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Animal Crossing & Smash: An Observation

Wii U Animal Crossing Stage

Wii U Animal Crossing Stage

Hey everyone! Super Smash Bros. Wii U is coming out THIS FRIDAY (11/21/14) and I got a chance to play it early at a demo event this past weekend. I was really excited about the new Animal Crossing stage! But when I saw it in all it’s glory… I realized it was a bit dated.

Am I the only one who cares about this? I touched on this a little in my last blog entry. The Villager, the Wii U Animal Crossing stage… everything except for Tortimer Island in Smash 3DS is actually based on Animal Crossing: City Folk, and not Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I guess I’m the only one who thinks this is weird? I’m sure it’s a result of games like these being so content-heavy that production takes years, and when they were working on the Smash game ACCF might have been the only option for the game designers to use as a model. But personally it kind of bothers me! I’m just being nit-picky. I think they should have updated the look of the Villager characters to match ACNL, at least.

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ACNL Female Villager

ACNL Female Villager

Again, notice that these SSB4 Villager characters are short and well, wide around the middle. The female at the end is jumping and you can see her little undies, which was a trademark (and pet-peeve of mine) of the female characters in ACCF and earlier. I was happy when they changed the look of the human characters in ACNL, making them a little more proportionate and girls’ underwear not visible lol! I think this would have been an improvement for Smash players too, because the way the Villager was designed, the character is more of a shorter, child size character like Ness or Toon Link. I would have pictured the Villager as a medium height character in Smash Bros., especially since the villagers are almost as tall as the tall bears in ACNL.

Height comparison - Vllager and Grizzly, courtesy of the awesome Sosostris Blog!

Height comparison – Villager and Grizzly, courtesy of the awesome Sosostris Blog!

Aside from the Villager character design in Smash, my other observation is about the Wii U Animal Crossing stage. (NOTE: SPOILER ALERT!!!) It’s a fantastic stage, excellent for competitive play and incorporates the “rolling log” effect of the Animal Crossing games, which is really cool! The graphics look amazing. So amazing that you can see the Town Gate all the way in the background… wait a sec. Town Gate?? This is a feature from the Animal Crossing City Folk series! In ACNL, there are train tracks, the Train Station and a stairway to the Shopping District at the north-most part of town.

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See those adorable Animal Crossing characters that stand along the background of the flat area in the stage? Sure, you might recognize the three pictured here, but during the stage these characters change! I saw Frillard and Serena appear in that part of the stage a few times, and players new to ACNL will certainly not know who they are lol! Plus, you can clearly see a sign for the bus stop, which does not exist in ACNL.

Another feature of this stage in Smash is that you actually follow a bus to the city. It’s really cute! I don’t have any images of that so no major spoilers here but I just think it’s interesting that they chose to model this stage after the Wii game instead of the latest 3DS game. I know it’s not a big deal and I’m a fan of throw-backs too… it’s just not what I was expecting I guess.

Tortimer Island

Tortimer Island

Really can’t complain though. At least Animal Crossing is represented in the game! And we do have Tortimer Island, which is a really awesome stage in Super Smash Bros. 3DS. I love this stage because of the awesome music, its like a remix of the songs Kapp’n sings on the boat ride to the island! Plus you can get eaten by sharks and harvest fruit from the trees. It’s one of my favorite stages!

Wouldn’t it be great if all of the ACNL animal townies were assist trophies? Or all the gyroids?? You know, maybe they should just make an Animal Crossing/Fighting Game crossover series to get more people interested in the franchise lol! I’d play it…

Smash is Back!

The return of Mayor Gluxie.

Mayor Gluxie had been missing from Jubilife Town in ACNL for quite some time. Weeks, months probably… Isabelle was up to her doggy ears in paperwork trying to pick up the slack. Where was Mayor Gluxie? There wasn’t much of an excuse for the absence all summer, but in the past month, Animal Crossing Villagers had been spotted in another popular Nintendo title.

Where the Villager has been…

OK, so maybe you pro’s might notice that the Villager pictured here isn’t really Mayor Gluxie. Let’s just go with the suspension of disbelief ok? They didn’t make Mayor Gluxie’s face type an option in Super Smash Bros. 3DS lol! Also, I don’t know if anyone else noticed this but the “sprite” of the Villager character still maintains the fashion style and proportions of the ACCF/ACWW Villager, note that you can see the female Villager’s undies – something that was done away with in the newest installment of the game. The Villager is also not as tall and slender as in ACNL. Am I the only one who cares? Probably.

