わさびの新聞#16

Week of 5/12 – 5/18

Mayor Neko Flounders in Fishing Tourney!

Saturday, 5/18 was the date of the Fishing Tournament in Wasabi.  Mayor Neko and all the villagers were out with their fishing rods on this beautiful sunny day, eager to catch the biggest fish!  Chip, the Tournament Host, was asking to see the biggest Carp that the contestants could find.  It wasn’t very easy to find Carp on this day, there seemed to be plenty of OTHER river fish swimming about.  But Mayor Neko tried her best, and actually caught quite a few Carp to enter in the Tournament.  She donated her biggest fish last, so that she might earn some furniture from the exclusive Fish Series!  She was given a fish wallpaper and some kind of jellyfish lamp for her efforts.

After Mayor Neko submitted her biggest Carp, which was 68.3 cm at 2PM, she figured she’d be in first place for the rest of the day.  Who could top that?  It was time to get off of ACNL and go to the CROSSFIRE II event with StreetPass Long Island, so the Tournament was left alone.  After 6PM, Mayor Neko returned to Wasabi to find out the Tournament results.  She was in for a shocking outcome…

Apparently, during the afternoon, the rest of the townies had edged out Mayor Neko from the competition!  Ri-Rii took the first place spot, with Kitt and Wendy in 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Mayor Neko was shocked and full of regret for not being a more diligent competitor!  She vows that next time, she will not make the same mistake again.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE

At long last, the Manhole Cover Public Works project has finally completed it’s funding on 5/12.  Rather than the normal celebration at the site of the Public Work with Shizue, Mayor Neko instead was greeted by Resetti when the Manhole Cover was constructed.  Turns out that this Public Works project is more than just an Manhole Cover!  It’s the secret doorway to a hidden area called the Resetti Surveillance Center.  Resetti warned Mayor Neko NOT to go down into hole, should she ever see the Manhole Cover open.  We’ll see if Mayor Neko listens to Resetti’s demand!

STALK MARKET SOARS IN KASEN

Good news was spread on 5/16 when word from Mayor Yumi of Kasen Village reached Mayor Neko’s ears.  Apparently there was a huge surge in the price per turnip in the Kasen Stalk Market!  Each turnip was selling for over ฿460/turnip.  Mayor Neko didn’t have TOO many turnips to sell, but she grabbed them all and rushed over to Kasen’s Recycling Shop to take advantage of the great prices!  She hauled in over ฿186K.  Great work, Mayor Neko and Mayor Yumi!

WIFI EVENTS UPDATE

With ACNL’s American release date fast approaching, many people are looking for a good community of ACNL players to share turnip prices, trade items, share photos, and much more!  Well, if you are one of those people – LOOK NO FURTHER!  Check out the group ACUKE: Animal Crossing UK & Everywhere!  We are a bunch of grown-up gamers (for the most part) who enjoy playing AC and discussing different parts of the game, strategizing, etc!  Join us today!  We’ve got our own website, and we’re also on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and coming soon to Twitter as well!  Hope to see you there!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 6/9/13 – ACNL US RELEASE DATE
    • The time has finally come!  Start up your new towns!!
    • Message me on Twitter @gluxbox if you’d like to have a private visit from Mayor Neko!
  • 6/15/13 – Bug-Catching Tournament
    • Catch the best bug in town!
    • Win a trophy if you’re in the top three!
  • 6/21/13 – Summer Solstice
    • Join Shizue at the Town Plaza to celebrate the coming of summer!
    • Have fun at the Photo Board!
    • Giveaways for all who attend!
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わさびの新聞#11

Week of 4/7 – 4/13

花見 (Hanami) in わさび (Wasabi)!

This week in Wasabi, spring was officially in full swing!  The festival of Hanami in Animal Crossing: New Leaf has begun, and that means that cherry blossoms can be seen floating through the air for several days this week.  Mayor Neko cheekily wore a leaf mask to celebrate the flower viewing festival.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE

Mayor Neko is sad to report that there are no new Public Works updates as of the time of print.  The current project, Central Bridge, is somewhat expensive and has not yet been fully funded.  All donations are welcome!  We still need to raise about ฿50,000 to complete the project.  Estimated time of completion is now next week.

NEW DLC AVAILABLE

Got your number 2 pencils ready?  Good, because the latest DLC from the Campus series is what the Wasabi News has dubbed the “Pencil Screen.”  Made of an assortment of sharpened pencils in various colors, this screen is pretty cool looking!  You can use it to block the doorway to the secret chambers in your home!

