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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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2:30 PM on 07.09.2013

You need to hear this Animal Crossing: New Leaf cover

Trips to the island in Animal Crossing: New Leaf will never be the same after listening to these Kapp'n covers by YouTube user misterrandell. Hauntingly beautiful, yet at the same time uplifting. He says he's been "totally o...

Jordan Devore





1:30 PM on 07.07.2013

Rest this Animal Crossing bag on your hip, sirs

It's been interesting to watch Animal Crossing go from being perceived as a weird "kiddie" game that most people bought just for the old NES games to something appreciated by good looking adults across the world.  Case i...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 AM on 07.06.2013

The Villager pays a visit to Skyrim

Such innocence and bloodshed, yet that smile never goes away.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:30 PM on 06.29.2013

The dark secret of Animal Crossing's Pigeon Milk revealed

One of the more interesting bits of evocative minutia in the Animal Crossing series comes from the player's potential relationship with Brewster, the local coffee barista. It's hard to win the favor of this high cla...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 PM on 06.29.2013

Amazon discounts Animal Crossing: New Leaf and more

[Update: Looks like Amazon has sold out on Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but other 3DS titles are still currently available. Better act fast!] If my Facebook feed has been any indication, then everyone (their moms included) alre...

Wesley Ruscher

8:30 PM on 06.24.2013

Allow K.K. and Friends to touch your musical soul

Ladies and gentlemen, I am playing Animal Crossing for the first time ever. I scored a copy of New Leaf, popped it into my 3DS, and immediately fell deep into Tom Nook's financial pit of despair. I can tell this game is going...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 06.23.2013

Only the lonely don't own Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Times are tough for those in certain circles that that don't have the new Animal Crossing. Depending on who you run with on the internet, your Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter feeds could currently be filled to the brim with pic...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 PM on 06.21.2013

Reggie's Animal Crossing home has his face on a bed

Have you ever wondered how the other half live? Wonder no more. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime gives an all access look at his Animal Crossing: New Leaf home in this adorable video. Plus, he drops some proper...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 06.19.2013

Japanese artists think Wii Fit Trainer is smokin'

The fourth Smash Bros. was only announced last week, but fans the world over have already contributed a wealth of art based on the three new characters. However, Japanese art community pixiv has taken a particularly big shine...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 06.13.2013

Animal Crossing sets record sales on Nintendo eShop in US

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is kind of a big deal. The Nintendo 3DS exclusive has sold more than four million units in Japan to date and is already off to a hot start in North America in its first week on the market. "The digit...

Kyle MacGregor



New releases: The Last of Us is here at last photo
New releases: The Last of Us is here at last
by Fraser Brown

There won't be many games threatening to draw your attention away from the spectacle of E3 this week, but what we are getting is rather splendid. 

The Last of Us seems to have impressed just about everyone, including the lovely Jim Sterling, and you can see what all the gushing is about come Friday. I certainly hope it can live up to the nearly universal acclaim. 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf dropped yesterday, but since I consider Sunday a complete write off (it's my hangover day) let's just pretend it came out this week, okay? Other than that we're getting Mighty Switch Force 2 for the 3DS and Zeno Clash II launches on Xbox Live. 

What are you splashing out on this week?

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