3DS, MAKING UP FOR LOST TIMES – PART ONE

Not Apologizing… Alright I’m Sorry

For the past few months I have been visiting Candid Revie.ws in my free time, disappointed that I hadn’t kept up with my regular posts. Fortunately, GoDaddy reminded me to continue re-upping my domain. So rather than losing my wicked domain, I decided to re-up and get my money’s worth out of it. Get ready for Season 2 of Candid Revie.ws! It’s going to get crazy. So, I apologize for being gone for so long. Fortunately, I didn’t leave you on a cliffhanger like The Walking Dead did, so there’s that.

What’s New Honeyboo?

Quite a bit has happened since we last spoke. I moved to the East side of the state (Detroit), left pretty much most of my friends, besides those that I began recruiting at my company. I work for an Automotive Marketing Agency that focuses on Digital Marketing, and work closely with a few pretty large automakers. I also started my Master’s degree online, at a university nearby. Needless to say, I made myself busy again. However, I’m not complaining, I am fortunate for the opportunities that have presented themselves. Oh, and I got a 2010 Camaro, so that’s pretty sweet. Other than that, upgraded to a gaming laptop (can’t believe I ever admitted to that one), and I picked up a new 3DS XL. So let’s do some reviewing!

3DS = 3 Game Reviews, For Lost Times Right?

This review will be based on the first three games that I purchased for the 3DS; Pokemon Moon, Animal Crossing New Leaf and Mario Kart 7. Now, I will admit I was skeptical about buying another 3DS. See, many years ago (not that many) I purchased a 3DS when it was first released. Needless to say, there wasn’t a strong lineup (similar to the Wii, Wii U, and pretty much most Nintendo consoles), there were options such as Steel Diver and Nintendogs + Cats. After a couple titles were released, I was impatient (young) and decided to return my 3DS and migrated more of my resources towards PC building. However, then I saw that one of my favorite Nintendo series (Animal Crossing) was released for the 3DS. I could harness the entire animal/human bestiality offspring city in my pocket! So without further ado, let’s look at Animal Crossing New Leaf with Amiibo Support!

What The Hell Is An Amiibo?

I’m not going to lie, it was this review that made me want to get back on the 3DS bandwagon. I remember playing the Gamecube version of Animal Crossing and leaving for a month or two, coming back to cockroaches living in my house, weeds sprouting up from everywhere (except the dump?), and new residents after my long lost friends had moved away; no doubt upset that their good friend Zachy G. failed to write them a letter, help them deliver a piece of furniture to the next door neighbor, or even help upgrade that crooked Tom Nook’s store. Ahh memories. However, it wasn’t the Amiibo upgrade that made me want to come back, no, it was this line from Kotaku writer, Gita Jackson.

I didn’t realize how much I had missed my town. I still remember all the villagers, my grove of foreign fruits, which fossils I had and didn’t have. The game missed me, too.

Yup, that was me. I missed my city, I missed having a game that was progressively “living” when I wasn’t playing it. One of those games that I could check in on at 3:00 AM when I couldn’t sleep, just to take an interactive walk along a sandy beach, since those don’t exist in Michigan’s winters. Lord, I missed that game.

Animal Crossing New Leaf is nostalgia 101. It’s a fantastic game, not much different than previous entries (besides the fact you are a mayor), but overall it’s pretty much the same principle as the rest. These awesome retro Nintendo commercials do a great job at summing up this Animal Crossing, and all previous.

One of the best Gamecube commercials ever… and that’s saying a lot. Animal Crossing New Leaf has decent graphics (they really aren’t meant to be revolutionary), easy controls and pretty much gets to the point right away. It’s one of those relaxing games that teaches you how to save money, pay off bills, decorate your house and be patient in waiting for that one piece of furniture that will pull that entire room together. How did they think that would of made a good premises for a game?

Conclusion

Overall, Animal Crossing stuck with it’s roots. The game operates effectively and is a joy to play. You won’t be upset with this title as one of your first Gameboy 3DS titles. Heck, if you’re like me, you’ll end up playing it more than the other ones. Then again, that’s mostly because you’re forced to (those fossils won’t dig-up themselves).

Alright, rather than have a super long post. I am going to break this string into three sections, that I will complete over the next week. That way I essentially took one book and made it into three parts. HEY I’M LIKE EVERY HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR!

RATING

Graphics: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

Gameplay:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Uniqueness:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Related Games: The Sims, Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley

Highlights: Addicting Gameplay, Get To Rule The World, and Nintendo Nostalgia

Lowlights: Addicting Gameplay, Pitfall Seeds, and Fishing For Boots/Cans

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