We all have a favourite entry in any long-running video game series, and when it comes to Nintendo's life simulation Animal Crossing it's likely no different.
It seems the Animal Crossing: New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku completely understands this and makes sure to respect the "memories and affection" players have for older entries. In saying this, during each development cycle of a new Animal Crossing game, the team always aims to outdo the previous entry.
Kyogoku recently spoke about this in detail with the French outlet 20 Minutes. Here's the full translation by the Twitter user jmac857 (via Nintendo Everything):
With each development [cycle], we always want to ensure that the most recent entry is the best game possible. It was the case with New Leaf and still is with New Horizons. But everyone, in particular the fans, have their favorite game [in the series]. I believe it’s part of the charm of having long running franchises like Animal Crossing – players talk about the differences, the evolution from one game to another. We don’t want to ruin the memories and affection they have for the older games – we always keep that in mind, we actually want them to keep the memories they have experienced during their lives in the different Animal Crossing games, as well of the events of their lives that they had traversed at the time they were playing.
New Horizons arguably offers players the most freedom yet. You start off with a blank canvas, can now craft items, furniture and public works, terraform your island, and decide who stays and who goes. On top of this, it's already shifted more than 13.41 million units, which surpasses the lifetime sales of the 3DS entry.
Is the latest entry your favourite game in the Animal Crossing series? Do you think it's the best of the lot, or does it need a bit more love? Tell us down below.
[source 20minutes.fr, via nintendoeverything.com]
I really want a update that adds nintendo themed furniture, clothing and DIY’s. Obviously if they do that it’ll be mario and zelda like old games and probably splatoon.
I believe Animal Crossing is the kind of series where your first one will forever be your favorite. For example, I started with Wild World, and I still play with that same cartridge every now and then.
I love and have been with the series from the beginning, but I really do believe New Horizons is the best entry yet and I can't wait to see the mixture of old and new content they add to the game. I look at my town in New Leaf and compare it to Horizons, and there's just no way I can consider New Leaf the better game. Terraforming and being able to place furniture outside are complete game changers.
Can we get a Live-Action Movie?!! #Nintendo please and thank you 🙏
Hopefully they patch in some QoL fixes, then. It's a great game, but there's a lot that could be improved on.
Still playing the game every dang day! #cantstopwontstop
@Eel I’ve played all of them since the GameCube days, and I must say New Horizons is The Best and my Favorite by far!
@Phostachio I agree 💯
@Eel same. Wild world was the best. Bit even then I found myself playing new leaf more than new Horizons.
I'd be worried if the team didn't want to improve each new game, but they've already gone above and beyond for New Horizons.
I'm sure they'll keep the improvements coming in the next couple of months/years
@Eel "I believe Animal Crossing is the kind of series where your first one will forever be your favorite."
Not true. My first Animal Crossing was Wild World, and I liked the concept, but I found the activities so limited and monotonous that I stopped playing after six-months and never looked back. Next one I played was New Leaf, and I loved it because of its larger scope, and I played it pretty consistently for five-years. And now I like New Horizons even better than New Leaf.
I don’t really have a massive emotional attachment to the Animal Crossing franchise, but I love New Horizons. I only played a couple hours on New Leaf and though I was sceptical of how much content was in the game due to the promotion, I can’t help going on it for hours a day.
The new game is awesome and I have sunk around 400 hour in so far, the way you can customize and terra form your island is a real game changer for me, glad Nintendo are adding things over time, rather than all at once, there are more than enough things to do and collect, Animal crossing new horizons is head and shoulders above all the other entries in the series and fully deserves it's massive sales.
I do feel this whole one Island per console issue is rather moot, as I fail to see how a family with say four accounts or so, would actually find anywhere near the hours for them to decorate each of their own islands, looking at the time it has taken people to get to a 5 star rating that they are happy with, even then this will take some serious time travelling.
Overall as this is a game that you will just like to run around your island , looking at things and taking in all your hard work, the visuals are very important, this is another major edge this game has over the previous games, and i do not think people give enough credit for this aspect, as the game does have the same feel as the older entries, but in reality the visuals are generations apart.
Seeing as my daughter started playing first and is the resident representative, I completely lost interest in this game within about a week of it coming out. Our town still has the same song playing for 24 hours straight if that gives you any idea of how little progress has been made with her at the helm.
The best game possible would allow for multiple island....as well as making Pekoe my animal bride.
I also want Nintendo themed furniture. I don’t understand why it was omitted. Always seemed like a series staple. Also more flowers and shrubs. Vegetables would be cool too. Leif needs more purpose anyway.
@Franz ditto, I haven’t actually played anything else since release!
A couple insight: we love playing in the same island, both working and planning in our island, but the co-op mode is really inexistent, there is an "active spectator" mode that really defeats the purpose of cooperation, so this is really the first thing we would like to see patched, a proper couch multiplayer mode, preferably with split screen or at least full access to both players inventory and actions.
