerable Besides is free so what do you have to lose for?
I was never interested in Animal Crossing until I got it from the old Club Nintendo rewards and I fell in love with it. I have been enjoying Pocket Camp and I can't wait for New Horizons!
How can I pass up a recommendation from such a qualified expert! lol seriously though I might try it
1) Animal Crossing (GCN)
2) New Leaf
3) City Folk
4) Happy Home Designer
5) Wild World
6,000) amiibo Festival
Animal Crossing GCN is, and still remains even today, my favorite in the series for nailing the overall simplicity and its overall forest vibe making exploring your village an adventure in itself. Sure, the later entries improved upon its many mechanics, but in this case simplicity goes a long way. I really miss the forest vibe that this game had that the later games lacked for me. New Horizons might have something to say about it being my new favorite game, though.
New Leaf is otherwise my definitive pick if I were to rank the series based on its improvements, especially with the Welcome amiibo update that made a HUGE difference compared to the still-amazing base version. It's even the first portable Animal Crossing game that actually impressed me.
City Folk may have been underwhelming in some areas, but I still enjoyed it for giving me the Animal Crossing game I've been craving for that Wild World never gave to me. I finally have my own house (as well as my basement returning), maxing out Nook's shop no longer forced you to buddy up with somebody (at the time, I could not find somebody to shop in my shop on Wild World), etc. I did not regret playing this at all.
Happy Home Designer isn't an "Animal Crossing" game, but like City Folk I still enjoyed it for what it was. I do like how some of its mechanics made its way back to New Leaf with the Welcome amiibo update (and soon, New Horizons).
A portable Animal Crossing experience is something I wanted since the GCN game and I was happy to see Nintendo fulfill that dream for me back then. Unfortunately, Wild World was not the Animal Crossing experience I wanted as on top of many of the mainstay elements being too absurdly watered-down (many holidays cut, no land levels, no island, no basement, etc. etc. etc. etc.), the top screen only displaying the sky has so little use (while keeping all the action at the bottom for whatever reason outside of tapping on animals to wave at them) that it feels needless; if anything, the touch screen should be used for map and inventory management. Sure, the lack of grass erosion is nice and the Message in a Bottle is neat (though no idea why it hasn't returned in New Leaf), but what good is it for me to gaining the benefit of portability when I'm basically given a $35 tech demo? I would compare this to Super Mario Land on Game Boy in contrast to the much superior Super Mario Bros on NES, but the difference with the former is that I still had a semblance of fun and gotten the most (if not whole) Mario experience out of it, thus I could play it again and again if I wanted. This is the only Animal Crossing game that I had no regrets for trading-in to my local GameStop. I was so disappointed...
amiibo Festival is a bad game, yes, but as Gavin Lane said the game did good in pioneering the amiibo line for the series as a whole. At least I rented this one...
Pocket Camp is...a neat game for what it is, but it's not on my list since I haven't played enough of it to rank it. Then again, with New Horizons on the way, I probably won't at all...
1) - Animal Forest e+ (Best)
2) - Animal Crossing
3) - Animal Crossing: New Leaf
4) - Animal Crossing: City Folk
5) - Animal Crossing: Wild World
6) - Animal Forest 64 / +
7) - Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
8) - Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
9) - Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (worst)
I haven't been able to really get into any Animal Crossing game so far aside from Wild World, which was my first experience with the series. I still play Wild World somewhat regularly and like how simple it is to play with the touch screen. The use of the top screen to display the sky added to the game's atmosphere and made for a more immersive experience. The games following have felt incomplete in that sense of capturing the setting.
Since all the Animal Crossing games are the Basically same I’ll always contend that your first game is likely your favorite. For me, the one on GameCube is my favorite. Probably always will be.
I haven’t played Amiibo Fest or Home Designer, but there is no way they are worse than Pocket Camp.
Pocket Camp completely lacks AC charm. It’s shallow, the areas are too small, and it feels completely pointless to play.
Can anyone remember Animalxing? The ebay style auction site for buying and selling rare furniture etc? Spent way too much time on Wild World.
Next AC New horizons, Will be my first AC game
I never payed much attention to Animal Crossing until a few years ago when I suddenly went all in by buying New Leaf, Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival. And quickly learned it's just not my thing. Unlike some games I don't like, I actually can see the appeal. The general idea behind New Leaf (admittedly, the only "real" AC game in my collection) is kind of cool, but I still always find myself getting bored. This might get me branded a troll, but of the three games I have, the one I've enjoyed the most is... AMIIBO FESTIVAL! I've always liked board games and it's a relaxing time killer.
