A new special item, along with a new character is available in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! You can now craft Celeste’s Telescope for 350 Leaf Tickets and once that’s done and it’s placed in your campsite, Celeste will come for a visit. The telescope item acts just like the Tom Nook’s chair and K.K. Slider’s chair items.
Also, if you have more than one of these special items in your campsite, you’ll only be able to see one character at a time. Celeste’s Telescope will be available until April 29th.
For more on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, check out the new Spring Event that has just started!
The internet is boiling and wondering when the long awaited January Nintendo Direct will be held. The most anticipated day is January 11th. Many fans still believe that a Nintendo Direct will be held on that day. Rumors even suggest that the big N will announce Animal Crossing Switch with a release in Summer 2018. Keep in mind that at this point nothing has been confirmed. Let’s take a look at the most persistent rumors so far.
Nintendo fans on Twitter, reddit and other social websites strongly believe in a direct this week. Everything traces back to November of 2017, when an internal EA email had leaked. The marketing materials indicated that a Nintendo Direct held in January would feature EA games like FE.
A couple more things happened since that leak. Amazon has recently created placeholders for unannounced Switch games, and quickly took down the listings after. Though some fans were able to place orders for these games. All of the games featured an image that indicated that these games are from the recent Nintendo Direct. Gamestop has had a similar leak, with a mysterious listing of Switch games appearing in their inventory.
Nintendo is certainly aware of the rumors, and has pitched in to troll it’s fans. The big N has published a couple of tweets teasing it’s fans. Official twitter accounts from AAA games like Assassins Creed, Doom, Sonic and more joined the fun and commented on the tweets. Leaving fans to believe that these games might see a future on the Nintendo Switch. If that wasn’t enough Nintendo of Russia tweeted that a Nintendo Direct was incoming, but moments later they took that tweet down.
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It is 2018, the Nintendo Switch is awesome, but there has yet to be any announcement of an Animal Crossing Switch game. Yes, we have Pocket Camp and it’s really not that bad, if you’re not a true fan of the series. If you are a die hard fan, then you’ll well be aware of the fact that since the first Animal Crossing game released back in 2001, the last main series installment (New Leaf,) was out on the 8th of November, 2012 for Japan and out in June for the rest of the world in 2013. Regardless of the fact spin-offs such as Happy Home Designer (2015,) amiibo Festival (2015) and the New Leaf expansion “Welcome amiibo” and the mobile app has graced our presence since, it has been well over 4 years since the last true installment.
Animal Crossing Switch is one of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch. In the last week many rumors emerged on websites like Reddit, Neogaf and 4chang. Most of them point at a Q3, or even Q4 release for Animal Crossing Switch. Making it a Holiday game to help ship even more Switch units. However Nintendo is expected to release Bayonetta 3, possibly Smash Bros for the Switch. These games are also expected to be released by the end of 2018. Because of that, Animal Crossing 2018 could be released as early as Summer 2018. This has been the case for New Leaf as well. Last year Nintendo gave us Splatoon 2 and ARMS. Both of them are fun games to play and were well worth the Summer status they were given and Animal Crossing 2018 could be a follow up to the success of Splatoon 2 and ARMS.
Even if the Nintendo Direct does not happen on 1.11.2018 it will most likely happen next week, or any day in January. Nintendo has to show what they have in store for it’s fans through 2018. The Animal Crossing franchise received a lot of hype with the recent release of the mobile game, there is a good chance Nintendo will ride that hype train to further push the franchise with an Animal Crossing Switch announcement. In the end Reggie, president of Nintendo North America did say that a future Animal Crossing is expected to tie in with the mobile version of the beloved village simulation game. Check out this post for a video of what Animal Crossing Switch could look like.
Here are some games to tide over avid Animal Crossing fans until the release of Pocket Camp.
