Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Even more ways to improve on Animal Crossing

I seriously have Animal Crossing on my mind. The movie, the banner, the game... It's driving me nuts! In the best way, mind you. But still...

Also, you can read the first Animal Crossing Wii ideas article here.

Animal Crossing Wii is bound to be one monster of a game when it comes out. If Super Smash Bros. Brawl is any indication, Nintendo can sure cram a whole lot onto those Wii DVDs. And now for even more data to be crammed!

More elaborate birthday celebrations

In Animal Crossing, the game always knows when it's your birthday. When you first start up the game on your birthday, you are greeted at your door with a random neighbour. They wish you the best, and give you a special item: Cake. From then on, nobody really says anything about it being your birthday. No more gifts, no parties, nothing. How about some action? How about all your best friends from the neighbourhood show up in the morning, each one bearing gifts and a single cake between them. Then there could be a party, mini-games and more. What used to be a minor event could become a day-long party in Animal Crossing Wii!

Frozen ponds and rivers lead to hidden areas

Imagine that it's the middle of Winter, and the temperature is sub-zero. All the small bodies of water would freeze over, allowing your character to traverse the once impassable ponds and rivers. In addition to making it easier to get around town, walking across certain frozen areas could lead to secret parts of the village. A tiny island hidden in the middle of the lake, or maybe a secret path up to the top of the town's border-marking cliffs. The possibilities are pretty staggering!

To further add to this idea, players and villagers would gain the ability to skate around on the town's major pond, and there could even be a skating competition with prizes. There's so much potential in this!

Of course, ocean bordering the town would be impervious to freezing. Perhaps small sections of the shallower parts would freeze, but the majority of the ocean would still be liquid. Can't have you running off to Alaska now, can we?

More to do while visiting friends online

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, online interaction was limited to talking and a few little games made up by the players. You could compete to catch the most fish or bugs in the least amount of time or race across town, but it was all pretty shallow and it got boring quickly. How about we kick it up a notch? Bam!

First of all, a non-playable character (NPC) such as a villager could organize a treasure hunt. The players would all get their clues from the villager, and head off to find their prize. Each player would get slightly different clues, to prevent people from just following their competitors around and stealing the prize. All players would take different paths, but everybody's hunt will end with the same treasure. Whoever gets there first wins and gets to keep the booty!

This is just one idea to help flesh-out the online aspect of the game. I'm sure Nintendo will think up many more games and activities far more interesting than mine!

A more customizable house

In both of the Animal Crossing games released so far, you can upgrade your house in only on significant way, and that's to make it bigger. Your pal/tyrannical overlord Tom Nook upgrades your house in return for you paying him exorbitant amounts of mortgage debt. This is all fine and dandy, but I wish there were more ways to improve on your home. After all, this is one of the game's most important parts!

So in what other ways could the house be upgraded? I'm thinking a fenced-in garden (To keep out any flower-trampling neighbours), a balcony, a fireplace, and maybe even a rooftop patio!

Also, it would be nice if we could change more of the house's colours than just the roof. Players could choose what colour the bricks are, and maybe even choose entirely different walls altogether! Aluminum siding, a log cabin... The possibilities are mind-boggling!

What do you think could be done to improve Animal Crossing for the next installment? Feel free to post your ideas in the comment section or in this article's forum thread.

The Duck Has Spoken.

1 comment:

Rawful said...

See, this is why Nintendo should really start listening to their fans.