Friday, August 20, 2010

Animal Crossing Ahead Forums

The Animal Crossing Ahead Forums are probably one of the best resources for Animal Crossing information and discussion. I used to frequent the site a lot when I was playing Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk daily. I especially liked the Trades and Meetings Category for setting up online trades with other players or bidding on auctions or auctioning off items I didn't need anymore.

The site had been down for the majority of this year I believe but I found yesterday that it was back up and running. Check it out. As I said, definitely a great resource for information as well as a great place to find people to play with online.

Return to Animal Crossing?

Maybe. I dusted off the old Wii last night and popped in Animal Crossing: City Folk. The last time I had played a full day within the game was on March 8th! I've been reluctant to play the game since my Wii is on it's last leg. I figure what's the point of playing if I'm going to purchase a new Wii sometime in the near future and have to start a completely new game of Animal Crossing (there is no way to transfer the save game files from one Wii to another).

I guess I may try to get back into the game for now and if I do purchase a new Wii I can always connect them together through the Internet and move over any items I want to keep from the first save game file. To make a long story short, perhaps I'll be updating a bit more often.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Animal Crossing 3DS Trailer Impressions

From Gamespot:

"Who would have guessed that collecting furniture and cutting down peach trees could be fun? But Nintendo did create a franchise that's built upon the very real tenets that accruing lots of stuff is reward enough for a job well done, and of course a new version has to grace its latest system. The 3DS version of Animal Crossing looks a lot better than the previous three renditions, though, and not just because of the extra dimension. We came away itching to dig holes in the ground one more time after seeing the first footage of the latest Animal Crossing.

There isn't much gameplay in the short, noninteractive trailer, but one thing is certain: This is the best-looking Animal Crossing yet, surpassing even the Wii version. The camera is zoomed in a lot closer to the main character, and the extra detail on your protagonist and the environment is immediately apparent. The trees look particularly impressive. The bark and leaves look much more vibrant, and the 3D effect when running through a forest is a treat. The inside of a home is just as stunning. You can now rotate the camera to get a look at everything you've collected. The items in the demo home included a model train set and a drinking water bird, and it was fun just to stare at them because they were so detailed.

There's no word on a release date or extra activities for this latest Animal Crossing, but the visuals are certainly impressive. Keep your eyes on GameSpot for more information on this collect-a-thon as soon as we find out more."

Do you hear that giant sucking sound? It's my social life once I can get my hands on the latest installment in the Animal Crossing series...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Animal Crossing in 3-D?

Nintendo just announced details about their new 3-D handheld system, the Nintendo 3DS. I noticed a few sites have Animal Crossing as a game being developed by Nintendo for the system. Not knowing much about the new system, what are some of the possibilities for a new handheld Animal Crossing game? Discuss.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010


I haven't had a whole lot of time to play Animal Crossing: City Folk lately but I plug away at it when I can. I was finally able to save up enough money to save up for the lighthouse. Normally it shouldn't have taken me this long to save this much money but I've been buying all the Gracie Grace furniture every four months and it's been depleting my savings!

Somehow I thought the lighthouse would be bigger, maybe I should've got the windmill!

Fashion update! Going with the pirate theme these days. Shiver me timbers....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Animal Crossing Wii Case Mod

I like the wood look encasing on the Wii and controller and the Animal Crossing logo on the controller as well but I'm not sure about the picture on the side of the Wii. As Wii case modifications go, this one is pretty lame, but it's the only one for Animal Crossing I could find online.

Valhalla Residents: Opal

Name: Opal
Type: Elephant
Catchphrase: "Snoot"
Birthday: January 20

Opal is another one of my newer residents in Animal Crossing: City Folk. Her character type is snooty, my least favorite trait for the animals in the game. Since I'm not too fond of her, she'll probably never move!

In Opal's defense, she's only the second elephant I've had in an Animal Crossing game, so that makes her presence a little cool.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Valhalla Residents: Del

Name: Del
Type: Crocodile
Catchphrase: "Oh Snap"
Birthday: May 27

Del is one of the longest animals to stick around my town. He's also one of my favorite residents in the game. He's kind of a curmudgeon but I favor the crusty types more than any other in this game. Del is one of the rare animals that I would probably prevent from moving away if I were to catch him in time.

Interesting decorating style by Del. I do like the urinal though.

This is why I like this type of personality in the game.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Deep Thoughts by Pascal

Pascal, a sea otter, made a stop in my town last night. For those who don't know (my friend Dann who just got Animal Crossing: City Folk), Pascal can be found randomly hanging out on one of the town bridges. If you have in your possession a scallop, which can be found on the beach, Pascal will give you a special gift, one of six pirate themed pieces of furniture or a pirate themed carpet or wall. With or without the scallop in your inventory, Pascal will impart to you some of his wisdom. He reminds me of a cross between a stoner and a hippie.

Pascal waiting for a scallop.

Wow bro! Deep.

Valhalla Residents: Jitters

Name: Jitters
Type: Bird
Catchphrase: "Bzzert"
Birthday: February 2

Jitters is the newest animal to move to Valhalla so I know very little about him so far. In fact I've spoken with him so little that I haven't determined what kind of personality he has (lazy, snooty, etc.) I tend to let my resident move out at their leisure so there's always someone coming and going.