MAYOR NEKO MISSES FISHING TOURNEY

Gah!  Our beloved Mayor Neko was nowhere to be found during this week’s Fishing Tournament on 4/13.  The residents of Wasabi tried to wait for her but as time ticked on, the villagers decided to participate without her.  That being said, it is unclear what sort of Tournament was held this week.  Mayor Neko was apparently traveling on this day and was not able to check into Wasabi until long after the Tourney had ended.  Please congratulate Agent S, who was the winner of the Fishing Tournament of April!  Don’t worry, Mayor Neko, there will be a new Tournament next month.  Just don’t FORGET this time!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 5/5/13 – Boy’s Day
    • Meet Shizue at the Town Plaza for a special item!
    • Photo Board and Paper Hats for all!
  • 5/12/13 – Mother’s Day
    • Check your mailbox for a letter from your Mom!
    • She might send you a special packet of seeds!
  • 5/18/13 – Fishing Tournament
    • Catch the best fish in town!
    • Win a trophy if you’re in the top three!

わさびの新聞#2

Week of 2/3 – 2/9

Wasabi Celebrates Setsubun!

As spring draws near, a festival called Setsubun is celebrated in Wasabi to bring in good luck for the new year.  On 2/3, Mayor Neko wore a blue ogre mask and all of the villagers gleefully threw soybeans at her to symbolize purifying the town.  Fortune beans were on sale at the Nook-N-Go in the strip mall leading up to the event.  Rumors report that the townies were very happy to participate; it is said that good luck and health come to those who throw beans during Setsubun.

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE – WENDY’S DINER CLOSED

 As Mayor Neko was doing a health inspection at Wendy’s Diner on 2/4, it was apparent that the restaurant’s owner and head chef Wendy had fallen very ill.  She was caught sneezing under the sneeze guards of her food cases, and Mayor Neko decided that the establishment should be shut down temporarily.  For several days Wendy was sick, and occasionally Mayor Neko was seen hand delivering special medicine to aid in her recovery.  It may be worth noting that Wendy was not seen participating in Setsubun.

GRAND OPENING OF SHAMPOODLE’S

Wasabi is about to become a lot more stylish!  As of 2/3, a new salon has opened in the Wasabi Strip Mall.  For a small fee of ฿3,000, anyone can have their hair styled by professional stylist Harriet.  Her technique is one of a kind, involving a personality quiz and a giant hair-cutting contraption, and her hair dye is second to none.  Even the boldest shades won’t fade!

NOOKMART NOW OPEN

After a quick construction, the Nook sons store has re-opened as Nookmart.  This new upgraded shopping experience has a supermarket aesthetic, including shopping carts, aisles and a larger store inventory!  Two fortune cookies are now available per day, and the catalog machine has been moved to a convenient location near the entrance.

Community Project Completed:

The Dream House

The latest Community Project was completed on 2/7.  The price was pretty high but worth it to bring this very therapeutic Dream House to the Mall.  An Aardvark named ゆめみ (Yumemi) runs the high-class establishment.  She is a highly skilled hypnotherapist, and can send her customers off to sleep in less than a minute.  Patrons of the Dream House report that their dreams are extremely vivid, and Mayor Neko told the Wasabi News that, “I met a Walrus named Wendell several times in my dreams at the Dream House, and he always gave me a pattern during my dream… and I noticed I still had the pattern saved even after I woke up!”

Mayor Neko Wins Fishing Tournament

After her embarrassing loss last month, Mayor Neko vowed to win first place in the February Fishing Tournament.  “I am NOT going to stop until I get gold!” she was heard saying to Ri-Rii on the beach on 2/9.  Mayor Neko started early, just after 10 AM.  The Fishing Master proclaimed that this tournament was for any fish – biggest fish wins!  Mayor Neko was seen fishing at the river first, then moved down to the beach, catching a 102 cm Sea Bass.  Later in the afternoon, Wendy submitted a 108 cm Sea Bass to compete for first place.  Not long after that, Mayor Neko reportedly boarded onto a boat to the Resort Island, where locals say she caught several extra large fish, including a Napoleonfish and a Great White Shark.  While those fish were not entered into the Tournament, Mayor Neko did submit a Ray that measured 119.9 cm which ultimately took first place.  Elated, Mayor Neko accepted her gold trophy graciously.  Nobody has questioned the Mayor’s decision to import fish from the Resort Island, and the Fishing Master confirmed that there is nothing in the rule book forbidding the option of fishing in that location.

STALK MARKET FALLS FOR SECOND WEEK

In fiscal news, the Stalk Market has been a Bear Market for the second week in a row.  With prices dropping as low as ฿47 per turnip, investors are getting very nervous and losing their faith.  Smart financiers have taken to Twitter and Facebook to compare prices from village to village, and Mayors Neko and Yumi have teamed up (with the addition of Jisune Village under the supervision of Mayor Yumi) and are reporting the prices in their Stalk Markets.  With a strike of luck on Saturday, 2/9, Kasen Village had an afternoon turnip price of ฿116.  Mayor Neko had bought this week’s turnips at ฿108 each, so she was happy to make any profit she could get, after the terrible week Wasabi endured.