Other than that every upgrade is welcome, more stuff to do and collect!
This is our first AC, and we love the game and barely play anything else.
This is clearly a response to people complaining about what didn’t make it into the game. It’s kind of a nothing statement, but they put it out there for a reason methinks
GIVE ME MUTLICRAFTING OR GIVE ME DEATH
At this point, the next step for them is VR.
Just give us more furniture variety. There's way too much wood.
I only started on New Leaf, but New Horizons is my favourite one.
Lost interest after playing it for 3 days, maybe I'll pick it up again, I bought fire emblem three houses played 2 hours then lost interest, I bought Luigi's mansion 3 played 1 hour then lost interest, I have a huge switch backlog I still havent beaten yet, I'm currently playing nes games on actual nes hardware
I have started 4 times over, so annoying
I definitely like Kappa's island tours in the 3ds over the deserted islands of new horizons.
@darkswabber also (even if we have to buy them with real money) “Arcade” NES, SNES and Gameboy games. It’ll be an Animal Crossing Virtual Console.
An update that allowed 60fps is what this game needs more than anything.
You "fix" something that is broken, and "improve" something that is not, ok? Oh, and the QoL "issues" and the one-town/village/island-limit have been there with all the previous entries, right? Well, I don't know about all the games in the series... But unless they have actually taken away some QoL features, that is really not an issue and only something that can be improved upon
Having said that, I can understand the frustration with your brother's save, for example, or the unchangeable Representative. And maybe some people don't like the limit, but at least for my wife and I, it has worked well, just like @johnvboy mentions. And I am on the side of the developers in that something should not be labeled an "issue", if they themselves have made that a "feature" on purpose. If the one-island-limit and a slower pace of play is within their creative vision, then that's how the game should be, in my opinion
This is easily my favorite entry! I never really got into the series before despite owning the games, this is the first one that I have really gotten into. It's almost been a daily routine for me, a great game for playing in the morning.
New Horizons is my favourite so far! That might be because it's the newest one, but I'm enjoying seeing the island develop in a way that never realy seemed to happen in previous games!
it's already the best game in the entire world
I'm in an odd position of recognising that this is the best entry in the series (or at least will be when much of the content is added back in) but also that I have little desire to continue playing. That's on me though as I've spent so much time on several previous entries and too much of this is too familiar
@CodyMKW I would say at least it’s tied up with Zelda for the best game on switch
Its needs stuff to do with friends
@Eel I really don't know about that. I started with the GC version (joining the petition to actually get it released over here - let that sink in for a moment ) and whilst it was great at the time all the subsequent releases up until New Leaf iterated and built on what happened before. Going back, I just get frustrated at the lack of features and quality of life improvements. Sure, I can appreciate the nostalgia of older entries; the isometric top down grid system of the GC version is certainly that. That doesn't mean I have any inclination to invest time into the older ones though.
The only exception so far for me is New Leaf. That's a very polished game that I think still holds up, especially as so many features (currently) aren't available in New Horizons. Some of those will make it (I'd be surprised not to see a coffee shop or Gracie shop expansion at some point), some really should be (the dream suite or island minigames) and some I would be quite surprised to see (any of the Zelda animal residents, or the 3DS Puzzle/WiiU Island survival mini games).
The only equivilent that older entries have are the NES games in the original or specific locations that have been incorporated in different ways in NH; the salon or the originals rubbish dump, for example.
NL was my first AC game and tbh I only played it for about 15-20 hours, never got into it all that much. Was actually going to pass on NH entirely but I have over 300 hours in NH and absolutely love it.
@Cinaclov well I said favorite, that doesn’t necessarily mean I think Wild World is objectively a better game than New Horizons. Just that I feel like it is easier for me to revisit my favorite game.
Something that does worry me about this one though, is the reliance on updates. It would be sad to see most of the post release content be lost forever in the future. Hope they release a full version later.
@SnesSwitch Same here. I've been playing them all in order since the original GameCube version came out here in the states. My order (based on personal opinion and experience with the games at launch) would be:
5. City Folk
4. Population Growing (Original)
3. Wild World
2. New Leaf
1. New Horizons
You the best Aya, do whatever you want.
I hope they keep supporting the game for a long time coming with more updates. One thing the game really needs now are more things to do with Nook Miles. I don't even bother collecting them anymore. If I get some while I play, fine, but otherwise who cares? I have everything from the feature now and enough for a couple dozen NMTs without even trying.
Even just adding more interesting random islands would make it more worth it.
I want update that you can Gift things to friends regardless of Achievements chart but in the chart mentioned it was given by user to user. That would help users to improve the gaming fun. For the most part everyone is trying to get the Achievement but to allow this trade feature would add more fun to it. I already tried to give to another friend and was blocked from this and both of us said that was a Stupid feature to block this.
