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We’re sticking with the photo album format for Animal Crossing Chronicles. It offers a detailed view of life in Tokyo for Samus. This quarter, fall has given way to winter and the possibility of snow was the talk of the town. Enjoy photos from the fall and winter 2011 in Tokyo!
We are trying a new format with Animal Crossing Chronicles. In this quarter’s issue, we presented a photo album of Samus’ exploits during the summer 2011. This choice was infinitely easier to produce and it’s easier to upload and implement on our blog. Let us know what you think!
The Usual Suspects: GI takes a look at the shooter-looter Borderlands from Gearbox Software. Editors Lyndsey and Jamie Mosley complete a short runthrough for an episode of Game Night and begin their newest podcast, Guns of Pandora.
We review: Donkey Kong Country (SNES), Barbie (NES), Double Dragon (Genesis) and Final Fantasy (NES)
Ready, Set, Begin!:
We review: Call of Duty Black Ops (Xbox 360 version), Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360 version), Shinobi (PS2), Animal Crossing (GameCube) and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360 version).
We review Watchmen (film) in the property review, Devil May Cry 3 Vol. 1 in Otaku, the top 5 unknown black superheroes, discuss the importance of equal representation in comics in Strip Talk and break down Marrow in the Marvel character highlight.
In this issue, we begin our long-planned and awaited ratings policy and we move our digital archives online. If you would like to read older content from Gaming Insurrection without having to download a PDF issue, now’s your chance. Gaming Insurrection’s digital archives are now live! Get started here.
Welcome to the fifth edition of Animal Crossing Chronicles. This feature originally began in January 2010 and has evolved into a diary following a new character in the town of Tokyo on the GameCube version of Animal Crossing. Each quarter, we will look at the life of Samus as she makes her way through Tokyo and learns the ropes of life.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Today is April Fool’s Day! And it’s apparently a semi-special event here in Tokyo. I went for a walk today and happened to run into Tortimer. He’s a crusty old turtle but he’s nice. He was walking around inspecting the town, I guess, and he decided to give me a gift. I love gifts, especially of the free variety, so I didn’t turn it down.
So, when I got back to my house, I opened it. Imagine how surprised I was when I realized that he’d given me an NES game. Well, the NES game was actually a joke. I was not amused. I was hoping for something awesome, and all I got was this game that doesn’t actually work called Super Tortimer. Looks like I won’t be taking gifts from the mayor anymore.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I went for a walk today just to get out of the house. Because the weather is now nice again, it’s good to get out and see the landscape of the town. I ran into some new animals such as Rio, who isn’t exactly neighborly. The inside of her house is nice, though.
The weather and the landscape have changed quite a bit. In March the green leaves made a return, and the snow melted off. This month, we’ve had cherry blossoms all over the place. If I could find my kimono, I would wear it outside to view the blossoms, but the kimono is in storage somewhere in the house.
I had an idea of taking a trip on the train, but I don’t know of any other towns I could visit. Traveling would be nice.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I went through the majority of Super Mario Bros. earlier today. I didn’t have much time to sit down and play as much as I wanted to, but Jamie wanted to borrow my copy so I played a little of it before I let it go.
I managed to make it all the way to World 8-3 before I quit. Jamie told me that if I beat the game and saved my progress, it would be permanently saved unless I delete my NES data. So, right as I got to World 8-4, I quit so I could at least save my high score. I have about 360,000.
I want to go over to his house and play Zelda because he has a retro TV that is awesome. I have an Apple TV, which isn’t bad, but the retro TV looks more cool.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I went decorating again. For some reason, the Happy Room Academy insists that I have junk on the floor and then takes off points. I’m not sure what they’re referring to, but I took some shells that I had and sold them. I hope that fixes the problem.
For now, my house is a mix that I like. I have a lot of the fruit-related items downstairs and flowers to brighten the room. Upstairs, I changed to yellow furniture and added a custom yellow wallpaper and wooden floor to brighten it for spring and summer. In the fall I will probably switch to a brown wallpaper or deep red. I think it looks cool right now.
Thursday, May 20, 2011
I’m gearing up for the summer events in the town! The fishing tournament starts soon and I think I will enter this year. Lyndsey has previously won several of them, and her trophy looks sweet. I think it will be fun to catch fish, and I know the trick to winning the contest. Hopefully, I can catch a large-enough fish at some point to enter into the contest.
