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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]

Hamza CTZ Aziz

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