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7:00 PM on 03.23.2014

Animal Crossing Drawing Challenge reaps creepy magic

Animal Crossing: New Leaf was a lot of people's game of the year for 2013, but that doesn't mean that passion for the title has cooled now that we're well into 2014. Oh heck no. Kiseki Kokoro has challenged the Animal Crossin...

Jonathan Holmes


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4:30 PM on 03.19.2014

Animal Crossing is so successful because of its diverse team

Almost half of the people that worked on Animal Crossing: New Leaf are women. When its director Aya Kyogoku started with Nintendo in 2003, she was the only female game designer there. A decade later and that's no longer the c...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 03.14.2014

inFamous started as an Animal Crossing-like game

Sucker Punch Productions has been making the rounds leading up to inFamous: Second Son's release a week from today, and speaking to GameSpot, co-founder Chris Zimmerman talked about the bizarre origins of the game that kicked...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 01.31.2014

These Club Nintendo Animal Crossing posters are 'dawwsome

I know people that are still playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Heck, I know people that are still playing old Animal Crossing games. Such is the staying power of this Nintendo franchise, and now, you can celeb...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 11.27.2013

Become Sandy Claws in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Welp, now I feel bad I left my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town to squalor. I assume banditry is on the rise, everyone locks their doors, and floor is filthy with weeds. At least Shrunk's club is booming for the black market s...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Animal Crossing: Why Diva is a piece of sh*t

[Happy Thanksgiving. --Mr Andy Dixon] This is my first informational blog post about the piece of shit, Diva.

medo44

11:00 PM on 11.06.2013

Animal Crossing plushies are here to brighten your day

JBox has added a ton of Animal Crossing: New Leaf merchandise for purchase, mostly in the way of plushies. Yes, Animal Crossing plushies. I know, I know, just take a moment to collect yourself and we'll continue. For wha...

Brett Zeidler

11:45 AM on 10.31.2013

Five new 3DS titles added to the million-seller list

Nintendo's latest financial results (April -- September 2013) list five new additions to their million-seller list. These 3DS games all did well this summer, but Animal Crossing: New Leaf did especially well. Joining it are L...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 10.03.2013

Caveat Crossing: Win a 3DS, New Leaf bedroom makeover

Channel One News is putting on a contest wherein you can win a 3DS XL, a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a bunch of Animal Crossing decor to makeover your bedroom with. That means you can finally get rid of that disgus...

Steven Hansen

11:45 AM on 10.01.2013

Grab Link's Wind Waker shirt in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In this morning's Nintendo Direct, it was really easy to miss a small bit of news regarding Animal Crossing: New Leaf -- Link's shirt from the beginning of Wind Waker is totally free! All you have to do is go straight to the ...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 09.05.2013

Attack on Titan X Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Attack on Titan meets Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The villager face on Eren killed me. Is Attack on New Leaf the best parody yet? [Japanator]

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12:30 PM on 08.07.2013

Free Animal Crossing Plaza out now on Wii U

While it's no Super Mario Bros. 3 on 3DS, darn it, the newly-announced Animal Crossing Plaza is cool in its own right. As demonstrated during this morning's Nintendo Direct, this free app gives series fans a place to congrega...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 07.24.2013

Rhymedown Spectacular: Pipes of Passion

This week, both poems get pretty damn dark. Yahtzee talks of animals and crossings, while your ol' pal here tells a tale of passion and revenge.  There is a lot of emotion in these poems, and I think we all can learn a little bit about ourselves and the human condition, for God's sake. 

Jim Sterling

1:00 AM on 07.19.2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf sales surpass 500,000 units

Good news, everybody! Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold more than 505,000 combined physical and digital units. More than 20% of the total sales came from the digital sales, in fact. Nintendo says that internal sales trackers...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:00 PM on 07.17.2013

Animal Crossing New Leaf opening theme orchestrated

The team that put together The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour are back at it with music from a Nintendo franchise. This time, the Star Pop Orchestra puts its strings and woodwinds to Animal Crossing: New Lea...

Darren Nakamura



Everything I need to know I learned from Animal Crossing photo
Everything I need to know I learned from Animal Crossing
by Jonathan Holmes

[Images by Sarah Thomas]

Over a year ago, I annoyed a lot of people by announcing that the term "art game" is stupid because it is overly vague and easily misconstrued, worsens the ever increasing problem of class-ism in videogame culture, and sends the message that "mainstream" games are somehow less "art" than games that are explicitly intended to be experimental and/or unmarketable. 

Take Animal Crossing, for instance. While the series was somewhat experimental when it first hit 10+ years ago, it hasn't changed all that much since its inception on the N64 in Japan. What has changed is the game's level of marketability. Once seen as a game too "weird and Japanese" for the Western market, it has now become the must-play 3DS title of the summer. 

How has this "game about nothing" managed to capture the prolonged attention of millions of people? The fact that it's one of the greatest "art meditations" on the "human condition" ever conceived probably has something to do with it. If you're curious about the meaning of your life and how you should live it, read on for a few examples of how Animal Crossing can show you the way.

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