Animal Crossing miniature model at Nintendo World.
This used to be one of my favorite games on the GameCube. Every day after school I would boot up the game, check my mail, do quick errands, and then wander to Tom Nook’s store to see what he has for sale, while plucking all the weeds I come across on my way there. I kept my town so clean you could eat peaches off the floor.
In real-life, I tracked down every Gamestop around town, looking for ones that still carried Animal Crossing e-Reader cards. Not that many did. But when I found one, I bought as many card packs as my allowance allowed. It was so fun to collect them that I even joined an online community where you could trade cards with other users through postal mail. Exchanged cards and handwritten thank you letters. Made a few online friends.
When you scanned in an Animal Crossing card with your e-Reader, it either gave you a new town tune, a clothing pattern, or a rare furniture. Additionally, if you sent an in-game letter to the animal that was on the face of the card, you would receive a reply from them the next day with a fully functioning NES game attached. It was sometimes a little sad when a villager just vamoosed out of town without warning.
I think all young children should play Animal Crossing. It would improve their reading and writing skills, as well as their sense of humor: It’s silly and amusing, while still managing to be clean. And it would introduce them to an essential everyday ability: delayed gratification. Want to sell some fruit? Wait until the morning. Want a new painting for your pad? Wait until Crazy Redd rolls into town to set up his black market operation on the last weekend of this month. Want to upgrade your house? Okay, do errands every day for three months and then resist the temptation to be spend those bells.
In closing, here’s my favorite Animal Crossing tune: YouTube