✨ Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry (Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times in US) ✨
This game is a must-play for fans of Animal Crossing. Animal Crossing meets Hogwarts, this game has all the favourite attributes of animal crossing such as animal residents, cute graphics (which are visually similar to animal Crossing), having your own room to decorate, fishing, bug catching and a variety of shops to browse. However, in this game there are unique perks such as: Being able to attend classes at the Magic school, being able to play instruments, being able to perform spells (such as invisibility, which is useful for eavesdropping) and the ability to date the other residents (which is alarming if you think about it, considering you’re a human and they’re animals/aliens/fruit, etc).
This game is a great addition to the Harvest Moon series. The story is of two towns (Bluebell and Konohana) that used to have a connecting tunnel between the two towns and were friendly with one another. But as years went on, they fell out and become more and more isolated from one another, with the tunnel eventually becoming blocked, meaning a long trek is necessary to travel from one town to the other. You can choose which town you want to inhabit at the beginning of the game. Your character’s aim is to restore peace between the two towns. You can choose to fall in love with one of the residents from your own town, or from the other town. In addition to this, there are all the Harvest Moon perks that we all know and love, such as Animal farming (Bluebell) and Plant farming (Konohana), shopping, horse riding, gathering etc., as well as regular food festivals held by the goddess at the hill between the two towns. As your character participates in more competitions, the friendship between the two towns will increase.
Psst! There’s also rumours of a remake called Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns +
Fantasy life is a game brought to us by Level 5, the company that created the infamous Professor Layton series. The beautiful unique graphics and music are a good indicator of this. In this game, after creating your character you get to choose a ‘life’ (basically what career you want). The 12 life classes to choose from are: Alchemist; Angler; Blacksmith; Carpenter; Cook; Hunter; Magician; Mercenary; Miner; Paladin; Tailor; and Woodcutter. After you have mastered one life, you can choose another. In each life, you learn a new skill and can make/obtain new items (dishes as a chef, clothes as a tailor, ore as a miner etc.), meaning once you’ve mastered all 12 lives, you are saving a lot of Dosh (the currency) and resources. Like in Animal Crossing, you can decorate your houses, engage with locals, as well as being able to take on quests, slay dragons, and complete the exciting storyline.
This game also has a sequel that will soon be released for mobile! You can check out a first Fantasy Online gameplay video right here.
This was one of the first DS games I played and therefore sticks in my memory. I vividly remember retrieving it out of my stocking from Santa and spending Christmas day curled up on the sofa being even more anti-social than normal (if that’s possible?!). So good was this game that my mum decided to steal it (along with my DS console), create a save file of her own, and play it whilst I was in school. This game basically consists of following a storyline where the King gives your character the task of solving the mystery around who’s been stealing public works projects and houses from the Kingdom and causing chaos?! Alongside following the story, you get to decorate your houses (you get multiple), go shopping, play mini-games, complete mini quests (such as finding all the escaped zoo animals), create public works projects and place new houses.
I haven’t actually played Stardew Valley in depth, but I’ve heard very good things and definitely want to put aside some time to play it properly. Stardew Valley is a Harvest Moon like, farming RPG game developed by ConcernedApe. Your character inherits a farm plot from your grandfather and your job is to create a successful farm and a thriving community. It has been well received and has been given a 10/10 rating by Steam! Nintendo have also released a version of it for Switch. 🙂
The Sims 3 is great fun. Don’t get me wrong, I like The Sims 4, but there is very little space for development in your town, EA received a lot of backlash for not including pools and toddlers (amongst other things) in their initial release of the game, which forced them to include them in updates, and it has more of a mobile Sims game feel than the PC Sims games I’ve grown up with.
The Sims 3 has better graphics than The Sims 2 whilst also having super cool expansion packs such as The Sims 3: Supernatural (you can create and meet fairies, plant people, vampires etc.) and The Sims 3: Island Paradise where you can create and run your own resorts. In addition to this, The Sims 3: University Life offers a more realistic University life for your Sims (perhaps too realistic for some, the stress of getting them through university is unreal).