Since the release of Super Smash Bros. 3DS on October 3rd, I’ve been playing this game practically non-stop. When I need a dose of nonviolence, I’ll switch over to ACNL, Harvest Moon or Tomodachi Life. But that usually doesn’t last long before I start jonesin’ for some more Smash action. I’m really enjoying the latest Smash Bros. game, there are a lot of new features and game modes. Plus… you can take SCREENSHOTS! I’ve decided to turn Smash into my own personal Pokemon Snap Redux. I’m going to start taking photos of every Pokemon and build myself a Smash Pokedex. And of course, I’ll only use the BEST photos, only the ones that would be up to Professor Oak’s standards! Save that for a future blog entry… lol!

Pokemon Snap Smash!

Overall, I have a ton of things I love about Super Smash Bros. 3DS. The updated graphics look amazing, the new characters add more options and being able to customize them really opens up the playing field in the competitive scene. I love the multiplayer options – from the original Smash mode to Smash Run and don’t forget the 2-Player games like Multi-man Smash! Since the game is now portable, it’s even easier to participate in local Smash Tournaments in the area. I recently went to a tournament in NYC and we dressed up in Smash Bros. cosplay. It was so much fun!

Smash Bros. Cosplayers!

I might not have won the tournament (wah) but I did make it to the second round, and I got a decent number of KO’s. I just need to keep practicing. If any of you out there want to battle, hit me up on Twitter – @gluxbox!

If that wasn’t enough gaming for you, there are three cool titles coming out THIS FRIDAY (Oct. 24th)! Coming to stores is the adorable Fantasy Life, which is another open-world style game with a bit of action and quests thrown in. Also coming out on 10/24 is Pokemon Art Academy so we can learn how to draw some of our favorite Pokemon – and I hear each game comes with a demo code for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, which is coming out this November! Not to be forgotten is Bayonetta 2 releasing this Friday for the Wii U, which has really cool dark graphics and a lot of magic and dragon-filled action/adventure (check out the demo on the eShop now)! I’m definitely picking up Fantasy Life on Friday… the others might have to wait. Too many games, my wallet can’t handle it lol!

What games have YOU been playing lately??  😀

Ready for Setsubun!

UPDATE ON WASABI:

Fans of Wasabi can breathe easy.  It seems that Wasabi is no longer in imminent danger of being destroyed!  I did a bit of research on my game loading slowly, and saw that I wasn’t the only one experiencing similar problems.  I was reading some different forums, and many suggested that perhaps the SD card was to blame.  I investigated this a bit, by playing some of the other apps and software that I have stored on my JP3DS’ SD card.  Every other game I tried ran fine, and there were no more issues regarding the A button acting strange.  I determined that it couldn’t be the SD card.  (For the record, I’m using a Lexar 4GB SD Card.)

More research turned up this forum thread, which was very interesting.  The original thread creator describes that he is facing a problem that is almost identical to mine, only my game wasn’t crashing, just taking a long time to load.  This poster describes how it could be a digital software issue, an SD card issue, and then there was one more factor that he described in his thread:

Wow, just wow… My town crashed for the sixth time today, 3 days after I formatted that SD card into FAT32. When it happened, I was playing online with two other players in my town with the “Best Friends” function activated and my town has quite a lot of bushes, flowers, trees, and whatnot… Most of the other towns I visited are usually less jam-packed than I do. It might be due of the complexity of my town for raising the crash rate over time.

This post got me thinking about Wasabi.  What was different about Wasabi as of late that would cause it to act differently than it had in the past year?  Ohhh right… Wasabi was completely overrun with bamboo at this time.  Then I started thinking about how Animal Crossing save files have been notoriously large (remember how you needed an entire dedicated save cart to run AC: Game Cube?) and maybe all that bamboo (plus everything that comes with bamboo, such as new spawned shoots/cracks every few days, loads of rotten shoots that didn’t have the room to grow into real bamboo, which I hadn’t been shoveling up) was causing the load time to slow.  Think about it, the game has to render all of the townies, houses, flowers, bushes, public works, your full catalog… and now I was forcing it to render hundreds of bamboo stalks, shoots, cracks and rotten shoots all over my town.  It sounded like a VERY plausible cause.

So I did what any reasonable person would do.  I grabbed my golden axe and went on a rampage chopping down all the bamboo!  I left all of the bamboo stumps because they look pretty cool, like wierd mini warp pipes or something.  Guess what?  It seems to have done the trick!  As soon as I saved Wasabi with it’s new “bamboo stump” style, the game loaded up much more quickly!  What a relief!

