When you start a new game of Animal Crossing, the figure who seems to loom largest in those early hours is Tom Nook, a tanuki who always seems to have dollar (or should that be bells?) signs in this eyeballs. Nook has a reputation of being a rather greedy capitalist, profiting on naive newcomers by putting them to work for low wages and constantly dangling expensive house renovation ideas in front of their eager noses.

However, Animal Crossing: New Leaf co-director Aya Kyogoku feels that Nook has had a bad rap over the years, and is actually a kindly soul with honest intentions:

We think he is very misunderstood. He’s just passionate about his business. He’s not like a loan shark. He doesn’t add a handling fee or anything like that. He can wait as long as it takes for you to pay back. He’s not as bad as other people might think he is.

Do you think Tom Nook is a good guy underneath all that money-grabbing? Or do you feel that he is motivated entirely by greed? Share your thoughts by posting a comment.