I think that on the day the switch one comes out I will start new leaf for the first time. Some one above said they played it for 500 hours , is there really that much to this? X
I completely agree with this order. But almost 14 years since Wild World? Wow I feel old. That was my first game in the series. I decide to give it a try based on the praise Official Nintendo Magazine gave it and luckily I had over £30 on my Game card so it was basically a free game.
Damn I'm so glad I got it. I loved it. It may be my most played DS game (New Leaf was my 2nd most played one after Pokemon Ruby).
And speaking of New Leaf. 10/10. So many improvements, e.g. holding 9 pieces of fruit in one spot and so much more.
The Switch one has a lot to live up to but it will be the first game I will ever buy for £50 (last of us 2 will be my next one) but Animal Crossing is worth that price. It really is the only game series that is genuinely worth playing for years.
I love the Gotta Catch Em All approach to furniture, fish, etc.
I have never played an AC... should I go physical or digital? I’m leaning towards digital so I can hop in and out. Just curious what others think.
The original game has the best music. It's quirkier and catchier, which I feel is something that was lost in later titles.
I still like the GC version best. It seems to more effectively connect the game world and real world. Why does Wild World just display the (mostly) empty sky on the top screen? Seems like a waste.
Amiibo Festival and Pocket Camp are travesties, no reason to put them on any list whatsoever.
Became a fan with New Leaf and their follow-ups were those lame attempt cash-grabs.
So excited for New Horizons, it will be played for a long time.
@TDRsuperstar2 I bought digital for New Leaf and plan on doing the same for New Horizons for that exact reason. The game is best playing a little each day and I don’t want to keep taking the cartridge in and out.
Got a press code for it. It’s great! I’ve held off on watching or reading info on this as i much prefer surprises. But now I’ve played a few hours of it today I gotta say it’s (so far) the best AC has to offer.
I got access to Doom Eternal too but even my 80mps connection is hammered as people use up all the internet locally. I live in a rural, beautiful kinda place. Before fibre to cabinet turned up I had to drive 15 miles for the nearest city, and we only had 1mbps. The EU built fast broadband cabinets for us rural English folk but folk are dumb and voted that they don’t want benefits of being part of the EU. I honesty wonder how many of the local brexit voters would give up their EU-built fast internet connections. Tenner bet it’s none. Bloody dumb idiots.
Any who AC is wonderful. I in fact used to play New Leaf whilst binge watching Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Orange is the new Black and other popular foreign TV shows last year. AC is amazing to play whilst half watching a nifty TV show!
I don't know if I've said this already or not but... There isn't really enough games in the series to make a list like this.
Happy Home Designer was a very nice spin off and personally gave me loads of fun. And since the new AC is expanding on home decoration and landscaping I am even more hyped for the release this friday!
Amiibo Festival is the black sheep here, I bought it and traded in the game directly, of course I kept the Amiibos
Stop it, stop it! I want to keep playing Fire Emblem game plus, hell I still have so many moons to collect in Odyssey, I still haven't finished Final Fantasy VII, VIII & IX. I might even go back to FFXII despite getting bored after an hour. Golf Story, Bloodstained, Tales of Vesperia! Don't do this to me, I know I'll abandon them all if I touch Animal Crossing!!!
1. Animal Crossing (Gamecube) (First game bias)
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
3. Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City (Wii)
4. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)
5. Animal Forest (N64)
6. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (Wii U)
7. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)
I don't even count Pocket Camp.
1. Animal Crossing (GameCube): it was my first and I loved it. Still got it.
2. Animal Crossing New Horizon; Fantastic, played it all evening yesterday. Could come in first place but I need to play it more
3. Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS); First time I played it handheld and it was a huge improvement over the past games.
I’m still unsure if I want it. Would like a demo.
Here at last!
I started with Wild World, became an instant fan and was eagerly awaiting New Leaf, was not disappointed and oh my god I sunk so many hours into that game. Pocket Camp was too stressful to play, with those timed events which you had to grind to unlock items was just a horrid experience and it felt like the events were getting tougher so you had to spend money on them. Immediately removed that game and never looked back, that's not Animal Crossing.
It blows my mind that New Leaf came out 7 years ago already and Wild World was released 15 years ago! Recently went back to Wild World and the game feels weird, the controls felt off and the animals just look creepy, but as a DS game it looked great. New Leaf really spoiled us with much better aesthetics, I never played City Folk so going from Wild World to New Leaf was quite a big jump, it was a brilliant sequel.
Hoping New Horizons feels the same and I expect it will seeing how series keeps going from strength to strength.
@sandman89 if you like the sims then you'll probably enjoy this. If not then I'd steer clear.
Edit: before anyone says "they are not the same" both are life simulator games that fall under the exact same genre as each other. So they very much are the same type of game, just different premise and skins.