I actually paid some of my ginormous loan off today. I’d been saving money off and on from the sale of fossils, and I had some left over cash that I could afford to put toward the bill. The loan was at 788,000 Bells, and I paid 30,000 Bells to bring it down to 758,000 Bells. I can’t get any more upgrades so I guess I should get started paying more of it off to get from underneath it.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
It is so hot outside now! The temperature has gone up so fast that I have to carry an umbrella outside with me just to get some shade. While I’d love a tan while I’m outside I don’t want to get sunburned. I have several umbrellas that will work.
Sunday starts the fishing tournament, and I’m getting more excited. If I can catch a large Bass that would be wonderful. And I hope to not make as many puns, either. While I’m waiting for the tournament to start it’s probably going to be a good time to get my fishing and insect collecting up to par again since most of the creatures that I can catch in Tokyo are now definitely out of hibernation. There is money to be had in the landscape of town for sure.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I entered the fishing contest today. I did well for my first try or so I thought. Every time I thought I had a winning entry, someone else came along and entered something better. I finally gave up at about 5 p.m.
I had been outside since 10 a.m. catching fish and insects to sell and for the contest, but I was tired and beat by the time the contest actually started. It also didn’t help that Wendell was in town. He plays the starving artist really well, so I tried to be nice and give him something to eat. I gave him a Sea Bass so that I didn’t have to give up my contest entries, and he gave me a Tree-lined Wall wallpaper in return.
My contest entry was a 19-inch large Bass. Olivia, who lives several acres over, turned in a 24-inch large Bass and won according to Chip, who overseas the contest. Oh well. I guess there’s always next week.
Welcome to the fourth edition of Animal Crossing Chronicles. This feature originally began in January 2010 and has evolved into a diary following a new character in the town of Tokyo on the GameCube version of Animal Crossing. Each quarter, we will look at the life of Samus as she makes her way through Tokyo and learns the ropes of life.
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
I made a little headway on the loan as part of my New Year’s resolutions. I had about 120,000 Bells saved up
from my mysterious gift in December (just in time for Christmas!) so I paid 49,800 Bells today. This paid off my loan for the basement addition! I opted to get a larger main room, and it should be done tomorrow.
It snowed in December finally! I could attempt the snowman furniture collection, but it’s too aggravating. The balls have to be just right and, more often than not, mine are not. I will buy some more furniture, though, because I’ll be getting an upstairs addition pretty soon with a few more payoffs. I would like to move my bed and add a bath section upstairs so that I can entertain in the main room. Also, I’d like to be able to use my 8-mat tatami flooring again. I think I will be using the tea room wallpaper in the upstairs bedroom, but I haven’t really given it much thought.
I look forward to warm weather again already. It’s too cold here!
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
Today I was tasked with turning on the light in the Tokyo’s lighthouse. Tortimer asked me yesterday when I was running errands if I would do this for about a week. I didn’t want to because who knows when I’ll be outside again, but I agreed anyway because I’m nice. So I have to do this until the 22nd, which is next Saturday. If I can remember to do it after today, I will.
I made a big payment on my next loan as well. After Nook finished the latest upgrade, my bill jumped to 398,000 Bells. Since I had 90,000 Bells saved up, I used it to pay a little on the balance. I hope the next upgrade will be the upstairs room. I’m ready to move my furniture around.
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011
So I thought I was doing something good and making progress in Tokyo. I added more furniture and to my surprise, I found that I was running out of room. I can’t have everything that I own in my living room! I don’t have the
upstairs bedroom yet, and I need some place to put all of my clothes. I bought some storage spaces, which is ridiculous. Why is it that the shelving only holds three items? They really should make them hold multiple items. That way I would save on space and not have to spend so many Bells just get the place organized.
I’m hoping that I have enough tickets at the end of the month to join in the raffle that Nook holds. Last month, I won a bunch of stuff because I had 45 tickets. It seems when you’re new in town you can easily rack up tickets because you have to spend a lot of money at the store.
Oh, and I’m not looking forward to Valentine’s Day. For the single people like me, it’s a made-up holiday. I don’t care.
Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
I caught a huge fish today! I think it was a stringfish. It was in the pond and I saw this huge shadow so I immediately pulled out my fishing rod and reeled it in. I don’t have to donate to the museum since Lyndsey and Jamie have already finished that task, so I’m selling it for the 15,000 Bells it will bring in.
I’ve steadily been making payments on my loan from Nook. What I usually do is make the rounds in Tokyo, looking for fossils and gyroids and then selling them the next day. You can only mail in three a day because that’s all that the Faraway Museum will accept. If you send in more, they won’t send them back and you will have lost them. I found
that out that hard way several weeks ago. It would have been nice for one of the other characters to tell me that! But I’ve been making money and every little bit helps. I pay 10,000 Bells everytime I finish up for the day. Slowly but surely this has helped knock down the money I have left. I hope pretty soon to take a break and go listen to K.K. Slider at the train station. He only shows up on Saturday nights but I need new music!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Spring is here! It’s nice for all of the snow to be off the ground in Tokyo. Like my namesake, I can’t take the cold for very long (I love the Metroid reference I just made), and I’m glad it’s warming up again. I’ve started buying the spring tops and I’m going to start planting flowers around my house just as soon as I have time to pick out the types I want.
My spring project is remodeling the house. I think I want yellow and green in the rooms. I have stored mostly all of the green furniture that’s been offered at Nookington’s and I’m going to design a decent yellow wallpaper at the Able Sisters’ shop in a few weeks. Once I get the room addition, I will have the space to put everything, and I can stop storing furniture in letters at the post office. It also means I can sort of clear out my basement.
I finally met Sahara the other day. She’s … different. I did a trade with her. I gave her a carpet and 3,000 Bells and she gave me a special carpet. Truth be told, they’re not all that special, most of them. I like the Sand Garden pattern and that’s about it. I might use that in my room with the deer scare.
Friday, March 18, 2011
I meant to update on the February raffle. I didn’t win anything. I didn’t have nearly as many tickets as I thought I would at the end of the month. I got some tickets from Lyndsey, but it wasn’t really enough to do anything with. I like to think that maybe I will do something this month. I have another part of the house to outfit now and I plan to turn my basement into another area as well. So that means more furniture to be bought.
With spring around again, I decided it was time to catch insects again. And I did! I caught several species of butterflies that I didn’t have already and I’m working on catching a snail and a ladybug. They’re pretty rare but I know when they show up so it shouldn’t be too hard. I might keep the ladybug in the house. They’re cute bugs and I think it will look nice.
Welcome to the third edition of Animal Crossing Chronicles. This feature originally began in January 2010 and has evolved into a diary following a new character in the town of Tokyo on the GameCube version of Animal Crossing. Each quarter, we will look at the life of Samus as she makes her way through Tokyo and learns the ropes of life.
Friday, October 22, 2010
First night in, I had to work for Tom Nook. In return for doing his odd jobs, I received from my animal neighbors: A No. 67 shirt, an 8-mat tatami and a handcart. I kept the 8-mat tatami since it is one of my favorite floorings. Because Lyndsey and Jamie have already set up Tokyo, we have a Nookington’s and the museum is
complete. This leaves me free to catch and sell all of the bugs and fish that I want. Also, we have non-native fruit (i.e. cherries, peaches, oranges and apples), so that’s more income as well. I will have my loan paid off in no time!
We have 14 animals in the town right now: Cousteau and Wolfgang (Acre E-5), Penny ( D-2), Mallary (D-4), Spork and Hazel (C-1), Spike, Jambette and Puck (B-1), Aziz (B-2), Olivia (C-2), Tutu (C-3), Petunia (C-4) and Bill (C-5). As always, we human characters all live in Acre B-3. I wonder if I can go over to Lyndsey’s house to play Super Mario Bros.?
So I began life in Tokyo during daytime hours. I was able to visit Nookington’s and sell stuff finally.I made 2,522 Bells. I then sold other stuff such as a crucian carp, pale chub, peaches, oranges and my tape deck. I won’t be needing the tape deck for awhile because I have yet to meet K.K. Slider. Even though he plays every Saturday at the train station, I don’t need music for awhile.
I caught the fish that I sold by purchasing a fishing rod and then a shovel. With the shovel I found the golden spot for the day and I got 1,000 Bells. I am well on my way to becoming rich enough to pay off my first loan of 17,400 Bells. I have decided that once I buy a net, I will catch some of the plentiful insects flitting around for income.