My advice: While it’s awesome and fun to decorate your town with all of these new features like shrubs and bamboo and public works, remember that aesthetically (and apparently from a coding perspective) less is more.  You don’t need to have something in every single square inch of your town.  In fact, doing so seems to kill your game!  I don’t know if anyone had the same issues with a cartridge, but at least if you have a digital download, use caution!  But personally I think it was the living bamboo with all of the spawning and rotten shoots that was the main issue in my game.

Having said all of that, the good news is that the Setsubun Festival is ON!  If you are still interested in participating in the festival, which I will have open in Wasabi on Monday 2/3 from 9PM-11PM EST, please visit the event page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1461491234064525/

The main reason I ask you to RSVP on the event page is so that I know how many to expect.  If I don’t have it already, please comment on the event page with your friend code so that I can add you to my system.  I will also be trying out a new format for this JP event.  Using the StreetPass Long Island Twitch Channel, I will be streaming this event live on the internet.  Hopefully this will make it easier for people to see who is coming and going, and when they should pop in.  Our Twitch channel also has a chat room, so hopefully the power combo of a live stream AND a chat room will make the experience a little smoother for everyone.  Keep in mind that the chat room on Twitch is not compatible with iOS, so you’ll want to be on a real computer to participate in that way.

Hope to see you all there!  Fingers crossed that we won’t have any more loading problems in Wasabi!

Crisis in Wasabi!!

Over the weekend I attended Apex 2014, which is the world’s largest Super Smash Bros. Tournament.  JDubz and I assisted in running the StreetPass Plaza Arcade at Apex, which was run by StreetPass Long Island, StreetPass NYC and StreetPass Princeton.  We offered Pokemon battles on a big HD TV screen provided by JDubz, and SPNYC was running Wii U tournaments.  This was all in addition to the official tournaments running at Apex!  The weekend was a lot of fun and we met lots of cool new people.  However, there was one problem: My JP3DS was having issues with ACNL!  D:

I think it started on Thursday but I didn’t pay much attention.  I had turned on my JP3DS to see what was new, and it took longer than usual to load up the game.  It wasn’t freezing or crashing, but the little “load train” in the corner was driving and driving and the game took about a minute to load.  At the time I didn’t pay much attention, I just put the 3DS down and did something else until I noticed the title screen come up and I could play.

However, at Apex I turned on my Japanese ACNL and it had the same issue.  But this time, it was several minutes before the game would finally load.  When the game finally did load up, I was walking around as Neko and she was carrying a tweeter.  As she ran around, she would randomly stop to blow the tweeter, but I hadn’t pressed A.  It was just going on it’s own, every few steps she would stop on her own and blow the tweeter as if the button was stuck.  But the button wasn’t stuck!  I had no problems loading up and playing my StreetPass games on the JP3DS so it seems that it must be a software issue.

We thought maybe I should try to update the software, or see if there was a “Fix Software” button in the eShop.  That will be hard enough of a task, since it’s all in Japanese.  If it’s a hardware issue, then I’ll really be out of luck.  But so far, there is nothing to indicate that the hardware is malfunctioning.  I have a digital copy of ACNL on my JP3DS, so worst case scenario I might have to delete the file and re-download it.  You all know what that means though… that would be the end of Wasabi as we know it.  I’d have to restart my game.  (NOOOO!!!!)

Yesterday I decided that if I do have to re-download the game, I needed to rescue the rest of my non-orderable items from Wasabi, such as the Campus DLC furniture and 7-Eleven items that were given to me by a friend.  These are all rare Japanese items that you can’t order from the catalog.  So I hoped for the best and started up my JP ACNL.  For some reason, it loaded slowly but not as bad as it had been on Saturday at Apex.  It only took about a minute, I guess similarly to the first incident that I described.  I had Neko purge her house of all her treasures, including her throne, which was kind of sad.  Every time a loading screen appeared, I flinched.  I don’t know when it might crap out again!  Then I used my American ACNL to take the items out of my JP3DS to a hopefully safer place.

…Did I mention that I have a third town?  JDubz gave me his ACNL cartridge and I started up another town called SPLI.  I haven’t finished setting it up to my liking and thus have not given it an official “reveal” here on the Glux Blog yet.  (Sorry about that, someday soon!)  Anyway, all of the rare JP items are now safely stored on the ACNL ‘cartridge town’ SPLI.  I figure if the digital copies of games can somehow become corrupt, maybe the safest place for my rares is in SPLI.

