On…Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Wait, didn’t I already write about this? Well yes, but that was a first impression, and I did suggest I might return to it. Over a month later, I finally feel ready to talk about the game in more depth. I’m sure in six months’ time, I could delve even deeper into this game. Look at me, I make it sound like a really deep and complex game. It’s all very simple really.

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First Impressions On…Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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So this morning I bounded downstairs to find my copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf had arrived! I have been eagerly awaiting this game for months. I’ve played AC on the Gamecube, on the DS, and a little bit on the Wii, so I’ve long been a huge fan of the franchise. I know the games are largely the same, but I really don’t mind because it’s a simple, addicting formula and it’s a game I like to play regularly in short bursts. Anyway, this blog post will be about my first impressions on the game. First impressions meaning I’ve literally just picked it up and I can’t definitively give an in-depth review of it yet. So at the time of writing, I’ve played the game for about an hour, and established a few things (covered more below). Remember, this is not a definitive review, so please feel free to comment on my commentary!

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On…Nintendo Direct @ E3

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Ah Nintendo. Whilst the Xbox 360 vs PS3 console wars were waging a few years ago, I was one of the few who held out for Nintendo. Not that I thought the Wii was any good, but because Nintendo first party titles will always have a special place in my heart. I grew up playing Zelda, Mario, and Pokemon, and I just can’t get over how magical those games were. Even though I’ve taken on new favourite games since then, I still think I would vastly enjoy a new Pokemon title more than most games. It’s funny, how they’re basically the same game every time but with slightly new tweaks, but that’s really the joy of it. I love the familiar, the nostalgic and I love being able to re-experience that with better graphics, more mechanics and a whole new story/world. So watching Nintendo’s E3 Direct (not a presentation, but a video essentially) was a reminder to all those feelings I had, all those warm fuzzy memories and really rekindled the younger gaming spirit in me. I had become jaded from all the gritty, brown and dusty shooters of recent years, so the Nintendo showing was a joy to watch in its technicolour explosion of light and sound.

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