Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS): COMPLETED!

HNI_0088Before you complain that I can’t have completed it, because it’s Animal Crossing, hear me out. Sure, you can get 100% of the items in your catalogue. Or maybe get a Perfect Town rating for so many days. Or win all the trophies. There’s no real way to complete Animal Crossing as such, but you can complete certain goals.

I set myself a goal, and today, I hit my target.

HNI_0037What goal? To play Animal Crossing: New Leaf every single day for an entire year. And that’s exactly what I’ve done. 366 consecutive days. I’ve experienced every season, every event, every holiday, festival and scheduled special happening. 366 days. 500 game hours. Good grief.

Previous games in the series had either been played less frequently, or for fewer months in total (specifically the Wii version, where my Wii died after three months solid play and I lost my saved game), so this is the most, and most frequent, I’ve played an Animal Crossing game.

HNI_0073And it was fantastic. Never once a chore, no matter how repetitive. Always a joy, no matter the weather or villager mood. So much to do yet so little done. I’ve just realised, in fact, that I’ve not even been to the island since Christmas. I’d totally forgotten it even existed!

I’m not done yet. I’ll still play it, checking in every now and again, but I’m done with daily play. In a way I’m sad, but I’m also relieved because I can play some other games now instead.

Things I’ve been playing recently

A few things that might not warrant a full post each. Or I’m lazy. Or both! Or neither.

Super Mario 64 (Wii U)

Technically, I’ve been playing this on the Wii U, but it’s actually the N64 game on the Wii Virtual Console via the Wii U.  Erm, but anyway.

I’ve not got very far in, and playing it was mainly to entertain my daughter, but I’ve picked up about 15 stars. It’s still one of the best games ever made, and as good as Super Mario 3D World is, this still bests it by a considerable margin. Not bad for a game that’s 18 years old!

tumblr_n5lyespnhy1svmpf2o1_400Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

It was my birthday, and the animals threw me a party! And some sent me (terrible) presents. But the thought was there.

I’m now just 4 weeks away from having played this for an entire year. I’ve still got so much to do – I’m nowhere near filling either the museum or my catalogue, and I still don’t have a police station. Still, I did manage to get a new tree stump pattern I’d not managed before. Looks like I might be playing this even after my 365 day stint is up…

tumblr_n5qgrqjqab1svmpf2o1_400Nintendo Pocket Football Club (3DS)

I’ve been promoted to the third league (the one with the football as the logo), and spent the summer training, playing Italy a lot (which gives you loads of cards), buying some new players (some of mine have aged already, and are dropping stats!) and preparing for the new season.

Which started badly as I lost my first game. Thankfully, it was only to the team that had just dropped down from the next league up, so I should still be able to beat everyone else. In fact, I have beaten two other teams already, so things are looking up!

I wish my striker, Jaimie, could manage more than two matches without getting injured though. Useless.

Things I’ve been playing recently

FUZZY_PICKLESEarthbound (Wii U)

Progressing well through this now. Well, at least I was until I entered Moonside where everythings is… wrong. The map is like Fourside only upside down, and all in neon. And there are invisible walls. And some people you talk to warp you all over the place but not to anywhere useful. And “yes” and “no” are reversed, except when saving your game. It’s very odd.

Oh yeah, and Paula got kidnapped by a green squidalienghost in the department store, which means some of the fights now are pretty hard as I had been relying on her Freeze “magic” (although it isn’t called magic – what is it? PP? What?) a lot.

They_see_me_rollin_._They_hatin_.__cos_cubes_don_t_roll.Edge (Wii U)

I still have some eShop credit and this was reduced last week to just £1.79 or something, so I picked it up. It’s a nice puzzle game where you roll a cube around picking up smaller cubes and hitting switches which make the platforms appear, move, or transform. Seems good so far, but I’m only about 20 (short) levels in. The controls are a bit of a pain though – it’s too easy to allow the cube to keep rolling even after you stop pressing the direction pad, which is odd as it’s a cube, not a ball.

tumblr_n3krwn7ttt1svmpf2o1_400Animal Crossing (3DS)

Still playing this every day! Big news this week though – I finally managed to get a lighthouse! That space I’ve been saving on the clifftop for almost EIGHT MONTHS has now been filled with a lovely shiny lighthouse. Awesome!