@Eel I started with the first one, and each one has been my new favourite (although I missed the 3DS one).
with us only being 2 months into the games release, and regular updates on the way, i can only imagine this game getting better and better over time. really looking forward to playing this game for years to come
The first one because that respawn system and new leaf because house-streetpass system let a hard way to new horizons.
But with terraforming, more than one furniture by each wall, and be able put itens outside... Are more to do in this entry. And with it, this one can win, at least over the original. Streetpass was really a good thing in new leaf. I consider a tie between the last two.
I really want to make sure if i can leave ACNH for long time without losing my villagers after i return to play.
Losing villagers because not for playing the game everyday is NOT funny at all.
I want to secure All my villagers so they will stay in my island with my acknowledge.
I didn't enjoy City Folk as much as NL maybe cos I like my 3DS way more than the wii. I just wish one of the next improvement would be able to rotate camera angle and able to place the house door facing side instead of all building entrance facing front. I don't recalled able to do it on the previous and definitely not this NH either.
@Eel maybe that’s true for you but I know many who’s favorite is not their first. Heck, I’ve played every entry since the first, and the first ranks only third for me. My list would be New Horizons > New Leaf > original > City Folk > Wild World.
My first was Wild World and I put a lot of time into it. Wild World has a lot of charm and character (like the Gamecube game) and I honestly like it more than City Folk, but it's clear New Leaf is a much more polished game with a lot more to do. New Horizons is great and has a real solid core, but I'm waiting for those updates before deciding if it beats New Leaf long term. It very much could.
@C-Threep i don't condone lying to or deceiving children for important things, but maybe start over and have you be the island representative, so at least the game can go in some direction? or create a character that you both wouldn't mind playing as.
@Phostachio Agreed. The only thing I can knock New Horizons for in favor of New Leaf is that New Leaf gives you much bigger rooms in your house. That's really it though...oh and I do wish the tropical island came back, but I guess we're already on one to begin with.
New Horizons has quickly become tied as my fave with the original. As I've grown with the series I have come to appreciate each entry, however I feel like the creativity in NH is incredible, that said, there's things from prev games that have been rumored that I'd like, such as Gyroids, more stores, etc. I'd like Isabelle to have a more prominent role, she doesn't do much in this one. I want nintendo themed furniture and clothes. I want more to do after reaching 5 stars, let me be able to up my villager cap to at least 12. These are ofc just a few things I'd like, but overall I love the game so far and am excited to see what they have planned.
If this is true then they should've added two more personality options to villagers. Was stoked playing the series for the first time just to end up with 10 villagers where 2 of them said the exact same damn stuff as 2 others. I enjoyed the game for the villagers and that really killed the magic for me.
Someone please make him watch this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoo-cmQ20Tk
pretty bored at this point to be honest, even my wife is, needs a little more excitement, maybe some more events or better things to do when going to different island using the nook airways ticket.
Shouldn't they try to make the game the best possible before selling the game?
There is just so much to do and the possibility of more content is great too, just woke up today and people should head to the museum, there goes my plans of adding some more decoration to my beach areas.
They have made the best game possible, and until people brought it up on here I never noticed the missing features, I do remember that Brewster fella, although his point to the game seemed very little imho, although I hear they are bringing him back.
I have just been so caught up in decorating my island and stopping all the time to admire the lovely visuals, not even done all of my houses rooms as yet, none of the previous entries have grabbed me like this one, pure genius from Nintendo.
I’ve had the same issue, my daughter took over my Switch but it was her birthday yesterday and I’ve bought her a coral Switch Lite and a copy of the game. Now to spend the next week tiding up my island and selling off all the girls clothes she’s bought 🤣🤣
THEN FIX THE SAVE CORRUPTION BUG!
I’ve lost my island 4 sodding times in the last month. 🤬🤬🤬🥰🥰
@Eel True enough. I'm kind of torn about the updates being good or bad, but ultimately I think it's a good thing; it minimises the impact of time travelling and means that seasonal events still have a communal impact and aren't instantly spoiled. I have no doubt that otherwise there would be guides within days of release detailing all the christmas furniture, for example. And there's precedent for an updated release; I wouldn't be surprised to see a complete retail version appear in two or so years, especially considering how succesful AC:NH has been.
If you want it to be the best game possible, fix the glitch that completely restarts your entire game. I know people that have reported it, and Nintendo told them that they can't believe Internet rumours. It's disgusting treatment of paying customers.
Ability to move resident services and edit the mouths of the rivers
Tools shouldn’t break!! or at least the Gold tools shouldn’t break considering how much effort it takes to get the diys for them and the gold
More visits from redd. At this rate I will never complete the museum!!
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