Chillin' at Jitters "nest."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Winter Clothing

I ditched the "Link" outfit I'd been wearing for something more seasonal last night.

Hangin' near my pink cosmo garden.

In the art gallery in the museum.

I really dig the hat and the pink shoes but I'm not sure about the sweater. Does anyone have suggestions on a more compatible piece of clothing to go with the hat?

Animal Crossing Blogs

I added a listing of Animal Crossing blogs to this site last night. I'll continue to add more blogs as I find them but the pickings have been pretty slim. While there are a lot of Animal Crossing related blogs to be found, a lot of them have not been updated in a long while or are updated infrequently. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


The holiday Festival was celebrated in Animal Crossing: City Folk on Monday. I guess the holiday could be best described as something like Festival in Brazil or Mardi Gras here in the U.S. Throughout the day confetti streams down upon the town and a peacock named Pavé appears near the town hall. Basically you can play games of chance with your animals and earn pieces of different colored candy. Once you have three pieces of the same color you can trade them in to Pavé for pieces of the Festival furniture set, ten pieces of furniture, a carpet and wallpaper. Accumulating all the pieces of the furniture set can be time consuming and little tedious as sometimes the color of candy you receive can be random. Luckily I had only three pieces left to complete my collection that I missed last year.

Apparently it's time to party.

Pavé the candy greedy peacock.

Where's Waldo?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Valhalla is the name of every town I've ever had in any Animal Crossing game. Why this is so, I cannot remember. My main character in Animal Crossing: City Folk is named Dave. Every picture I've posted in this blog involving in-game play has been with this character. I thought I would take the time today to introduce my other characters. The other three characters in the game are played by me but I usually only use them as mules for storage.

Pooh, my nickname growning up thanks to my brother.

Shippo, one of my favorite characters from Inuyasha.

Pit, the hero from the Kid Icarus game series.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today really isn't an observed holiday in Animal Crossing: City Folk but it is possible to get a Valentine's Day letter from one of your animals with a chocolate heart attached to it.

The letter I received from Tabby.

Chocolate Heart.

On an unrelated note I managed to spawn just my third Blue Rose hybrid.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Settling the Debt

I found this cool picture on an IGN blog today while messing around on the Internet. I've definitely had psychotic feelings for Tom Nook at one time or another in each chapter of the Animal Crossing series, particularly at the outset of most of the games when you're made to be his temporary slave.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Valentine DLC

Today I was visited by Pete the mailman (well actually he's a pelican). He delievered the latest DLC (downloadable content) from Nintendo. The downloads that Nintendo sends over on a regular basis is one of the reasons I continue to come back to this game. See pictures below.

Here's the letter.

Here's the Cupid Bench. I also got the Nookington's model today for obtaining enough points from Nook's store, 20,000 points I believe.

Also, don't forget to send a letter with a gift to one of your animals of the opposite sex stating, "Will you be my Valentine?" to get a box of chocolate hearts sent back to you on the 14th!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Animal Crossing Cake

I found a picture of this über cool Animal Crossing cake today. I totally want one for my birthday! Check out the original site here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Online Visit From Matt

My friend Matt recently bought a Wii and Animal Crossing: City Folk so we made arrangements for him to visit today.

Not sure why Matt has that look on his face. The house isn't that impressive....

Matt said this was gay.

Caught part of the night's meteor shower.

It's all fun and games until someone brandishes an axe!

I made a quick trip to Matt's town. Love the catchphrase he's been teaching the animals!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Animal Crossing Commercials

More YouTube goodness. I remember these commercials on TV around the same time that the original Animal Crossing game was released. It's kind of a spoof on MTV's Real World. Funny and nostalgic.

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin?

I found this Animal Crossing related video while messing around on YouTube yesterday. There is a whole series of videos like this that can be found at GameTrailers.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Groundhog Day!

Today the mayor honored us with his presence to celebrate Groundhog Day.

Tortimer presented me with a Resetti model which worked out well since I didn't play on Groundhog Day last yer.

Population Growing

On September 15, 2002 I purchased the game Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube. I had eagerly awaited the game's release after reading about it on a Nintendo website (I believe it was the now defunct which became part of IGN). There was a writer living in Japan who was playing Animal Crossing and posting a daily journal about his experiences on the website. It was informative and hilarious and it read in such a way that I knew I had to have this game when it came out in America.

Fast forward nearly eight years later and I'm still playing one version of Animal Crossing or another at any given time. Currently that would mostly be Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Nintendo Wii. I also spend a little time with the Nintendo DS incarnation, Animal Crossing: Wild World.

I thought it would be fun to create a blog based on all things Animal Crossing. It's a subject matter I'm very interested in and it's brought me tons of amusement over the years. The structure of the blog won't be anything too formal, just random musings, pictures, and tips and tricks about all the games in the Animal Crossing series as well as future information and discussion about any forthcoming installments to the franchise.

Have an amusing story or picture to share? Drop me a line at and I'll share that information here. In the meantime, welcome to Population Growing.