I’ve also been trying to get more special tree stumps. I’d visited someone else’s village and they had at least two special stump designs that I didn’t, so I chopped down half my trees in the hope I’d find them in my own village. I didn’t. So a lot of time has been spent planting new trees.

Skylanders Giants (360)

Late to the party with this, as Skylanders Swapforce has been out about six months now, but someone was selling Giants (and ten Skylanders we didn’t have) for a bargain price, so I snapped them up. I’ve been playing it with my daughter, and although we’re only about four levels in, and it does seems like more of the same (only without the right-stick “waggle” events to open chests and locks and things), it’s just as fun as the original. Having a pile of new Skylanders to try is nice too. We’ve 27 overall now.

tumblr_n3ebuzyrew1svmpf2o1_1280Steel Diver (3DS)

This was one of the “three for a tenner” games I bought a while back, along with Tetris 3DS and Heroes of Ruin. I can see why people complained at the price when it was £30, but for what I paid it’s a perfectly good title. You control a submarine and have to navigate through areas by moving depth and velocity sliders on the touch screen, rather than with the d-pad. Torpedo firing controls are all “buttons” on the touch screen too, as is the attitude “wheel”.

There are three different subs to choose, from a nimble but weak tiny one, to a strong but difficult to manoeuvre underwater tank. You actually have to play all of the levels with all three subs to unlock the later levels, and I’m currently struggling to pass Level 5, where there’s a massive ship you have to destroy, only I can’t. Boo!

Playing_dress_up._Or__since_I_have_no_other_clothes__dress_down.Megami Paradise (PC Engine)

I have no idea what is happening. I intended to play this for Game Over, Yeah!! but couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do, so didn’t get to any areas where it was possible to die, so had to abort it. It appears to be an RPG where you control a girl at a convent school (it’s full of nuns). I managed to find some other girls who were stuck in chests or surrounded by frogs, and then found a dressing room where I could strip to my bra and knickers (but it wouldn’t let me leave the room until I’d put my clothes back on). Pretty standard Japanese fare, then. See:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

tumblr_n0xozrnbex1svmpf2o1_1280This week I hit the 350 hours played mark. That’s a lot of hours. I’m pretty sure that’s more hours than I’ve spent on any previous game in the series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of my most played games ever. And yet… I’m still playing every day, and I still feel I’m nowhere near done.

tumblr_n0zfb0tggl1svmpf2o1_400Sure, there’s a load of furniture I’m missing (much of which I’ll probably never get – like the Ice stuff, and some of the other missed seasonal special things), but I’m also well off completing my museum, with still only about 6 pictures and statues on display, and around a third of the fish and insects still unaccounted for. Not only that but many of the town works I crave so much are just not forthcoming. Cheese must remain Flower Clockless and Devoid of Lighthouse for a bit longer, it seems. And badges? I’ve not even half of them. So much to do, yet I spend most of my time sending letters full of fertiliser to Agent S. She loves it.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

fertiliser

And still the game goes on. I found out that the reason I didn’t have a Gold Shovel yet is because I simply haven’t bought enough fertiliser. So I’ve been buying fertiliser.

But what to do with all my fertiliser? Send it to Agent S, of course! That girl (yes, it surprised me too) loves fertiliser. Probably.

Then my transvestitism was unkindly brought up when the less tolerant than expected Lopez questioned why I was wearing a lady’s hat. Because I like it and it makes me feel pretty, Lopez.

Fight intolerance, yo.

Things I’ve Played Recently

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

lbw2Glorious.

Oh, you want more? Erm, really glorious? It’s the best Zelda game since Minish Cap. Mainly because it’s the only Zelda games since Minish Cap, sure, but still.

Yes, yes, I know there was Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass and those Wii ones and stuff, but they’re not proper Zelda games. Don’t argue.

Nintendo have taken the essence of a proper Zelda game, reused the game world from A Link To The Past, and streamlined a new alternative story. By streamlined, I mean you’re essentially handed all Link’s weapons and very quickly obtain most of his abilities and just left to do the job of winning and exploring. Which might sound awful, but it really works. It’s a lot of fun as a result.

I’ve just finished the first dungeon (which didn’t even feel like a dungeon, and it’s only the first in that it’s the first I attempted – you can do them in any order) in Lorule, so there’s a fair way to go yet.