I've only played Wild World and New Leaf, but from the looks of it, New Horizons probably will top them.
WAY too soon to say where New Horizons ranks. Time is the teller with any Animal Crossing game.
How very predictable.
Animal Crossing amiibo festival had the most disastrous trailer I’ve ever seen Nintendo do. We were starved for a new Animal Crossing in the Wii U days. The trailer started, everyone around me got immensely excited... until we saw the tiles and dice and we all shouted, WHAT...WHY?!
That was when I knew the Wii U was officially dead.
Very early days for Horizons but I can already see why this is ranked at the top, absolutely brilliant game so far
@Razer It really is a poor comparison, though. The two series are nothing alike. It'd be like telling someone they'll enjoy Baldur's Gate if they're Pokemon fans because games in both series are classed as RPGs.
I will always cherish my GCN experience, but new horizons is just too big a leap to put anything else at #1. Not only the best AC so far, but easily in top ~20 Nintendo games imo
3ds, switch and gamecube versions are the real top 3.
Gamecube loses to this two versions by some points. But I yet see 3ds version winning switch version by a large margin, even with the new features. Multiplayer of this version is the big hit where 3ds version shine above this one.
I love the aesthetics of Animal Crossing, but the gameplay has never really held my interest.
My first Animal Crossing game was Wild World, and while I liked the concept, the execution felt tedious. I played it for about six-months until I got fed up with the limited daily routine and never touched it again. New Leaf was something different, though. It was engaging and had enough variety to keep me playing for years. I logged close to 500-hours making it my most played 3DS game. New Horizons looks like it takes things another step forward again, and it definitely deserves to be at the top of this list.
Also, I really liked Happy Home Designer, but I understand why some people may not have enjoyed it.
I think it is impossible to rank an Animal Crossing game that has just now came out, and most of the gameplay hasn't been experienced yet. Don't get me wrong, New Horizons has HUGE potential, but I don't think anyone yet has had the game experience to judge this game in a top Animal Crossing game list yet. They are slow burners after all.
Who here is surprised that the newest game is at number 1? This may as well be an advertisement.
My experience with the game is that there is a whole lot of collecting and a whole lot of waiting. Now the player is responsible for collecting the materials to upgrade the store?? It takes 3 days to get the museum open?? Tools that have to be replaced FAR too often because they want to push the crafting mechanic?? Being cut off from most of your island at the beginning?? Not being able to pay your moving fees in bells despite being quoted a price in bells (was this an oversight?)??
I am still playing it though, just not as addicted as I was on the first few days of previous games.
Haven't played the spin-offs (minus a few minutes of Pocket Camp and never booted it up again), so here's what I think.
4. City Folk: My least-played Animal Crossing. I have almost no distinct memories with this one, because I stopped playing it within a month or two. It doesn't help that I played the original and Wild World in 2007, so this was coming only a year after that. In a vacuum, City Folk is at least as good as Wild World and maybe even the original. But it didn't offer enough new things, and introduced the dreaded grass deterioration. It's the black sheep of the main series it seems, despite being released on the crazy popular Wii.
3. Wild World: Despite losing many features of the original, it added a ton as well. I'm sure it hasn't aged the best, but I remember it being great. I don't think we'd have Animal Crossing as a phenomenon without this title.
2. Animal Crossing: This one has aged so well, especially considering the N64 graphics. I go back to it at least every few years and I adore the atmosphere. This was my first Animal Crossing, and a very strong start for the series.
1. New Leaf: My most-played game of all-time. A masterpiece full of old and new, and brought the series to new heights.
New Horizons: I didn't number it because I don't think I can be completely fair until I've paid off most of my house, experienced some holidays, have 10 villagers, more seasons, etc. My first impressions are that it's probably the best. Despite only having 8 new villagers and removing a lot of past special characters and cool new features from New Leaf, it's mostly amazing.
@MoonKnight7 Yeah. It was a pit in my stomach. I have a feeling that a main Animal Crossing title on Wii U would've probably just been New Leaf 2.0 (so the Wild World to City Folk transition all over again), but it still would've been nice.
Leaf no1, no discussion
New Horizons just came out so you can't go ahead and name it the best
As much as I love New Horizons, there's no getting around the missing features. Nook's Cranny remaining that size limits how much you can buy and has made it impossible to complete the full furniture sets. And where is Brewsters?
New Leaf is still my favourite because it was actually complete.
I have still put many many hours into NH. I love that game and am aiming to have all bugs and fish by the start of next year but it is annoying what is not there. Hopefully Nintendo will continue to add things ASAP.
The Gamecube was the best one? For what reason exactly? Was it just your first one and it's nostalgia talking, or can you explain why?
This feels like the least controversial list I’ve ever seen.
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