Just like everything else, Nintendo has their own way of doing things. While everyone else releases their games on Tues., or Weds., Nintendo likes to bring their products in on the day of the Sabbath. So, the game has been out for a day, and three of the major game review sites have their scores posted.
IGN – 7.5/10: “After putting literally weeks and months into playing both the GameCube original and the Nintendo DS sequel, it was very disappointing to see that, after putting nearly two weeks into Animal Crossing: City Folk that very little effort went into the design beyond porting and enhancing the Nintendo DS game.
If youâ€™re entering into Animal Crossing with a fresh, inexperienced take: congratulations. Youâ€™ve got yourself a great, casual game with tons of things to see and do. Of the three Animal Crossing games on the market the Wii version is certainly the tops with its sharper visuals and voice-enabled online play.”
Cheat Code Central – 4.4/5: “Animal Crossing: City Folk is one of the most charming and entertaining life sims out there, with lots to explore and experience. All in all, players probably won’t complain much. It’s true that this game is an expanded rehash of the DS version, but in this case, that’s not a bad thing. Innovation could have been taken even further, but overall, players will be left with a great taste in their mouth thanks to everything this game has to offer. Devoted Animal Crossing fans should not hesitate to pick up the game, unless they prefer to always have it on-the-go. Casual gamers who have yet to enter the world of Animal Crossing should definitely give this one a go, and those who are looking for a more in-depth gaming experience will just have to look elsewhere. AC is not for everyone, but it sure is the best of the best for those who are able to get into it!”
1UP.com – C: “Ultimately, it comes down to this: Do you really wanna spend the time doing all of the things you already spent so much time on in Wild World? And do you want to do them in almost the exact same ways? City Folk just seems like a huge missed opportunity?either that, or a lazy cash-in on Nintendo’s newfound casual audience. If it’s the former, they ought to just call it Wii Mortgage Payments.”
I’ll be the first to admit that I was never a huge Animal Crossing fan. To me it always seemed like Harvest Moon only without the nifty ‘owning a farm’ aspect. I was anxious to see what changes they were going to make with the whole city aspect. From all three of those reviews, doesn’t sound like it changed at all. This god awful commercial doesn’t help Animal Crossing’s chances either.