Even though it’s not summer, where I can make tens of thousands of Bells in a day from selling butterflies, I can still make nice Bells from the local insect economy.
I haven’t met with any of my neighbors, although I did meet our newest one, Bluebear, today. I’m pretty sure it’s a boy, but he was rude! But, then again, most of the population is like that, no matter what town you live in. In the spring, we may start the Tokyo Town Improvement Program. It’s an idea.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
In my never-ending quest to make Bells, I caught fish today. It was my first full day of fishing and I caught a bundle! I nabbed three Barred Knifejaws, two Red Snappers, seven Sea Bass, a Freshwater Goby and a Guppy. This brought my selling total to 23,440 Bells, more than enough to pay off my first loan.
I also bought my net, so now I can catch bugs. In the interest of saving space in the house, I sold my orange box and diary and bought a blue bureau. With it, I added room because I moved some shirts to it. Getting the room expansion will be awesome because I will be able to spread out.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I did it! I paid off my first loan to Tom Nook. I made a few more sales and bought more clothes, then paid it off at the post office. I owed 17,400, and I caught a Coelcanth the other day to make some more Bells since it was raining. Once I paid the loan off, I asked for the upgrade that Nook offers so that I can begin the expansion. I should have more space shortly!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I began paying off my new debt to Tom Nook today. He completed the remodeling repairs and the bill was 148,000 Bells! Thankfully, I paid him 58,000 Bells, bringing what I owe down to an even 90,000 Bells. I’m just waiting for a rainy day again.
With the Happy Room Academy, I received my lowest score ever: 285. They said my house was too small to generate any points, and I agree. I intend to boost it by doing a little remodeling myself.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thanks to a mysterious benefactor, I paid off my second loan today! I believe it was someone in the town with the Bells to pull it off, and I’m pretty sure it was Lyndsey.
There was a posting on the bulletin board for me! I checked it out and it said for me to check across the pond for “amazing treasure.” I went over there and found 180,000 Bells and some fossils. At this point the loan was at 90,000 Bells. so I paid it off completely and had about 132,000 Bells left over. I opted to get the basement addition from Nook so that I would have some place to put all of my clothes.
I saw a toilet in Lyndsey’s basement so I will buy that from her if she’s willing to sell it to me. I don’t have one in my inventory so I will have to pick it up that way or wait to buy it from Nook. There’s no telling when that will be.
I bought a daffodil chair and two shirts today.
I didn’t spend much and I got bills paid. I also put a fossil in the mail so that’s something extra coming in. I believe the next loan payment is in the 240,000 Bells range.
That will be easy to pay off quickly.
I did not talk with any of my animal friends today. I was in such a hurry to work on paying off the loan that I didn’t have time.
Apparently, Belle moved. I don’t even remember who that was so she must not have been too important. I think maybe she was a cat? I must have met her although Lyndsey told me in a letter that BlueBear sent a goodbye letter to her and she had never met him. Maybe everyone’s letters go to the humans when they move.
I know that the Harvest Festival is approaching but I don’t think I am going to go. I think I would just like to stay home this year and not visit with too many of my neighbors. I might pick some fruit, however, for my own feast. I may have Lyndsey and Jamie over as well.
Welcome to a second edition of the Animal Crossing Chronicles.
Not too much new has happened in my tiny City Folk town of Japan. It’s an emotionally barren place considering what my previous towns were like. I’ve been steadily paying off the home loan at a rate of 5,000 Bells per day and 1,000 Bells toward my town fund.
My daily activities have consisted of paying off my loan, fishing and talking to random town members in an effort to establish some sort of camaraderie. Now, I will be the first player to tell you that talking to my animal neighbors is a chore within itself. I don’t particular care for any of the animals’ personalities and their dialogue is written as rude most of the time. And that’s the “nice” animals. I tend to keep my interaction with them low unless I really need something, such as old carpets and wallpaper.
Animal Crossing couture
For my character, looking good when she steps out of the house for errands is important. I try my best to make sure the character’s style reflects my own. Thus, her clothes are mix and match of accessories. Mostly, she rocks pilot shades or large shades and a cute top. Her hair is a different matter, though. I prefer to have her wear her hair in a bun or for her to wear a wig. My favorite wigs are the geisha, mowhawk and afro.