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

tumblr_myu6u3HPvt1svmpf2o1_1280With the game complete (as in, Bowser beaten) it’s mop-up time. I’ve been back to earlier levels and nabbed more stars, stamps and, er, sflags, and played through the post-game unlocked Star World, and some of the post-Star-World Mushroom World. I’m still yet to find any actually really difficult levels though.

Sure, some of the stars have been hard, and there have been a few moderately difficult levels, but there’s been NOTHING as hard as the hard stuff in New Super Mario Bros U yet. Still, there’s more to come so it might happen eventually…

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

Hippo_new_year__Or_would_be_if_the_stupid_hippo_had_turned_up.Still playing. Still not missed a day. Still finding things to do. Still getting the same damn statue from Crazy Redd EVERY SINGLE TIME. Seriously – I’ve had the guy with the disc one six times running.

It was New Year in the game too, and there were fireworks and a big countdown clock and stuff. Which was nice.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

Snowman bingo. What. I’ve built a few snowmen and got a bingo card and each day I can make the snowmen’s eyes spin and they give me a number and I stamp it and then what? What happens when I get bingo!?

Things I’ve been playing recently

phoenixwrightdlcPhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS)

I completed it, sure. But then Capcom went and released a DLC case for it this week. So I had no choice but to buy it and play it. I’m not far in yet, as I’m still on the first day of investigation, but it’s awesome. And it has my new favourite character – Marlon Rimes. Who is a sort of pirate marine zookeeper rapper. Oh yes.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

I have to stop playing this soon. I don’t want to, but there are too many games. I’m mainly just chatting to animals and buying all the things in the shop each day now. Thing is, it’s Christmas in Animal Crossingland soon, and that’s going to be special, right?

Wii Sports Club (Wii U)

I managed a high score of 201, but I got much higher than that the other week and it isn’t listed any more for some reason. Rubbish!

Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)

I’m finally past the Clock Factory Mansion levels, and even past the snowy mine levels after that (which for some reason was two missions shorter). I’m now onto what I suspect, according to the map and the fact I’ve only one piece of Dark Moon left, is the final mansion. Wooo!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

ac_goldenslingshotAnd still I’m playing this. I’ve yet to miss a single day of play, in fact. That puts me past the number of consecutive days played of any previous version for sure, and, past the number of days in total I’ve played both Wild World and Let’s Go To The City. I don’t recall how many days I actually played the Gamecube version for though. I know it was a lot, and pretty much a year from start to finish, but I know I didn’t play daily.

A reward today was this – a golden slingshot! I don’t know how this was triggered, and it was only by fluke I saw it floating overhead, but there it is. Woo!

In other AC news, I’ve been collecting Harvest furniture from T&T, and have been getting a few items of Mushroom furniture by picking up things which look like mushrooms and are the size of mushrooms, but in fact are sometimes lamps and beds and cupboards and stuff. Obviously.

Games I’ve been playing recently

Another roundup! Woo!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

I’ve played this every single day now for more than four months, and you’d think it’d have grown old by now. But no – I’m still finding new things to do. Being October I’m collecting Spooky Furniture, and this week I managed to pass Gracie’s 4th and final test so she’s now opened up a store inside newly renovated T&T’s. Excellent.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)

Still in the Clock Tower, but have beaten a few more missions. It’s a great game, but every time I turn my 3DS on, Animal Crossing comes first!

Wonderful 101 (Wii U)

After Brothers (urgh) this was my next big console game to start. Super backlog fighter, yo. And, despite what everyone has said about it, I’m not enjoying it. Having discussed it with lots of people, I’ve come to the conclusion my copy of the game is actually broken. My main issue is that if I draw a circle, I get a red circle. Pressing A should trigger Unite Hand. 95% of the time, it doesn’t – I get a sword. Nobody else is getting this issue, and it’s easily repeatable.

Besides that, I’m struggling to fight big things, and avoid attacks. And figure out what to do half the time as the instructions don’t seem to come up when you actually need them. Ho hum.

I’ll keep trying, but I’m not sure I’m able to “fix” it.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U)

Slayed (slew?) my first Barioth in a welcome return to playing this. It’s been too long. Awesome.