Since the loading time on the JP3DS wasn’t too bad yesterday, maybe I won’t have to delete and re-install ACNL on it after all.  I won’t delete it until absolutely necessary.  I just wish there was a way to back up your save file on the SD card or something.  ACNL has always been like this, I had a similar scare back in 2009 when I had to send my Wii in for repair.

Anyway… so assuming Wasabi doesn’t cease to exist, there is a JP event coming up in early February that I’d like to invite everyone to attend!  It’s Setsubun, or the Bean Throwing Festival on 2/3!  I’ll have to do the event at night after work since it’s on a Monday.  I’m thinking of streaming the event live on SPLI’s Twitch TV channel, so if I do that I’ll be sure to give you guys the link.  Otherwise, if you’d like to attend, please join the StreetPass Long Island group on Facebook and RSVP to the event page for Setsubun so I know to expect you there!  Don’t forget to add my JP3DS Friend Code (check my Friend Codes link here on the blog) and let me know your FC too if you’d like to join in!  You’ll get a free Ogre Mask for stopping by, courtesy of Shizue (aka Isabelle) and the Wasabi Town Hall.

Happy Holidays from Jubilife!

Toy Day is just around the corner in ACNL!  I’ve been busy collecting all of the festive items that are available during the holiday season, such as the Festive Tree and Stuffed Stocking that you see pictured here.  It’s so cool to see items that were once DLC in ACCF as regular, purchase-able items in ACNL.

I didn’t do a good job during Turkey Day last month, so I did a little more homework on Toy Day to make sure I’d be prepared this time!  Unfortunately there’s no real trick to Toy Day, there’s nothing to stock up on… other than taking notes of all the hints that the townies have been dropping this month!  Here’s what my townies have been asking for…

Ruby

Elvis

Alfonso

Gruff

Boone

Vic

Ricky

Maple

Thank goodness for screenshots or I’d be even more lost.  Unfortunately, I haven’t done a great job getting all the info I need to properly play Santa on Wednesday!  I still have a little time for sleuthing tomorrow so I will hopefully find out some kind of gift ideas for Dizzy and Aurora, because I have no photos of them telling me what they want.  Maybe I’ll send out one of my secondaries, Ash or Poketch, to find out!  I need to talk to all of the townies too, because I need to find out their favorite colors.  This is a lot of work!

Snowman

Speaking of a lot of work, has anyone tried to make a snowman yet?  There are tons of items that you can get from snowmen in ACNL!  In fact, you have to create an entire Snow Family to get some of these rare items.  The easiest snowman to make is the Snowman, which consists of just two giant snowballs.  When you build a snowman, he gives you a Snowman Bingo card and you have to work to fill it out each day.  His eyes spin and randomly land on a number, and you get to check it off if it’s on your card.  Note: You can’t drop the bingo card, so be prepared to hold onto this card for a while until you get that bingo!  The items that you can win from bingo are new to the Animal Crossing series, and are all themed on outdoor winter sports.

Snowboy

The Snowboy is next in terms of size, and is exactly the same as the “Perfect Snowman” from Animal Crossing games in the past.  He even gives you the same reward: the Snowman Series!  This is a personal favorite of mine.  It’s funny looking.  😀

The other two snowmen are the Snowmam and the Snowtyke.  They are both tricky to make and I haven’t perfected them yet.  The Snowmam is a lady and she gives you items from the Ice Series, which is quite beautiful.  I’ll probably transfer it over from my Japanese town, Wasabi.  The really difficult part about getting items from the Snowmam is that you don’t just have to build her correctly.  You also have to bring her three snowflakes, which can only be collected on days when it’s snowing – just use your net!

The Snowtyke is the toughest snowman to make, only because if you want to get an item from him, you need to have all three of the other snowmen types in your town already!  But the whole family doesn’t have to be perfect, because the Snowtyke will give you different items depending on how many of the other snowmen are “well balanced.”  For more detailed info on the whole Snowman family, visit the guide on Thonky.com.  If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry!  This snow isn’t going anywhere until March, so we have over two months left to get these items.  But I can’t stress enough the importance of asking your friends to help!  Find out what bingo numbers your friends have, and try to find out when it’s snowing in your friend’s towns if you need to collect snowflakes.  You can join ACUKE and SPLI if you want to make more ACNL friends.  🙂

I hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Solstice holiday on Saturday.  I enjoyed collecting all of the different light sticks.  Good luck to everyone on Toy Day, I hope you get all the presents you want – and Jingle’s photo too!  Happy Holidays from Jubilife!

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