Side Note:  While selling turnips in Kasen Village on 2/9, Mayor Neko was allowed to attend the Kasen Village Fishing Tournament Awards Ceremony.  She cheered on Mayor Yumi as she too received a gold fish trophy.  The rare photo-op was deemed extra adorable by the fact that both Mayors were wearing the seasonal Festivale dress, feather headdress, and had their hair dyed light green.  As they say, great minds think alike…

NEW ART AT WASABI MUSEUM

After another visit from Crazy Redd, the traveling art dealer, Mayor Neko is proud to announce that she has donated another legitimate piece of artwork to the Wasabi Museum.  This new acquisition is a gold statue of a Hawaiian king.  “I knew it was real because the statue’s hand was facing up,” Mayor Neko told the Wasabi News on 2/7.  “I had posted photos before of the fake version of this statue, and was told that it was fake because the hand was facing down.  When I saw this statue, I knew it had to be real!”  The new addition is on display in the Art Wing of the Wasabi Museum.  Blathers would like the News to remind all readers that the Museum is open to any and all donations!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 2/11/13 – Festivale
    • Time:  6AM to 6PM
    • Special Guest:  Pavé
    • Mayor Neko has issued a formal complaint to Shizue that it is unfair for this holiday to occur on a Monday during regular business hours.  She regrets to inform her Wasabi neighbors that her time to participate in this holiday may be limited, due to the important office work that she has to do during the festival hours.
  • 2/14/13 – Valentine’s Day
    • Send letters to your “special someone” leading up to this holiday!
    • If you have a secret admirer, they might give you a special chocolate cake to show you how they feel!
  • 3/3/13 – Girl’s Day (?)
    • Shizue gives out special puppet doll display furniture
    • Dainty treats for sale!

The Fishing Debacle

Mayor’s Log

1/19/13

Excitement was in the air when I woke up today!  The Fishing Tournament was in full swing!  I wasn’t exactly sure how this was going to work.  I figured I’d just start fishing and try to catch the biggest fish I could.

I took my hoard of fish to the Town Plaza, where a blue tent was set up, and some kind of large Beaver was strutting around like he was in charge.  (Umm… excuse me, but I’M the Mayor around here!)  I gave him fish after fish, and all he did was gobble them up and burp in my face.

I knew I had to be missing something.  I tried talking to the Beaver but I couldn’t quite figure out what I was missing.  Luckily for me, Yumi logged on and since we set each other as BFF’s, we can text each other without even being in the same town.  I asked how her Fishing Tournament was going, and she said that she had to catch Horse Mackerels.  Oops.  I’d been fishing in the river all morning, but Horse Mackerels are in the ocean!  After double-checking with the Beaver to see if in fact that was what I was supposed to be doing (I looked up how Horse Mackerel was spelled in Japanese and sure enough, that’s one of the words that the Beaver kept saying to me!) I rushed down to the beach.  The score to beat was 45.0 cm – the record holder was Teddy.

I caught fish after fish.  36 cm.  39.2 cm.  UGH!  I finally caught one that was 44.8 (so close!) and figured I might as well submit that for the time being and at least try to secure 2nd place.  But I wasn’t going to quit there.  I fished all afternoon, and you can imagine how excited I was when I finally pulled up a Horse Mackerel that was 47.1 cm!  When I showed my prize submission to the Beaver, he must have said something along the lines of, “Oh yeah that’s great but [Stupid Ugly Horse Boy] just submitted a Horse Mackerel that is 47.1 cm and he is in first place.”  I thought, that’s not very fair!  He’s in first place, but my fish is the same size!

The clock was ticking.  I continued to try for a bigger Horse Mackerel but to no avail.  After 6PM, I nervously peeked into the blue tent to see the awards ceremony.  They wouldn’t possibly treat the Mayor this way, would they?  Sticking me in 2nd place because I caught the same size fish only minutes after Stupid Ugly Horse Boy??

The moment of truth had come.  In third place, with a 45.0 cm Horse Mackerel…

In second place…

(Me.)  I tried to appear as gracious as I could while I accepted my Silver Fishing Trophy.

Of course, that meant that Stupid Ugly Horse Boy was the winner.

He got a Gold Trophy, confetti, rounds of applause… the works!  I felt completely duped.  Sure, I might be perceived as being a sore loser… but I’d worked so hard!  And I’m the MAYOR dangit!!

I had a plan.  An immature, selfish plan, but a plan.  I waited outside Stupid Ugly Horse Boy’s house when it got dark.  As he walked by, all smug and unsuspecting…

Revenge is sweet.

1/20/13

Today was mostly a quiet day.  I assume word got out about my attack on Stupid Ugly Horse Boy.  When we gathered around for the latest Public Works Completion Celebration (I’d paid for a cute little Photo Board which I placed right by the Train Station), only a measly 3 townies attended.

OK fine.  It’s probably a sign that the residents of Wasabi don’t appreciate their Mayor attacking citizens, regardless of the reason.  Point taken.  I resolve that from now on, I will try to be as objective as possible.  I will not beat up townies just because they beat me in a tournament.  Fair is fair.

Sigh….  Luckily I discovered an Island Tour that involves running around and beating up some weird robot.  I’ll just have to take out my aggression on that next time!