Welcome to the Animal Crossing Chronicle. As a veteran Animal Crossingtonian (is that correct?), I have created characters and towns in Animal Crossing for the GameCube, Animal Crossing Wild World for the DS and now Animal Crossing City Folk. With the latest release comes my fourth character, in the town of Japan.
First things first, let’s get something out of the way: City Folk really isn’t anything new. This is Animal Crossing retread. If you’ve played Wild World, you’ve played this.
That being said, this is still Animal Crossing and it’s fun. If you liked the previous games, you will like this one. That’s the point of my chronicle: Mark my progress and fun.
The journey begins
To begin City Folk, I created my character. Instead of going through the usual character creation, I chose to import my character from Wild World. Rover, a recurring character throughout the series, got me started with importing, which is simple and quick. No more connecting your Game Boy with a cable; the connectivity is now wireless. When you import your character, he or she stays in the original game but City Folk brings over their face and most of the catalog. Items such as tools are not included, as well as items that cannot be ordered (like Gracie’s custom shirts, for example).
You are able to name your character and name the town for the Wii version. With this pseudo-new character, you have to start from scratch i.e. you have to do Tom Nook’s jobs again, pay off your home loan, expand your house, etc. It’s a pain but without it, there would be no point to starting a new game.
When I got started again, I immediately utilized the photo feature. The ability to snap photos in-game is nice and adds a touch missing from the other games. Using it is a little tricky but it’s a viable feature that should be included in all other versions. The photo above was taken using the feature.
Going about town
The first order of business was to set up my town. In each Animal Crossing game that I begin, I immediately finish my work for Nook and then begin my town improvement project. Chances are the town is a mess so I set out to gather flowers and place them around the animal NPC homes. Each home, including my own, is given a single-flower arrangement. If hybrid flowers are created, I remove those to my character’s plot or store them in my home. With the flower arrangements, the town is given some much-needed color and a little something goes toward the goal of a “perfect town.”
Maximizing your Bell-earning potential
After sprucing up the town slightly, I set out to make money. Bells is the currency of the game, but making money is the name of the game. In order to be successful in Animal Crossing of any kind, you need to maximize your Bell-earning potential. The quickest and easiest way to make money initially is to scavenge. Scrape every Bell you can from your animal neighbors and comb the beach for sea shells. Sell fruit from the trees in your town since it doesn’t require anything to shake trees. The first step is to gain at least 1,500 Bells to purchase tools. Once you have tools, you’re on your way.
Your first tools should be the shovel and fishing rod in the winter and in the summer the fishing rod and net. The shovel is important in both seasons but in the summer it can wait until you’ve bought the fishing rod. Since I began my game in the winter, I bought the fishing rod, shovel and watering can first. The fishing rod is easily the most important tool in City Folk. Why? Because catching fish can easily make you a millionaire depending on the season. In the first Animal Crossing, I made my first million bells solely by catching and selling fish. An inventory full of red snappers (3,000 Bells) and barred knifejaws (5,000 Bells) at a maximum of 15 easily yielded 100,000 bells in an hour if I could be patient on a rainy day in the summer. Sure, you had to deal with the occasional sea bass, but the output was worth the hassle. While red snappers and barred knifejaws are not as plentiful in Wild World, they are still helpful. In City Folk, the few new fish such as the lobster help bring in Bells and make the slow winter season go by quickly.
The shovel is important because with it, you can make Bell trees and, most importantly, dig up fossils. Fossils mean quick cash early, which is important when trying to pay off a loan. Skull fossils generally sell for at least 2,000 Bells so if you can donate those early and put extra toward the payoff, by all means do so. I chose not to donate fossils to the museum until after I paid off my loan because there is an infinite supply of fossils. They will always be there. With three a day and possible gyroids if it snows or rains, there’s an inexhaustible supply of money once you obtain the shovel.
Starting out with Nook’s Cranny is painful. Consider that I’m used to Nookington’s, which I have achieved in all of my other games and realize that going backward is humbling. Because I make a lot of Bells in one day’s play, I have already moved up to Nook & Go in just two weeks. I fully anticipate having Nookington’s in about three months.